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.
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.
The room to which I was assigned is located on the top floor of the north wing.
The skylights bathed the interior of the hotel with plenty of natural light.
This is the view of part of the lobby when looking down the interior of the hotel property from the top floor.
I stayed in room 1203.
The beds were comfortable, with a plush bathrobe neatly folded on one of them.
The room itself was well-appointed, comfortable and quiet — especially considering that an international airport was adjacent to the hotel property.
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.
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.
Next to the desk — which was right by the window and offered great views — was a small television and ample room to place luggage.
The room was tastefully decorated with light wood. I liked the reading lamps on the sides of the beds.
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.
This is an overview of the bathroom, which included a hair dryer, an adequate number of towels, and amenities and toiletries.
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.
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.
The bathroom was equipped with both a bathtub and a separate shower stall — each with adjustable shower heads.
A telephone was located near the toilet. The photograph on the right shows another overall view of the bathroom.
Plenty of transportation options are available at the Hilton Copenhagen Airport hotel property.
This view is from the room facing west towards Copenhagen, with traffic on the left side of highway E20 heading to Sweden.
Does anyone know the way to Sweden on this highway?!?
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.
This is an enlarged view of the sunset.
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.
This view of the walk to the airport is located on the top floor directly above the main entrance to the hotel property…
…and you can spot some airplanes at the airport from this view.
Limited shopping and dining was located within walking distance from the hotel.
Off in the distance was a view of Øresund Bridge, which carries both vehicular traffic and the trains between Denmark and Sweden.
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.
Here is a closer view of the wind turbines.
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
All photographs ©2008 by Brian Cohen.