Review: Hotel Ork Iceland

On our second and third day in Iceland, we were fortunate enough to stay at the newly expanded Hotel Örk. Hotel Örk is located in the beautiful town of Hveragerði, only 44 km from Reykjavík and an easy drive under an hour. 

Hotel Örk is conveniently located and an ideal location for our base after each excursion. Not only were we surrounded by natural beauty but also a gas station, a local bakery and supermarket for an easy fuel-up. This first class hotel has all the full suite of amenities, a heated pool, golf course and a restaurant (HVER) for the perfect wind-down after a long day. 

Hotel Örk recently added 78 new rooms: Superior, Junior Suites, and Suites, is fully operational and open for booking. 

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We were excited to stay at the newly constructed wing of Hotel Örk that was opened in May 2018. The new building is connected to the current buildings so you don't have to go outside to move around. We stayed at a Junior Suite in the new building and the breakfast buffet is complimentary each morning. 

 Hotel Örk

Hotel Örk

 Reception with multilingual staff

Reception with multilingual staff

Hotel Örk: Junior Suite

The Junior Suite is newly constructed and spacious with a separate bedroom and living area. We were very comfortable in a Hypnos queen bed and a private walk-out balcony. The Junior Suite has a separate seating area, a spacious bathroom, a large desk, a safety box and a sofa that can be converted into a sofa bed. 

Each room comes with a water boiler, coffee and tea and I enjoyed a nice hot cup of coffee on the balcony with a view. All the rooms have complimentary WiFi. 

 Dining/Seating Area with a view

Dining/Seating Area with a view

 Study desk

Study desk

 Safety Box

Safety Box

Hotel Örk boasts all Junior suites has a luxurious handmade 1000 pocket spring mattress from Hypnos, designed and tailor-made in the U.K. The mattress moulds to your body to ensure support while you sleep and regulate body temperature. I can attest to two wonderful nights of sleep! 

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Bedroom

In addition to the spacious room, the junior suite bathrooms are modern and has everything you need.

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Hotel Örk has been awarded “Iceland’s Best Golf Hotel” three years in a row so if you’re a golfer, make sure you play a few holes. Additional facilities include conference rooms, game room, water slide pool, hot tub, and geothermal sauna. The pools are kept at ~30 Celsius/ 86 Fahrenheit and the hot tubs are a few degrees warmer. Highly recommend to dip in the warm pools on any chill Icelandic day.

 Game room

Game room

 Outdoor Heated Pools

Outdoor Heated Pools

Enjoy a breakfast buffet selection every morning. The hot bar includes eggs, sausage and beans to cold cuts, fruits and breads. There’s a coffee machine to whip up your morning beverage of choice or juices and milk. You’ll be fueled up and ready for a full day of adventure.

 Morning read on our private balcony

Morning read on our private balcony

 Hot Bar

Hot Bar

 Beans, Susage, Eggs

Beans, Susage, Eggs

 A Variety of Breads

A Variety of Breads

 Fruits and Cheese

Fruits and Cheese

 Cold Cuts and Cheese

Cold Cuts and Cheese

 Pickled Appetizers

Pickled Appetizers

I also highly recommend dining at HVER restaurant located in Hotel Örk. This first class restaurant focuses on local ingredients and dishes. Drop by for lunch, dinner or drinks - most importantly, happy hour is from 4pm – 6pm every day.

Read more about our HVER dining experience here.

 HVER Restaurant in Hotel Örk

HVER Restaurant in Hotel Örk

Thank you Hotel Örk for a wonderful stay. all opinions are my own.

Hotel Ork is located at: Breiðamörk 1c - 810 Hveragerði

Phone: (+354) 483 4700

Book your stay with: booking@hotelork.is 

MIFUNE New York

Located close to Grand Central, MIFUNE New York launched a Spring tasting menu with seasonal ingredients and new creations. MIFUNE New York is named after the famed Japanese actor, Toshiro Mifune and his samurai roles. With the same samurai disciplines, Michelin starred chefs Yuu Shimano and Tomo Urata curate a beautiful menu and showcase their innovative takes on classic dishes like ume plum-crusted cod fish. Scroll down to see these Spring dishes below! 

 MIFUNE New York entrance is tucked next to a quiet residential building.  

MIFUNE New York entrance is tucked next to a quiet residential building.  

MIFUNE New York has a clean and minimalist theme and plays with the dichotomy of warm and cold elements of wood and cement throughout the restaurant. 

 MIFUNE New York entrance

MIFUNE New York entrance

 Sushi bar by the front  

Sushi bar by the front  

 Minimalistic dining tables downstairs in the basement 

Minimalistic dining tables downstairs in the basement 

The Spring menu consists of 6 courses with different options as well as wine or sake pairing. For me, I couldn't wait to try award mixologist, Shingo Gokan's cocktails. Each cocktail is named after Mifune's movies and characters - ingenious! 

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Today's amuse bouche is four glorious dishes: chawanmushi (steamed egg custard), pickled lotus roots, duck liver mousse cone and tuna tartare. A perfect start with the palate and appetite. Paired with Oharu cocktail (USD $16). 

 Amuse bouche

Amuse bouche

 King crab tartare with caviar and beautifully rolled in zucchini. Sweet king crab and tangy ponzu - a refreshing appetizer.

King crab tartare with caviar and beautifully rolled in zucchini. Sweet king crab and tangy ponzu - a refreshing appetizer.

 Smoked butterfish with garlic green sauce and organic radish. So beautifully plated - this dish is art. 

Smoked butterfish with garlic green sauce and organic radish. So beautifully plated - this dish is art. 

 Really fresh sashimi assortment. A must-have dish. 

Really fresh sashimi assortment. A must-have dish. 

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 Whiting fish tempura with turnip and shiso leaf . What a delicate fish in light batter

Whiting fish tempura with turnip and shiso leaf . What a delicate fish in light batter

Chefs Shimano and Urata's new take on the traditional miso-crusted cod: This is a ume plum-crusted cod fish. Ume plum compliments the fatty and flaky cod. So innovative yet it just makes so much sense. 

 Ume plum-crusted cod fish

Ume plum-crusted cod fish

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 Sirloin steak and seasonal vegetables 

Sirloin steak and seasonal vegetables 

 Lamp chop and shoulder. Perfectly done and juicy.

Lamp chop and shoulder. Perfectly done and juicy.

Tonight's Special: Sukiyaki Shabu Shabu with washugyu ribeye steak slices. Meat slices are beautifully marbled and only required a few seconds in the pot. Then dipped in truffled egg (USD $45). Paired well with Drunken Angel cocktail (USD $18).

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Tonight's finale: Bluefin Tuna Temaki and make-your-own roll. This dish is not only theatrical but also super fun. Fresh tuna is scrapped off the bluefin rib with the clam shells and placed on a bed of rice, seaweed and garnished just the way you like. A delicious and unique experience -a must-order dish! (USD $40)

 Tonight's Special: Bluefin Tuna Temaki (USD $40)- Make your own tuna rolls! 

Tonight's Special: Bluefin Tuna Temaki (USD $40)- Make your own tuna rolls! 

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MIFUNE New York
Address:  245 East 44th Street, New York NY 10017
Phone: +1 (212) 986-2800