With my Finnair flight arriving into Helsinki well past midnight, and the train service into Helsinki closed for the evening, it made sense to stay at the airport.
There are now two hotels connected to the airport. I thought there was only the Hilton Helsinki Airport, but a relatively new arrival is the GLO hotel. This is a design-centric property and the chain is a member of Global Hotel Alliance if you have GHA status (top-tier status comes free with a subscription to Business Traveller).
As I had some Hilton HHonors points to use, I booked into the Hilton Helsinki Airport hotel. The good news is that it was just an eight minute walk from the door of the A350 to the door of the hotel. The bad news is that you need to leave the airport to get to the hotel. Whilst the walkway is covered, Helsinki after midnight in November is a chilly place to be outside.
I won’t critique the hotel too highly because I was hardly there. I spent less than two hours awake in the hotel.
I had been upgraded to the executive floor via my Hilton Gold status but this was a moot point – by the time I woke up the next day, breakfast had finished and the lounge was unmanned. I believe that Hilton Diamond members are often upgraded to rooms with their own private saunas!
The room was not huge but had been refurbished recently in a typical Scandinavian style using plenty of wood. The circular mini-bar built into the desk was particularly novel.
The lobby, bar and dining areas are more impressive – spacious and expensively redesigned:
All in all, I had a perfectly satisfactory stay at the Hilton Helsinki Airport and would be happy to stay there again. Do take a look at the GLO hotel as well if you are paying cash, however, as it does seem to be substantially more interesting than your usual airport property.
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