Advantages pool, restaurant, ambassador lounge, comfortable rooms
Disadvantages Not especially cheap
My mum frequently comes to Finland on business and this is where she stays whenever she's in Helsinki. This means it's the place I've stayed on all my previous visits here. I've never found a reason to complain about it, but then again, my mum has always been the one paying.Scandic are a big company who have hotels all over Finland, as well as in Swedon and, I think, Norway.
The Scandic is on Mannerhiemintie, which is a large street running straight through the city centre. It's about five or ten minutes walk from the very centre of town, but there's a tram stop right outside if it's cold or you're feeling lazy. Three different numbers of trams run down Mannerhiemintie at this point, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. The Finnair bus, which goes directly to the airport, stops immediately behind the hotel and there's a schedule for this bus available at the front desk.
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The hotel staff are happy to arrange taxis, which will park immediately in front of the hotel main entrance. There is a sign in the lobby reading "taxi meeting point," which is where the drivers will wait to help you with your luggage. However, taxis are pretty expensive in Helsinki so, unless there are three or more of you, you'd be better off relying on the excellent public transport system.The hotel is just across the road for a large, central park which is a wonderful place for a pleasant walk and tends to be very pretty whatever the weather. Also within easy walking distance (even within the park!) are kayak rentals, the Finnish Opera house and the Helsinki Winter Gardens.
The most important thing about any hotel. The rooms are nothing particularly special but they're not bad. The beds are decent; I've never had a problem getting to sleep on them. You get the things that seem to come as standard in most hotels: TV (complete with list of pay-per-view movies), mini-bar, kettle with tea and coffee selection, telephone.
--- The Rooms ---
The telephones have a direct-dial number so people can call the room without having the call the front desk first and be redirected. I'm not sure how much the hotel charges for making calls, as we'd usually phone the hotel to speak to Mum, rather than her call us. They'll probably be expensive, because hotel phones always are.The rooms come with bath and shower rooms ensuite. These have two good-sized towels and two hand towels for a two-person room. I expect family rooms would have more, but I've not actually stayed in one, so I don't know. The soap and shampoo comes in large, squeezable bottles on the wall. This means there are no little bottles to steal, but it's better for the environment and saves the hotel money, so they don't have to charge quite as much for the rooms. There's also a polite note asking for you (in three different languages) to hang up your towels if you don't mind using them again. This is pretty standard practice for most hotels.
The rooms are all centrally heated. You can adjust the level of heat a little, but not a lot.
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This 9-storey hotel is 10 minutes walk from Helsinki city centre and the Olympic Stadium. It offers classic Nordic cuisine and free Wi-Fi, plus...
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