I stayed here for a total of 10 nights over 2 business trips in spring this year. The hotel is about 40 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes drive/15 minutes walk from the city center. There are taxis waiting outside always so getting anywhere is never a problem. My room on the 8th floor was very spacious and had lovely views of the city and sunsets. The facilities are quite decent - nothing to complain or be thrilled about. The breakfast buffet was typical of intercontinental hotels and elaborate with seafood also included. While the lunch/dinner menus are rather limited, just about 10 dishes or so, I found most of them delicious and would highly recommend the seafood pasta and corn chicken (not the exact names but they'd understand if you ordered) and became a big fan of their midnight martinis. Wi-fi is about 30-40 mbps but internet download speeds of 3 MBps are not uncommon.
A couple of things I wasn't too happy about- check-in took almost 25 minutes minus the time spent waiting in line (even for gold and platinum members). I guess this was because they had some trainees who needed help and supervision from some more experienced staff several times during the check-in process. It was very tiresome especially after a long flight. They were courteous and spoke good English but just too slow. Another thing is that laundry rates tend to very high around these parts of the world - not just this hotel. So it'd be useful to pack sufficiently.
Overall, this is a very conveniently located hotel with great food and comfortable rooms. I'd love to stay here again.
- 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