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

hilto worldwide app

One special feature of staying at a Hilton hotel is the ability to do Hilton 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 Hilton early check in process works and what to expect when you use the app to select your room.

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How To Use Hilton Early Check In

 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 to start Hilton online check in.

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 Hilton early check in and got into our room as soon as it was ready (at no charge). 

How To Choose Your Own Room

choose your room when using hilton early check in

You’ll be given a pre-assigned room, which you can choose to keep or change when using Hilton early check in.

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 when using hilton early check in

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 best room for us using Hilton early check in!

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 could not change my room selection once I had committed to it in the app, so I suggest doing all of your research ahead of time.

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

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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 about Hilton early check in!

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Sunday 21st of January 2024

Many other hotels allow you "early check-in" on line, and don't require you to install an app on your Smartphone. Very frustrating that Hilton says you can check in via the app or online, but doesn't provide any way in the online account to do early check.


Tuesday 23rd of January 2024

I agree it’s annoying!


Saturday 1st of October 2022

Thanks, this was very helpful. First time stay. I had called ahead and asked about rooms and the young lady gave me a couple numbers for the view we wanted. Our stay is tomorrow and I have to wait 5 hours before I can check in. So, thanks for mentioning 6 a.m. the day before.


Monday 12th of September 2022

With the digital check in, are you able to get a receipt for the stay in the app or after it's complete?


Sunday 18th of September 2022

You will get an emailed folio receipt after check-out.


Sunday 19th of June 2022

What a useful information! Do you know if we can choose the room in advance of check in? Or is it available only after check in?


Sunday 26th of June 2022

You have to wait until checkin to select a room I believe.


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!


Monday 4th of July 2022

@Leah, If you select “chose my own room” the room they chose for you will be visible and you can still chose that one if you like it the best.


Sunday 5th of June 2022

Good question Christine! I’ve never tried that but my guess is you could definitely select it as an option if you don’t find anything better.

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