As of September 1st the year 2000 all lodging facility in Iceland have the opportunity to be classified. The classification is voluntary and is divided into five categories i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 stars and is by no means an all-embracing assessment of the quality of the accommodation in question. It is solely based on factors which can be objectively measured. The grading consists of more than 100 different items, the most important of which are listed below. The Icelandic Tourist Board is in charge of the classification and has appointed a ruling committee consisting of six members. Three appointed by the Icelandic Tourist Board and three appointed by the Icelandic Travel Industry Association. Look for the blue-red sign placed near the entrance which indicates the present classification of the facility.
All rooms are equipped with a washbasin and there is at least one bathroom for every 10 rooms. There is access to a public telephone, breakfast is available and guests can come and go any time of the day or night.
In addition to the one star facilities, there is a telephone booth or a public telephone where the guests can speak in privacy. There is a bar or service counter where it is possible to buy light refreshments, as well as a dining room where breakfast is served, and other meals, depending on circumstances. The rooms may be equipped with a private bathroom, but this is not obligatory.
In addition to the class above, all rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, telephone, television, radio and desk., There is a service counter open during the day and it is possible to buy small items, reading material etc. Goods and services can be paid for by credit card. There is a lift in the building, if guest rooms are on three or more levels above the reception.
In addition, there are easy chairs in all rooms, TV with remote control, satellite channels and a movie or video channel. There is room service day and night, or a minibar, and “a la carte” restaurant, and breakfast can be ordered in guest rooms. There is also a clothes cleaning service. There is a lift in the building, if the guest rooms are on two or more levels above the reception.
In addition, the interior decore is luxurious. There are safe compartments in the rooms. There is a lift, if the building has more than one floor. Meals can be ordered in rooms until 23:00. Secretarial service can be provided. There is an indoor swimming pool or an exercise facility with professional staff. There is a shop on location where gifts and souvenirs may be purchased and guests´ luggage can be taken to their rooms.