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.
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- 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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