Ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.5 out of 5
91% of guests recommend
4.3 Room cleanliness
3.8 Service & staff
3.7 Room comfort
3.6 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
4 out of 5
for Everyone
by Brenda from Anchorage, Alaska

Farm Guesthouse With Very Good Restaurant

Posted Aug 23, 2013
Pros: We really liked the variety of animals! (You have to look around, though, to find them all.) We also liked having a private bathroom.
Cons: The pet fox should have a bigger cage, since he can't be loose all the time. The heat in the rooms should be turned down when the weather is warm.
Location: Though there are signs to the guesthouse, I'd advise also printing out a map from the internet ahead of time. Having both was very helpful.
Because we had a map, we didn't have too much trouble finding the place. (There are also signs.) We arrived at 8:45 pm, barely in time to order dinner. (They let us eat first, then check-in afterwards.) The menu is limited. My daughter's food was excellent. My piece of lamb should have been cooked more on one end, but since I wasn't hungry enough to eat it all anyway, I didn't send it back to the kitchen. The rest was excellent. Our room was too warm when we first got in it, so we had to turn off the heat in the bedroom and turn down the heat in the bathroom. There were both blinds and curtains on the bedroom window, which is very good for shutting out the midnight sun in the summer! The beds were comfortable. Everything was clean. People were quiet and considerate in the hall, so noise wasn't a problem. (There was a sign on the hall door reminding people to be quiet--so I guess that often works.) There was plenty of hot water for the shower. Breakfast was excellent! Lot's to choose from--all you can eat! In fact, I'd say it was one of the two best buffet breakfasts we had on our 17-day trip We spent some time in the morning looking at the animals and especially liked watching the pet fox and small dog play with each other. We enjoyed walking down the road (long driveway?) to look at the horses. (Note: There were a lot of potholes in the driveway.) There is playground equipment for people with young children. We enjoyed our one night and morning there.
3 out of 5
for Getaway With Friends
by sharlene from brooklyn, ny, usa

simple guesthouse with friendly staff

Posted Aug 15, 2013 on Hotels.com
we arrived a few minutes after the restaurant closed but the owner was able to catch the chef to get us some food. the vatsholt is remote fornthe major part of selfoss, but that's a bit of the charm with this off the beaten path location. i had booked a room with private facilities but ended up with shared facilities probably due to our late arrival. we unfortunately got the room next to the main entrance and between two bathrooms. there was quite a bit of foot traffic in the morning so sleeping in wasn't an option. the breakfast was hearty with cereal, garnola, cold cuts, bread, pickled herring, cheese and waffles. we had two dinners there which were good. lots of local trout from their lake and beef from their farm as well. there was some confusion at our departure as they had only charged us for one night and one night's dinner. we had to go back twice to rectify the bill so they were getting paid the right amount.
5 out of 5
for Families
by suzannac

Warm welcome, perfect for families

Posted Aug 11, 2013 on Hotels.com
We stayed in eight places in ten nights in Iceland, and got by far the friendliest welcome at our last destination, Vatnsholt, even though we were only staying for one night. I suspect we also got an upgrade, as we'd booked a family room with shared facilities yet were shown to a brilliant 2-bedroom apartment! We didn't eat there because finances were running low but rather wished we had as the menu looked good and the dining room was large yet fairy-lit and atmospheric. Best of all, especially for our children, there was an arctic fox cub, trampoline and playground, table football and table tennis. Weather permitting (it didn't permit us, sadly) we would have gone horse riding there too. A great place right in the countryside. Thanks Vatnsholt.
4 out of 5
by Stefania B from Montreal

Comfy hotel in a quiet surrounding

Posted Aug 2, 2013 on Hotels.com
This family run guesthouse is cozy and warm. The staff is very friendly and welcoming and always smiling. Free parking since the guesthouse is on their land with is a big farm. It's pretty much is the middle of no where. It was a little difficult to find at first but we found it. The wifi only works at the reception/restaurant house. The rooms are a little outdated but clean. They offer horseback riding and a restaurant which can be convenient since the surroundings are bare. I think the family won us over because they were so sweet. A nice guesthouse where you'll get a good nights sleep!
3 out of 5
by Jay from New Hampshire

Adequate, barely

Posted Jul 29, 2013 on Hotels.com
The hotel was clean and the people very friendly and helpful. The meals were very good, although we thought pricey. Rooms were not at all soundproofed, and kids played in the parking lot until almost midnight (sun sets at 11 in Iceland). Bathroom very small. We had a hard time finding it, and it is like 7 km off of Rt 1. Still, a reasonable choice for the money in that part of the country.
5 out of 5
for Couples
by AnneMarie from New York

Great Guesthouse for farm experience in Iceland

Posted Jul 8, 2013 on Hotels.com
We loved our stay at Vatnsholt Guest House. We arrived and immediately grabbed a local beer in the common area and relaxed from a long day of seeing the Golden Circle sites. The staff was super friendly and when we sat down to dinner we were blown away! The food including the beef carpaccio and pork was amazing. The next morning we met the owner who helped us organize the next leg of our trip and showed us why some of the food was amazing and how they transformed the property a few years. Highly recommend.
2 out of 5
for Families
by Linda from US

Spacious accomodation but poor management

Posted May 29, 2013 on Hotels.com
My sons and I stayed there one night and were in an auxillary "house" on the property which was basically a farm a long way from most restaurants, supportive services. We had a full kitchen and living room , bath with shower and 2 twin bed rooms. The facility was very clean and generous with "niceities". We chose not to eat at the hotel dining room and I am certainly glad we made that decision. We were told that breakfast(included) was from 7:30 until 10am. We arrived before 9 and virtually every offering was nearly empty or dried out. No management was visible or seemed to care. They were busy already cleaning tables. Although we noticed there were lots of teenagers there the night before we wouldn't have expected them to take our share of the breakfast. The whole buffet was unappetizing and/or empty. This was our last night in Iceland and we had experienced delicious and generous and thoughtful management of our included breakfasts the past 6 days. The reception room was also quite dirty and old.
5 out of 5
for Overnight Stay Before Destination
by Neil & Pat

Overnite stay with dinner on our way to SE Iceland

Posted Dec 3, 2012 on Hotels.com
Our stay was the last week of October 2012 and there were not many tourists at that time. The owners were very friendly and helpful. This wonderful husband and wife team spent time with us to be sure our sightseeing itinerary included all of the tourist attractions. We had a cod dinner, which was delicious, in their unique dining area. We enjoyed the dogs and farm atmosphere. We chose to stay in a smaller room with en suite which served our purpose.
4 out of 5
by Debbie

Guesthouse Vatnsholt

Posted Jul 17, 2012 on Hotels.com
The location is a bit off the beaten track but if one needs lodging in the area it is fine particularly since the room rate is reasonable. Tho we had thought the rate included breakfast and it apparently didn't which added an addl per person fee. Sharing a bathroom when most of the rooms are occupied can be inconvenient. The individual rooms are a bit smallish, but the shared common areas are quite spacious and comfortable so you can get out of the room and perhaps even meet some of your fellow travelers. We ate dinner at the guesthouse and were extremely pleased with the price and offerings; the food was excellent in fact. The buffet breakfast is also quite nice with a good variety. If one likes to go horseback riding then that is available right there as you are staying on a farm with horses and other animals. If it were not for our stay there we would not have found out about a wonderful set of falls/rapids not too far away on the way back to the Ring Road. Overall it meet our needs very well despite being a bit off the main highway and a little confusing to find.
3 out of 5
for Overnight Stay Before Destination
by P Midgley

A little bit isolated from evening facilities

Posted May 28, 2012 on Hotels.com
A Menu would have been nice showing the prices of the evening meal. The meal was of excellent quality and very enjoyable.