This hotel is located in the centre of Helsinki- approx 10mins walk from the Central Station, 5 mins to the shopping centre and restaurants on top of the nearby metro station and about 15mins walk to the harbour.
I was very impressed with my room which offered tv, free wifi, a minibar, hot beverages (incl very good hot chocolate), ample room for the luggage without leaving it all over the floor, a generous desk space, a rocking chair, ironing equipment, good sized safe (not one of those tiny ones which won't fit anything valuable), a marble bathroom with bath and lots of nice toiletries included. The only criticism was the fact that I was unable to open the window and, while I understand that double glazing is important in the Helsinki winter, I got very sick of air conditionind 24/7 and found it difficult to find a comfortable temperature.
The breakfast bar was the usual array of cold and warm foods with a thoughtful kids selection (complete with plastic plates and mugs with Disney characters). I would have like to see some pancakes for the grown ups as these were offered on the kids table only! The hotel also offers free copies of papers in English and Finnish and a number of news summaries in several languages.
There is a gym and sauna but I did not partake. Had I stayed longer, I would have liked to make use of the free bike hire on offer as Helsinki is a good city for cycling. I found all staff helpful and all spoke excellent English.
Would recommend this hotel for anyone travelling to Helsinki. It was my 10th hotel of the trip but definitely the best in terms of room facilities.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sleek Business-oriented Hotel with striking glass facade & atrium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Helsinki Hotel Helsinki
- Radisson Helsinki
- Helsinki Radisson