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8 Apr 2014

HILTON HOTEL, REYKJAVIK

Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is a cool, modern and clean hotel, close to the city centre. The style is very Nordic, which I love. We stayed in an executive room overlooking some of the city, which had a picturesque view, with snow-capped mountains in the distance. Definitely a welcoming sight to arrive to!



Breakfast was included and could be taken either in the executive lounge or downstairs in the main breakfast hall. We chose the lounge as it had the same fantastic view and less people (i.e. more food for us to gobble down).



Between 5 and 7 we had access to a free open bar in the lounge, too, along with canap├ęs - something we took advantage of one evening before dinner by making some Aperol Spritz and enjoying the great selection of food (including a fantastic popular local yoghurt, Skyr, made of pasteurised milk, 0% fat and almost no carbs). Good news, too, for the lactose intolerant - the Hilton provides both soy and rice milk alternatives for drinking. 




Warm colours and modern style furniture and decor make up the public areas (lobby, bar, etc.), which are all spacious, open and extremely inviting.

I was happy with our room - it was simple, but had the aforementioned beautiful view, plenty of space, a ridiculously comfortable bed and TV cabinet that could be swung around to face the bed or lounge chair as preferred.



The hotel is barely a ten minute bus ride (and you're provided a free bus pass for the duration of your stay) to the center of Reykjavik. If you have a car (highly recommended), parking outside is free. I wouldn't recommend trying to find a spot in the city in the evenings, though - we had a nightmare time one night, spending a good fifteen, twenty minutes looking for a single free space anywhere in the center.

All in all, I'd recommend the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica for anyone wishing for a quiet night's sleep in a cool, modern hotel, away from the center but sill within an extremely convenient distance.

*It's been near impossible for me to get any blog posts up - what with all the editing, resizing, writing, researching and proofreading to be done I'm barely finding the time - Japan is a whirlwind! We've just been non-stop. It's fantastic, because we've seen and done so much that it feels like we've been here longer than we have, but it also means I'm exhausted every evening and just want to flop into bed. Anyhoo, stay tuned for the next post, which will be about amazing Tokyo!

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