Scandic Hotel Continental Helsinki
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Historical Traveler Reviews Scandic Hotel Continental Helsinki
Finnair bus is just at the back of the hotel
10-15 minutes walk to railway station and probably 20 minutes to market square. There is a tram stop right outside the hotel main entrance. Anyone who does not want to walk can pay 2 Euro and take the tram.
Staffs are quite friendly which is pretty rare in the service sector in Finland
Stayed 3 nights but on different dates. Generally the rooms are of good size. One of the nights we had a extra bed which is a sofa bed good for one adult or two kids
Breakfast is fair and quite crowed. Finnair crews (those flying the Asia routes) stay in this hotel plus a lot of Asians
The Scandic Continental is very well located, opposite a lake with lovly walks around it, also buses and trolly busses stop outside if you find walking a problem into the centre of Helsinki--3 stops.
The one negative aspect about a weekend city break to this city is to remember most shops are closed on Sundays--we have just returned from there and found this a bit of a pain as when you only have a few days it seems better to go mid week if you go before May. We took a bus journey on the Sunday to a beautifuL town called Poorve, beside the river with lots of quaint little specialist shops but so fraustrsting as most of them were closed.
By the way we slightly upgraded from a standard room to the Ambassodor rooms on the 6th floor, it was very good value as you have continual access to the Ambassodor Sitting room on the 9th floor with great views overlooking the lake where there is all sorts of soft drinks coffee tea etc and snacks always available, very nice to come back to this after a day out--and 2 computors with free internet access.
Excellent service perfectly located
The Scandic Continental is situated on the fringe of Helsinki, overlooking a large lake and served by the airport bus from Helsinki Airport to the City. In fact this is one of the finer points about the hotel, the airport bus only makes 2 stops and the hotel is the first so you cannot go wrong.
Foyer is large and spacious with plenty of seating and free internet usage (15mins), City info and brochures, currency exchange and restaurant. You can also check in here for Finnair (& One World) flights departing from Helsinki - this is a nice touch.
Rooms are large, spacious, spotless and smart. Ultra thick double glazed windows keep the noise out. The decor is quite old but I did not find any faults with my room at all. Tea & Coffee is provided although unusually in a plastic cup. There's even a recycle dustbin. TV had a few english channels too.
Breakfast is Scandic's strong point, it's fabulous and there's loads to choose from. Served in a large restaurant with views across to the Lake. Very nice.
On the top floor is an indoor pool and very nice Finnish sauna offering views of the Lake, and is free for hotel residents at specific times of the day - info on this is in your room folder, along with lots of info about Helsinki.
With the City but a 10 minute stroll away this Scandic pretty much covers all the bases and apart from everything mentioned it's also extremely good value for money. Full marks.
Good value business hotel
Stayed on business for 4 nights, on the 5th floor Ambassador's club room. Rooms are a similar size to regular rooms, nicely furnished and well insulated (they have to be!). Ambassadors club does not seem worth the money (hardly any of the Hilton benefits you may be used to), but a nice, business friendly hotel.
Receptionists seemed exceptionally helpful, ensuring Taxis always arrived as booked despite the bus drivers strike. Addition of free wireless was an added bonus, along with the free drinks vouchers for Hilton HHonors customers.
Reccomended for business - free shuttle bus to Nokia House during the week is an added bonus.
Excellent sauna and swimming pool - rich breakfast
We are two families from Greece, nine persons and we stayed at this hotel on August 13th till August 15th and from August 19th till August 21st . The rooms were very spacious and clean , the breakfast was delicious ( I can only compare it with the Hilton Prague) and the sauna and the swimming pool ( excellent view ) were superb , but why only from 7a.m.to 10.00 am ? We would have felt better if the people in the reception were more friendly ( of course I can understand them , because they were very busy )
Not the best or the worst
The hotel fell somewhere in the middle of the two previous critiques.
Pros - Excellent transport from airport; very convenient on-site airport check-in. Very easy walking distance from Opera House and Sibelius Centre/Concert Hall. Bright, young, helpful staff.
Nice room, excellent shower. Adjacent to excellent public transport system.
Cons - Dreary, unchanging (albeit copious) breakfast. Mediocre restaurant. No coffee shop. Bar much to small for a 500-room hotel. Room service stops at 11pm. Sleepy, if willing, housekeeping department.
Neutral - 1 kilometre walk from town centre.
Would I stay there again? Probably, particularly if, as on this occasion, we were attending 4 operas in 8 days
Scandic Continental Helsinki is splendid
The lavish breakfast and the lovely pool and sauna made the hotel very attractive both of our stays. During one, we were upgraded, and the superior rooms really are special; but the regular rooms are OK too. (For some reason, the pool is free but there is a daily fee for use of the exercise room.)For anyone visiting the superb Helsinki opera, virtually across the street, this is an ideal choice.
We have just stayed for a long weekend and we were very pleased with the hotel. We had a special deal with lastminute and I was apprehensive after reading the previous review as I had already booked it.The room was beautiful, at the front of the hotel, overlooking the lake and the bathroom was spacious and spotlessly clean.The buffet breakfast was very good, although we did not have a meal in the restaurant. My only negative comment was that the bar prices were expensive. The staff were friendly and helpful and even accommodated my daughter who stayed with us for one night.
Horrible service, dirty room
When we checked in at 6 pm, the clerk at the counter started calling to housekeeping checking do they have a room ready! Apparently all the rooms were dirty AT 6 PM and she had to check by calling that is there even one ready room or not. With a little hassle she found a room for us.
We had booked 1 bed, but were given 2. In their own internet reservation system we had hoped a view to the frontyard, instead we got the backyard. We were hoping in the reservation form also for a high floor, but were given 4th floor room.
We found plenty of dust all over the room. There were also hair in the sink and in the tub. There was toothpaste in the mirror. We also found chewing gum under the bed. TV remote was so worn that you couldn't make out all the markings on it. Obviously housekeeping is not a firsti priority on this property.. and even then, you have to wait for the room.
One good point was that the room was silent. I dont know if that was because other rooms were empty.
During our visit, not a single employee spoke to us, besides couple of words during check-in and check-out. No asking how was our visit, no bringing even coffee at breakfast. Nobody even came to clean our table at breakfast and we were there over 30 minutes!! Breakfast was nothing special.
I would never stay again, even for free. I recommend you give Holiday Inn or Radisson SAS a try while in Helsinki.