An ideal place to park yourself while visiting Helsinki, or, as was my case, to just hole up in the room if you need to work/write in peace. I was lucky to get a Junior Suite at a reasonable rate, and it was definitely worth it: modern furniture, extremely comfortable bed, newspaper delivery (if you become a IHG Priority Club member), free snacks every day at 5 in the lounge, choice of buffet breakfast downstairs or continental one in the lounge, Coffee/tea/hot chocolate/cookies in the room, video player, etc. The staff was very professional, and special thanks to the Concierge Mr. Ajit Singh for his helpful advice, friendly disposition and attention to personal touches (including lending me a Bollywood movie to watch in the room). I sought out the General Manager to express how satisfied I was with the hotel services. With my usual critical tendency and high demands, I could not help but be grateful here. She reciprocated with a box of chocolates afterwards. What can I say, it is that kind of a place.
The hotel is not in the middle of the shopping or touristic areas but that was its advantage for me. There is a gorgeous park and lake across the street for peaceful walking. The Tram, which stops 3 minutes away, gets you everywhere (including Tram 3T that takes you to Kauppatori, the market square by the port). The Finnair bus to the airport stops across the hotel and costs around 6 Euros. Behind the hotel there is a square with local restaurants, supermarkets, hair dressers, bank machines etc.
But there is one good reason to stay holed up in the hotel, and that is the gym downstairs. It is not your typical hotel gym, it is a mega affair, a commercial "Forever Health Club & Day Spa" with every facility you can dream of: pool, sauna, latest equipment and a variety of classes to which you are entitled for free, as a guest of the hotel, provided you sign up. A perfect way to meet Finns too as it is well-frequented without being too crowded.
The only two faults I could find were the lack of closet space in the room (it would be easy to install additional furniture with drawers) and the Internet system which works with cumbersome number codes that expire every 12 or 24 hours and which you have to keep entering.
Overall, though, Crowne Plaza is more than home away from home, it is the type of home you wish you had.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Crowne Plaza Helsinki - a premium business hotel in the centre of Helsinki - offers luxury service and comfort. Situated opposite the Finnish National Opera, close to the Finlandia Hall, Olympic Stadium and the Helsinki Fair Centre the Crowne Plaza Helsinki is one of the finest hotels in Helsinki.The hotel has 349 stylishly decorated modern rooms. In addition to the standard rooms, the hotel offers Crowne Plaza Club Rooms and Suites on the top floor, overlooking Helsinki city. There are also spacious and comfortable Junior Suites available. All rooms come with great beds, free high-speed broadband (ADSL), WiFi wireless internet access, a hospitality tray, ironing equipment and other comfortable amenities one expects to find in an upscale hotel. There is an extensive restaurant selection in the hotel: Mediterranean style a la carte Restaurant Macu, gastro-pub Fidel, Bar Code in the lobby and a banquet restaurant in conjunction with the Royal conference floor, featuring flexible conference facilities. The Crowne Plaza Helsinki hotel also offers a well-equipped Business Centre, stunning Forever Gym & Day Spa with Finnish Sauna, swimming pool and various Spa treatments. For guests coming by car we provide a garage with car wash service. Crowne Plaza Helsinki is a winner of the World Travel Awards, Finland’s Leading Hotel 2011, for the fourth consecutive year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Helsinki
- Helsinki Crowne Plaza