Hilton Reykjavik Nordica
What We Love
- Plus and Executive Plus Rooms overlook the Akrafjall and Esja mountains or Faxaflói Bay
- The cozy library features a fire made from volcanic ash
What To Know
- It's a 15-minute walk or a 10-minute free bus ride to/from the center of Reykjavik
- Hot tub massages are offered at the spa
- Access to the spa (including steam baths, hot tubs and a log cabin sauna) is an additional $30 per person
- The hotel's award-winning restaurant, VOX, gets busy so you may need to book.
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sleek and modern, the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica makes a great base for exploring Iceland’s quirky capital city. The contemporary guestrooms feature blond wood floors and cream walls dotted with Icelandic photography, and the all-white bathrooms are equipped with Peter Thomas Roth toiletries. Book a Plus or an Executive Plus Room for views of the Akrafjall and Esja mountains, or Faxaflói Bay. The communal areas are chic and elegantly designed; the sprawling lobby has a cozy living room feel, with bookshelves stuffed with curios, maps of Iceland and comfy armchairs. But the hotel’s standout amenity is the spa, which features indoor and outdoor hot tubs, two aroma steam rooms and plenty of massage options. After a treatment curl up with a book by the fire made out of volcanic ash in the library, or head to Vox, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant and bar; a top people-watching spot, it also serves a delicious weekend brunch.
In the Area
The hotel is a 15-minute walk or a 10-minute free shuttle bus ride from Reykjavik’s eclectic and arty center. The property also provides a free bus card to let guests access various local attractions. The nearest thermal bath is Laugardalslaug, which features an outdoor pool, steam baths and a water slide; the famous Blue Lagoon Spa is around a 40-minute drive away. There are plenty of outdoor activities nearby, including hiking and horseback riding. For a true taste of Iceland head to Sjavargrillid, a popular eatery, or Fridrik V, which serves Scandinavian cuisine. Culture vultures should pay a visit to the National Gallery or the popular open-air Folk Museum.
How to Get There
Spent the week site seeing in Iceland and stayed in 5 different hotels with my wife and 15 year old son, but the Nordica was by far the worst of all. We arrived somewhat late (around 8:30 P.M.) and decided to have dinner at the onsite restaurant at this hotel. Maybe we just lucked out with the other hotels, but we found the restaurant staff at the Nordica particularly rude. The 3 staff that we had to deal with at the restaurant were far from the typically friendly Icelanders that we had experienced throughout our trip. Perhaps I shouldn't have ordered the steak dinner but it was fatty, rubbery and with no taste. When I mentioned to the server that I wouldn't order that meal again I was told "that's too bad" and she walked away. The dinners at this hotel are quite expensive and not worth the money. The hotel is quite new and well maintained but the staff ruined it for us. Wouldn't stay there again.
a bit outside of town but when it is not too cold i expect it is not too far to walk downtown. there is a vietnames supermarket and pho restaurant next door.
when we checked in we had to wait for our room which i would not expect as a diamond member. the guy at check in then said something bla bla gold member and we said, well no, we are diamond. he said in his system it would say gold and only after some clicking realised we are diamond. very strange (we have been diamond for a while).
we got no room upgrade, we didn't even get an executive room or any slippers or bath rope. so not impressed with that service.
the lounge is ok. the food choice for vegetarians was not as bad as i expected. the food area unfortunately is tiny so when it is busy it is a bit unpleasant.
usual selection of drinks. no fizzy though.
the room was pleasant and clean. the bathroom (bath/shower) was very dark as there was no light above the bath/shower itself.
great heating and wooden floor which i liked.
it is convenient to get to and to stay for a night before you fly out it is not too bad, we would probably stay there again but would enforce my privileges :-)
A very well maintained Hilton property.
45 minutes away from airport and about 15 minutes walk from the main town centre.
Spacious rooms and everything as expected by Hilton group.
Staff very helpful and if you do not fancy a walk into town, several restaurants close-by
Front facing rooms have lovely view of Mountains.
My wife and I booked an Executive Level Queen Bed room. We arrived at the hotel on the Flybus at around 9AM, they let us go to the lounge for an hour and our room was ready. The room was a bit on the small size based on our prior European experiences but well equipped. One thing to beware of is there were no American power outlets! Fortunately we brought the proper adapter to fit our electronic "bricks." This was surprising as we expected American outlets in American hotel chains.
The bathroom was very small but functional. The room had a wood floor which was unusual - the place was very clean. Housekeeping did a good job except for a Friday that a national strike was called and we had no service.
The lounge was open at 6AM with a pretty comprehensive breakfast starting just before 7AM. Coffee drinks, hot entrees, lots of other selections made for a good start to the day. At 5pm alcohol was available along with a variety of foods - they served sandwiches, soups, sliders, even some breaded fried shrimp - ?shrimp tempura but no tempera sauce so I assume it is a European dish. They also had varied and delicious sweets, but each night had some of the same foods and some that we only saw once in our 4 nights.
We are Hilton Gold members but didn't get any breakfast vouchers. It probably didn't matter but I did wonder what we would have received if we didn't pay for an executive room.
Service was great, the staff was very friendly. It is a bit far from the tourist sites downtown but 4 bus lines stop in front of the hotel that go downtown - a good reason to buy the Reykjavik City Pass which allows you to ride the public buses unlimited.
The lobby served as a departure lounge for tours all day - lots of chairs made waiting comfortable.
On our first night the skies were crystal clear and we could see the northern lights from the hotel front door (while we were waiting for a tour to see the northern lights). The #11 bus stops around the corner from the Hilton and takes riders near the Reykjavik Grotta Lighthouse which is an ideal place to see the Northern Lights (and is a lot closer than where our bus tour took us). We had a spectacular view of the aurora from a site 30 minutes outside the city, and then stayed there in the cold for 2 hours. I wondered how much different the view would have been from the lighthouse. In any case, seeing the Northern Lights is a crapshoot - it depends on solar activity and cloud cover.
First the staff here is great. They were all very helpful and patient in helping me get directions or any other request. There is a restaurant and bar onsite. The great thing is there is a coffee-tee shop and several restaurants where you can get quick meal or take out. These options include a salad place, Vietnamese place, Mexican place and a Chinese place. I tried all of these except for the Chinese place and found the salad and Vietnamese places were very good for the price. around 17 to 22 US dollars(food in Iceland is expensive. Also the city bus stops outside the hotel (the hotel sells tickets) so it is quick and easy to get other places
The room was fine but lack a comfortable chair to sit in. Beds were good.
The fitness center is top of the line.
The shower water pressure was wonderful compared the USA.
Also, most of the tour excursions will pick you up and drop you off at this hotel.