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Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre in Iceland [In-depth Review]

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It’s safe to say that many of our travel bucket lists include a trip to Iceland. The island is a natural wonder with a wide range of activities and sights to experience.

Thanks to the accumulation of sufficient points and miles to make it happen, I’ve been fortunate enough to have visited Iceland on several occasions and stayed at several different hotel properties.

I’ve previously stayed at the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre and loved its location in the heart of funky shops, bars, and restaurants with easy access to the waterfront and other city sights. So here I have returned to take a closer look at the property and share my findings with our readers.


Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is located directly in the city center of Reykjavik, but there are 3 Hilton-branded hotels in the city of Reykjavik. The Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton is the first 80,000 marker on the map below, at the far left. The markers indicate how many Hilton Honors points are needed for a free standard room night.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is represented by the middle marker, and the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica is located to the far right.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Location
There are 3 Hilton properties in the city of Reykjavik. Image Credit: Hilton


Flying to Reykjavik

Each year in late May/early June, Delta Air Lines begins service direct from Minneapolis (MSP) to Reykjavik (KEF). In late May 2022, I secured a flight from my hometown in northern Michigan, then connecting via MSP, for around $900. Using Delta SkyMiles Pay With Miles to cover a portion of the flight, I applied 50,000 SkyMiles equating to $500 off the flight and I will still earn miles on the paid portion when flying (approximately 4,500 SkyMiles).

I put the remaining cost of my flight on my Chase Sapphire Reserve® to earn 3x Ultimate Rewards points. I could have also used The Platinum Card® from American Express to earn 5x Membership Rewards points for flights purchased directly from the airline, but I had a small credit balance to use up on my Chase Sapphire Reserve card.

Selecting a Hotel Property

Having booked my flight, it was time to select a hotel where I could use hotel loyalty program points to secure an award night.

While I wanted to stay at the Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel, as I have not stayed at this Hilton property, it was not available for the night I needed. I selected the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre as my second choice.

One standard room night at Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre can be booked for 80,000 Hilton Honors points. We value these points at about 0.5 cents each, so I was essentially using $400 worth of points to book the room. A flexible rate with taxes and fees topped $500 per night, so I was content to hand over the points versus paying cash.

Hilton Honors points have been easy to earn on my Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card with 3x earnings on every purchase, 7x earnings on flights/car rentals/dining, and 14x earnings at Hilton properties.

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Paying hundreds of dollars for an annual fee on a co-branded hotel card might seem ridiculous, but you should know that the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card is much more than your run-of-the-mill hotel credit card.

The Hilton Aspire card is not only a phenomenal card for Hilton Honors loyalists, but even those who visit Hilton hotels just a few times a year can still get excellent value out of all the benefits that are packed into this card.

So let’s have a look at what makes the card so valuable to travelers.

  • 14x points per $1 on Hilton purchases
  • 7x points per $1 on select travel and at U.S. restaurants
  • 3x points per $1 on all other purchases
    • High annual fee of $550
  • Earn 175,000 Bonus Points after you spend $6,000 in purchases on the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card in the first 6 months of Card Membership. Offer ends 7/31/2024.
  • Earn 14x Hilton Honors Bonus Points when you make eligible purchases on your card at participating hotels or resorts within the Hilton portfolio.
  • Earn 7x Hilton Honors Bonus Points for eligible purchases: on flights booked directly with airlines or, on car rentals booked directly from select car rental companies, and at U.S. restaurants.
  • Earn 3X Hilton Honors Bonus Points for other purchases on your card.
  • Enjoy up to $400 in Hilton Resort Credits (up to $200 in statement credits semi-annually) on your card each anniversary year when you stay at participating resorts within the Hilton portfolio.
  • Enjoy complimentary Diamond status.
  • $550 annual fee.
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  • APR: 20.99% - 29.99% Variable
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: None

Plus, the card comes with top Hilton Honors Diamond elite status which should make a positive difference in my stay. Even if I had not used points for my stay, I would have used this card to pay cash due to the 14x earnings.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Booking
A standard room at the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre can be secured for 80,000 Hilton Honors points. Image Credit: Hilton


When arriving via an international flight, you’ll land at Keflavik (KEF) airport, the largest airport on the island. The airport is approximately 45 minutes from Reykjavik’s city center.

You’ll have several options for reaching the city center, including the convenient Flybus. For about $35 (4,599 ISK), you can secure one-way transportation to the central bus station, then transfer to a minibus that will drop you off at a stop near your hotel.

Reykjavik has a convenient bus stop route, different from the city bus route, that has designated numbered stops strategically located near major hotels and city landmarks. Buses will drop you off and pick you up from these numbered spots. The Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is located near stop #6.

Another option for transit to the city is the Airport Direct bus for about $31 (3,999 ISK). Its economy option delivers you to a bus stop near your hotel after the central station connection. Airport Direct also offers a premium door-to-door direct service via an 8-person (maximum) minibus for approximately $51 (6,590 ISK).

You can also secure a taxi which can cost upwards of $167 (21,500 ISK).

Book FlyBus Reykjavik
The Flybus is a comfortable convenient option to reach Reykjavik city center from KEF airport. Image Credit: Flybus

Tickets for the Flybus or Airport Direct can be purchased at the kiosks in baggage claim or once you exit customs and reach the arrivals area. If it’s your first time using either of these services, I would suggest securing a ticket from the booths located after customs where you can ask questions of the staff if you need to. This will also ensure you purchase the correct ticket, which I neglected to do once.

I have used the Flybus + hotel shuttle option, Airport Direct Economy, and Airport Direct Premium. All were efficient and offered free Wi-Fi onboard during the journey.

Uber does not operate in Iceland.


Housed in a former furniture factory, Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre spans several connected buildings with 112 guest rooms.

The façade of the hotel blends with the utilitarian architecture of the buildings surrounding the hotel. The interior of the hotel, however, is fun, funky, and modern.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Sign
As you approach the hotel, you’ll notice the sleek exterior.

Although the hotel does not have parking, there is a parking garage located across the street and more in the surrounding area. Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is located in the pink zone parking area which has parking rates of approximately $2 (250 ISK) per hour. You’ll only need to pay during certain hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Other than those hours, parking is free (learn more about Reykjavik parking).


Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Door
The hotel entrance is pleasant but understated compared to its trendy interior.

Checking In

International flights can arrive early in the day, so the chances of you arriving at your hotel prior to the official check-in time are likely. Indeed, I arrived at Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre at 9:30 a.m.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Reception
The reception desk is rather casual but very welcoming.

While my room was not yet ready, I was told that as a Diamond elite with Hilton Honors, I could enjoy a complimentary breakfast while I waited. After breakfast, I was able to check-in and received a bottle of water, a local chocolate bar, 1,000 Hilton Honors welcome points, and an upgraded room.

I couldn’t have been happier with the process.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Welcome Gift
Check-in was early, went smoothly, and included bottled water, chocolate, welcome points, and an upgraded room.

Should you arrive in the early morning too tired to explore, but your room is not yet ready, you’ll have several comfortable seating areas in which to wait. The hotel will also hold your luggage if you decide to venture out and explore the surrounding city center.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Sitting Area
The hotel has plentiful and comfortable seating areas scattered throughout the hotel.


You’ll be right in the heart of Reykjavik, so the choices are many for checking out the city while taking advantage of hotel amenities.

Borrow a Bike

A bike is the perfect vehicle for exploring the area around the hotel, and you can borrow one for free if you’re a guest of the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre. A collection of orange bikes is located in the bike stand right outside the hotel entrance.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Bikes
Bike use is in demand, so grab one when you see one. The last of the bikes were on their way out as I snapped this image.

Play With Vinyl

The hotel has an immense collection of vinyl records. If your excursion should be canceled due to inclement weather (it happens), borrow one of the record players, a few LPs to listen to for a spell, and travel back in musical time.

Canopy by Hilton Vinyl Collection
The hotel has a vast selection of vinyl records located in spaces throughout the hotel.

Fitness Center

Those who want to stay in shape will find a small fitness center located on the lower level of the hotel. There were 5 machines and free weights available for use.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Fittness Center
The fitness center was small but clean and functional.

After your workout, you’ll be able to freshen up in the area next to the fitness room.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Fitness Vanity
Freshen up after your workout at one of several vanity stations.

Business Center

Hotel business centers are becoming less and less like “business” centers. At the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre, there was 1 desktop allocated for public use, but that may be enough as I never saw it being used. Iceland is a very digital society where a paper copy of anything is rarely needed.

Canopy by Hilton Business Center
A desktop computer was available for use.

Danish Living Room

The hotel has just 1 lovely meeting space that can hold up to 30 participants, depending on the room set up.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Meeting Room
The hip, funky meeting room could accommodate up to 40 people.


Just a few notes for those that might need this information. The hotel entrance, elevators, rooms, public areas, and dining spaces are all wheelchair accessible. Showers also have grab bars.

The elevator is equipped with braille and visual alarms. You can even ask to receive a vibrating fire alarm.

Pool and Spa

The hotel does not have a swimming pool or spa. There are, however, several steaming geothermal swimming pools to experience nearby.

Nearby Attractions

Since the hotel is right in the heart of the city center, you’ll have access to all the city sights within walking distance. It’s also easy to book tours that begin in Reykjavik, as the hotel is located just a couple of blocks from bus stop #6.

Don’t miss Hallgrímskirkja, one of Iceland’s most famous churches, just a few blocks away.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Hallgrímskirkja Church
Hallgrímskirkja is an extraordinary example of modern architecture.

You’ll definitely want to explore the neighborhood surrounding the hotel with its bars, shops, colorful street art, and restaurants right outside your door.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Neighborhood
The neighborhood surrounding the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre offers unique dining, art, shopping, and more.

Head down to the harbor, less than a 10-minute walk, to enjoy fresh fish and chips or the world-famous hot dog at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur. Don’t expect the line to be this short, however. The harbor is also the departure point for the puffin, whale watching, dolphin, and other scenic tours.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Hot Dog
You’ll find lots to do near the harbor. Plus, this lamb hot dog will be the best dining value you’ll find in Reykjavik.

While there are way too many options to cover in this article, you can check out more on what to do in Reykjavik.


I found 2 corner neighborhood markets near the hotel, but for a much greater selection, you’ll want to visit the Bónus supermarket, about a 7-minute walk from the hotel.

The Room

The hallways leading to my guest room on the third floor (room 301) were spotless and fresh. The elevators were always prompt despite the hotel being sold out.

Canopy by Hilton Room Approach
Hallway on the third floor.

Before I talk about my specific room experience, know that you can count on room amenities such as complimentary breakfast with most room rates (including award nights), high-count thread sheets, an alarm clock/radio, a workstation, hairdryer, high-speed internet, an in-room espresso machine, a minifridge, an iron/ironing board, and more. All rooms are non-smoking.

The room was certainly spacious with more room than many of the city hotels in which I’ve stayed. It was superbly decorated, modern, comfortable, and also very functional.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Room
My room was super clean, modern, and spacious.

Bedroom Area

I’ve found the beds at most Hilton properties to be extremely comfortable and this bed was no exception. I slept well on my comfortable king-sized bed with pillows ranging from soft to very firm.

Next to one side of the bed was a small table, European-style electrical outlets, USB ports, and lighting controls.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Bed
The bed was plush and comfortable.

The other side of the bed had a standard nightstand with a digital alarm clock, electrical outlets, 2 USB ports, and lighting controls for the entire room.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Nightstand
The nightstand featured a digital alarm clock, standard European outlets, and light switches.

There was also a comfortable chaise lounge next to the window.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Chaise
The chaise lounge offered a nice place to take a break and enjoy the view.

The room was equipped with a flat-screen LCD smart TV complete with Bose speakers, the ability to connect your own devices, and plenty of English-speaking channels (if that is important to you).

Canopy by Hilton TV
You’ll have several channels from which to select, or log in to your own streaming services by connecting your personal device.

The coffee station had an espresso machine with several coffee pods, tea bags, condiments, and a hot water kettle.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Coffee Station
Everything you needed for a morning beverage was available in the coffee station.

The room safe and a minifridge were stored in a cabinet right beneath the coffee station.

Canopy by Hilton Fridge Safe Coffee
The room also had a safe and a small refrigerator.

The closet area had an extra blanket, robe, an iron and ironing board, several hangers, and drawers for belongings.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Closet
There was 1 very functional closet area in the room.

Work Area

The desk space, work chair, fan, electrical outlets, lamp, and USB ports made for a comfortable working space — more than adequate for what I needed.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Desk
The workspace desk and chair functioned well.

Internet speeds fluctuated, but I always had sufficient strength to work online without problems.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Speed Test
The internet speed varied but was adequate for my needs. Image Credit:


The bathroom was open-spaced and easy to move around. My favorite part of the bathroom was the heated floors! So nice to walk in and have your feet comfy and warm, whether in the middle of the night or after a shower.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Bathroom
The bathroom was spacious, bright, and clean.

The open vanity had storage drawers, with one containing a hair dryer.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Vanity
Open sink vanity with towels.

The rain shower offered plenty of water pressure and a hand-held shower wand.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Shower
Rain shower.

Apivita branded individual body lotion, shampoo, shower gel, and conditioner were provided as well as a shower cap, Gilchrist & Soames soap, and make-up remover pads.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Amenities
Apivita-branded amenities.

The View

Since the hotel is located in the city amidst several surrounding buildings, the views from many rooms are limited to city structure views. However, my room on the third floor gave me peeks of the mountains, water, and clear blue skies. Greater views were available via the small rooftop access deck on the fifth floor.

Canopy by Hilton View
Although in the distance, it was nice to have a view of the mountains and waterfront.

Food and Beverage

With 1 main restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, 2 bars, and a coffee/snack bar, the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre had several options for a hungry traveler.

Geiri Smart Restaurant

The Geiri Smart Restaurant located on the lower level of the hotel is the hub for dining. The restaurant is at sidewalk level, perfect for watching the outside activity while you dine. The back of the restaurant also has more casual seating if you just want to grab a coffee and a quick bite.

In the evening, the restaurant transforms into the central bar and dinner venue, but first, let’s look at the restaurant’s breakfast offerings.

Canopy Breakfast

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Restaurant
In the morning, the Geiri Smart restaurant is a breakfast venue. In the evening, it’s a dinner venue/bar for dining or sharing a cocktail.

A plentiful breakfast buffet is served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day and is included in most room options. You’ll find a wide selection of beverages, cereals, hot dishes, meats, cheeses, fish, eggs, and fresh fruit.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Juice Water Coffee
The water, juice, and coffee station offered several self-serve options.

For an extra fee, you could also order a specialty coffee or espresso.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Yogurt Cereal
Grab a bowl of cereal, muesli, Icelandic skyr, or yogurt. There were several varieties and combinations possible.

You’ll find a large selection of breads and pastries, butters, cream cheese, jams, eggs, salmon, meats, salad fixings, guacamole, fresh fruits, and more in this section of the buffet.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Breakfast Buffet
The buffet was filled with tasty fresh options.

Hot items included roasted potatoes, quiche, pancakes, fried eggs, and bacon.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Buffet
Hot buffet items.

Dinner Service

Dinner is served at the restaurant from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and drinks until 11 p.m. The current menu is available online, but with an endless selection of restaurants nearby, there is no reason to eat at the hotel repeatedly. I did not personally eat dinner at the hotel, but I met travelers who did and said it was very good, especially the arctic char.

Complimentary Tasting Pairing

Geiri Smart’s Bar also offers a special complimentary tasting pairing for hotel guests from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. My tasting included a special Negroni made with barrel-aged gin, vermouth, Campari, and orange liqueur plus an appetizer of dilled lamb carpaccio.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Tasting
Hotel guests can enjoy a special complimentary tasting combo each day in the Canopy Bar level one.

Room Service

Although there is no room service menu, the hotel is happy to prepare you a breakfast bag to go. If you have an early departure for the airport or tour, just ask for a breakfast bag to be delivered to your room or request to pick one up at the restaurant during open hours.

Canopy Lounge

Located on the second floor of the hotel, the Canopy Lounge is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. for drinks, bar bites from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Canopy by Hilton Bar Menu
Happy Hour prices on select drinks and snacks are available each day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The multiple seating areas located in the bar areas and throughout the hotel make it easy to relax and have a conversation while enjoying a cocktail.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Sitting Area
The Canopy Lounge on the second level has plenty of comfortable seating.

There are plenty of comfortable areas to sit and enjoy a drink or bite.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Sitting Area
Bar area seating is also accessible even when the bar is not open.

There’s also a seasonal outdoor courtyard space that’s perfect for basking in the evening rays of sunshine.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Outdoor Space
The outdoor space faces a delightful courtyard and is perfect for sharing a beverage with friends.

Canopy Central

You’ll find ready-to-eat items such as sandwiches, yogurt, Danish, fruit, and more at Canopy Central, open 24 hours. Grab what you like and pay at the reception desk.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik Central
Open 24 hours, Canopy Central offers a variety of self-serve drinks and snacks.


With the season freshly beginning, the staff was eager to greet visitors, ask about their country of origin, and inquire about their plans while in the country.

While the mood was friendly, I also experienced excellent service during my visit. Being offered breakfast while waiting for my room to be ready was a nice gesture that I appreciated, especially when others who were checking in were asked to come back at 3 p.m.

The hotel was sold out, yet every staff member took time to answer my questions, ask how my stay was going, and offer assistance.

Although there was no designated concierge desk, the front desk staff was knowledgeable and eager to help.

Final Thoughts

I found the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre delightful. Everything from the location to décor, service, and comfort was spot on for what I would expect from a hotel.

Hotel rooms in Reykjavik are expensive, so finding a property where I can use points and receive excellent value is always a plus. Additionally, having complimentary breakfast included in most rates is a real money-saver as breakfast can cost upwards of $25.

I’d return to the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre again in a heartbeat. I would also recommend it to any traveler staying in Reykjavik.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre accept pets?

No. The hotel does not accept pets.

Does the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre have an airport shuttle?

No. Since the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is located so far from Keflavik International Airport (KEF) that there is no hotel shuttle. However, it is easy to reach Reykjavik by bus in about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Does the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre offer complimentary breakfast?

Most of the room rates at the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre include complimentary breakfast.

What time is check-in at the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre?

Formal check-in time at the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre is 3 p.m. Normal checkout time is 11 a.m.

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Christine ran her own business developing and managing insurance and financial services. This stoked a passion for points and miles and she now has over 2 dozen credit cards and creates in-depth, detailed content for UP.


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