Scandic Grand Marina

Katajanokanlaituri 7, Helsinki, Southern Finland, SF-00160, Finland | 4 star hotel
Prices starting from $120.00

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BL #16: Discover Helsinki's Chic Side

A travel blog entry by pwong on Jul 18, 2014

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I didn't have the best impression of Helsinki the first time around, finding it a tad boring - however, given the close proximity to Stockholm and how cheap and easy it is to get between the two cities, we decided to visit, anyway. More often than not, re-visiting a place leads to disappointment - if you liked it the first time around, chances are …


A travel blog entry by moleandplace


... br> Did the hop on-hop off bus again. Helsinki is very pretty and very
clean. Heaps of old building and in some way a bit like parts of Germany. Great
weather, 20 and sunny. It is Saturday and there were what seemed like millions
of people everywhere. All the cafes were packed with people sitting outside
enjoying the sun. We did find a nice café to have a beer outside.

On the way back saw heaps of Finns sunbaking in the 20 degrees (they
must have a long winter).


Departure Day, Day 1 Helsinki

A travel blog entry by sezzawilliams

... next leg. Helsinki! The Finnair flight was smooth, though not as comfortable as the first leg. I arrived in Helsinki at 0630 and made my way to our apartment. After dodgy instructions on the tram stop, multiple calls from the guy meeting me to give me the keys I finally arrived at the small but cosy apartment that will be home for the next few days. I have just walked into the city centre and had a red wine at a lovely ...

Flora and Sauna

A travel blog entry by andrewjerome


... riverside cafe, with pizzas, dessert and a few glasses of wine.

The walk to Turku castle was quite long, but not unpleasant as we followed the river and watched rowing teams and beer ferries on the way. The castle in Turku holds a lot of history, as Turku was originally the capital of Finland, but after a great fire, it was relocated to Helsinki. The cathedral and castle are two of the few remaining buildings from an otherwise destroyed town.

Day 20 - Rome - Helsinki - Hong Kong

A travel blog entry by bss-tour-2013


By plane to Helsinki and then Hong Kong Rome airport Fiumicino or Leonardo da Vinci airport of Rome is Italy’s first airport and Europe’s sixth where traffic volume is concerned. It lies 16 miles southwest of Rome and is linked to the city by train and by road. The ride by train lasts approximately 30 minutes and goes as far as the central railway station of Rome, Termini. The airport incorporates 3 passenger stations and offers services of a great variety, such ...

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This 4 star hotel, located in the Eteläinen area of Helsinki, is near Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Senate Square (Senaatintori), Kauppatori, and Helsinki City Hall (Kaupungintalo).
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsScandic Grand Marina Helsinki

    Reviewed by pwong

    Convenient for Stockholm Ferry Passengers

    Reviewed Jul 18, 2014
    by (86 reviews) Calgary , Canada Flag of Canada

    Big business class hotel, very convenient for guests arriving by boat from Stockholm. Perhaps a bit impersonal, but rooms are large and comfortable. A generous breakfast is also served.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Reviewed by rerowand

    Scandic Grand Marina

    Reviewed Jul 9, 2013
    by (3 reviews) North Brunswick , United States Flag of United States

    Nice room, Scandinavian modern furniture, good size room.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Scandic Grand Marina Helsinki

    No towels in a EUR 169,-- room


    Having been to Helsinki on business trips many times before this is the hotel where I got the least value for my money. Arriving at the hotel late after midnight I checked into the room 368 and found out that there was not a single towel in this room. It took me about 20 minutes to get a full set of towels from the hotel staff! In fact, the hotel staff was not impressed at all that I was not satisfied. Apart from that the hotel room was simply ugly, quite small, the bed linnen extremely smelly, lacked a room safe etc. This does certainly not justify the EUR 169,-- I had to pay for a single room per night!

    Very Nice Hotel for the money


    I stayed at this Scandic hotel for three nights in April 2006. This was also my first time staying at a Scandic hotel. The room was small but well equipped. The bed, although it didn't look comfortable, certainly was upon lying down on it. The comforter was very comfortable and I never had any trouble sleeping here. The bathroom was clean, small and functional. The showerhead was a very good one and put out a decent amount of water. I tried the sauna one evening in the hotel and it was a very nice experience. The hotel has three computers in the lobby with internet access for guest use, free of charge, so that was a nice bonus. Breakfast (free) was very substantial and very good. The hotel was within easy walking distance to the main train station, shopping, restaurants, and all major tourist attractions. It is about a 400 meter walk to a grand church on the hill, and the hotel is in a prime spot to watch the cruise ships come in and out of the harbor. It is also within easy walking distance to the ferry to Suominlinna, the Swedish built fortress out on an island in the entrance to the harbor (about a 15 minute ferry ride at 2 1/2 euros, if my memory serves.) All in all, a very pleasant hotel experience.

    OK Hotel


    It´s amusing to read the rating from oct 12. Of course when you pay only GBP 300:- for a week including flights, almost everything must be a good deal...

    I was very impressed...!:)


    After reading the mediocre reviews on this site I was a bit concerned about what to expect from this hotel. I really needn't have been! My boyfriend and I stayed there for a week and I absolutely loved it! We had a superior room with a chair, sofa, two tables, dressing table, two sets of wardrobes and four sets of windows! The bathroom was spacious with 2 sinks and different compartments separated by sliding doors for the toliet and the shower. I was also very impressed with the heated towel rail! :)

    Portholes & Reindeer


    Stayed for three days in August and was given a large corner room on the top floor. Rather strangely set up room, like a long corridor. The hotel welcomed me with a fruit platter that was most unappealing and ended in the bin.

    Small rooms


    An OK hotel... rooms were rather small and charmless. My friend described the rooms as having an "East German" feel, and something about them did remind one of old Communist architecture -- concrete blocks, dull, nothing exciting about them. Still, it was perfectly comfortable. The hallways are long and dark -- this was an old warehouse building in the harbor district, long and low. The public areas were nice, and the breakfast was excellent. The location is a few blocks walk from the center of Helsinki, and very close to the harbor. I would think there would be better choices in Helsinki, but this was perfectly adequate.

    Kinda erie


    This hotel is not in a good location in proximity to downtown Helsinki. It was way too far to walk all the time to go shopping or get something to eat and the tram gets expensive. Our room was also pretty weird. The carpet despretly needed replacing and it just needed to be updated badly. We felt like we were staying in the hotel from "The Shining". The room was large with 2 tiny tiny little windows, so it was very dark. Breakfast in the morning was excellent but unfortunately, regardless of the price this hotel is not worth it.

    Convenient and spotless


    Within walking distance of the cruise ship docks and Helsinki's downtown area. The building is a lovely 1930's structure that has been converted to a hotel. Rooms are for two people only, but with a large bath and shower. Breakfast is complimentary and extensive with Finnish and American foods. Rooms were spotless and I would recommend one to stay at this hotel.



    Hotel was within walkin of distance of the tourist area, the rooms were good but the service and food could be improved. Would try another hotel the next time.

    Not bad at all


    This is not a bad choice. It is moden hotel (late 1990's conversion) of an old grain warehouse on the harbour, which is just a couple of minutes walk from the centre. The rooms are relatively small and have no bath, only shower, but are well furnished. No water views because a conference centre has been built in front. All public areas have a fashionable smoked glass appearance and there is a decent shop, bar and restaurant (breakfast is included in all rates). You should be able to stay off peak for Euro 90 or so and, given the most Helsinki hotels are ugly 1960's buildings with decaying furnishings, this is recommended. However, if you can afford a bit more to stay at the Kamp (see my review) then you should definitely do it.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Scandic Grand Marina Helsinki

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent