Stayed at the Grand Marina for a week on business and it was a very nice hotel. Its my first time in Finland sinceI was a child so I dont know if the Finnish are quirky or maybe its just me. I arrived at reception to be greeted by someone looking as though they were off to the gym. It took me a second to realise she was the receptionist. The greeting wasnt particularly warm but it was efficient. The room was well laid out and the beds were comfy too. The bathroom was clean and had all the amenities except there was no bath. That doesnt bother me but I know some people like a soak.The thing that got me was the colour scheme. It was mixture of yellow and that off white/beige colour that you get when white paint has been exposed to years of cigarette smoke. It didnt look right but its just my opinion. Anyway there was the usual TV with cable channels with some in English with Finnish subtitles.
One thing to be wary of is that the walls seem to be paper thin. I am a light sleeper and have been woken by cupboards and doors banging along with the general TV/hairdryer.
The resturaunt was nicely appointed and modern looking. I chose to eat at the bar most nights as you can watch the world pass by the reception and look out of the windows at the front of the hotel. Breakfast was included in the stay and its a bit of a free for all. There were a lot of coach holiday makers who tended to come all at once but it was fun being in the thick of it. Sometimes you mind find it hard to find a table so people spill out into the bar area. There was the usual hot and cold breakfast buffet items and more types of bread than you can shake a stick at (or should that be breadstick!). There was free wi-fi included in my stay and I must say that it was so fast that I could not believe it. It was faster than at my house and I have the latest fibre optic line. Even the airport wi-fi was quick which just brings shame on us Brits.
If you wish to walk into town, its only a 10-15 minute stroll and you pass the marina area with all its boats before you hit the town. Once you arrive at the edge of town, there a lovely park with a glass house cafe which is lovely on those light summer nights. The town itself is full of different shops and boutiques which will keep the ardent shopper happy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Imposing Brick-faced Hotel housed in restored 6-story warehouse dating from 1912. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Scandic Grand Marina Helsinki
- Scandic Grand Marina Hotel Helsinki