ION Luxury Adventure Hotel
Nesjavellir vid Thingvallavatn
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is a member of the Design Hotels group and fits well with the rest of their portfolio. It is undoubtedly fashionable and trendy. The largest draw card being the remoteness and viewing of the northern lights. Unfortunately, the weather was not favourable and the stunning vistas promised eluded us.
Hotel is a 40min drive from Reykjavík, it sits on the side of a small valley encircled by nature. It is a real gem waiting to be discovered.
Walking in, the reception is big and the styling is in keeping with the amazing exterior with an abundant use of recycled and repurposed materials. The property offers unrestricted and spectacular views and has won awards for the Scandinavian design. The room is not the largest, but everything about it speaks quality.
The Geothermal pool was amazing, sitting neatly amongst the angled building columns, again offering great views and incredibly relaxing. It is not the biggest, but the hotel is boutique after all and, let’s be honest, small means fewer people which means more Lux.
We could not recommend this hotel more highly, add it to your list! The Ion Hotel really is an experience in itself, coupled with a level of service that was brilliant, providing just what you want from a hotel.
The bed was king size, very comfortable and as an added bonus there was a Coffee machine in the room, they even provided a Mini iPad. There was no bath, which was fine with us, and it was not a large bathroom but plenty of room to do what you need to do. Toiletries provided were Organic. The ever-present smell of sulphur permeates everything, but it is Iceland after all. The view from the rooms fits very well with the Iceland aesthetic. Rolling boulders covered in moss and lichen almost seems otherworldly and had us looking for the mythical Icelandic gnomes and trolls. But honestly, WiFi was the last thing on our mind we were much happier to lose ourselves in the natural landscape.
Unfortunately, there are mixed reviews online regarding the friendliness of the staff. We are happy to say we found them very accommodating and friendly.
FOOD and DRINK:
With a dramatic view of Lake Thingvallavatn (Þingvallavatn) and the surrounding mountains, the Northern Lights Bar is the perfect start to an evening. The design is quite modern with a chic twist. Books are on offer for those that like to read and guitars for those talented enough to strum and impress. Cocktails were lovely and the Northern Lights Bar offered the perfect ambience and it really just set our night up.
Silfra has a reputation for good cuisine and good service. It certainly lived up to it for us. The Chef specializes in the slow food movement. Meaning all the recipes on the menu are designed around locally sourced produce and flavour profiles. The dinner we had there did not disappoint any of us, yes it was on the expensive side, but when you are literally in the middle of nowhere and in Iceland, you have to expect it. We had the 4-course menu and not one complaint from any of us whatsoever. The service was spot on with efficient and polite staff who had great knowledge of the menu and wine list.
A beautiful large breakfast buffet which satisfied us, even though there are no cooked options.
Our review is based on our stay in March 2016.
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