Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki
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What a great town! Cold but friendly.
I got the trip as a birthday gift, one of the best - we got to know the town, went to a fortress island (watched there old ladies pick chives), lost a wallet and found it again, bought cool designy hats.
... After a while we headed out into the chilly weather to go for a walk around town, where we wandered past the pretty harbour, through the city streets, past some beautiful churches, many monuments and important buildings until we made our way to a little noodle shop where we sat and had dinner while listening to a band practice their heavy growling rock music behind a mysterious wall... After dinner we headed back to the ...
... Stryoktober. Lots of local food, beer, tents and music. Very finnish indeed.
Unfortunately we´re just too dead to do much more exploring... and there really isnt much more left to explore around the city beyond the walking around we did, so we called it a night after a bit and got on the bus back to our hotel. Luckily, I met this american family on the bus via my strange need to talk to strangers on public transportation... turns out the married couple both have ...
... but we go to the ticket counter and get the tickets for the 11 a.m. Sailing. We'll have about 15 minutes. We wander and get some veggies and some cherries from the Turkish booth (cherries only). I ask for about half what my daughter has but he gives me the same amount. Suddenly he doesnt' speak English any longer.
We are looking for a utility belt for my husband. We have seen several (My daughter ...
... was tolerable.
The corner we were at was a hotbed of action. The people-watching was fantastic. I made a crack on Facebook about not all women from Finland are blond, only the beautiful ones are. I'll apply that crack in advance to Sweden and Norway. But then I'll also recant and say it's not just the blondes. They work hard to be stylish here. One of the pictures I posted is of a woman and her child in their snappy winter jackets (it's June, by the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki
A bit over price
Don't expect a seaview from your room - unless you pay alot. The price is abit over the top (for me). The hotel is clean and tidy, nice location (hotel located at the south-west of Helsinki city, 20 mins walk to the historical area which is north-east of the city). The rooms are nicely decorated and large. Breakfast is excellent. However, my shower floods, and air-conditioning in the room does not work (so avoid staying there during summer). The hotel's restaurant does very nice steak (definitely worth a try). Will stay again.
Fantastic Hotel in a Fantastic City
I stayed here for 3 nights as part of my honeymoon and it's absolutely fantastic. The only negative point is that it's a little out of the way in the less-scenic port area, but it's still within easy walking distance of the centre and with a tram stop just outside.
The hotel is a converted cheese factory, and full of a bizarre charm that so much of Finland possesses. Our room was €105 a night and huge- almost as big as some Finnish apartments!
The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. The breakfast was excellent in quality, range and quantity, although the restaurant does not meet quite the same standard. With a plethora of good quality, reasonably priced restaurants a walk or short tram trip away, that's not a big issue.
I stayed here for 1 week at the end of May 2006. I booked a few months in advance and got a great rate which was 133 Euro a night including VAT!
The hotel itself is great. Every morning there is a super breakfast buffet right in the lobby restaurant and it is free! This is a big help when meals are so generally expensive in Finland. There is a small business center next to the front desk, and there are 2 terminals with internet usage. It looked a bit odd because you have to pay in order to use one of these terminals but did not have to pay to use the other.
The rooms are really big! I stayed in a 2-twin bed room and there was a small terrace, a sofa bed, 3 closets, and a separate shower/toilet. The TV does not have that many channels, but that's ok, one can always manage to find something on.
There is a sauna and lobby bar available, but I did not utilize these. I did visit the restaurant bar for a beer and it was nothing special, probably because I went very late. A note about drinking in Finland: for some reason, no bar tops off your drink and always leaves the glass 3/4 full. I find that incredibly odd and annoying given the big prices you pay in Finland.
The hotel is right across the street from the South Terminal where a few ferries leave for Estonia. It is about a quarter mile walk to the waiting station, and the ferry ride is fantastic, and so is Estonia, go visit if you have the chance.
The #6 tram stops about 20 feet to the outside left of the hotel. If you see the tram stop and are worried you might not catch it in time, don't worry, it is the first/last stop on the line, and the driver usually stops for a couple of minutes for a cigarette or something, so you need not have to run after the tram. In under 10 stops, you are left in the city center, which is very easy to navigate.
I recommend this hotel for business travellers, tourists and romantic couples, maybe not so much to the elderly, as there can be a bit of a walk for them if they miss a tram, but I'm sure taxis can always be called. If I ever visit Finland again, I would love to stay here again, as the staff was receptive, courteous, friendly, helpful, and the hotel was clean and met all my expectations.
Comfortable Hotel with a Great Breakfast
I travel for business and found this hotel to be of great quality at a reasonable price. Within 10 minutes walk from the heart of Helsinki (or less by tram), the hotel has many features that make it stand out. Free internet connection, a large breakfast selection, clean rooms, but most of all quality service. The staff is terrific (very helpful). I would definitely stay here again.
Very good hotel
A very good hotel, within just a slight distance from the centre of Helsinki. A tram-line stops just outside the hotel. We found the hotel modern and comfortable. Food was above average, rooms had a good size and was clean. We especially liked the comfortable beds, with soft linen and a good pillow.
Friendly hotel in a great city!
This is a wonderful hotel. The staff are very friendly, the breakfast is fabulous, and the rooms are very spacious, stylish and comforatable. I have stayed in hotels of this size in other cities and found the service very impersonal, but at the Radisson Seaside the service felt very personal, more like a smaller hotel.
The location is slightly out of the centre, but for me this is a bonus as I like the quiet Ruoholahti area of Helsinki. To get into the centre you can take Tram 6 which stops right outside the hotel door. The hotel are also located right next to the harbour where the Tallink ferries depart for Tallin (there are also different ferries to Tallin from the city centre harbour).
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Helsinki!
Love it !!!
I have stayed in so many hotels but this one was special. Our room 408 is just delightful.Its large and super modern, amazing lights,slimline couches in white..very chic!! It just has a great feel to it...very stylish.
Must Do: Hire private sauna room on top floor. Very expensive but wow you will have a fabulous experince.The two hours was enough time to experience the Finnish way of life.You have the whole top floor to yourself and can sip vino overloking the harbour. A must for the romantics!!!
Dinner : Was poor, bad service and slow.Across the road is a great seafood waterfront restaurant.
What to Do : Harbour cruise is a must.Visit Market Square, The Lutheran Catheral, Casino, or shop through the many wonderful streets of Helsinki.
Overall Raddison by the sea is fabulous, a little out of town but just catch the tram 6 it takes 5mins.
We loved Helsinki as a city...its very European, modern and stylish and the people are incredibily friendly and helpful.
Delightful hotel close to downtown Helsinki
Beautiful lobby and dining area with lots of light and friendly staff!
Rooms are clean and have everything you need. Sauna available with no extra cost. HUGE breakfast included! You can have a real meal between 6:30 - 10:00 am!! Close to a mall and downtown activities... also close to the Hietalahti beach. Has lots of little bars and diner places close by yet it's very quiet and peaceful overlooking the West Harbor.
You can reserve Airport Taxi (20 Euros for 2 people) which is very convenient and fast, though you can get there cheaper by walking or taking a cab to the train station and jumping to a bus 615 to the airport (about 12 Euros). I just think it's too much of a hassle! :-)
One of Helsinki's Best Values
I have stayed at this hotel three times and find it to be one of Helsinki's best values. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. They have a great restaurant on the premises. It is situated at a picturesque spot on the water (as you could guess from its name) in a quiet neighborhood. The only drawback is that it is about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the city center. I have been to Helsinki nine times and have yet to find a hotel of such quality at such relatively low rates.