F 26, 851 Hella, Iceland
Hotel RangáNamed after the fast-flowing river that runs alongside it, this country lodge—located just an hour from Reykjavik in the middle of an isolated, windswept plain—is an extraordinary retreat. Built in a log cabin style, Hotel Rangá is an immediately homey place—a feeling enhanced by the neutral color schemes, comfy leather sofas, and natural textiles, as well as by quirky extras such as the 10-foot stuffed polar bear that greets guests in the reception area, and the stools with "human legs" in the bar. Standard and Deluxe rooms face either the East Rangá River or the famous Mount Hekla volcano. Suites are designed and themed around the seven continents of the world.