Vegas2017 – Part 1: The Copenhagen Shuffle

As I wrote here, I had decided to head to Las Vegas in the Easter holidays for some sun, warmth and to explore a bit of the area that I had not seen when I went before. I booked the trip starting in Copenhagen, with a detour to Manchester for an unmissable family commitment before flying out.

This trip was the first time that I had been able to use The First Wing at Heathrow and I was suitable impressed. I was able to have lunch in the Galleries First Lounge before boarding my flight to Copenhagen. I had decided not to waste Avios flying in Club Europe and, given that I was on an A321, benefitted by choosing this seat in the exit row!

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I had booked the Hilton Copenhagen Airport hotel for the night, but as I found out, it had changed hands and become a Clarion hotel. However, a phone call in advance assured me that I would be able to receive all the benefits I would have done.

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The hotel is connected to the airport and it is well sign-posted so you are unlikely to get lost on the way between the two.

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Check in was swift and the staff were consistently polite. I was given a decent room on the Executive level.

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First things first, I went to check out the hotel gym; I take great pleasure in using hotel gyms – partly because they are usually well equipped and not busy, and also because it makes me feel less guilty when I have a drink in the lounge after!

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After a decent work out and a shower, I headed to the lounge. The drink selection was extensive but the food was less so. It is more a place where you could have a nibble before dinner rather than really replacing an evening meal. I could not be bothered to venture out, so I made do.

After a decent night’s sleep, I made my way down to breakfast in the main restaurant which was a legacy perk of being a Hilton Diamond member. The selection was fantastic, and there was a huge choice available.

I was able to check the status of my flight from the screens in the lobby and made the short journey across to the airport in about 2 minutes.

As an airport hotel, I cannot recommend it highly enough – it had everything that was required. It is obviously a shame that it no longer is part of the Hilton estate from a points and status point of view, but this is not uncommon of the Nordic / Scandinavian countries in general.

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