So after ruling out Scandic Grand Marina for it's arrogant pricing and two star accommodation, I opted for the Crowne Plaza. In a lovely spot near the Opera House, this hotel boasts a wonderful gym - perhaps the best of any hotel in Helsinki. All the equipment and decent cardio machines one could hope for. Nice to see a spa too. Breakfast is pleasant and nicely done. There is free WiFi if you have joined the Priority Points Club (even at the basic tier) and rooms not bad although a common complaint I find of many hotels is there insistence on twin beds! Give me a King Size of Marriott proportions please! Downsides of this hotel are the bathroom which floods when the shower is on - room 647! And room service; well ok it might be 23.30h but a) there is no menu and b) when you call there is a stunned silence that you ACTUALLY want room service to which you are given just 3 options; Chicken Caeser, Mozarella Sandwich or a BLT Sandwich...fine if those options 'float your boat' but add on an orange juice and you'll be the princely sum of 27.40 EUR worse off! Come on Crowne Plaza - that must cost 4 EUR to make at most! I think I spent the same in the restaurant downstairs (nice restaurant menu actually) and that got me seafood and a couple of tapas dishes and a beer! So all in all a decent place - just watch for the pitfalls and, may I add, the people who do not observe the British discipline of queuing for a taxi...here they just push right in (not necessarily the Finns before I upset the locals). Enjoy this place and take a run/walk around - beautiful setting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crowne Plaza Helsinki - a premium business hotel in the centre of Helsinki - offers luxury service and comfort. Situated opposite the Finnish National Opera, close to the Finlandia Hall, Olympic Stadium and the Helsinki Fair Centre the Crowne Plaza Helsinki is one of the finest hotels in Helsinki.The hotel has 349 stylishly decorated modern rooms. In addition to the standard rooms, the hotel offers Crowne Plaza Club Rooms and Suites on the top floor, overlooking Helsinki city. There are also spacious and comfortable Junior Suites available. All rooms come with great beds, free high-speed broadband (ADSL), WiFi wireless internet access, a hospitality tray, ironing equipment and other comfortable amenities one expects to find in an upscale hotel. There is an extensive restaurant selection in the hotel: Mediterranean style a la carte Restaurant Macu, gastro-pub Fidel, Bar Code in the lobby and a banquet restaurant in conjunction with the Royal conference floor, featuring flexible conference facilities. The Crowne Plaza Helsinki hotel also offers a well-equipped Business Centre, stunning Forever Gym & Day Spa with Finnish Sauna, swimming pool and various Spa treatments. For guests coming by car we provide a garage with car wash service. Crowne Plaza Helsinki is a winner of the World Travel Awards, Finland’s Leading Hotel 2011, for the fourth consecutive year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Helsinki
- Helsinki Crowne Plaza