As soon as I walked into Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre, I immediately felt at home. The rustic, cozy ambience reminded me of my own home back in Chicago, and the simple and clean Scandinavian design made me reimagine how my own apartment would look with these neat pieces. I’ve had the privilege of staying in many impressive and comfortable hotels all over the world, but few that have fit my personality and style so perfectly that I’ve started to believe I’m soul mates with a hotel. Now that I’ve found my perfect match, I know I’ll be returning to Reykjavik, and I know I’ll be staying at Canopy by Hilton. If you’re looking to stay in stye in Reykjavik, Iceland, look no further than Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre.
Common Spaces & Staff
The lobby at Canopy contains a café/bar to the left, stairs and common sitting spaces straight ahead, and a check in area to the right. There were two staff at the check in desk when I arrived, both on their laptops at a long, wooden table. If they hadn’t noticed me immediately and waved me over, I would have thought they were a couple of guests at the hotel working on their laptops in the beautifully designed common area. I had never seen a hotel check in desk set up like this before and appreciated how efficient and welcoming it felt.
Since we had signed up for a Reykjavik food tour that began at 12:30 PM and wanted to check in and freshen up in our rooms before heading over to the tour, I emailed the hotel and asked if they could accommodate for an earlier check in time around 11:00 AM. The staff emailed me back right away and kindly confirmed that our room was ready for check in by 10:30 AM. We were each given a bag of caramel corn as a welcome gift upon arrival, and we decided to further indulge ourselves with a coffee and croissant from the café.
There were several common areas on the first floor that were each equipped with cozy chairs, sofas, and the same beautiful Scandinavian design reflected in the rest of the hotel. In one common area, a tall bookshelf filled with books lined an entire wall. It was so cozy that I felt like I was in someone’s personal home library.
In addition to the café, the hotel also has a bar and restaurant called Geiri Smart. Geiri Smart is open daily and serves complimentary breakfast for hotel guests from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM. We had the privilege of having breakfast there one morning, and we are so glad we did. The breakfast is served buffet style, with an area of hot foods, an area for cereals, an area for fruits and yogurts, and an area for drinks. The hot foods ranged from eggs to quiche to salmon pizza, and all of it was delicious. This was by far the best breakfast I have had at any hotel, not to mention the best complimentary breakfast. I have easily paid 20 euro or more for breakfasts half as impressive as this spread. Needless to say, do not skimp on the breakfast when you stay here!
Canopy also hosts a complimentary tasting from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM every evening in the cafe area to the left of the lobby. We tasted a local beer while we were there, and the hosts were extremely knowledgeable about the beer and generous with their pours.
We were given a bedroom on the fifth floor with a beautiful view of Reykjavik. Like the rest of the hotel, the simple Scandinavian design in the room strongly appealed to my tastes. Our room was set up like an alcove, with a shorter slanted wall on one side of the bed, which gave the room an extra cozy feel. The room was impeccably clean, the bed comfortable, the amenities plentiful, and the hospitality once again on point as we were greeted with my name on the television screen and the telephone display when we walked in.
The room was equipped with full amenities, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, hair dryer, iron board, and even a Nespresso machine, which we used for our morning coffee. I’m not sure if we used the machine improperly, but the machine was extremely loud when it was brewing coffee and almost sounded like someone had taken a drill to our room. You may wish to test the machine before trying it for the first time at 5:00 AM and waking up your travel companions.
In addition to the café and the restaurant/bar, we also found a rooftop terrace and a fitness room in the hotel. The rooftop terrace is located on the fifth floor and connects the two wings of the hotel. In one wing is the main lobby, café, and check in area, and in the other wing is the restaurant/bar and additional hotel rooms. As our hotel room was located in the wing with the restaurant/bar, we would walk across the rooftop terrace to enter the wing in which our hotel room was located. If the weather is unpleasant or you simply do not wish to go outside to reach your room, there is always the option of taking the elevator up to the fourth floor, walking across the interior hallway to the adjacent wing, and taking the elevator or stairs up one more floor.
A couple of rather unique amenities we found at the hotel were a free bike rental service and a free records rental service. We found Reykjavik to be quite small and walkable, but if you are short on time or prefer to get around more quickly, the bikes are a great option. There are also record players available for rental from the café to the left of the main lobby, and there you will also find a large selection of records that you can bring up to your room and enjoy comfortably. Like the complimentary breakfast and complimentary wifi, these rentals are of course complimentary as well. Canopy by Hilton really does an excellent job of making its guests feel right at home by not nickel and dime-ing them on every added amenity.
Reykjavik is not a large city and is mostly walkable, and we found ourselves taking short walks from Canopy to all the main sites. The hotel is located in more of a neighborhood area rather than a touristy area, which I appreciated as I always try to live like a local when I travel. It also gave us easy access to many local bars and restaurants in Reykjavik.
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Canopy by Hilton has locations all around the world, including Chicago, Toronto, Washington DC, London, and more. You can make a booking directly on Canopy’s website, or click this link for $20 off your booking on booking.com.
Overall, I cannot recommend Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre more highly. This was my home away from home during my stay in Reykjavik, and I am confident you will feel the same homey yet hip vibe that I did. If you are looking to stay in style in Reykjavik, there is no better place to do so than at Canopy by Hilton.
A big thank you to Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre for making our stay possible. All opinions are 100% my own.
Author: Diana Chen
Recently left my job as an attorney to pursue the work-from-anywhere/travel-everywhere life. I blog about traveling the world with a full time job, confronting your travel addiction, and pursuing your passions without going broke. Traveled to 21 countries on 4 continents since March 2017 and 48 countries total. Next big adventure is hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro in February 2018.
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