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“Nice stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Ruoholahdenranta 3, Helsinki 00180, Finland (Formerly Radisson SAS) (Kampinmalmi)   |  
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Kennebunkport, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Nice stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

We stayed here for four nights in late august, went to st. petersburg (ferry is nearby) and then returned and stayed one more night. Our room looked over the harbor. Although it was a little small, I find that is typical in europe. It was attractively designed. The breakfast has a lot of variety and was very good. The people at the reception desk were friendly. I liked the location- a little out of the center. You could take a tram or walk back. What I really appreciated was that we were able to leave our two big suitcases when we left for St. P. When we returned it was early in the morning. The lady tried to see if there was a room available but there wasn't. She let us go to a private area so we could get some items out of our suitcases and also leave our backpacks for the day. I would return there, and there were some good restaurants in the area too. (we had to keep our windows open, so during the evening there was some tram noise)

  • Stayed August 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The hotel is in a location a long walk from the main Helsinki precinct but on the weekend there is a fabulous trash and treasure market where we spent hours fossicking for some very interesting bits and pieces (summer) only.

The buffet breakfast was very good. Reception staff were friendly and helpful but ...

We were told it was against hotel policy for us to take a bottle of wine we had purchased elsewhere into our room and when I told them that was ridiculous and could I please have a bottle opener they refused. We ended up opening our wine with a nail file (determined )

A little bit of customer service goes a long way. What problem do they have with customers buying their own food and drinks and consuming them in the privacy of their rooms? Every other hotel in the world allows this - why not this place ?

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Recepti0n, Service Manager at Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Dear user ozlibby,

thank your for your review. It is true that we are about 15 minutes walk away from the city center. That's why the easiest and the most popular way to get to the city center is by tram. There is two trams going (number 6 and 9) from 6 am to 11 pm every 10-minutes. It only takes 5-10minutes to get to the city center.

Unfortunately we cannot allow alcohol-products that are bought elsewhere in our hotel rooms. It is because of the Finnish alcohol-law, which is very strikt. I know it is very uncommon but it is not up to us why it is forbidden.

Overall i'm sorry we could not meet your expectations and once more i'd like to thank you for your valuable feedback. We will use the feedback to improve our operations in the hope that one day, if your travels bring you back to Helsinki, we can impress you and meet or even exceed your expectations!

Best Regards

Jani Liljavirta
Service Manager
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Istanbul, Turkey
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We visited Hotel Radisson Blu seaside Helsinki during our trip to Finland and Russia.
The Hotel faces an industrial harbor, near the city center which is 15 mins by walk. Frankly speaking, we never needed to take any tram or whatever to access the center, so the location is good.
The breakfast was also good, rich enough for you to spend the morning and noon without starving, and fresh ingredients were at your service.
The room was clean enough, but not spectacular, a bit small, and the bathroom was lacking of modernity. A funny thing is that there was a lid on the ceiling of the bathroom and when my wife was having a shower, it just fall down. She was lucky enough to not being caught while brushing her teeth or washing her hands, otherwise, she would have been hit by the lid on her head! We immediately called the reception which sent someone, and the guy was shocked and felt extremely sorry and surprised seeing the scene...

On the other hand, I think this hotel deserves rather a 3* than a 4*; but it is a simple and clean way to stay in Helsinki for a reasonable price.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

This is a nice hotel located a small bit outside Helsinki city centre. It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the center. The hotel is located in a very nice area by the sea. The hotel is very nice and modern, nice rooms and nice bathrooms. Very nice beds. Visited the sauna and it was very nice too. Breakfast was ok but not great, coffee could be better...but overall this is a nice hotel.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Recepti0n, Service Manager at Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki, responded to this review, October 26, 2013
Dear user swedishtravellers,

on behalf of our whole staff i'd like to thank you for your kind review. We are glad that your stay here with us was pleasant.

I hope we'll get to see you here again as our guest in future, when your travels bring you back to Helsinki.

Best Regards

Jani Liljavirta
Service Manager
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

First, the name of the hotel is misleading: it is not "seaside". The front does face an industrial harbour with just a few technical ships and cranes, but thats it. It takes 10-15 minutes by tram to get to the city centre. Not many restaurants around. The interiors of the hotel are very dated, tired furniture/floors/bathroom whites. Very poor quality of beds - the matresses were overly bulky which made them unstable to sleep on. No temperature control in the room - and you would find it at another 4* hotels in Helsinki, like Holiday Inn for example. I accept that they might have rooms of different quality, but this was the room we found ourself in. Their breakfast was quite good but I am struggling to name what else I liked. I've initially booked 3 nights but we only stayed 1 night and moved to another hotel as we did not want to ruin our impression of Helsinki.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

The hotel is not bad, the staff was friendly, and the breakfast is very good.

It's located in front of the sea, within 20~25 min walking to downtown.

The room is not that big, but enough for 2 people with confort. There is some amenities like bath robe, flip flops, 2 kinds of pillows.

There was just one problem with the bath courtain, that was with a really bad smell, even after a asked in the front desk to check.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Recepti0n, Service Manager at Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
Dear user GuilhermeBragatte,

Thank you for your valuable review. I am really glad to hear that you we're pleased with the staff, breakfast and the room overall. I am sorry to hear that there was a problem with the shower curtain, I will forward your feedback that the curtains will be checked properly in the rooms.

I hope to see you again here at Seaside when your travels bring you back to the area.

Have the very best autumn 2013!

Best regards,

Maria Ranta-Ruona
Service Manager
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This hotel was a great place to stay, but it is a little expensive. For a european style room , it was VERY accomodating. The toilet and shower were separate from each other in my room ,but it was still quite nice.Quiet stay. The trolley runs right in front of it, so you have little/no walking to get teh mile to the city center(~$10 USD a day unlimited rides)Free wifi, and the breakfast had ALOT of variety. Centrally controlled a/c, so that's a plus. The front desk staff was great, and accomodating. Told them about my 4am to helsinki-vantaa and they told me they would have a taxi ready, and asked if I needed a breakfast to-go for the trip; and sadly I had to turn it down for the 20 hours of flying home.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: Ruoholahdenranta 3, Helsinki 00180, Finland (Formerly Radisson SAS)
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Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki > Kampinmalmi
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#21 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#25 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#27 Business Hotel in Helsinki
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Hotel Class:4 star — Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki 4*
Number of rooms: 337
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