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Review: Hilton Reykjavik Nordica

There are not many points hotels in Reykjavik. You have two Club Carlson options and two Hilton options. Hilton offers the older, cheaper Nordica and the newer, more expensive, and more centrally located Canopy. Since we were low on points after our December Spain trip, I was able to make the Nordica work for $71 and 16,000 points a night.

Pros: Nice hotel; affordable price; large, upgraded room; club lounge access; pretty views.

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The Nordica lounge

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View from the lounge

Cons: A 30-minute walk from the center of town; lounge is on the small size.

Hotel map

All in all, we were happy with our choice. The walk into town forced us to do quite a bit of walking and see more of the city. Our first day in Reykjavik, we walked more than seven miles! While the lounge was on the small side, it was still lovely to have access to free food and drinks (mmmm, diet coke), and the views were nothing to sneeze at. Finally, the free parking was useful once we rented our car. If you’re planning a trip to Reykjavik on points, the Hilton Nordica is a great way to keep costs down.

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Bermuda Part 1: A Review of our Hotel

I am positively giddy to be back in the land of free internet. Not that Bermuda wasn’t great, but $30 a day for internet at our hotel? Um, no thank you.

Speaking of our hotel…We stayed at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort in Hamilton Parish (not to be confused with the capital city of Hamilton.) A five minute drive from the airport, the hotel is a 25 minute bus ride from the capital and and at least 40 minutes from Bermuda’s famous beaches, but we are not sit-on-the-beach type people so that was all right.

Grotto Bay is not the fanciest or must luxurious hotel option in Bermuda, but I had found a 50 percent off deal on Orbitz, and that clinched it for me. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay there. Situated on the water in a series of lodges, the resort has a very relaxing feel. The expansive views of the water, the pastel colored buildings, and the well-kept grounds were all lovely.

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The rooms themselves were nothing special, but they came with an updated bathroom and a stunning view.

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I did not mind waking up to this view.

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Perhaps the most annoying thing about the hotel was the costly internet options. For $30 a day, we could access the internet in the resort lobby ONLY. Instead, we went down the road to a local restaurant where wifi is free.

If you come to Bermuda in the high season and want to hang out on one of the island’s famous pink beaches or be closer to the action in Hamilton, this is probably not the hotel for you. But for our short, three-day trip, it did the trick.

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