Despite a location slightly outside Reykjavik’s center, the 4-star Hilton Nordica is one of the city’s most popular hotels. Much of this is thanks to the high levels of service and comfort and the modern, Scandinavian-style interior. The neutral-toned lobby—with its own fireplace and lounge area—is plush and welcoming, an aesthetic that carries into the rooms and suites. Rooms are spacious and airy (the smallest is 28 square meters), with calming, natural tones, colorful photos of Reykjavik, and large windows that allow Iceland’s generous light to flood in. The suites also come with a separate lounge area. The VOX restaurant serves gourmet New Nordic cuisine, with an emphasis on Icelandic and Scandinavian ingredients, and the open-plan bar/lounge serves coffee, tea, and cocktails, and is a comfortable spot for lounging or mingling. Business travelers can make use of the conference rooms and business center, while others might prefer to unwind in the log cabin sauna.
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Although the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is two kilometers out of the main downtown area, it’s still only a 15- or 20-minute walk to the action, and a free shuttle brings guests back and forth regularly. Also a 10-minute walk away is the sprawling Laugardalur Park, which contains a botanical garden, zoo and playground, skate park, stadium, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools—not to mention several geothermal hot tubs.
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Rooms: 252 rooms; from $185. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The hotel’s VOX restaurant is well-known in the city, not least because its chefs have won several awards. The restaurant is an attractive mix of white high-back chairs, comfortable banquettes, and polished wood floors. The Scandinavian-Icelandic menu emphasizes locally sourced natural ingredients, featuring interesting dishes such as reindeer, and licorice cake; there is also a daily lunch buffet. The adjacent lounge, with its lime-green swivel chairs, serves as a café during the day (high tea is served 2–6 p.m.) and a cocktail bar in the evening. Spa and gym details: The Nordic Spa offers aromatherapy, body scrubs, massages, and facials, alongside hot tubs, a steam bath, and a log cabin sauna. The gym has personal trainers.
Who's it for: Business travelers seeking excellent service; families who prefer to be a little removed from Reykjavik’s downtown scene (and closer to Laugardalur Park). Our favorite rooms: The upper-floor suites have fantastic views over the bay and Mount Esja, while Executive Rooms include complimentary access to the spa and executive lounge. For the family: The shopping center next door has a Land of Adventure where parents can drop off their kids (3–9 years) to enjoy face painting and puppet shows while they browse the stores. Art Gallery Fold has ceramics and paintings by both emerging and well-established Icelandic artists.