Hotel Rangá’s Africa Suite is filled with original furniture and decor to give the room a truly authentic feel. In fact, details such as a zebra skin wall hanging, wooden masks, carved giraffe figures and bold African prints lend a hand to guests’ imaginations.
The room also boasts a luxurious bathroom with pitch-black walls but the pièce de résistance is actually the suite’s ceiling. “It needed to look a bit crooked but still be logical enough. It couldn’t be too complicated to make,” says hotelier Friðrik Pálsson. “We managed it somehow by centering the room off-center. We also kept the same inclination on all the rafters from the walls.”
Hotel Rangá’s Africa Suite: A Team Effort
Like the other suites at Hotel Rangá, the Africa Suite was a group effort. The owners, members of staff and outside contributors worked together to design and built the suite. What’s more, they decided the room should have a small false ceiling made of straw in its off-kilter center, much like an African hut.
“I ended up going to Þorvaldseyri to meet with the farmer there. We were talking and I asked if I could cut a bit of his wheat before he threshed it. It had to be fully grown so that it would be as long as possible,” Friðrik says. “He found the request amusing and we ended up visiting him two more times to collect a whole heap of the wheat.”
Look up! It’s a hut ceiling
When it came to actually building the small hut ceiling, Friðrik and the builders had no idea how to put it together or even how to hang it. After a few failed attempts and lots of laughter, they finally managed to put their heads together and get the job done. “Up it went and it’s still hanging on after all these years.”
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