Stayed at the hotel in October 2013 as part of a family city trip to Helsinki
Location: Excellent. Only about ten minutes walk to Esplanade and Senate square. About fifteen minutes to railway station. Situated on a quiet street facing the harbour. Located in Hakaniami. Great access to transport- bus stop 615 to airport is about 1-2 minute walk away. Took around forty minutes. Also has metro stop. Hakinanimi market visible from entrance.
Rooms: Clean and spacious for a central capital city. not the most modern rooms (mildly dated). Downside was finding dusty covers initially on entry and a couple of short hairs which resembled an animal's? Again, Hilton Strand seems obcessed with keeping their guests incredibly warm with a set thermostat of 21 degrees in the rooms!
Some rooms face internal courtyard. We had a pleasant sunny waterview room on the fifth floor (we were on 514). It was a side water view and Slippers and tea/coffee making facilities were a great bonus. I suspect the waterviews of rooms bit further down the corridor- eg 520 may be better as they face the harbour completely but we were more than happy with views from ours!
Food: Booked onto bed and breakfast. Good selection of items. not a great fan of the sausages- unlike Helsinki Vantaa!!
Staff: Reservedly friendly. Warmed up after learning of our preference for Hilton.
Wifi: Free wifi access in lobby which was adequate for us. I do get annoyed at hotels charging guests for usage of wifi in rooms though.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Helsinki city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Helsinki Strand,a comfortable downtown hotel,is located by the sea, within walking distance of the city centre and the historic sights of Helsinki. The location is ideal for both business and holiday travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Helsinki Strand Hotel Helsinki
- Helsinki Hilton