Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel

, Reykjavik, Iceland
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Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 284

Suðurlandsbraut 2 - Reykjavik - 108 - Iceland Hotel Website | | 354-444-5000
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Nice Hotel

from mkenney
The Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is a very nice hotel. The hotel is very modern and clean. I booked an executive room which entitled me to use of the executive lounge. I found the lounge strange in the sense that it did not stock bottled water (though two were left in my room every day). Complimentary beer and wine are available as are spirits in the evening. They keep a variety of soft drinks available as well. The rooms had an interesting layout with a seating area across from the bed, and the tv on a swiveling stand. The Tivoli stereo was a nice touch! The duvet on the bed (there are two per bed, one for each person) was a little small for me, being six feet tall. From the rooms, you can hear something that I figured to be a fog horn from the nearby harbor. Also, having traveled in the winter, and with Reykjavik's snowy weather (it snows just about every day, though accumulation is not very common) be aware that the parking lots need to be plowed, which can be heard from the rooms (I was on the top floor! Also, the toiletries are not replenished every day. All and all, I had a very nice stay.

Recommended

from gazza613
Stayed there for 4 days in December 2007.

Over all - great.

Staff were freidnly and helpful but not overly eager to please which I like as I find that annoying sometimes.

The hotel is modern. The room was nice. On the whole spacious and modern. It would have been nicer to be on the side of the hotel with the view of the sea and mountain, but that cost a bit extra. I booked a package through Flight Center but seemed very reasonable considering things in Iceland can very pricey.

Breakfast was fantastic.

The best thing about the hotel was that you could easily book any tours as there is a tour office for one of the tour companies in the hotel. Even better than this was that the tour busses usually drop you off first out of all the other hotels after a tour. This was prettly cool because after a long day it would be quite frustrating to stop at 20 different hotels to drop off other people - but I wouldnt know because I always got dropped off first!

Location is good becuase of the above. The walk to the main shopping/retail area takes about 20 minutes. A bit too far to walk so I caught a taxi and it took about 5 minutes.

I'd stay there again.

Must be the best hotel in Iceland

from globetrotterboy
This is a very nice business and leisure hotel.
As part of Hilton Gold membership we were upgraded to a Executive Room. I highly recommend this option even if you have to pay for it as you get access to a nicer and bigger room with great views of Mount Esja and also access to the Exec Club floor where you can enjoy complimentary breakfast as well as alcoholic drinks throughout the day.
Room was spacious and clean, great views, room service was great for breakfast and dinner and very quick - 20 mins only.
Reception staff is friendly and efficient and the lobby bar mixes very nice cocktails. We ate at Vox, the in-house restaurant and it was fantastic, although pricey, like all restaurants in Reykjavik.
The tour desk was ok and had good options but it is cheaper if you book with Iceland Excursions over the Internet.
One of the best stays for business and pleasures I had so far.

Fantastic hotel

from james65
I stayed here in May with my girlfriend for 3 nights.
The hotel is superb and you need to be petty to find anything to complain about.
We stayed in a business room which entitled us to access to the panorama room - where you can help yourself to breakfast, a few small light snacks and drinks - including beer and wine- all for free and whenever you please!!
The business room doesn't cost much more than a standard so the upgrade is definately worth it as you also get free access to the spa and gym and a free daily massage!
The rooms are spacious as clean as you could wish for.
The lobby is so inviting with its fire place and comfy chairs!
The staff were great and allowed us to check in early with the room already being ready.
Linda at the reception also drawed us a map when we was off on a walk and advised us on the best places to eat and shop.
The location isn't so bad, it took me 12 minutes to walk to the central shopping area which is on the same road so it is just a straight road - but i didn't mind this as it is a nice walk.

We was going to stay in 2 different hotels and checked them out whilst we was passing, the Nordica has to be the best hotel in Reykjavik.

Fab hotel

from HDaviesSouthWales
Stayed here from 27th - 31st December 2007
We booked this through Expedia and had the stay 4 night s for price of 3 deals. We also booked it before the Hilton took it over so we had a very good deal.

*ROOM: modern design. Usual amenities; tv (although not LCD flat screen as mentioned on website), iron, safe (no charge), mini bar, toiletries. Was impressed with the radio you could plug your i-pod into. Even though we weren't really in the room when it was light we had a very good view of Esja (room 746).

*FOOD: we had booked room only, but ate breakfast every day at the hotel. It cost 1950 kr each. Had a great selection of food; cereals, fruit, pastries, cheese, cold meat, bread, cooked breakfast (eggs, bacon etc), pancakes and porridge.
We did eat at the VOX bistro on one occaision. We thought it was a bit pricey (cost nearly £70 for the two of us) but the food was very nice. Try the hot and cold chocolate cake - its very yummy.

*FACILITIES: hotel has the Nordic Spa which you have to pay extra for. (Didn't use this so cannot comment). Was a little disappointed about this. It's understandable that you should pay extra for treatments but this may be the first hotel I have stayed in where you can't use the pool without being charged. (Was too busy to be too bothered to much about it - executive rooms have access to the spa in the price of the rooms). 2 computers in the lobby for internet use (internet acess in rooms). VOX restaurant which serves 5 star food. Lobby Bar. Gift shop which sells some Icelandic souveniers. This is where you also book trips with Reykjavik excursions - can recommend the Golden Circle, the Blue Laggon and the Northern Lights.

*LOCATION: not in the centre of town but apparently only 10 minutes walk. Don't know if that's true as we were there when the pavements were very icy so we didn't venture too far on foot. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle bus to the town centre but this only runs 6 times a day (a bit of a nightmare if you want to come back to the hotel between about midday and 6.30). There are a few of restaurants/bistros in close proximity to the hotel (had a very good meal at Askurs).

*SERVICE: very friendly staff. I don't understand some comments about Icelandic people being abrupt. All people I spoke to inside and outside hotel were friendly and helpful.

Overall - an excellent stay and would recommend it

Not the best Hilton

from loubelou6
We arrived at the Hilton Nordica on the 24th December 2007. The hotel is very impressive when you walk in with a big fire burning and free hot chocolate etc.
We had booked an executive plus room which meant we had access to the executive lounge and the room we had faced mount esja. The mountain was very impressive......when it was daylight (of which there was on average on 3-4 hours). If i were to go back i would not pay the extra to have a mountain view room as you could see the view from the executive lounge, and you are out of the hotel when it is daylight hours anyway so in hindsight it was a waste of 40 pounds extra per night.
The spa facilties were closed on christmas day and only open for 5 hours on boxing day, of which no spa treatments were available-only the two jacuzzi's and the lake pool. The outside pool was not open so we could not go out there. However on the 27th when we went back to the spa it was lovely and we received a complimentry shoulder massage.
The suppliment to use the executive lounge is worth it if you are wine drinkers as a glass of chardonnay is around 15 pounds and 40/50 for a bottle.
On christmas day we ate at the vox resturant which was a 5 course meal for around 80 pounds. It wasn't a nice thought eating reindeer on christmas day! I also came down with food poisoning the next day. Once i was feeling better, we ordered room service and my partner ate a hamburger and the next day he was ill aswell. All in all, i would not really recommend you eat at the hilton. We reported this to reception as other people we were speaking to in the spa had not been very well either from eating the same christmas day meal, and reception just said they were sorry. We asked them to refund our meal but they refused.
If you have ever stayed in any other Hilton Hotels, you will sure notice the difference when you come to stay here! Customer service is not the best.
Iceland is a lovely place, and the blue lagoon is a DEFINITE go! It is beautiful (although lather your hair in the complimentry conditioner). I would stop at the hilton nordica again, however i would be a regular visiter to the pizza hut around the corner!!

suited our requirements totally

from Masky
Met our requirements totally! Great breakfast, clean and simple rooms - simple in that everything that you want and expect from a Hilton! Liked the fact that I could easiyl plug my IPOD into the radio. The rooms have wooden floors and a great bathroom with great shower and bath (easy to use!). Front desk great as was the shop where you could book the odd tour. We managed 3 tours and what was great is that this hotel because of location is the 1st you get dropped off at. Only a 10 minute walk into town which is no problem. Would defo stay there again, Booked it before the Hilton chain toom it over so not sure if you get the same value for money we got. I had no problem with our room having a view over the car park because when in a city I want to spend more time out exploring than sitting in the hotel room!!!

Absolutely great!

from Eva_Lutecia
We stayed at the Hilton Nordica during Christmas time, and were thrilled! Great room, very quiet and nice. Nice wooden floor, beautiful tones of beige, white and brown, very comfortable and warm. Great service at front desk, very nice and helpful team. Buffet breakfast has everything you might want for a perfect meal. The tour desk inside the hotel allows you to plan your excursions very easily, and pick-up is scheduled for you right in front of the hotel. Didn't have enough time to try the spa, but we'll come back! :)

A great stay overall

from EricaLynn
We stayed at the Nordica in late November 2007. It had recently been rebranded as a Hilton property, and we quickly discovered that some of the things we’d read from when it was managed by Iceland Air no longer apply. We arrived around 9 am in the morning and were told that, unlike others had reported in previous reviews, we could not check in until 2 pm. We were also told that in order to secure a “bay view” room, we would need to pay an upgrade fee (unlike when Iceland Air treated identical rooms on either side of the hotel as belonging to the same category). After digging through our luggage to finagle a clothing change in the lobby restroom (we’d arrived via a red-eye flight and had gotten no sleep thanks to a large pushy seatmate), we made arrangements to leave our suitcases at the front desk so we could do some sightseeing before official check-in time. Perhaps sensing our exhaustion and desperation, a different staff member was then kind enough to offer us a complimentary upgrade to an available bay view room – I don’t think she has any idea how much we appreciated the opportunity to nap and shower before venturing out into the city! However, I would suggest that as a general rule, future guests not expect to be able to check in early as has been reported as the norm at this hotel in the past. (Of course, it is possible our experience was simply because they did not have a room available in the category we were booked for.)

Our room on the sixth floor was exactly as pictured on the hotel website. There were some nice touches, including real hardwood floors and lots of lighting. The bed was quite comfortable, with great down duvets. The bathroom featured a deep tub perfect for soaking (the bath gel provided by the hotel served as a nice bubble bath), and there was plenty of hot water with good water pressure thanks to Iceland’s geothermal resources. Those who prefer bar soap to gel soap dispensers might want to bring a bar of their own – we had one small bar that was never replaced by housekeeping. The view from our room included the ocean and a mountain backdrop, although we were rarely in our room during daylight hours to appreciate the view! Thankfully, our room was very quiet. Because we were on a smoking floor, the hallway often smelled strongly of cigarettes, but fortunately our room did not have any of that odor to it.

We booked our stay as part of an Iceland Air flight and hotel package, which also included breakfast at the hotel. The buffet was outstanding! It was held in the Vox restaurant area from 7-10 a.m. (with a smaller spread available beginning at 4:30 a.m.) and included an array of fresh breads and rolls, skyr, fruit juices, cereal, fruits, cold cuts and cheeses, and warm breakfast foods such as bacon, pancakes, eggs, baked tomatoes, etc.. We ate dinner one evening at the Vox Bistro (which was simply a lighter menu served in one section of the Vox restaurant) and enjoyed great food and attentive service. Be sure to try the “hot and cold chocolate cake” dessert! There was also a bar/lounge area in the lobby.

The crowd at the hotel consisted primarily of well-dressed business people. I don’t know if that’s because it was low tourist season or because Hilton seems to be marketing the hotel as a conference venue. The location was about a 15 to 20 minute walk from the center parts of Reykjavik, which would make it less appealing for those hoping to partake extensively of the city’s nightlife. The hotel offered a shuttle, but it ran somewhat infrequently, so we never used it. There were also city bus stops just outside the hotel. We found that the location was actually rather convenient for access to certain sites (e.g. Perlan, Asmundarsafn and Kjarvalsstadir art museums, Laugardalur). It was also only a short walk to the eastern end of Laugevegur, a popular street lined with shops and restaurants. As an alternative, one could walk into the central part of the city along the ocean, passing the striking Viking boat sculpture along the way; just be aware that the wind was much more brutal when taking this route! The hotel had quite a good complimentary map of the city available at the front desk. One plus was that because the hotel was on the outskirts of downtown, we were often the last picked up for tours and the first dropped off upon return.

For booking tours, the Hilton lobby included a Reykjavik Excursions tour desk combined with a small gift shop. We had already planned out our tours before arriving in Iceland, but for those who haven’t, be sure to check out the wall of pamphlets in the RE office – there were brochures for many different tour groups, not just RE.

We didn’t end up visiting the Nordica Spa as planned because we decided that an afternoon at the Blue Lagoon had fulfilled our spa needs for the trip. However, for anyone who is interested, a single visit to the spa can be purchased for 2600 kr per person for hotel guests. Alternatively, massage treatments include access to the spa. We checked out a spa menu and found that massage treatments started at 6900 kr.

Overall, we greatly enjoyed our stay at the Nordica. We’d likely return if the rate was the same as for other Reykjavik hotels (as was the case when we booked our Iceland Air package), but if the Hilton was going to cost us more than another property, we might consider staying elsewhere to be in a more convenient location. We were not impacted by the location on this trip given that we did a lot of tours outside of the city, but if our goal had been to stay in Reykjavik every day, the location of the Hilton may have become annoying. But the décor, rooms, and food were excellent!

above average hotel

from d0gwalker
I checked in the day after the Nordica had rebranded to the Hilton. This had been celebrated with ice sculptures outside the front entrance!

Having stayed there four times before I saw few differences, with the exception that my bathroom now had Crabtree & Evelyn products in addition to the wall-mounted liquid soap dispensers of old.

My room on the fourth floor facing the sea was spacious but even with the windows closed there was some road noise audible at night.

The buffet breakfast in the Vox restaurant on the ground floor was as tasty and substantial as ever.

It's not in the centre of town (a.k.a. the "101" district, which refers to the postal code), but that's only a short cab ride away.

Top Local Tips for Reykjavik

Reykjavik Excursions (company) This is a big company, many choices but very popular. Buses will be quite full and that is not what I like when I want a nature experience. Golden Circle is wonderful but having only just enough time at Gulfoss, Geyser and Thingvellir (3 1/2 hour in total). The Northern Lights Tour was a total fiasco. 300 people in 4 totally full buses, driving for 4 hours (spening only 10 minutes outside), seeing nothing at all. As the bus was quite full I as very stressed, having no space to move. Luckily on the other excursions I had an empty seat next to me for my bags, coat and cameras, etc. For those who seek a true nature experience one should better book a small vecicle, not these 60-seat buses (made in Holland). Even now in March it was quite crowded and with small children.

Laxnes horseback riding - an unforgettable experience We would highly recommend a horseback riding tour with Laxnes - the horses were wonderful, as were the staff. We opted for the combined riding/Blue Lagoon trip, and soaking in the lagoon was the perfect way to wrap up a day outdoors.

Booking Trips If travelling in the Winter, wait until you are in Iceland before booking excursions with companies. Weather is changable. Look at the weather forecast for a couple of days aead and decide what you want to do. We went on the Golden Circle tour on a VERY cold but clear day (also did the Northern Lights) but two days later it was torrential rain and gale force winds so we were very lucky we had picked the right day to go. This is especially important if you want to pay to go and see the Northern lIghts- but the company doesn't run the trip if the conditions are not right.

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  • Address: Suðurlandsbraut 2 - Reykjavik - 108 - Iceland
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