When I was in Iceland a couple of months ago, I had unfortunately not had the opportunity to stay in Hotel Budir. The hotel is unbelievable popular, that during summer they have a waiting list that can exceed 200 persons! Therefore I stayed in two other lovely hotels (read about it here and here) but part of me was still longing for a stay in the iconic Hotel Budir. I’m glad to tell you I was finally able to check Hotel Budir off my bucket list!
You’ll find yourself at the western tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula in Iceland and that location can’t be more epic: located on a lava field in a protected nature reserve, Hotel Budir offers views of the Atlantic on one side and the magnificent Snaefellsjökull volcano and glacier on the other. It’s also right next to the world famous black church of Budir.
There’s free parking available for when you plan to arrive by car.
My first impression was that the building looked good. The lobby and bar adjacent looked very cozy thanks to the beautiful decoration and the use of dark wood, although not very luxurious. The bar has large windows offering stunning views of Icelandic nature. But after all, it’s important to know that luxury hotels in Iceland always have a bit more of an authentic feel to it than in the rest of the world.
Hotel Budir has 28 double rooms in the hotel, including one suite, nine deluxe rooms, ten standard twin rooms, and eight queen rooms, all offering views of the surroundings. Because I was traveling solo, I had the ‘Loft room’, a room on the top floor featuring a queen size bed. Loft rooms are the smallest rooms in the hotel. Their price of 27,500 ISK is very affordable for Icelandic standards and you get to stay in what is probably one of Iceland’s most iconic hotels.
Meals are savory, you’ll get decent portions and all products used taste authentic. Breakfast buffet is served on an old-fashioned table with tablecloth, but it has everything you need and this only contributes to the cozy atmosphere that is so typical for Hotel Budir.
The staff of the hotel can help you with booking a unique excursion like a helicopter ride, a glacier walk or a whale watching tour, to make your stay at Hotel Budir really unforgettable! And some of the best attractions are completely free! During my stay in Hotel Budir, it was the first time I saw the Northern Lights.
Don’t expect over-the-top luxury but rather go there for the experience. Hotel Budir is still your best option in Snaefellsnes!