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We landed an hour late in Oslo, but still had time to get to our next flight. We had to go through Passport Control in Oslo. (My first stamp in my new passport!). We read while waiting for our next leg. Small plane for next leg, which took off on time for our 1 hour flight to Helsinki. When we landed I was expecting to go through Passport Control …
Rough night sleeping. We hit the hay about 9:30 and we both woke up at 3:00! It wasn't completely dark! Jean read a little and I went back to sleep. The alarm went off at 7:00 and we hit the breakfast buffet at 8:00. Nice spread. At 10:00 we walked down to the Viking Line pier to find the guided city tour, but alas, no luck. So we then walked over …
Tobyh stayed here on Sep 24, 2010 during their trip titled: Spain, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Russia; Sep/Oct 2010.
Rennie-brewers stayed here on Apr 20, 2009 during their trip titled: Finland & Estonia .
Rennie-brewers stayed here on Apr 19, 2009 during their trip titled: Finland & Estonia .
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TravelPod Member ReviewsScandic Grand Marina Helsinki
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!
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.
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...
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! :)
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.
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.