Hotel Review: Hilton Reykjavik

It’s dark in Iceland in January. And cold.


Though when I discovered a Hilton, I warmed up a bit. With a shot of cod liver oil each morning, I warmed up even more.

Hilton Reykjavik cod liver oil

A business trip was the reason for a January trek up to Iceland. And the commute was easy from Orlando – a direct flight from Sanford International Airport (SFB) into Reykjavik (KEF) on Icelandair.

The Hilton Reykjavik was in the financial district of the city, though close enough to the city center by bus or taxi. In warmer conditions, yes I would have walked. As it was, I had to walk a few blocks to the building where my meetings were and that was far enough for this Florida girl! In the dark. In the cold.

Hilton Reykjavik

My room had a beautiful wood floor and floor to ceiling windows – great for watching the steam rise from the ground across the street. When it wasn’t dark.

Hilton Reykjavik Room

The chairs for lounging were a bit low. Ok, a lot low. With a very low foot stool. They look interesting, but not my cup of tea for relaxing at the end of the day, unless I wanted to be stuck in one all night. I worked at the table-style desk which suited me just fine.

Hilton Reykjavik Chairs

A standard European-style bathroom:

Hilton Reykjavik Bathroom

And a nice executive lounge overlooking the dark city:

Hilton Reykjavik Lounge

Hilton Reykjavik Shot

When I wasn’t dining out with colleagues trying horse filet and raw whale, I ate a light supper in the lounge. Breakfast always started with an OJ and a shot. Wow, I haven’t done shots for breakfast ever! But when in Iceland, do what the locals do. Or at least what the locals have their kids do.

All in all, a typical Hilton. It was a well-cared for hotel where I had a nice, clean room (albeit with not-my-style chairs) and a nice executive lounge.

My next visit to this Hilton will be when it’s not so dark. And not so cold. Or if in the winter again, at least when I have time to get out of the city and try to catch the Northern Lights.


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