I have pretty much chosen Scandic and Radisson Blu for the hotel chains to frequent when traveling in Nordic countries. Scandic is a generally reliable three star chain, their concept works well and the room price/quality is normally customer friendly.
The new Scandic at Tampere is generally very fresh and everything works well there. There was not a single thing that would have caused some negative thoughts, which is not usual for me as a critical customer. - This is the way I would like to be accommodated when traveling for business, a bit stressed and maybe not always so positive about having to stay at a hotel.
The young staff was friendly and helpful. This was the kind of positive spirit which I would like to see in a hotel anywhere, no overkill but enough effort. This is also something the hotel management should make sure to keep alive and kicking.
Not sure but we may have given superior rooms. All in all, the rooms have a lot of light when fully lit, which is very positive and not usual for hotels. The bright light and shiny surfaces are very sensitive to reveal any stains, and I could see that the room was very clean. The equipment in the room was sufficient, but in the winter time I would like the hotel to add a water kettle and some tea bags. I also liked the fact that a part of the window can be opened for fresh air, even though the air conditioning worked well. The hotel is in a central position but there was no disturbing noise from the streets during the night. The bed was good and there were extra pillows to choose from.
Some people might not like the color scheme, as there were some rather bright pink color elements in the room. The Hotel TV system from the Norwegian Otrum obviously had some bugs, as I had to boot the TV a few times to make it work again. The TV set itself was a flatscreen unit wih good quality and size. The selection of foreign channels was a bit limited also.
We had some light dinner at the hotel restaurant. The loyalty card gives you a good discount on the meal, which is a very positive feature. The food was ok but still nothing to write home about. There wasn't any wine list, but the waiter did well in picking a wine for my meal when I challenged him - not usual to do this well. - As the weather was great it was very nice to spend time over dinner in the terrace facing the evening sun, equipped with very comfortable furniture. The music was a bit loud, though.
The breakfast was good Scandic standard and the Nordic decor of the breakfast room was very positive. One nice detail was the Danish cheese slicer.
The price for parking is a bit expensive but the garage is roomy and easy to access.
All in all, the new Scandic Station offered a good price/quality ratio and will be my choice for the hotel at Tampere from now on, resulted from the generally positive experience.
Might make sense to stay in the upper floors as there is passing traffic almost 24/7.
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