I chose this hotel for my first Helsinki visit after trawling reviews and finding a great price on it. I stayed for four nights last week and I'm still grinning about the whole experience.
After a long train trip from Kuopio lugging a 20kg suitcase, it was a breeze getting there as you only need to take the 3T-Eläintarha tram one stop from the station to Simonkatu, and you're on the doorstep. When I got there and asked if I could leave my bags to go out, reception automatically offered to check me in instead, though it was two hours early.
Everything about the hotel is stylish, spotlessly clean, modern and polished, from the rooms to the sauna and gym. The included buffet breakfast is large, Nordic-influenced (think blueberry soup, mini Finnish rice pies..), and good.
But to me, the real winning factor about this hotel is location, location, LOCATION. It's less expensive than the hotels which are right by the train station, yet the 3T tram, one of Helsinki's great sightseeing routes, is right at the door along with several buses. And that's only the beginning of the convenience, because the hotel lift opens straight into the big adjacent Kamppi Shopping Centre if you take it to the bottom floor. That gives you easy access to shopping, food, Kamppi Metro Station, as well as an easy route to/from different blocks of the city such as Fredrikinkatu, Annankatu and Salomonkatu. I was able to duck in and out of the hotel for short breaks from sightseeing or to pick up stuff I forgot without wasting any valuable time, because it is just so central and well-linked to the city. I was able to go on spur-of-the-moment tram cruises or walks around the city whenever I so wished.
This is a great hotel in a great city. I can't wait to stay here again, and I highly recommend it to all.
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