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Hilton Reykjavik Nordica
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Sudurlandsbraut 2, Reykjavik 108, Iceland   |  
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Ranked #13 of 49 Hotels in Reykjavik
London, United Kingdom
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“Great hotel but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

We stayed for a long weekend in a room on the 6th floor facing the sea/mountains (but also facing the main road). The hotel is the standard you would hope for - great gym, great food, excellent bed and, if you are the type of person to drive everywhere and/or be picked up, the location is not a problem. For us, we found it too far away from the city area - the free bus pass was useful but we prefer to wander around wherever possible and the distance and weather wasn't ideal for that.

We ate breakfasts in and dinner in once and can only recommend the restaurant - the food was lovely and not overly expensive (London prices).

I was able to get wifi in our room - my husband wasn't - so it's a bit random. No problem in the lobby area. We agree with other comments re how outdated it feels to charge for wifi and usually decline to do so.

We struggled with the lack of blackout curtains - 5.00am wake-ups.Breakfast opened at 6.30 so it wasn't too bad. Unfortunately the gym wasn't open that early.

The outdoor 50m pool about 10mins walk away is fantastic. There is a spa onsite which looks amazing - we didn't have time to try it out tho. We went to the Blue Lagoon and loved it - also did a day trip with ski-do side trip - all well worth the cost.

We wouldn't stay again but mostly because if we came back we would be exploring more of the island rather than Rejkavik itself. Overall we had a great trip.

Room Tip: Ask for 5th floor up. Depending on your preference re noise V view decide if you want mountain view...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Nice hotel in Reykjavik. Comfortable Scandinavian style rooms. Great breakfast. Staff very friendly. 5 minutes from 'downtown'. Book a superior room with great views of Reykjavik, the ocean & mountains opposite. We arrived early in the morning after a night flight from the States & were able to check in & go up to our rooms directly.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Stayed here for two nights. The hotel seems quite new and very clean. The staff were very friendly and helpful. Used their room service twice to order food in my room, and they were quick about it. The location is a bit far from the centre, but pickups for trips and the airport work very well. The wifi on the rooms costs but not too much, so that is not a very big problem as it worksa well. The breakfast has a lot of choice and though the hotel is quite big there was no noise or rush anywhere. Would gladly stay here again if fate ever sent me to Iceland again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Recently my wife and I had the unique experience of being hotel guests in our home-town of Reykjavik. This review might therefore reflect some local knowledge as well as a comparison as to how this hotel compares to others I’ve stayed at in Europe and the USA.
Location-wise the Hilton is slightly out of the traditional “old” tourist center of Reykjavik. We locals would still consider it central to Reykjavik. It’s a 15-20 minute walk downtown, 10 minute bus trip (use bus.is for bus info) or a 5 minute taxi ride. Reykjavik is a very safe city so walking from downtown after dinner or a night out is a great option. Not that you have to go far – the hotel has a fantastic restaurant and bar (more on that later) and there are several dining options close by the hotel. The plus side to not being in the old center of Reykjavik is the peace and quiet – especially over weekends when we locals like to go for a romp downtown – the easy accessibility and the ample parking.

The lobby is very modern and Scandinavian. White leather sofas, plenty of space and a very cozy cosmopolitan atmosphere. Check in was quick and efficient. Possibly my only gripe with the lobby was that they didn’t mention you need your room-card to activate the elevator…
The rooms are best described as Scandinavian. More so than hotels I have stayed at in Norway or Denmark. Light parquet floors, light-gray/tan curtains, bed-covers and furniture, practical furniture, great big windows with a LOT of light… I found the rooms a lot brighter than I’m used to and that’s probably a combination of the windows and light wooden floors. At first a bit cold but after an hour I preferred this to the typical wall-to-wall carpets found in most hotels.
Room was quite big, queen size bed rather soft, plenty of pillows, good desk to do some work, comfy-chair (would want two in the room), great TV, coffee and tea making facility. Everything in tip-top order, clean and functional. Bathroom adequately large with a good shower and bath. Room was above average compared to hotels I’ve been in Europe.
The dark curtains were more than enough to keep out the midnight sun. Not completely dark but too dark to read or see more than a couple of feet.

The only negative factor I would point out is that there is no free Wi-Fi. To me nowadays charging for Wi-Fi is like charging for towels or toilet-paper. Wi-Fi should be complimentary by default.

OK – Back to location: The great health restaurant opposite the hotel (Glo) has been mentioned in other reviews. Slightly to the right in front of the hotel you have the Botanical Gardens and the largest outdoor thermally heated swimming pool – maybe a ten minute walk. Just to the right of the hotel you have Askur and some other good dining options. Slightly further (10 minute walk) you have a sushi restaurant and the excellent (and relatively cheap) Saffran. I would not rate the location as a problem unless your aim is to go clubbing over the weekend. If you are using this hotel as a base for drives outside Reykjavik or for business I would prefer this location over “old” downtown.

The bar in the lobby is possibly one of the best bars in town. Definitely don’t miss the Happy Hour between 17:00 and 19:00 and use the opportunity to try the signature cocktails by the award winning mixologist. The VOX restaurant is also very good. There is an excellent buffet lunch/brunch option and the evening menu is world-class. We had the Chef’s 3 dish choice and were extremely happy with it.

All in all we had a very good and happy experience with this hotel and IMHO it rates up there amongst the better of those that I have reviewed on this site.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on 5th floor or higher facing the mountains.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Stayed here last October 2012 so another stay was obligatory when we returned to Iceland in April 2013. Still happy with their service and overall top star rating of the hotel. And don't miss those breakfasts.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I enjoyed this hotel although the location is a bit of a walk to the city centre especially when it is bitterly cold. The nice thing though is that if you want to go into town, the hotel will give you a bus card for the day (one card good for 4 passengers) and this takes you where you want to go for free which is a HUGE bonus as taxi's are very expensive. Take the FlyBus to/from the Keflavik Airport. Nice service with wifi for much less. The hotel has amazing views of the city and mountains/glaciers. The rooms are a bit small but reasonable. There is one bar and one restaurant so not too much choice inside the hotel. But the offerings were quite good with a large breakfast buffet. AS a Gold Member I was upgraded to an Executive Club experience although I accepted the free wifi and executive club privledges, I declined a better room as I arrived at the hotel at 07:00 and rooms would not be ready until 14:00 but that was fine by me. The staff were all very friendly. As for a hig floor room with a water view for the best experience.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trausti K, Sales Manager at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear, traveler

Thank you for your recent review of our hotel, Hilton Reykjavik Nordica.
I am glad to see that you were able to make use of our free bus pass system. I am also glad to see that you found our staff to be friendly and that you could enjoy the spectacular view from your room. If you will visit us again, I advise you to try out our spa, it is included in the executive club privileges and it´s a good place to relax at after a busy day.

Warm regards,
Trausti Karlsson
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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Hey there!

My husband and I are destination wedding photographers and planners by trade so we have traveled many places throughout the world but Iceland hands down has been our favorite. So much that we chose to plan our wedding in Iceland! We booked this hotel as our post wedding hotel for our guests. The Hilton crew was very accomedating to us and our group of 30-40 guests for the 3 days of Iceland adventure we had planned for everyone. Days before, we had our Iceland destination wedding at Seljalandsfoss with stops at the volcano farm house, Vik Beach, and Skogafoss waterfall for wedding portraits.

We chose this hotel because of the location, ease for parking, the quality that comes with the Hilton name, and the fantastic group rate they provided us. Not much within walking distance so be sure you have rented a car (most famous bars are 10 minutes away). The dining area is chic, modern, and rich with local flavors but offers a higher price tag than most. All the rooms offered up nice space, were clean, and had great city views. We will stay again when we come back to photograph other gorgeous Iceland destination weddings!

Feel free to check out our Iceland wedding blog by searching for Iceland Wedding Planner for more information.

With a smile, Ann Peters

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Trausti K, Sales Manager at Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, responded to this review, May 8, 2013
Dear, Ann Peters

Thank you for your recent review of our hotel, Hilton Reykjavik Nordica.
I would like to thank you for your kind words about the hotel and Iceland in general. I also would like to thank you for recommending us to other readers, we highly appreciate it. I am glad to see that you will be staying with us again and you are always welcome back to Hilton Reykjavik Nordica.

Warm regards,
Trausti Karlsson
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Additional Information about Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

Address: Sudurlandsbraut 2, Reykjavik 108, Iceland
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Location: Iceland > Capital Region > Reykjavik
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Reykjavik
#2 Family Hotel in Reykjavik
#3 Spa Hotel in Reykjavik
#5 Luxury Hotel in Reykjavik
#8 Romantic Hotel in Reykjavik
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Reykjavik Nordica 4*
Number of rooms: 284
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