Hilton HHonors - Malmo Sweeden Hilton v. Copenhagen Scandic
May 10, 03, 11:46 am
I have a major decision to make and I have to make it quick, before HHONORS changes point values required for redemption.
As part of my honeymoon, I am spending 5 days/4 nights in the Copenhagen, Denmark / Malmo, Sweeden area. I currently have reserved the Copenhagen Scandic for 40,000 points (opportunity level). Some of the recent comments on this hotel have not been kind.
I no longer have enough points for the Copenhagen Hilton, but the Malmo Hilton is available for 42,000 points (Executive Pointstretcher).
On the vacation we are just trying to see the sights (mainly Copenhagen) and relax. Does anyone have a suggestion as to which hotel is better. Since this is my honeymoon, I'm trying to take extra care in making a decision.
Thanks in advance and happy flying!
UAL Premier, Northwest Silver Elite, Hilton Diamond VIP
May 10, 03, 11:49 am
If Copenhagen is your major destination, commuting from Malmo will be a hassle, regardless of the deal. Copenhagen is a much more interesting place to stay.
Be sure to get out to the town of Dragor some afternoon--it can be reached on local bus lines, and is charming.
Copenhagen Hilton is a fantastic business hotel but not for a honeymoon. It is just no fun staying in the airport area http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
For the same reason forget staying at Malmo. It is worse than staying at CPH airport. Most of your sight-seeing will be in Denmark and there is very little interesting parts near Malmo. So you will commuting even further to Malmo all the time from Denmark
Copenhagen Scandic is a compromise but much better in terms of location for you.
May 10, 03, 12:58 pm
The Scandic Copenhagen, is the old Sheraton Copenhagen, It has a great location, but rather old rooms, if you want a brand new hotel the scandic Sydhaven opened 2002 and is 2 kilometers from city center...taxi 7 USD, or rentalcar needed
Scandic weber is also a possibility.
Hilton Airport is really great and city can be accessed by train (50 meters from hotel) in 15min cost 2,- USD.
Regards and congratulations, Longhauler
May 11, 03, 4:02 pm
I wouldn't stay in Malmo. It's an ok city but am guessing that CPH is your real destination.
Also the Hilton nameplate doesn't make the hotel great. Note that the hotel is a recently converted Scandic.
I wouldn't stay in Sydhavnen..... that would be rather depressing for a honeymoon. http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/smile.gif
Did you try to get a suite at Webers? Otherwise I would beware of this hotel.
I am going to make a huge effort in attempting to get the best possible room at CPH Scandic in 2 weeks time and will report back here. I mean it does say "best possible room" in the HHonors perks.
May 11, 03, 7:37 pm
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Originally posted by gnaget:
I am going to make a huge effort in attempting to get the best possible room at CPH Scandic in 2 weeks time and will report back here. I mean it does say "best possible room" in the HHonors perks.</font>
Thanks for everyones great responses.
I have been frusturated with this so called "perk". I have been "upgraded" to one of the King rooms (which were not orginally in the system for point redemption), but I have not been able to get one of the Jr. suites. My understanding is that the Jr. suites at the Copehagen Scandic are much nicer than the average rooms. I will try and secure this "upgrade" when I get to the hotel.
I will keep my fingers crossed but I will not hold my breath.
UAL Premier, Northwest Silver Elite, Hilton Diamond VIP
May 14, 03, 11:28 pm
I called HHonors to inquire about my "rights". Basically, I was told that I should get the best possible room if they have it. The fellow looked up the hotel and found that they have "family suites". The regular rooms, including the "executive" or whatever, are very cramped so that would be nice.
May 15, 03, 12:14 pm
I was just there last week. I agree with the post about the CPH airport Hilton, great hotel, but not for being a tourist. If you want to stay at a hotel near downtown in Copenhagen you will pay, plus tax in Denmark is 25%. Staying in Malmo you will spend some time of the trains. You might try the Stockholm Slussen Hilton - the room I had was 2 weeks old - upgrade as gold.
May 31, 03, 12:35 pm
I spent 1 night at the CPH Hilton and 3 nights at the CPH Scandic. Feast or famine.....
Just the staff at the hotels make a huge difference. Speaking Danish to them, the Hilton staff addresses you formally and politley. (As in "Sie" in German.) At the Scandic they are informal and argumentative.
Anyway, here's the scoop on the Scandic and upgrades. I was still checked in at the Hilton and had a meeting north of the city. On my way back to the airport I stopped by the Scandic at 11:30 to see if I could check in. I could not but I inquired about an upgrade. Yes, they had given me a nice room on an upper floor overlooking the lakes. Then I told them that Hilton Honors had made it clear that I would be eligible for a suite. She checked and claimed all were sold out.
Then I returned at 14:00. This receptionist was less friendly. She claimed that they never give out upgrades to suites and seemed rather indignant that I was using "free nights". Then she said I will give you a family room. For a moment I thought it might be the "family suite" that HHonors had mentioned. It turns out that it is a ****ty room like any other at this hotel. It was at the end of the hallway overlooking the city. Across the hall, the room was labeled "suite". It doesn't have extra space. It has a nasty 1970s era couch built into the window sill where I suppose two kids could sleep lengthwise. This, together with the small room size and ugly decor, produces the feeling that you are in a ship's cabin.
The hotel has poor sound isolation, which is exacerbated by Pergo floors. (Clip-clop, clip-clop above you.) I think the equivalent family room above me was occupied by a family. An infernal noise broke out at 7 am on the days that I wanted to sleep in.
I would go for a room on the top floor in this hotel. I think it has 17 floors.
They have a 64k ISDN line on their pathetic POS computer that constitutes their business center. Turn left as you enter the lobby walk past the "Red Lion Pub" and on your left in an alcove. Avoid asking about it. Once this rude night porter came over and start to shout at me in English about how much I had to pay for using it, so I am not sure if they officially have a charge. (He shut up after I fired back at him in Danish.) The concierge on my first stay told me that there was no charge to use it. Note that several internet cafes in CPH have gone out of business, including the super fancy facility in the basement of the Royal Hotel.