I'm a road warrior who normally spends 200+ nights in Marriott or Hilton affiliated properties. I spent 4 nights here, and was very pleased with my stay.
The location is on a quieter street in the Helsinki center city, approximately 5 blocks from the train station and central shopping district. It is the perfect location if you want to be in the middle of the city bustle, but want to retire someplace quiet at night. The hotel did not appear to have bell/concierge staff; only the front desk.
The beds seemed to be of cheap design - 4 inch foam on a soft box spring. Still, it was halfway between typical plush U.S. hotel beds and typical rock-hard European chains. I slept comfortably - I can't sleep on standard European rock-hard beds - but I wouldn't call them luxury.
The decor is up-to-date, upscale contemporary-to-modern, and the boutique hotel ambiance is well-maintained. Except for the lower-class beds, the decor reminded me a lot of my stays at Pullman Hotels around Europe. The showers are very large, tiled, wet-room affairs with relaxing, rainfall shower heads as well as the handheld shower head common in Europe. That was a nice plus in the morning. There are also the quirky perks of a boutique hotel -- a menu of pillow choices and massage devices, and more.
If you need to do laundry though, forget it. The hotel laundry service carries a 15 euro cover charge, and will run you 50+ euros on top of that for a day's worth of clothes. Most expensive laundry service for any hotel I've stayed at anywhere in the world.
The odd miss for a hotel of this class -- they did not stock tissue paper or washcloths in the rooms. Those missing amenities created some awkward moments...
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- Also Known As:
- Linna Hotel Helsinki