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How To Do Hilton Online Check In & Choose Your Room in the Hilton Honors App

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One special feature of staying at a Hilton hotel is the ability to do online check in before you arrive with the Hilton Honors app.

Did you know you can also choose your own room location when you check-in with the app, too?

In this post I’ll walk you through how the online check in process works and what to expect when you use the app to select your room.

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How To Do Hilton Online Check In

hilton online check in options in app

At 6 am the day before you arrive for your stay you can begin the Hilton online check in process in the Hilton Honors app or online at the Hilton site.

You will need to login with your Hilton Honors account information to see your stay. I assume this only works with stays booked through Hilton. 

hilton early check in times in hilton app

You’ll enter your estimated arrival time when you check-in. Though check-in wasn’t until 4 pm, our room was ready closer to 1 pm which was fantastic!

We were allowed an early check in and got into our room as soon it was ready (at no charge). 

How To Choose Your Own Room

choose your room in the hilton app

Next you’ll be given a pre-assigned room, which you can choose to keep or change.

We wanted to be on a lower floor and close to the pool, so I opted to pick another room.

choose a floor on the hilton app

You’ll be able to see how many rooms are available on each floor and select a floor to see the room locations.

choose your room map on the hilton app

Since we wanted a room that overlooked the pool (instead of the parking lot), I consulted a Google Earth map of the hotel to determine which side faced the pool. That really helped me pick the room with the best view!

hilton lobby

We loved our room location and I was glad I spent a few minutes doing Hilton online check in and selecting our room. I would NOT have liked to be on one of the top floors of this huge hotel!

Hilton hotel room interior

I found that I was NOT able to change my room selection once I had committed to it in the app, so I would suggest doing all of your research ahead of time.

I hope this helps anyone wondering how to do Hilton online check in and choose your own room in the Hilton Honors app.

Since I am a frequent traveler to Disney World, I would love to see Disney get on board with this type of technology. How cool would it be to choose your room before you arrive?

Would you like the ability to select your room before your hotel stays? Please leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Sunday 22nd of May 2022

Great tutorial. Wondering if you bypass the preassigned room at first are you able to select it later? Is it back right away as a choice? Thank You!


Friday 14th of January 2022

Hello, thanks for your explanation! Curious, if I reserved one type of room, but there are other, more expensive types available, will it tell me of any upgrade charges before actually charging me? I reserved a king but see a king suite, which I’d def grab if it’s the same, but I assume there’s an extra charge, but the app isn’t clear on that so I’m hesitant to choose my room!


Sunday 25th of July 2021

I have checked in 3 times in the past 8 months using the app and have yet to get the room I selected. Really the only reason I downloaded the app so disappointed it doesn’t matter if I use it.


Saturday 12th of June 2021

We arrive tomorrow. Digital check in allows to do it now, the morning prior. Do you get charged for the extra night when you won't be there? It's just to get the requested room.


Saturday 12th of June 2021

No, you will not be charged for any additional nights. You are just checking in for your reservation.

Brandon Rumker

Wednesday 17th of March 2021

Thanks for the easy to follow explanation Leah. Do you know if the checkin time is 6am Eastern time or 6am for the time zone the hotel is located in? Thanks!


Sunday 21st of March 2021

Good question! I would guess 6 am in the time zone the hotel is located in, but I can't confirm that.

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