Hilton Helsinki Strand
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... enjoyed being part of the city.
I learned about Moomins, characters every bit as popular in Finland as Smurfs or Muppets are in North America. There was an interesting art exhibition in the crypt of the Cathedral. At the National Museum of Finland hangs a compelling painting called The Attack by Eetu Isto, 1899. It portrays the Eagle of Russia trying to tear the Code of Law from the hands of ...
... Stadium and Tower. Have a race on the Olympic Track or feel like a true Olympian on the podiums. For those with a head for heights, tale the lift up to the top of the Stadium Tower and marvel at the 360 degrees panoramic views of Helsinki below. Finish the day at the Senate Square with its regal church set upon stone steps.
As graduation trips go, this was worth missing the drunken forgetfulness of various party island alternatives!
Helsinki was enthralling with its graceful beauty. In 1550, the king of Sweden had big dreams for newly founded Helsinki. Unfortunately, a series of disastrous fires, plague, and war kept the town from growing…until another series of events changed its path forever. After Russia defeated Sweden and annexed Finland in 1809, Czar Alexander I moved the capital – and ...
... Ruth on the outdoor deck (no, it wasn't Bruce). Ruth even had a camera in hand at the time but do you think she got photos - no! Next, our flight from Budapest to Helsinki included the Finnish Powerlifting Team, returning from the World Competitions in Budapest. Between 3 of them they had 5 medals around their necks! They were beefy boys looking to party but Ruth declined their ...
... while hundreds of tourists went about trying to get their perfect shot, was mighty enjoyable. Then we wandered around Kauppatori (open air market), which was right by the harbour in the old part of town. The day was a beautiful 21 degrees, with not a cloud in the sky and sun out in full force – seemed like the whole of Helsinki was out on the streets. Everyone looked happy and were enjoying themselves thoroughly. I guess you have to when days like this only come along a couple ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Helsinki Strand
My favorite hotel in Helsinki is the other Hilton, the Kalastajatorppa, but I thought I give you a review of the Strand as well and compare the two.
OK, not great.
Location is great, staff in general very helpful, room was a little larger than most hotels in Northern Europe
Bed was awful, room looked like it was designed in mid 80's, breakfast was just ok, internet "paper card" system pretty antiquated considering this is Finland of all places!
Overall, Neither happy nor displeased. Might try one of the Radisson's next time just to see the difference. After a remodeling, I am sure the place will be fine - update the amenities like internet access, TV, furniture, etc.
Very Good Service!
We stayed two nights at the Hilton Strand. The room was quite spacious and clean. We stayed on the executive floor which has also access to the club room .The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The breakfast was good. The hotel is in a good location, quite close to downtown and siteseeing loactions, with easy access to the metro and tram stops.
Overall a very good hotel in spite of the 80's feel in relation to the general architecture of the hotel.
Still a comfortable, clean hotel.
As another reviews says, this hotel was 'the' place to stay a few years back. It's lost some of its shine since becoming a Hilton however its still a very comfortable and clean place to stay. It's also in a nice quite location about 10 minutes walk from the city center.
When this was still an Intercontinental, it was a fabulous place. It was a ***** hotel, the best in Finland, a real feat of modern Finnish design, and the getaway for diplomats and other expats from Russia and the Baltics who wanted to escape to the West for an expensive yet well-pampered weekend.
Good, not great
Amazingly well located hotel overlooking the harbour. So picturesque in winter surrounded by a bay of white snow.
Staff - very welcoming and helpful
Room size - good size
Restaurant - nice look and feel
Rooms - very dated, need an upgrade to compete with similar hotels
Overall, a good hotel which I would recommend, but not the best I've stayed at in Europe.
This is an excellent hotel which offers great deals during the winter months. I spent four nights there in early January and, apart from the rainy weather, it was a great stay. The city has marvellous museums and galleries which organise exceptional exhibitions - something I did not expect from Helsinki. Finland is probably still one of the least known countries in Europe. As a Hilton Gold VIP member, my room was ugraded and breakfast included. My room had a sea view and the bathroom was equipped with wonderful wellness products. Just right when coming home after long sightseeing tours in a wet January. The personnel at reception reads your lips and helps whenever possible. The buffet breakfast is great and you should try fish, though unusual for breakfast in central Europe. The only thing I did not like was the butter mountain into which everybody stuck his knife; small packed portions would look more appealing. There is a small sauna and tiny swimming pool on the top floor the use of which is complementary. A great experience, and I will definitely go to this hotel again when in Helsinki. Postscriptum: I filled in a questionnaire and received a friendly letter from the manager a few weeks ago. Obviously, customer service is written boldly at the Hilton Strand.
First of all, let me say that I found my love for luxury hotels after staying here. Since then I have stayed at the Amstel Inter-Conti in Amersterdam, the Widder in Zurich, the Haasler in Rome, so I can truly tell you that this recommendation for the Hilton Strand (it used to be Inter-Continental) is well-founded. Oh, the Strand! The rooms are spacious, the windows keep out any noise, the beds are heavenly, the Lapin Kulta always tasty. But that is just the beginning...