Hilton Copenhagen Airport to Switch to Clarion: Retro Review

E ffective as of Friday, March 31, 2017, the Hilton Copenhagen Airport will become a Clarion hotel property after its acquisition by the founder of the Nordic Choice hotel group — which is a real shame, as  this hotel property will be a loss for Hilton, in my opinion.

I stayed at the Hilton Copenhagen Airport hotel property on an award stay back in September of 2008 and enjoyed my stay; so I thought that in honor of this hotel property, I would post a retro review while it is still branded as part of the Hilton portfolio.

Location

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

The hotel is located right at the Københavns Lufthavn — which is Copenhagen Airport — so no transportation is involved. Two minutes or so under a covered walkway is your travel time.

The Lufthavnen train station is located beneath the hotel property; so you do not need to step outside in inclement weather. The IC train takes as few as nine minutes to get from the hotel to Copenhagen Central Station with only two stops; and the next stop east on the IC train is in Sweden. I did visit Malmo for a few hours when I was a guest at this hotel property.

If you are driving a car, the hotel property is conveniently located at the Øresundmotorvejen motorway — also known as highway E20 — which approaches the Øresund Bridge into Sweden.

Room

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

The room to which I was assigned is located on the top floor of the north wing.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

The skylights bathed the interior of the hotel with plenty of natural light.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

This is the view of part of the lobby when looking down the interior of the hotel property from the top floor.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

I stayed in room 1203.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

The beds were comfortable, with a plush bathrobe neatly folded on one of them.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

The room itself was well-appointed, comfortable and quiet — especially considering that an international airport was adjacent to the hotel property.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

The welcome amenity — which was placed on the glass table near the window — included a small bottle of wine; a small glass bottle of mineral water; an apple and a banana; as well as a welcome note from management of the hotel.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

Electrical outlets are located on the left side of the desk — no reaching under to find one. At that time, high-speed Internet service was free of charge to anyone staying on the eleventh or twelfth floors, both of which are executive level floors. In the room, one had a choice of wired or wireless Internet access. Either way was complimentary — as well as Internet access from the two computers in the executive lounge itself.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

Next to the desk — which was right by the window and offered great views — was a small television and ample room to place luggage.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

The room was tastefully decorated with light wood. I liked the reading lamps on the sides of the beds.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photographs ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

There were glass and wood nightstands on either sides of the beds; as well as an area with a complimentary large plastic bottle of water, glasses, and items to prepare a cup of coffee or tea.

Bathroom

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

This is an overview of the bathroom, which included a hair dryer, an adequate number of towels, and amenities and toiletries.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

A closer view of the amenities — La Source by Crabtree & Evelyn was the standard company supplying the amenities at that time — included body wash, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, cotton swabs and a shower cap.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

On the vanity near the sink in the bathroom were washcloths, soap, glasses and an unusual item: a clear plastic box in which facial tissues were stored.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photographs ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

The bathroom was equipped with both a bathtub and a separate shower stall — each with adjustable shower heads.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photographs ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

A telephone was located near the toilet. The photograph on the right shows another overall view of the bathroom.

View

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

Plenty of transportation options are available at the Hilton Copenhagen Airport hotel property.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

This view is from the room facing west towards Copenhagen, with traffic on the left side of highway E20 heading to Sweden.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

Does anyone know the way to Sweden on this highway?!?

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

What mesmerized me even more than watching the cars and trucks rolling along highway E20 was the amazing sunset as I watched it from the chair at the desk in the room.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

This is an enlarged view of the sunset.

Executive Lounge

I did not take any photographs inside of the clean and stylish executive lounge located on the twelfth floor, which only had a few other people in it when I used it.

Served that evening in the executive lounge was a warm pasta salad with flavorful bits of smoked salmon, pepper steak with green peppers, roasted small gold potatoes with a snow pea pod served cold with Italian dressing in a glass, small plastic skewers each with a small cucumber spear and a delicious cherry tomato, and small plastic skewers with slices of fish and a cream sauce each topped with fresh sprigs of dill, as well as crackers, cheese and long thin pretzel sticks. The food just kept on coming.

Good thing I looked before I ate: one of the glasses which contained the aforementioned small gold potatoes was cracked with broken glass on the food inside. A sharp point of broken glass was on one side. I alerted one member of the staff of the executive lounge, who was embarrassed; but I wanted to inform her in case there were other glasses which suffered a similar fate. There were none, thankfully; so I helped myself to another serving.

The person in charge of the executive lounge was very friendly and helpful with any questions that I had. Both employees in the executive lounge literally gave service with a smile. Drinks were regularly replenished.

Breakfast in the morning consisted of crisp American-style bacon with roasted tomatoes and sausage, scrambled eggs, plenty of smoked salmon and one other type of smoked fish, plenty of fruit, bread and pastries. The chocolate croissants were topped with chocolate chips and were generously filled with chocolate cream. They were especially delicious.

I apologize for not taking photographs, as the food really was that good — but here are photographs of the views from the executive lounge.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

This view of the walk to the airport is located on the top floor directly above the main entrance to the hotel property…

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

…and you can spot some airplanes at the airport from this view.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

Limited shopping and dining was located within walking distance from the hotel.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

Off in the distance was a view of Øresund Bridge, which carries both vehicular traffic and the trains between Denmark and Sweden.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

Wind turbines can be seen off in the distance. If I am not mistaken, this was what is now known as the Lillgrund Wind Farm, which has greatly expanded since this photograph was shot and is located in the Øresund between Malmö and Copenhagen.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport Hotel

Photograph ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

Here is a closer view of the wind turbines.

Summary

The Hilton Copenhagen Airport hotel property had been renovated since I stayed there in September of 2008; but I had not visited the hotel property since then.

This is as close to the perfect airport hotel property as I have experienced, as transportation to central Copenhagen and southern Sweden is so convenient while you never need to go outside to access either the airport or train station. After I checked out of the hotel, the staff at the front desk of the hotel cheerfully held my luggage while I wandered around Copenhagen and Malmö before catching a flight later that day.

Overall — based on my experience from then — I give this property very high marks and would not have hesitated to return. They treated me very well, as the service was great and the people were friendly.

I highly recommend staying here — but you only have until Friday, March 31, 2017 to stay here while it is still part of the worldwide portfolio of Hilton.

Hilton Copenhagen Airport
Ellehammersvej 20
Kastrup, Denmark
+45-32-501-501
+45-32-528-528 Fax

All photographs ©2008 by Brian Cohen.

6 thoughts on “Hilton Copenhagen Airport to Switch to Clarion: Retro Review”

  1. Ric Garrido says:

    Never stayed at Hilton Copenhagen Airport, but I love the convenient airport location and I could not ask for a better rebranding. I find myself catching early flights out of CPH two or three times a year.

    I bet this property will be a far better value with Choice Privileges points than it was with HHonors points. I look forward to a visit when I am in Copenhagen in May.

    Choice Privileges points are the most valuable currency for Scandinavian hotels on a relative cost-benefit basis. Choice Privileges points are easy to acquire at $7.50 per 1,000 points anytime.

    Based on other Copenhagen properties, I expect this hotel to be a 20,000 points reward night. That makes a Points Plus Cash reward night 6,000 points + $105.

    Hilton Honors reward night is 50,000 points for March 2017. That is a $200 room night based on the option to buy points at $5.00/1,000 points during periodic sales. Points & Money reward night = 20,000 points + 573 DKK ($81.90).

    $182 Honors or $150 Choice Privileges. Not so good a deal if it becomes a 25,000 points Choice Privileges reward night or an even better value if 16,000 points reward night. Probably even a better value for Nordic Choice Club members with low 10,000 points weekend reward nights.

    This hotel will likely cost less for travelers redeeming hotel loyalty points with Choice Privileges compared to Hilton Honors and the points rate will likely be less than the prevailing lowest room rate at this hotel, given the high prices for Copenhagen hotels.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I have always admired your detailed analyses, Ric Garrido.

      Do me a favor and please post a link to an article reviewing the hotel property once you stay there after it becomes part of Nordic Choice. I would be interested to read about your experience.

  2. Guilherme says:

    I´ve stayed there last october. There is no welcome gift for diamond members anymore. Lounge still good, with food and alcool in the evening.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I am sorry to learn that there is no longer any welcome gift for Diamond VIP elite level members, Guilherme.

      For obvious reasons, I sincerely doubt that it will return at this point…

  3. D.A. says:

    I stayed at this property last April. The rooms were great but the service and employee attitudes were pretty abysmal. I thought it might have been a one off occurrence, so I gave them another try this last month. Silly me. Same awful staff service and lousy “we can’t do that” attitudes. They will be a perfect fit for the Clarion brand IMHO.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      You are not the only one who experienced a stay which was less than ideal, D.A.:

      http://milesfromblighty.boardingarea.com/2015/07/14/hilton-copenhagen-airport-2/

      http://milesfromblighty.boardingarea.com/2015/08/12/hilton-copenhagen-airport-a-much-better-visit/

      Those are links to two trip reports written by Mark Beattie of Miles From Blighty

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