Hotel Hilton Nordica Hotel 4 star
Sudurlandsbraut 2 Reykjavik, Iceland -
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The Hilton group decided to establish its Icelandic version in a slightly away from the centre area, close to the Botanical Garden and a huge sports complex. The Reykjavik Nordica is housed in an ancient hotel that was extended and renovated, and now bares the name "Hilton". It houses 252 elegant rooms, a massive spa, a famous restaurant and a conference room. It attracts families on holiday and a business-oriented clientele.

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    Location 5.07 /10

    It's a 20 minute walk away from the centre of Reykjavik and enjoys calm surroundings along with major assets, such as the Botanical Garden or the Laugardalur leisure centre, with its indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness facilities, spa... It's the ideal place to relax after a day spent exploring the Icelandic countryside! Allow about one hour to reach the international airport or the famous "Blue Lagoon".

    Accommodation 8.15 /10

    With 252 rooms, the Hilton has banked on quantity, without sparing any effort in terms of quality. All the rooms are up to the Hilton standard: large TV screen, two phones, clock-radio with iPod dock, mini bar, kettle with tea and coffee, electronic safe, and a bathroom with a phone and a tub or a shower, "La Source" welcome toiletries and a shower gel dispenser... You should note that bathrobes are available upon request and for an extra charge. The interior is both as modern and simple as that seen in the common areas: light-coloured parquet floor, grey bedspread, a mountain of pillows, simple and modern furniture, and a half-tiled, half-marble clad bathroom. The lucky occupants of the executive rooms and the suites will enjoy access to the lounge and admire the magnificent view it affords of the capital and surrounding landscape. The most fortunate will have the honor of staying in the biggest suite on the whole of Iceland. An apartment with a kitchenette, it has had famous occupants such as Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, John Travolta and Yoko Ono, to mention but a few!

    Overview 7.60 /10

    The Hilton occupies a modern and imposing building that is very hard to miss. It has nothing in common with the small houses of the centre and its charming hotels. The revolving door and the huge lobby clearly set the tone: this is without question an establishment owned by the Hilton chain, a gem among luxury hotels. White columns, beige tiled floors, cream-coloured armchairs and sofas, purple carpets, modern art... Here, elegance and simplicity seem to blend into one. There are 4 lifts to take guests up to their rooms or to the second floor spa, which offers facilities that are on par with those found in the well-being centres of Mediterranean holiday resorts: a large ultra modern sports centre with bay windows, a dance hall, two jacuzzis, aromatic Turkish baths, 11 massage parlours, a beauty parlour, and a terrace fitted with a third jacuzzi and a sauna. Unfortunately, the pumping-iron music of the fitness centre is audible in the spa section, and techno is not exactly the ideal music to relax to! The hotel also includes a business centre with 3 computers, the use of which will set you back 10 pounds for 24 hours.

    Food and drink 7.80 /10

    There are 3 possibilities for guests who want a bite to eat: snacks are served in the purple lobby bar, Nordic and international dishes are served in the Vox bistro, and the restaurant section offers a more refined Scandinavian menu but is closed on Sundays and Mondays. To the right of the entrance hall, the restaurant room is a tastefully decorated spot with a capacity of 220 guests: parquet floor, beige seats, wooden table, fire place, glass cellar, etc. The interior decorating follows the same theme as in the rest of the hotel, from the common areas to the guest rooms. It opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and attracts many outside guests who come all the way from the city centre. You should note that a buffet is proposed at noon on weekdays, that "smushis" sandwiches are served on Saturdays, and that there is a brunch on Sundays from 11:30am till 3:30pm.

    To know

    This is evidently not a trial run for the Hilton group. Formerly known as Esja, it integrated the Icelandair Hotels group under the name of Nordica in 2003, after a complete renovation that lasted one year and a half. In 2007, it was taken over by the Hilton Group.


    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room


    • The spa
    • The bistro-restaurant
    • The biggest suite in Iceland
    • The "illustrious" clientele


    • The prices
    • A little far from the city centre
    • The size
    • The music in the sports centre

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    • Overall Score nc/10