Advantages Pleasant, efficient, stylish
After a day on the dirt roads of Iceland's interior, we had no real idea of what to expect of Hotel Ork in the tiny town of Hveragerdi. Being on a "Ramblers Worldwide" holiday, we all knew that their philosophy on hotels was to keep it mid-range. Feedback from guests that they might prefer somewhere a bit special to return to after a hard day's walking was apparently not backed up by a willingness to pay the extra that might be entailed as a result.We had not therefore been disappointed to date. We'd got pretty much what we would have expected.
Hotel Ork changed that. When it comes to hotels, this was the treat of the trip.Arrival
We'd been dodging the weather all day. It finally caught up with us at our final stop at Geyser and we did the last leg of the trip in pouring rain, which kindly gave over just as we arrived at Hveragerdi, about 45km short of Reykjavik.
Restricting itself to three storeys above ground level, with utilities sensibly located below, it doesn't impose upon the landscape – but nor does it quake at making a bold statement.Reception were ready and waiting for us, with check-in cards and keys laid out for collection, and a friendly welcome run-down of where to find everything the hotel has to offer.
The RoomIn truth there is nothing particularly special about the rooms. Spacious and well-furnished twin rooms is how the hotel's own website describes most of its 85 rooms. Whilst technically "twin" beds, and with space to push them apart if need be, the default setting seemed to be togetherness. Made up in that bizarre north European fashion which entails placing the folded duvet on top of the mattress and then trying to figure out exactly how the bed-end throw is supposed to stylise the effect, they looked functional rather than inviting.
That said, I slept very well indeed, despite choosing to leave open the curtains onto the full-room-width windows.I'll spare you the boredom of describing the fittings – take a look at the pictures – everything was neat, spotlessly clean and perfectly sufficient. In particular after a week in proper single rooms (such as tend not to exist in most hotels these days) I was personally just delighted to have the space.
I was on the second floor with a view was over the "golf course" – not remotely overlooked - which afforded me luxury of not needing to shut out any of that northern light (such as it was in this grey summer).My second great joy was the bathroom. A bath. A deep pool of warm, scent-bubbled non-sulphurous water, and deep fluffy white towels. On such things a day can turn.
Not this day, as it happened, because the road down through the central wastes is stunning and I was already a very happy hiker, but the ability to round off a good day with a good soak is one of life's great pleasures.
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