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“For your marble's worth” 4 of 5 stars
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Hilton Helsinki Strand
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   John Stenbergin Ranta 4, Helsinki 00530, Finland   |  
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Ranked #21 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“For your marble's worth”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

If you fancy the TV show Dallas, and would like to stay at a 80's top Hilton Hotel to get that cowboy feelin' - then The Strand is for you. Located just 500 metres or so from city centre, it boasts great views of the river and can guarantee a very quiet nights sleep. Check in and check out is painfree, the bulletproof elevators whisk you to your desired floor and once you enter your room you'll immediately notice how extra large it is compared to, say, a New York standard room - at any hotel. And you'll notice that wall-to-wall carpets are present along with a host of neat features such as a marble desk, marble table, marble lamps and marble bathroom. All in that colour brownish. There were some wear and tear factors but since I only stayed one night I cannot go into details other than random scratches here and there, missing lamp-cover screws and a socket for your electric shaver which has seen too many electric shavers.
Bed is huge and soft, with a wide array of pillows.
Breakfast overall good experience but missed the freshly squeezed juices I've come to love (London Double-Tree currently owns my breakfast of the year award).

Room Tip: Fourth floor with river views are ultra quiet
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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16 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Overall the hotel is a little tired and the rooms could use a facelift. BUT, you overlook all that when the service is this exceptional. We arrived but our bags did not...for 10 days, the front desk associates, called SwissPort trying to track our bags for us;even though we had moved on to another destination. When we returned, bags were already in the room.

The breakfast buffet is very satisfying and if you want your eggs a different way, just ask. Cappuccino? Just ask. All part of the 5 star service. There is free wifi in the lobby, and of course if you are Hilton Honors gold,platinum or on the executive level, then you also have wifi in your room.

The beds are really comfy and the bath amenities are standard Hilton fare.

It is about a 15 minute walk to the Esplanade but the views are worth it. If you can, try to get a room with a view of the water. If you don't want to walk to the center, jump on the 6 tram(make sure to get a ticket as the fine is 80€) and get off in front of Stockmann's.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, Ireland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We loved this hotel, it is 10min walk from the center of Helsinki, the staff were friendly, helpful and very polite. The hotel provided a complimentary wheelchair for a family member who required assistance, and nothing was too much. The pool was slightly cool, but otherwise, I would recommend this hotel most highly.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We just came back from our 2 day stay here. We originally booked a double guest Plus room - it was very nice and fairly large, but switched to a smaller room, but with a balcony. Much smaller, but boy, the balcony made a difference. Fresh air, drinks on the balcony at night with a great view, coffee in the morning, The rooms had minibar, but very expensive ( 6 euro for 500ml water bottle, 9 Euro for liquor). The hotel is in a very nice area, surrounded by sea water, but also a lake and park - excellent for leisure walks and biking - just from the hotel front door. Walking distance to the main Senate Square, fish market, ferry terminals. We walked with our backpack from the Ferry terminal in about 15 minutes, but would not be easy with wheel luggage - rough cobble streets and sidewalks everywhere.The hotel has very nice swimming pool and wonderful saunas. 1 sauna for ladies, 1 for gentlemen, but you can also book one of 2 private saunas. Everything very clean and plenty of clean towels. Swimming pool has access to open veranda with beautiful sea view, so do the saunas, I enjoyed that a lot, after sauna sitting to cool off on the veranda. We had breakfast each morning. Breakfast could be improved, I can not say the cook is good at all, eggs, bacon, sausages, potatoes and beans were the choices and nothing tasted good. But abundance of fruit, fresh vegetables, juices and smoked salmon made up for it. When back in Helsinki, we would definitely stay here again - mainly for the hotel quality and spa area. Front desk service excellent and helpful. The only thing - the carpets in the rooms could be maintained better and should have free in room wifi ( costs 10 Euro/day).

Room Tip: Room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is not in most central location, about 10 min walk to the center of Helsinki. Most rooms have a nice sea view though.

Interior of the rooms seem a bit tired. Especially the wall to wall carpet could retire in my opinion. Decent WiFi service, but breakfast selection was rather dull. Overall ok hotel, but there are many better options in Helsinki to choose from.

Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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Toronto, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Each time I am in Helsinki I return to this hotel. It was never disappointed. The hotel is situated by a quiet bay, and it is a relatively short walk to the downtown (or a quick tram ride). I especially enjoy the morning buffet.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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HiltonStrand, Guest Service Agent at Hilton Helsinki Strand, responded to this review, September 8, 2014
Dear Lea K,

Thank you very much for your positive review!

Hope to see you again very soon! I will tell your greetings to the restaurant people!

Best regards,

Niina, Guest Service Agent, Hilton Helsinki Strand
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Older style hotel, ten minute walk from the city centre overlooking the waterfront, rooms and hotel could do with a fresh look, Staff where wonderful, friendly, helpful and willing to answer questions about what to see.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: John Stenbergin Ranta 4, Helsinki 00530, Finland
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Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#18 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#22 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#24 Business Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hilton Helsinki Strand 4*
Number of rooms: 190
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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