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“Stuck in a 70's groove but worth paying for an upgrade” 3 of 5 stars
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Scandic Park Helsinki
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Mannerheimintie 46, Helsinki 00260, Finland (Formerly Scandic Hotel Continental Helsinki)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 63 Hotels in Helsinki
Dublin, Ireland
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“Stuck in a 70's groove but worth paying for an upgrade”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

I visited this hotel when it was the Intercontinental in 1994 and it looked like it needed an upgrade then, Imagine how I felt on my return, 18 years later when I walked into the room I was assigned and it was like stepping into the world of 1972.
It was a very, very old fashioned and tired looking room so I went down to reception and asked how much an upgrade would cost. They said that for 20 euro extra a night, I could have a refurbished room.
I agreed to the upgrade and then they rang me back to say I could have a junior suite for the same price.
From there on I had an excellent experience. Lovely big room with office and desk area to the side, tastefully furnished in a discreet modern classic style. Almost a five star room experience.
There are some nice kitsch seventies things about this hotel like the lobby bar but the restaurant needs sorting. The breakfast food buffet area is ridiculously small for the amount of guests at peak time and it was just an OK breakfast. So a hotel of contrasts. Just make sure you look for an upgrade. It is worth the extra, even if you get a standard upgrade room which is miles better than one of the old ones.

Room Tip: Go for an upgrade!!! The alternative is quite grim.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Zurich, Switzerland
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14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed at the Scandic Continental to meet up with friends who were attending a nearby conference. Overall, I would say that, in Helsinki, for a little more money, you can probably do better.

The good: the location is near the Helsinki shuttle bus from the airport and near a major tram stop into downtown Helsinki. Breakfast was included and had a wide variety of options. The sauna in the upper floor was nice, though it would have been nicer if it were open more of the day (only 7-11a and 4-10p on weekends; 7-11a and 6-10p on weekdays). Staff were generally friendly and apologetic for anything that seemed amiss.

The bad: We had booked a standard room. I know the Scandic Continental is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but does that mean that the furnishings in the standard rooms have to stay the same? The room was very dated. Standard rooms include no air conditioning, which would normally be fine, except the window only opens a smidge. Also, the forced air vent is underneath the window and behind the drape - so in the morning in the summer, you can either burn up because the drapes are open and the sun is streaming in, or have a very stuffy room. The bathroom made lots of noises through the evening and every time we flushed it went "ERRRRRRRRRRR" about 30 seconds after. We could hear our neighbors very clearly, as well as the nearby elevator chime. Combined with a mattress on which I could feel the springs, it was not a restful stay.

After a night stay in this room, I requested at the front desk to see if there was a quieter room, at least away from the elevator for our remaining nights. The front desk person graciously upgraded us to a superior room, which did have air conditioning and updated furnishings. This room was a big improvement with only one mar - the cleaning staff had neglected to clean out the cabinet next to the minibar, so we found some moldy bread and old ramen noodles. Delicious!

Our friends had similar experiences with the standard rooms - one reeked of smoke, and one was about the same as ours.

I understand there's not a lot the staff can do about the rooms until they are renovated, but that doesn't mean you need to stay here. In addition, they seem understaffed in all aspects. There was often a line at the front desk, breakfast was a crush of people and staff scrambling to clean tables fast enough, and things didn't seem to get cleaned very fast (rooms, public bathrooms, lounge areas). Not recommended.

Room Tip: Avoid the Standard rooms, if they are not renovated. Rooms on the east side get very bright in the...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Yorktown Heights, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I stayed in the Helsinki Scandic Continental to attend a conference nearby at Finlandia Hall. I was put in a room in the farthest reaches of the floor which was pretty shabby, with no refrigerator, and pretty lousy bed. I found later that other rooms are updated slightly and in better shape. Try to make sure to get an updated room (particularly if you stay on a corporate negotiated rate). Room was a disappointment, but staff was very helpful and cheerfully handled all queries. The hotel is very close to a tram stop which is another advantage.

Room Tip: Ask for a renovated / updated room
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

Very good hotel very near to: city center (15 min walk), olimpic stadium (5 min walk), kiasma museum (10 min walk). Bus stop for/to the airport and tramway for/to city center. The room I was in are big with weird early '70s furnitures.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Helsinki, Finland
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

For one night this hotel was our home. We went to see a concert at the Olympic arena. Great location, you can walk to the city and to the arena in 10-15 minutes. Hotel is big and we felt like there wasn't enough staff at the reception. So be patient when you go in for the first time. Our room was really nice (8th floor, room type superior extra). Room was recently renovated (receptionist told us this when we were leaving) and spacious, there were nice closets and drawers for clothes. We had air conditioning in our room. Bathroom was spacious and had shower and tub and underfloor heating which is always a nice plus in a hotel. This is not a luxury hotel, so don't expect to be like that. This hotel is a great place to stay if you appreciate good night sleep, good location and breakfast buffet. Breakfast buffet is probably always the same but it gets you going. There is plenty to eat. If you are traveling by car, there is a garage where you can leave your car. Cost is about 25euros/24hours (in August 2012). There is a sauna at the hotel, we didn't use it but we were told that there is a nice view over Helsinki. We would go to this hotel again.

Room Tip: Superior extra room was nice at the 8th floor.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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85 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012 via mobile

I have used this hotel several times during the last two decades but this time was probably the last time. The carage is has the height only 180 cm and though it shows that there are free spaces they are more or less ment to the cars from the 60's. First we got the room which already was occupied and after going back to the reception we got a room without AC and stinking toilet.
The restaurant Lastu offered Scandinavian food with reasonable price but unfortunately the portions were cold, no taste and quite small.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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45 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Even in the late November I had to stand 10 mins line before the receptionist checked me in. In the evening I tried to contact a receptionist to issue the 2nd original receipt which was needed for my accounting but the receptionist didn't help (didn't want to help).
The room was OK but for such price there could be a better TV in the room, the one in my room was a small and old one, thanks it was not a black and white TV. Also the bar in the lounge is too expensive but that's probably the problem of all hotel lounge bars in Helsinki, where the accomodation is overpriced.
Having seen the queues lining at the reception desk and the number of people in the lobby and elevators I had no wish to go and check the swimming pool.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Address: Mannerheimintie 46, Helsinki 00260, Finland (Formerly Scandic Hotel Continental Helsinki)
Location: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 63 Hotels in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates):
Hotel Class:4 star — Scandic Park Helsinki 4*
Number of rooms: 523
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel is situated only a short walk from Helsinki city center and popular sights. Facilities include lobby area and hotel rooms, a restaurant, gym, sauna, indoor pool and excellent conference facilities. ... more   less 
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