I had planned so many times to visit this grand old lady when we were living in Helsinki. This year my family had a chance to stay there a whole week during July. We got a very good deal online without breakfast.
Below a few notes from our stay:
+ Location of the hotel is the best in Helsinki. Right next to the shopping and sightseeing.
+ Easy to find good breakfast spots nearby (Café Esplanadi, Fazer café, Café Aalto, Ekberg..).
+ We booked a basic room which was very spacious (very important when you have to fit a baby cot inside). We couldn’t hear anything from other rooms so the rooms are also very quiet.
+ Bathroom is spacious with a classic design and separate shower and bathtub. Big towels, (which I personally find important).
+ Enough bath amenities and you didn’t have to ask for more, these were automatically replaced.
+Room service worked very well every time we had to call them (for new pillows, baby cot to be changed etc.).
+ Pillow menu (this is missing from too many hotels)
+ Bicycles available for hotel guests. One evening we took the hotel bikes (Jopos) and cycled to a restaurant a bit further from the centre. A fun way to see the city.
+ Valet parking worked well.
+ Professional staff. Check in and check out were handled in a second without a hassle and when we made a call before our arrival, they kindly provided a tea kettle to our room and assisted with other topics as well.
+ Usually there is always some big star or band staying in the hotel. During our visit, it was Iron Maiden ;-)
- There was no view from our window (only the inside cupola)..probably thanks to the cheap rate.
- Maintenance of the room was not as good as expected in a 5* hotel (bed was made in a rush many times, no clean drinking glasses were provided and they didn't make the baby cot bed once).
- Room service menu is pricey and there is an extra charge in addition.
- Breakfast price (breakfast is not as good as in other 5* hotels where you pay the same price)
- Wifi free only in the lobby/restaurants, high price for the room.
Our stay was enjoyable and I would definitely stay in this hotel again but I can’t believe there is still a hotel in Finland where you actually have to pay for Wifi. Some of the furniture in the room are starting to show a bit of wear and tear and I hope the hotel management notices this. Few additions that would have been nice (and has happened in many other 5* hotels) are a "necessity bag" for the toddler (with baby bath amenities etc.) and coffee/tea makind facilities as a standard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Kamp, the historic, luxury landmark and iconic hotel originally built in 1887. Situated in the city center and in the middle of the shopping & business areas, 179 luxurious rooms including several suites. With spacious marble bathroom with separate shower and bathtub. The hotel boasts two distinct restaurants and infamous bar. Kamp Spa and private gym and sauna. In addition, there are exceptional spaces for private dinners, weddings to corporate events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kamp Hotel Helsinki