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
We used this hotel as our base for our recent three-day visit to the island and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Some of the highlights: Great staff; Comfortable rooms; Wonderful breakfast; Excellent gym and fitness studio; Convenient to both the airport and the harbor...the hotel was chock full of amenities. The only potential negative, you are cab ride away from all the good dining options and with most rides the equivalent of $15-$20 each way (even though it's a 2 minute ride) that can add up if you head into town a lot. Other than that, this hotel is a perfect place for your Iceland adventure.
I picked this hotel as I am a diamond member of the Hilton Honors club and knew that I would get a good room. I previously stayed in the Radisson that was undergoing renovation. The check in was efficient and after being told I wouldn’t get an upgrade I managed to get this changed once this was challenged. I had a lovely suite on the 9th floor. This had a nice desk, seating area with TV that switched both ways do you could see in bed as well. Bathroom was really nice with good shower above Bath. The bed was super comfy and I had the best night sleep in years! I also had access to the club bar however this was a little underwhelming compared with other Hilton’s.
I can recommend the Vox restaurant for dinner and breakfast was amazing. All in all I would recommend this hotel and will definitely stay there again.
Comfortable hotel with an excellent spa, which is complimentary for hhonors Diamond members.
The hotel restaurant was particularly good by hotel standards, and would not be out of place on any diners list serving a mix of local dishes and "regular hotel" fayre for dinner.
Breakfast is also excellent in terms of variety, availability and quality. I generally ask for freshly cooked items vs "kept warm" and this was no problem here.
Rooms are Scandinavian in styling, quite large and comfortable. Sound insulation is excellent.
The hotel is only a short walk from the commercial centre, cathedral and 25 minutes walk gets you to the old town. It is directly next to a bus stop and has complimentary parking. Several excursion companies collect passengers from the hotel car park.
The hotel also has cycles available for use, although we didn't find out the charges.
Proximity to major routes mean access to other regions of Iceland is easy and fast.
Like everything in Iceland, unless you have a Swiss, Nordic or Icelandic salary, you're likely to find it expensive. Not particularly this hotel, simply everything in Iceland is relatively expensive compared to my general Western European experience.
In terms of reducing cost, I recommend the excellent Icelandic tap water, which is always available on a complimentary basis in hotels bars and restaurants across Iceland, complete with Ice if the diner prefers.
The hotel does have an executive lounge on the 8th floor facing approx. West to view the setting sun through large windows. The lounge is well staffed, not overly crowded on our visit, and serves snack food and alcoholic drinks during happy hour, and coffee, fruit juices, water etc throughout the day.
Worth saying the staff at this hotel were particularly friendly and helpful.
I have no hesitation recommending this hotel for business in the capital or its environs or as we were as tourists.
We loved visiting Iceland and I would suggest that it be on everyone's list.
The hotel itself was just okay. The room was very minimalistic. If you like Ikea you would love this room. The hotel is a 30 minute walk to downtown or you can catch the bus located right across the street. Reykjavik is very expensive. There is a supermarket a ten minute walk toward downtown.
The hop on hop off bus stop is located in front of the hotel also. We bought tickets at the tour desk at the hotel, but I did not find the woman to be friendly or helpful.
Pleasant stay. We had the corner king suite so priced high. But room has a good view and spacious. Staff is pleasant. Exec lounge experience made it special including breakfasts and cocktails and canapés in the evening. Staff is helpful. Spa experience was not good with no robes or massage in hot tub as advertised