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REVIEW – Hilton Helsinki Airport

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Hilton

  • Location: Helsinki Airport
  • Loyalty Program: Hilton Honors
  • Status During Stay: Gold
  • Room Type: Executive Room
  • Cost: €93 per night


Intro


I arrived a little after midnight and walked the ten minutes or so from the HEL airport terminal to the hotel. The walk is mostly covered but there are a few stairs involved,  unless you want to take a more circuitous routing. I waited until the morning to get decent light for the pictures in the public areas.

Check-in was very quick and efficient, my room keys were already prepared, I just confirmed my name and card details and was informed that I had been upgraded to the Executive floor, as a result of my HHonors Gold Status.

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Hilton Helsinki Airport Lobby.

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I really like how Hilton didn’t take a cookie cutter approach, deciding instead to incorporate the local design aesthetic into the hotel.

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The lobby features a small ‘convenience store’ as well as departure boards and a machine for checking in and printing boarding passes. A really great idea and something that more airport hotels should replicate.

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More cool design touches.

 

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The hotel is located a little way from the terminal but if you pick the right room (using the Hilton app), you can still get a view of the runway.

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The Executive Floor.


Executive Room


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My room was quite compact but perfect for a quick overnight stopover. The design here was a little more generic than the public areas but being encased in wood certainly lent a distinct Scandinavian air to the space.

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I call this photo, simply: jet lag.

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Just enough storage space for my winter coat.

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Very compact design once again but everything was spotlessly clean.

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The shower pressure was excellent too.

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Standard PTR Hilton toiletries.

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If you’re going to appear in bathroom shots, you might as well embrace it.

I slept very soundly, in fact so soundly that I didn’t wake up until 12:30pm! This meant that I missed out on the breakfast. I quickly stopped into the Exec lounge for a coffee and some Finnish chocolates and then headed to the checkout.

For an airport hotel, I would prefer something properly connected to the terminal but this is definitely way more convenient than ‘airport hotels’, which are a shuttle bus journey from the actual terminal. The walk to the train station was also pretty interesting but still very walkable, even with luggage.


Airport Walk


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step 1: walk down some steps to the lower carpark level.

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step 2: walk past a building site.

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step 3: continue down the airport access road and into the main carpark.

The airport train station was actually really impressive, with ceilings even higher than those on the A350! I purchased a day ticket for 12 EUR which covered the journey to Helsinki and also included unlimited travel in Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo and Kauniainen for the rest of the day.

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30 minutes later I arrived at Helsinki Central Station…

 


 

2 Comments

  1. Máximo says:

    You better should’ve stayed at the 2 brand new Clarion hotels in Helsinki. One at the airport and one in the city. With the recent Nordic choice status match you would’ve received the usual elite benefits.

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