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“Nice hotel, quiet location, great service” 4 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 #22 of 62 Hotels in Helsinki
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Nice hotel, quiet location, great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2010

It's a very nice hotel, not luxirious, but nicely looked after. The rooms are large and nicely furnished (a bit art-decoish). The furniture is a bit old but in a charming authentic way (not shabby). The bathroom is rather spatious. However, there are no toiletries except for wall hanging shampoo and shower gel (yes, all in one). The location is off the central area, but really just a 10 min walk away from the central square (there are a few sites worth exploring on the way, like the National Museum). The hotel is just across the street from a beautiful bay where one can walk or jog. Very quiet. There's a whole spa center at the hotel, including saunas for women and men, absolutely relaxing. Breakfast is fantastic, a wide choice of fruit and vegetable, meat and cheese, continental and English breakfast. The restaurant is also open in the evenings and has a nice Scandinavian menu to offer. The bar in the lobby is open late and there's a nice atmosphere. There's also a small shop in the lobby open all night long (pay at the reception) where one could get some basic stuff like toothbrush or a sandwich. And of course free high-speed internet connection everywhere in the hotel, including your room (obviously bring your own laptop).

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

We walked into the shabby and none too clean lobby at 5:30pm and waited for a considerable time while the rattled and inexperienced desk staff tried to handle complaint after complaint. When our turn came to be served the booking that we had made 3 months prior directly with the hotel, was in the computer but a room was not available. We had to wait while the staff member had to check with management as to whether they could upgrade us. One would have thought that for a 5 night stay this was a given!

After settling in to the room we reported that 5 light bulbs were not working neither was the safe. It took 2 days for the lights to be fixed, but during our stay a new battery for the safe was just too much of a challenge for the mainternance person to handle!

The next day when we asked at the Reception Desk where we could buy multi-day transport tickets they sent us all the way in to the Central Station when the tickets could have been purchased at a kiosk around the corner from the hotel.

This is not a hotel geared for the general holiday tourist - there is very little information in the room and Reception Desk is not well informed or helpful.

This is our first and last experience of Scandic Hotels. The management should be ashamed of the general state of the lobby and the negative attitude of the staff.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Gothenburg, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2010

We booked this hotel as part of a special package and paid (including Finnair return ticket Gothenburg-Helsinki) a total of €345 for 4 nights. This is unbelievable affordable in my opinion.

We stayed in a standard double room on the 5th floor overlooking the city and the Mannerheiminkatu. Quick and easy check-in when we arrived at 9 pm. At 11 pm we decided to visit the lobby bar for a quick drink before bedtime. To our disappointment the bar closed at 11pm even though it was supposed to be open until 1 am. The bartender must have had major headache or something..

The room was of standard nordic size and very clean. The bathroom had a bathtub and was also clean. The furniture is nothing special and maybe a bit dated but you get a ice cold minibar (with a ridiculous price level, do NOT even think about it) - perfect for storing your own beer and wine. There's two supermarkets behind the hotel; the Alepa to the left and the K-Market to the right. Both offers drinks and snacks to stock up the freezer.

The queen size bed was hard but very comfortable (made by Swedish quality bed makers "Hästens"). One big drawback is the lack of AC and the possibility to open all of the windows. When we arrived in Helsinki it was 29 degrees in the evening and both the room and the corridor was very hot. We left the window open all the following days when we hit the town but it was almost warmer when we got back. It's not nice or comfortable to sleep when there's a local heat wave inside the bed room.

Breakfast was pretty standard with a wide selection of bread, fruit, eggs, sausages and so on. If you're used to the nordic hotel breakfast style this is nothing to write home about but it's all good all the way through.

Location is great a 10 minute walk form the city centre. You can catch a tram or a bus 50 metres outside the hotel. The Finnair airport bus stops just behind the hotel which is very convenient and efficient when you're arriving or departing.

The sauna was nice for five minutes before it was taken over by the russians. The pool is rather cold but therefore a perfect place to cool down after a hot summers day on the town. Don't expect to be able to swim since it's quite small.

All in all a pleasant stay at a bargain price. But I will never make the mistake to book a non-AC room during the summer months again.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2010

Let's be clear. The reason I stay at this Hotel is because it is easy to get to from the airport, as the Finnair bus conveniently stops there. But after this summer's experience I'm not sure I will do so again.

There are a number of shortcomings with this establishment. The first and most obvious is that despite its large number of rooms, there are only 2 lifts (ok 3 but one lift wasn't working when I was there), and guests cannot use the stairs (except in an emergency) . This resulted in large queues in the foyer and on other floors. Most Finns appear to be a stoic lot and don't complain about the obvious inconveneience. On one occasion I actually got into the service area and used their stairs!

Secondly, air-conditioning. This is so feeble as to be almost non-existent resulting in very warm, uncomfortable stuffy rooms. Yes I know Finland is generally a cold country but this is supposed to be a continental hotel. The double layered windows are designed to be impossible to open to any meaningful extent preventing adequate ventilation (although in one room I stayed in an enterprising guest had unscrewed the link between the windows thus giving a modicum of fresh air)

Thirdly, reception. Who would have though that a hotel of this size with an international clientèle would only have 2 people on reception. The Scandic Continental management seems to think it's ok to keep guests waiting ad infinitum as they check in/out ask for directions etc. More importantly though, on the one occasion we ventured to the pool on the top floor, we ended up getting locked in. On using the 'emergency' poolside phone (which rings to reception) to get assistance it took almost 5 minutes before anyone picked up. So, had it been a real emergency one of us would probably have died.

Fourth, sundry prices: We'd all agree that drinking water is a basic essential, right ? Well apparently Scandic's management think that you should pay 3 euros for 500ml of mineral water from the mini-bar. Yes i know mini-bars are an opportunity for hotels to make a few, but for heaven's sake levy the mark-up on the booze not the vital H20. Hint : there's a K-Market supermarket near the back of the hotel selling 1500ml bottles of mineral water for under 1 euro. So Scandic are marking up by at least 800% according to my calculations.

Fifth, energy: The hotel likes to proclaim its energy credentials by having stuck-to-the-wall dispensers for soap and shampoo in the bathrooms, ok great. So why does it have energy guzzling CRT TVs in the rooms rather than low consumption LCD ones? Furthermore the TV menu system is unclear and virtually useless, and doesn't give the 'location of the nearest ATM' which the 'friendly' guest menu seems to suggest.

Sixth, Internet: In all the times I have been to this hotel it has only seen fit to have 3 workstations available for web access. For crying out loud Internet access is now a human right in Finland. How the hell are 1000+ guests supposed to get their vital supply of on-line information with such a measly facility? Yes I know I can use wifi (costs extra if you want to use it in your room) but I don't fancy carting a laptop everywhere, ok ?

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Potsdam
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2010

This place it huge, which you will notice at the latest around breakfast time. While a good selection is served, you feel like you sit in Helsinki main train station (at least in summer when all holidaymakers staying in Helsinki seem to take breakfast here). The rooms are OK (somer people reported that they had A/c whicgh they could not regulate, while my room did not seem to have it - or I couldn't find out how to turn it on). The location is great as the Finlandia hall (congress and music) is basically across the street and downtown is not far either. There is a pool are which I did not use ...

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2010

We stayed over a week and found it a comfortable place to be based. The rooms are large and pleasantly furnished as is the ensuite. I would advise getting a room facing the back of the hotel as it's much quieter if you need to have the window open due to the room being a bit too warm.The front rooms have the lakeside view but a much busier road. Bike riding is easy, safe and fun and you can rent them from the hotel. The trams into the centre of town are outside the hotel and it's great being able to catch the Finnair bus to the airport from behind the hotel. Cafe Tin Tin, in the square behind the hotel has a washing machine and dryer you can use while you have a cup of coffee. They will even supply the soap powder and the cost is very reasonable.The buffet breakfast was vast and plenty of choice . The other meals are good too but they're better (and more expensive) at the Crowne Plaza next door.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leesburg, Virginia
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

Conveniently located along Mannerheimintie just steps from Finlandia Hall and the Opera House. Easy access to public transportation. Lovely views of Töölönlahti. Hotel is clean, quiet, efficent, with friendly staff and sizeable rooms. Restaurant on site, good for easy dinners, several vegetarian options, good breakfast.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Scandic Park Helsinki

Address: Mannerheimintie 46, Helsinki 00260, Finland (Formerly Scandic Hotel Continental Helsinki)
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 62 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 recently renovated lobby area and hotel rooms, a restaurant, gym and excellent conference venues. ... more   less 
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