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... floor next to the escalator saved a baby by taking her from the parents before they hit the people pile. I was getting close and started freaking out. I turned around and yelled at people to turn around and run back up but it was too crowded. We were pretty packed on there and nobody would listen. I started pushing through people like a fish swimming upstream. Eventually, I had reached the bottom and thank goodness, the conveyor belt had finally stopped right before things got ...
... Only church in the world to have a functioning lighthouse in its tower. Back to the city and had salmon soup in the Fish Market of the quay (Kauppatori) before some shopping and back to collect the Boomer. Then went to stay with Johanna, who had been an AFS exchange student with us in 2001. Last met up in 2006. Lovely to see her again, see her new apartment and meet Mushu, the cat with character! Great gossip catch up over ...
... ride. Back in Tallinn we walked around the Linnahall, too exhausted to go over again. We were also too exhausted to eat out. Too our surprise the hotel did dinner. Pieter had a burger with chips. It was delicious. And Raewyn had some glorious quesadillas. The service was a bit odd, Pieter asked for tomato sauce and the response was 'if you want'. But we can't complain, it was cheap and fast and enjoyable. And we had a very good nights ...
... out of Helsinki. At short notice they basically said yep come in & we'll spend half our day with you telling the class all about Australia. I taught them how to say "G'day", "I reckon" and explained that instead of saying "ok" you say "no worries", I played a few songs on a ukulele and showed them some Aussie animals and landmarks. The kids think we have lions and panthers, and when they saw what Sydney Harbour looks like they thought we must have ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsScandic Grand Marina Helsinki
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.
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Nice room, Scandinavian modern furniture, good size room.
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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.
Itīs 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 agree about the breakfast: "with a wide selection on fresh/dried fruit, cheeses, cold meats, toast, bacon, eggs, biscuits, muffins, tea/coffee and fruit juices. And you can eat as much as you want! Wonderful to set you up for a day of exploring!". I also think the location is good, with a fairly short walking distance to reach the main shopping areas.
Not too much to complain about the room, minibar worked as it should and so did the TV, would have expected some more swedish channels though, location not very far from Sweden and probably a lot of swedish / scandinavian guests. Strange small windows that did not open very much.
By the way, "Cardiff, Wales", is a heated towel rail a novelty to you? Itīs pretty much standard in almost every hotel in Northern Europe...
What I did not like was the the long, dreary corridors, with inadequate light, almost spooky and of course the in-door smoking. I hope Finland soon follow Norway and Sweden, banning smoking in public areas.
The desk staff and staff in the bar were pulight and helpful.
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! :)
Normally if I go away with my boyfriend we stay in hostels but when I go away with my parents my mother always insists on 4/5 star so I have stayed in all sorts of accomodation in the past but I have to say this hotel was my favourite!
The breakfasts were great with a wide selection on fresh/dried fruit, cheeses, cold meats, toast, bacon, eggs, biscuits, muffins, tea/coffee and fruit juices. And you can eat as much as you want! Wonderful to set you up for a day of exploring!
In reference to location, this hotel is only ever so lightly located outside the main city centre, the market square is probably less that a five minute walk and it would normally take us about ten to get to the main shopping streets. It is quite a distance though from sights such as the Rock Church, it is walkable but would take a while so it's probably better to take the tram. I'm normally really lazy back home but we had no problem walking to the centre and back in the day and once again when we went out in the evening.
As for value for money we were very lucky with this hotel, we paid just over Ģ300 for seven nights accomodation and flights so it was definitely worth it!. I would recommend this hotel to anybody who doesn't mind a short walk to the shops/restaurants, but I would recommend getting a superior room if possible! We really enjoyed our week there....the only downside was the bed was a bit too comfy which meant it was difficult to get up in the mornings! A great hotel.
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.
As others have said, the design of the building means that window size can vary depending on the floor. The windows in my room for very small indeed and only one could be partially opened. This is disappointing as the views are lovely. The positives included the very firm and comfortable bed and the well equipped bathroom. It was also easy to connect to the wireless network.
The general state of the room was shabby. Refreshment would be welcome.
The buffet breakfast was excellent and copious. I also dined a few times in the hotel restaurant and found the food well above average, with a good selection of wines by the glass.
I would stay at the hotel again but would take a room with bigger windows. The location is great and it is a gentle and relaxing stroll from the hotel to the center of town along the harbourside.
Note that there is a conference center opposite the hotel and that it may be worth checking whether there is a conference taking place before you stay here.
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.
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.