ION Adventure Hotel
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ION hotel is situated on Mount Hengill, 18 km from UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park. It's restaurant offers Nordic specialties and a bar with panoramic scenic views.Satellite TV, a seating area and private bathroom are featured in all guest rooms at Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel. Some also overlook Lake Thingvallavatn.Bookable facilities include an on-site spa and sauna. Ion Luxury Adventure guests can also enjoy a communal TV lounge.Reykjavík city centre is within 45 minutes’ drive from the hotel.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Business Centre with Internet Access
Spa
Parking
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Sauna
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Hot spring bath
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Room features
Housekeeping
Safe
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English, Icelandic, Lithuanian

Location

Nesjavellir Reykjavik, Grimsnes- og Grafningshreppur 801 Iceland
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Keflavik Intl Airport
69.1 km
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TheMacs47 wrote a review Feb 2020
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom56 contributions70 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Ion hotel at end of January for 2 nights. We loved the location and views of the wilderness from the hotel, it should have been a great place to stay but unfortunately a few things let it down.

The rooms are quite comfortable but bathroom was tiny, and the pillows on the beds inadequate. It was the food and the patchy service that lets this place down. Some of the service was verging on rude (especially the barman in Northern Lights bar who evidently couldn’t be bothered). Reception staff were a mixed bag too with 2 very helpful/ friendly people and 1 who wasn’t.

The breakfast was very poor in terms of quality and selection. No chopped fresh fruit but provided with a fruit bowl (varying contents), a knife and chopping board! The “hot” items were cold and not much selection. It was also very chaotic and badly managed.

Evening meals were mixed, one night was decent but the other was mediocre.

It’s a shame as it’s a nice property which just needs to show its guests that it cares and wants you to have a great trip.

We had excellent views of the Northern Lights so from that perspective we were very lucky!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Garth K wrote a review Feb 2020
East Worcester5 contributions1 helpful vote
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The hot springs and sauna were nice. Room was very small and pictures can be deceiving. It was great to be outside in the hot spring. Didn't see the northern lights but the staff was kind enough to offer to wake us up if they came out. I booked with Marriott point and thought that I was getting a double room but when I got there I was "upgraded" to a room with two twin beds and ask to have the third person with us to pay $70 extra for bathrobe and towel.
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Date of stay: February 2020
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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ops348 wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Improvements to make: info folders in rooms. We didnt find out there was a gym until we saw it by accident in last day. We didnt know they did lunches until we asked. We had an email confirming we had twin beds the arrived to find it was made up as double - was then rectified but at these prices this simple stuff shouldn't be missed. Breakfast was good and the restaurant for lunch and evenings excellent. Lunch and evening service staff great. Breakfast guy is in the wrong job . A full list of nearby activities and things to do in the room would be good . V helpful reception staff though who answered any questions. Fresh squeezed juice at breakfast would be good . Most important- the website should specify at sale point that there are rooms with valley views and factory views. Put then at different prices the people can choose and are fully informed. We were very unhappy with the view of a huge geothermal factory. Would happily pay more to be on the other side. Amazing bar. Nice long outdoor hot tub but please put some hooks up for towels and dressing gowns! You have to leave them on the wet icy decking. The water and glasses needs to be checked and replenished more often in the Spa too. Overall a good experience just address the small points .
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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lisa026 wrote a review Aug 2020
iceland459 contributions435 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have always wanted to go there but at the prices they were charging, I never went until now. We were very pleased with this hotel for the price we paid, it would have been a different matter if I had been paying full price. Rooms were very stylish and modern and clean. We stayed in the luxury ones so we got great views and a few extras it seems like a mini bar with a few complementary items, a beer, coke and water. The toiletries were lovely, from Soley an Icelandic firm. The beds were very comfy and we got a wonderful sleep. There is a very nice hot pot that we really enjoyed, I see some people here confuse it with a swimming pool but it it not and is not advertised as such. It was a good hot temperature and we relaxed in the sauna and relaxation room afterwards and then on to dinner. Right now they only have a set menu but they do offer choices and we all very much enjoyed our dinner, everyone was happy and the service was wonderful. We hit the honesty bar after that, wonderful views and very funky and cool decor. You serve yourself and jot down what you drink and I very much hope people do that unlike the lady in front of me who poured a large water glass full of red wine and then left. :( . Breakfast was large and varied, a buffet style serving and everyone had to use gloves and sanitizer so it all felt safe. The location itself is stunning in good weather, even if we are from here, we loved the views. Service all around was great and friendly.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Emily B wrote a review Feb 2020
Doncaster, United Kingdom14 contributions12 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The rooms were nice. The bed was huge & comfortable. Champagne upon arrival was pleasant. The design is beautiful & modern, and the hotel looks good. Slippers & robe a nice touch in the rooms.
HOWEVER...The hot tub was not hot, it was luke warm. The sauna was tiny. The hotel does not mention being right next door to a geothermal power station, creating an overwhelming smell of sulphur, especially in the water in our room (107) when we used our shower. They also do not mention until you have already booked that it is difficult to get to. We were okay as we had a 4x4 but had we been in a smaller 2WD car we would’ve struggled on the road. There is one vegan/veggie option on the menu which is ridiculously overpriced anyway so we didn’t bother because we had luckily brought food with us to try keep ourselves alive as there is nothing nearby to find an alternative. Check the menu before you go & make sure you don’t starve! We didn’t even bother with breakfast because at a ‘luxury’ hotel like this you expect to have it included, not for 2900 krona per person. One of the receptionists kept calling me Sir too, after she looked at my ID, which said Emily. I appreciate I have short hair but I definitely do not look male! I thought this was very rude & strange. Our bedroom windows also got extremely fogged up, not that it mattered as we had a rubbish view anyway. This left a puddle dripping down off our window sill in the morning. I have included a photo of this. Not what you expect for £250 per night.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Bonnie w wrote a review Jul 2020
Frankfurt, Germany9 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
40 mins from Reykjavik. you feel the magic of Icelandic nature all around.The glass bar is magnificent,the view from the bedroom,the wonderful spa where we drank champagne under the light of the midnight sun.
The reception staff are very welcoming and professional.We met a very nice chap called Palvi who could not be more pleasant and helpful.
The assistant manager Siri is really lovely with a seemingly endless supply of patience for all our tourist questions.
If you want a truly authentic Icelandic experience and luxurious in the sense that the hotel is careful with the environment this is a must.
The toiletries are all natural in refillable containers and I saw no plastic bags.
The restaurant food is locally sourced and delicious.
Thank you Ion 5 star
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amanda J wrote a review Jan 2020
Chattanooga, Tennessee86 contributions60 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
There were a few positives... The reception was always nice and while trying to get there, they talked us through it when we were lost. The bartender with redhair, a beard and does body building, made the best drinks I have ever had!!! He gave us so much information about the local area and we very much enjoyed him! He even made us feel better about the view of the power plant when we thought we were going into the middle of nowhere.
We stayed here for the northern lights and signed up for a notification call if they became visible. We did miss seeing them because the staff did not call us or other guest when they appeared. We later found out that the yelling from the pool came because of the northern lights being visible and not just guest having a good time. If they are not going to notify us, don’t give us the option because we trust them and allow ourselves to let down our watching eyes.
Food was not done well. Our lunch had a burger missing the bacon, the dinner the first night was tough brisket and over done lamb. The second night we shared a brisket and stated we didn’t want it overcooked so it was tender but they were out of the sauce and parts of the meat weren’t warm.
We did have housekeeping issues but the front staff more than made up for it so I won’t mention those issues.
Overall the maintenance is poor. Broken glass lanterns in the stairwell and our light bulb was out.
This is a “design” hotel yet there were no thoughts in designing the landscape. From the dining room you have views of satellite dishes where they could have been placed on the roof or moved out of view and trees could be planted to hide the power plant.
The last night the bartender left 20m early because of a storm but told nobody he was leaving and left us waiting for beverages. The other guest stated he was impolite and it appeared he hated being there. At three minutes past 11 we called the front deck because is was closing time, they confirmed he had left and they brought us two glasses to bad champagne that cost more that two fabulous beverages before. When we complained the staff stated the bartender left right before 11 and the bottle was freshly open. Both I strongly disagree with.
I suggest passing on the ion and staying in town. Take a tour to see the northern lights!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Caroline wrote a review Jan 2020
1 contribution2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We were deeply disappointed by the service and amenities we received given the price tag. We arrived and had to ask for hand soap. They charge you $30 if you want to have body lotion and the spa area was overwhelmingly disappointing. They advertise an outdoor hot tub that is in reality kept at a Luke warm temperature at best. Overall the service was mediocre and the food was insanely expensive, especially given it was the only option as the hotel is so remote. Granted, the food was high quality and delicious. However, given that the restaurant is so pricey, they should at least offer snacks or bar food for purchase as an alternative. No one at the hotel seemed particularly interested in ensuring guests have a positive experience.

Additionally, it is unclear why it is called an adventure hotel as they do not offer anything other than overpriced tours booked through the website.

Further, do not book any tours or adventures through the hotel as it is an absolute scam. They charge 4x more than comparable tours and the hotel does not help whatsoever if you have issues with the adventure/tour you book through them. We left feeling very taken advantage of and disappointed. We will not be returning to Ion.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DJDxMKD wrote a review Mar 2020
New Hope, Pennsylvania114 contributions140 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed for 2 nights in March 2020. The hotel is super, it blends right into the landscape (even though the landscape was covered in snow when we were there). We were a little concerned about getting there (some of the roads in between were marked as impassable on Road.IS, but by the time we got there, we made it through with no problem (we were coming up from Selfoss). Despite the seeming remoteness, it is really a quick drive to alot of places (Pingvellir, South Coast, Gullfoss, Langjokull). The room was a little small and the bathroom even smaller, but I didn't stay here to hang out in the room. There is the Northern Lights Bar, which during the day is like a big living room with couches and chairs to hang out in. And if your into social media and looking for some hate-likes, there can be no better pic than hanging out in the thermal pool while it's snowing. The pool and sauna were great and sitting in the pool looking over the landscape during a snow storm was phenomenal. I could have spent days in that pool. The restaurant served great food. Though the menu was limited, we were there for 2 days, more than 3 and I think the menu would have gotten old as there are limited appetizers/entrees (though they may rotate more in the Summer). The only thing that would have been better is if we had gotten some northern lights during our stay. We also stayed at the Ion City hotel in Rekjavik and that was a great stay as well.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: We got a Deluxe Room, which really didn't seem any bigger than any other room, but it'd...
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JosefSt wrote a review Aug 2020
Reykjavik, Iceland165 contributions26 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my wife were interested to try a hotel close to the capital city for relaxation. ION hotel was an exciting choice for us.
After two nights we can say few things about our stay.
This hotel is quite expensive but what do you get for your money?

You are in the middle of nowhere. There is about 40min drive to the next town or city but in summer time (between May to October) you drive through an amazing landscape close to the hotel. That road is closed during winter due to snow.
Room was average with a good bed. The ventilation could be better, if you use the shower in your room you need to have the window open, otherwise room will be filled by steam.
Restaurant is wonderful, a simple menu with high quality cooked meat or fish of the day. The deserts were also delicious.
The service was wonderful, and the sevice from the Romanian waiter at the restaurant outstanding.
A few kilometers from the hotel is the 2nd largest geothermal power station in Iceland. They make an electricity and hot water for usage in Reykjavik, all made from hot steam coming from below ground. It does make the air smell off sulfur though.

If you really want to relax in a beautiful and quite place within one hours drive from Reykjavik this is hotel for you.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from Eydís S
30 contributions6 helpful votes
I am not staff but when I was there recently it was around 15-20 pounds if I remember correctly, depending on what we got.
Answer from @raethrbarber
Chicago, Illinois4 contributions4 helpful votes
You may need to contact the hotel concierge. It's a small property. My room was smaller with a king bed.
Answer from Libby E
Bari, Italy37 contributions8 helpful votes
I don’t know. But I feel like when I did research the hotels they might have had rooms with three beds which is common in European hotels.
Answer from shrink711
Costa Mesa, California347 contributions91 helpful votes
Ion serves a buffet breakfast that's around $25 per person. They also serve lunch. It was about a 2 hour drive to Vik, there are 2 major waterfalls to see on the way, a geothermal pool, interesting basalt cliffs and the abandoned plane. So will likely take more than 2 hours. We stayed at the Volcano Hotel in Vik and they organized a great glacier tour in a Super Truck. We walked through ice caves and had a great time with our driver Ingo.
Answer from Dr.Suchet
Bangkok, Thailand234 contributions156 helpful votes
Driving in Iceland is always difficult, specially in the winter time. You need to check the road condition before you start you engine. Their is a very useful website for that ‘road.is’ which will tell you everything you need to know on the real time road condition.
Will C wrote a tip 13 Jun
4 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid this place!"
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Footprints790589 wrote a tip Apr 2024
5 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are able, keep checking for the northern lights, we got little sleep but were able to see them! "
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Lexi Falcone wrote a tip Mar 2024
5 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you go, don’t expect to see the lights from inside the hotel and hunt them on your own. Bring your own food/snacks. Skip the breakfast."
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Will C wrote a tip Mar 2024
4 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid this place!!!"
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Sandra wrote a tip Feb 2024
Montreal, Canada4 contributions41 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be prepared to drive about 30mins for gas and bring snacks as there’s no store on-site."
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PRICE RANGE
HK$3,054 - HK$4,694 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Icelandair Hotel Hengill
LOCATION
IcelandSouth RegionGrimsnes- og GrafningshreppurMiðborg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
46
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Frequently Asked Questions about ION Adventure Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to ION Adventure Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Reykjadalur Hot Springs (7.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at ION Adventure Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at ION Adventure Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at ION Adventure Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at ION Adventure Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a heated pool, a sauna, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at ION Adventure Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Lithuanian, and Icelandic.
Are there any historical sites close to ION Adventure Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Þrístapar (14.1 km).
Does ION Adventure Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is ION Adventure Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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