On my trip to Iceland, I decided to book the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica because I’ve been keeping my eye on this property for awhile haha. I told myself that when I came to Iceland I would try my best to stay there and then the perfect opportunity arose! There’s not many chain hotels in Iceland, and the Hilton has great reviews online. Plus, with my Diamond Status it was a no brainer! Free breakfast + lounge access thanks to my AMEX Aspire Card.
Arrival + Check-In:
On mobile check-in, it showed that I was upgraded to a room Twin Plus Room on the Executive Level. Yay!
We rented a car, and there is free parking just right outside! While the exterior looks old, don’t let that fool you because inside is quite refreshed!
The lobby was quite nice, and felt quite modern! At check-in I was given a cute small box of 2 chocolates for being a Diamond Member which was a nice gesture.
At first glance the room screamed IKEA minimalist to me, but it was actually quite nice and grew on me. The beds were very comfortable, and the view was very nice from the 8th floor! The main highlight would have to be cleanliness, as everything was essentially spotless.
The bathroom had lots of counter space. Definitely enjoyed the extra space from the “Plus” type room.
Executive Lounge + Breakfast:
The executive lounge is located on the 8th floor, and serves both breakfast in the morning, hors d’oeuvres from 5-7pm and snacks + drinks throughout the day. Especially in Iceland, a great lounge is very much appreciated!
Hors d’oeuvres consisted of sandwiches, sushi and snacks. And all day they offered Icelanic Isey Skyr Yogurt which is AMAZING. You have to try it. I had many many yogurts when I visited the lounge.
With my Diamond breakfast benefit, I opted to eat breakfast downstairs at the Vox Restaurant and I’m glad I did! It was one of the best hotel buffet breakfasts I’ve had! Plenty of selection and great tasting. Lots of hot cooked options, pastries, salad and cold cuts. Also, an omelet station!
The Hilton Reykjavik Nordica isn’t quite in the city center. It’s about a mile away, or a 20 minute walk. We did the walk one day when it wasn’t too windy and it was quite easy, but otherwise we just drove around with our rental car 🙂 I didn’t mind the location at all, but if you somehow don’t have a rental it may be a bit inconvenient.
Sadly my quick 3 night visit didn’t leave me time to explore the fitness center or spa but it is available!
If my travels somehow bring me back to Reykjavik, I’d gladly stay here again! Probably one of my favorite Hilton stays.
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Thanks for the review.
Have you visited Scandinavian countries? The “IKEA minimalist” description seems to be de rigueur there, so I wondered if this was your take too. Perhaps that’s just their normal.
I haven’t actually visited the Scandinavian countries yet! But I’ve heard the same. Thanks for reading!
I did not know that the Hilton app gave you upgrades on check in, and thought it was only at the desk.
Is this feature now on the app at all hotels in the group?
Depends on the hotel, but many will upgrade you the morning of, or the night before and you can see it on the app!
Did you go to an Icelandic lounge?
Not at the airport.
A bus into town? Is there anything to do in town?
You could take a bus into town! The town is cute and quaint with many more food options and little shops.