Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance Malmo, Sweden is one of my favorite hotels to stay and quite a deal when transiting through Copenhagen Airport compared to the typical high price of hotels in Copenhagen. The hotel is 8,000 Choice Privileges points per night. Being part of Nordic Choice Hotels Clarion Collection also means a complimentary evening buffet and breakfast are included. Having been two years since my last stay, I was delighted to reacquaint myself with the property. I really enjoy this hotel when staying on a transit overnight through Copenhagen Airport when I don’t have the energy to take advantage of the pleasures big city Copenhagen has to offer.
Low cost economy tickets from San Francisco have routed me through Copenhagen Airport many times over the past five years. Copenhagen is generally a fun city I truly enjoy visiting, but hotels there are some of the most expensive in Europe. $200 per night is not uncommon for a city hotel. Finding any hotel or Airbnb lodging under $150 per night can be challenging during summer season.
All my stays in Copenhagen have been reward nights paid with loyalty points, aside from one $170 paid night with breakfast at the Bella Sky AC by Marriott Copenhagen in January 2018 when I earned a free hotel night I redeemed in late June 2018 for the Marriott Sopot Resort & Spa in Poland.
Most hotel loyalty programs are high priced for reward stays in Copenhagen.
Choice Privileges has two Copenhagen city hotels, Skt. Petri, Ascend Collection and Comfort Inn Vesterbro, both at 20,000 points. Clarion Copenhagen Airport is also 20,000 points and used to be the Hilton CPH. Quality Hotel Airport Dan is 16,000 points, but also the lowest rated of the four hotels.
Malmo, Sweden is generally far less expensive for lodging than Copenhagen and easily accessible from Copenhagen Airport.
Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance in Malmo, Sweden is my go to hotel for 8,000 Choice Privileges points when traveling solo to Copenhagen, especially when arriving jet-lagged from California and planning to leave the next day for my primary destination city in Europe.
Even paid rates at Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance Malmo are frequently under $100 per night.
Comfort Inn Malmo is right outside the train station and another reasonable option for 10,000 Choice Privileges points. I have not stayed there.
Getting to Malmo, Sweden from Copenhagen Airport
Copenhagen Airport to Copenhagen city is a 38 DKK/$5.72 USD one way ticket price by train or metro and takes 15 to 20 minutes.
The train from Copenhagen Airport to Malmo is 91 DKK/$13.68 USD one way and takes 22 minutes. An interesting exchange rate difference makes the ticket from Malmo to Copenhagen Airport for 120 SEK only $12.91 USD.
Train ticket automated kiosks are located inside CPH Terminal 3 about 100 meters past the airport arrivals exit door. I purchased my ticket from a kiosk (assistants are there to help tourists, if needed). Ticket kiosks have a button for English language directions.
Track 1 doors, next to the wall of ticket kiosks, lead to a moving walkway down one level to the trains. The train to Malmo for my trip was the Göteborg train.
Boarded train at 13:42. The journey took 24 minutes to reach Malmo Central Station, including a passport inspection in Sweden at Hyllie Station once over the Öresund Bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden.
The hotel is about 10 minutes walk from Central Station.
Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance is in a 1902 building that was constructed as a hotel with a temperance (i.e., absence of alcohol) dining restaurant. That tradition has gone by the wayside in the modern hotel with a bar, but at Swedish prices for alcohol (69 SEK/$7.42 for a small bottle of beer), I tend to be a temperance adherent when in Sweden.
Past the reception desk is the bar lounge area. My room 327 was through the bar to the elevator for floor 3 in the back part of the 5-floor hotel.
The open atrium aspect of the hotel design provides daylight into the bar lounge. I have stayed on three different floors on three different sides of Hotel Temperance. Fortunately I have never been assigned an atrium facing room. I dislike rooms facing interior lobby areas and usually request a change of room if that happens to be where I am placed in a hotel.
The stairway at Hotel Temperance is impressive and the route I tend to prefer to the elevators when staying here.
Hotel Temperance Room 327
Like most Swedish hotels I have stayed, there is a minimalist design with efficient use of space. Typically, I find everything I need in the room.
The room was compact and perfect for a single person. Each time I have stayed at Hotel Temperance the room has seemed uniquely different from each other.
Looking back to my original hotel review, I see the bar lounge has been remodeled. My 5th floor room in 2015 looked kind of spartan.
One of the highlights for me in Room 327 was a full size balcony door that opened.
Residential apartments nearby across the courtyard meant I could look into other people’s places and they could look into Room 327. For some reason that does not bother me the way an atrium facing room displeases me.
Room 327 Bathroom
The bathroom was small and basic and probably would not have been suitable if staying with my wife for any length of time. Turns out I did not take any bathroom photos and only a short video. And my video does not answer my wife’s question of where the hairdryer was located in the room. Her favorite question in hotel rooms is “Where is the hairdryer?”
Food at Hotel Temperance
The highlight of Hotel Temperance is the complimentary dining. There is a reason I titled my hotel review in 2015 the food alone is worth 8,000 Choice Privileges points.
I grabbed 75 minutes of sleep after having been awake more than 24 hours traveling from Monterey, California to Sweden and headed to the dining room around 6pm for a bite to eat.
Scandinavians eat some heavy grain breads and crackers that always fill me up.
These breads and crackers are great when I have been hiking around a city all day or plan to hike.
Coffee, tea and water were available for dinner. Many of the diners ordered beer or wine, and the dining room was packed on a Saturday evening.
While the menu stated chili and tortilla, I only saw tortilla chips.
At breakfast the following morning I photographed the dining room when it was empty.
Hotel Temperance Breakfast
The buffet set-up is located in the adjacent room to the dining room.
Scrambled eggs, pancakes, beans, bacon and sausages were in hot trays.
Clarion Collection Hotels in the Nordic Choice Hotels chain I have stayed at in Norway and Sweden are an amazing value for Choice Privileges reward stays with no need to buy food at restaurants. Clarion Collection reward stays is how I managed three weeks traveling in Norway in 2014 and 2015 spending only $20 or so on food when the country was the most expensive tourist destination in the world. The exchange rate in 2019 is far more favorable to the USD. I find buying groceries in Sweden is no more expensive these days than the USA for my limited travel needs and diet. I simply don’t drink much alcohol while there.
Hotel Temperance Bar Lounge
Conference room lounge
There is another lounge area off the main stairway that is kind of a cozy private hideaway in the hotel. On one stay this area was being used as a conference room space, but generally is unused when I have been at the hotel.
Clarion Collection Hotel Temperance Malmo is quite a little gem to discover in what I consider a laid back alternative city destination to cosmopolitan and glamorous Copenhagen. This hotel fits my needs perfectly when I primarily need a good hotel for an overnight stay as I transit through Copenhagen Airport.
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Clarion Collection – important note for Choice Privileges members is only Clarion Collection brand hotels affiliated with Nordic Choice Hotels in Norway, Sweden and one hotel in Latvia have complimentary dinner buffet.
I have stayed at Clarion Collection Hotels in UK and USA, but those hotels are not affiliated with Nordic Choice Hotels and may not have any complimentary meal, even breakfast.