With the holiday season rapidly approaching and the inevitable threat of layovers, travel delays and cancellations, Hilton Hotels & Resorts is offering convenient alternatives to spending long hours, or the entire night, at the airport. Topping the list of Hilton airport hotels featuring top-notch dining and entertainment options are:
Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Near AMS
For day-trippers: Visit the Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Axis Lobby & Cocktail Bar located in a 137-ft.-high glass roof atrium for craft cocktails, mocktails, beer, wine and the bar’s specialty gin and Dutch jenever (juniper-flavored liquor) creations. Designed as an island bar, Axis is the ideal meeting place for grounded travelers looking to keep their thirst and hunger at bay. Axis also serves Dutch specialty snacks and international bites during the day.
For overnighters: At the Bowery Restaurant, diners can customize their dishes, which are prepared and plated in front of guests. The restaurant features three live cooking stations serving healthy grill dishes and popular Asian specialties using local products from Dutch suppliers and farmers. Hilton has been in the process of upping the ante on its food and beverage options as a result of guests singling out “food and beverage as a major area of differentiation and a key decision-making factor when choosing a hotel,” says Shawn McAteer, v.p., global brand management, full service brands, Hilton. “Today’s global travelers are more savvy than ever before and expect a fantastic travel experience regardless of whether they are traveling for business or leisure, for one day or one month,” which is why the collection of brands is making major efforts to “deliver a memorable culinary experience that meets guests’ needs.”
Hilton Beijing Capital Airport Near PEK
For day-trippers: “We are increasingly witnessing the development of ‘airport cities,’ whereby airports are no longer simply transit hubs, but shopping, leisure, business, and dining destinations in their own right, and our airport hotels are no different,” says McAteer. “They are transforming more and more into sophisticated destinations that guests can take advantage of whether transiting through on a layover or a planned stay.” Take the Hilton Beijing Capital Airport hotel, for instance, where guests can choose from several distinctive dining options, including the a five-star Sichuan-style restaurant, a casual all-day-dining option and 30 private dining rooms. We recommend the 360° Casual Dining restaurant for an in-between-flights meal, since its relaxed atmosphere doesn’t require dressing up and its variety of food stations serving chef-prepared international specialties offer something for everyone.
For overnighters: The stylish Long Bar at the Hilton Beijing Capital Airport hotel features a divided L-shaped bar offering live music along one side and a quieter lounge environment on the other. It’s the ideal spot for an after-dinner/flight cocktail or glass of wine.
Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Near ORD
For day-trippers: “Wine” away some of the holiday stress at Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport’s Andiamo Italian restaurant. Serving authentic Italian cuisine in a contemporary setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Andiamo features freshly made local pastas, high-quality olives and olive oils, and imported cheeses and meats flown in directly from Italy. There is also an extensive wine list and selections of decadent desserts made fresh daily.
For overnighters: Open from 11 a.m. until midnight, Gaslight Club is a take on an original 20s-era speakeasy that has offered live music and fine dining for more than 55 years. Menu items, including prime, aged steaks and chops, fresh seafood, as well as drinks—single malt scotch, bourbons, wines, port, and cognac—are served by the bar’s Gaslight Girls, who wear outfits inspired by the Roaring Twenties.
Hilton Mumbai International Airport Near BOM
For day-trippers: For a light bite, try the Crystal Lounge at the Hilton Mumbai International Airport hotel, which was styled after a 19th century Indian summer palace. Menu items include freshly brewed tea and coffee, sandwiches, pastries, signature cocktails and refreshing mocktails.
For overnighters: Open 24-7, the Brasserie offers a midnight buffet featuring selections of Indian, French, Italian, Oriental and Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant features large bay windows and overlooking the hotel’s pool and an extended outdoor seating area, located by the pool.
Starting rates vary by market based on season and availability. For more information, visit www3.hilton.com.