For a late night arrival at Helsinki airport, the most convenient hotel option is the Hilton, which is on site.
In days gone by, this would be my go-to hotel. However, as I’ve moved away from the Hilton brand over the last couple of years, I’ve explored other options.
Although on this occasion, as Hilton had a sale on, this property was only around £10 more than the Holiday Inn, situated a few miles from the airport. I have stayed at the Holiday Inn previously, and it was fine, plus offered a good shuttle to the airport. But convenience won out on this occasion. The £10 extra charged for the Hilton was a price I was happy to pay for the convenience of being able to walk from/to the airport.
Finnair Airbus A350, London Heathrow – Helsinki, Economy Plus
Hilton, Helsinki Airport
NoRRA ATR72, Helsinki – Vilnius, Economy
Courtyard by Marriott, Vilnius
Vilnius: In Pictures
NoRRA ATR72, Vilnius – Helsinki, Economy
Finnair Platinum Wing, Helsinki
Finnair Airbus A330, Helsinki – London Heathrow, Economy Plus
The Hilton Helsinki Airport is located just a short walk from the terminal building, via a covered walkway. Which comes in handy during the harsh Finnish winter!
Check in here was very efficient. I handed over my passport, signed for the room and was handed a key. Oh, and despite having pre-paid, a swipe of the card was needed. Although they didn’t place a hold on anything so not too sure what they did there.
My Hilton Honors silver status was acknowledged and I was handed a bag with two bottles of water.
In the lobby area was a pantry area offering drinks and snacks – which seemed a little odd considering the rooms offered a minibar.
Also available on site was a bar and restaurant.
I was allocated a room on the 3rd floor.
Upon entering there were no surprises. Everything was pretty much the same as on my previous two visits.
The bathroom was immediately on the left. This featured both a bath and a very good shower.
Along with the usual other fixtures and fittings. Of interest is that either this particular Hilton, or the group in general have switched amenity providers. Previously Hilton properties have offered Peter Thomas Roth products. This time around, Crabtree and Evelyn products were present. From a brief search on the web, it would appear that the Hilton group have switched but I couldn’t find anything concrete.
Moving on to the rest of the room, and the property is starting to show its age a little now.
One thing I’ve found unusual about this property is the arrangement of the bedside tables. As they’re integrated into the wardrobe space, rather than being a separate bedside unit, when you’re in bed it gives the slight impression of sleeping with your head enclosed.
In keeping with the Nordic theme of the hotel, theres a very Ikea table and chair at the far end of the room.
Situated along the front of the room is the mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities and a desk area.
A decent sized TV is also provided, although I didn’t actually turn it on during my stay so can’t comment on what sort of channels were on offer.
In the wardrobe was an iron, ironing board and a safe.
The Hilton Helsinki Airport is one of two properties situated on site at Helsinki Vantaa Airport. Having not stayed at the Scandic, which is the other property, I couldn’t comment to say which one is best.
However, the Hilton isn’t too bad if you can snag it for the right price. The £85 I paid for the night I would say is just about right.
The location of the hotel in relation to the airport is excellent. But as mentioned above, the rooms are starting to show their age a little at this point.
Unfortunately, I suspect that if/when a refurbishment does take place, the price will shoot up.