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Scandic Grand Marina
Ranked #20 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

This was a ok hotel. Beautiful and impressive reception area. We had booked a familyroom, but the hotel was full and we were thus placed in a part of a suite. This was unfortunately not a good solution for us. It was very hot and the windows could not be opened, there was only one sofa bed - no proper bed. Nice restaurant with very good food. We were four adults and a child who ate dinner in the evening and had a very pleasant experience. The same room was chaos at the breakfast serving - too many people and very noisy - staff was unable to clear quickly enough - or replenish food on the buffet.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Location is good, cleanliness is also ok. Breakfast is poor: One type of sausage, one type of cheese (all basic quality), no salmon ... No plain black tea was available for 3 days. Rooms are quite basic. Street at the back of the hotel is pretty noisy. No air condition, window could be only opened a small bit (aprrox. 3 cm). Probably, this is a precaution against people committing suicide. What I found most disturbing is the noise from the poorly maintained elevators. It appeared like people in a room above moving heavy furniture all night. A lot of colleagues also noted this noise. Front desk promised to investigate, but nothing happened. The lunch buffet is expensive and mediocre. Better go to the market hall!

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 2, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is ideally located just off the market place in Helsinki on the island of Katajanokka.

Very grande and mostly concrete.
Lots of white painted concrete. Very clean concrete. This hotel would stand a direct hit from a nuclear warhead. You'd might be mistaken you were in St Petersborg.

Rooms very clean, walls very thick. Did I mention the concrete? Joking apart, this is a decent hotel. I wasn't disappointed although it was more than the average nights prices. Mainly due to the fact the athletics were on this weekend.

I guess if you arrive by boat this is your nest for the night. Free WIFI nice touch.

Only thing I found strange was breakfast. We had to walk across the road to the Congress Centre. Breakfast was served in the lobby, strange layout of what could best be described as a school canteen. Decent food, but long tricks between tables islands to find the things you wanted. It must be because the hotel was busy. I can't imagine trapesing across the road in February at -25°C for cornflakes.

Another thing Jamie Oliver pancakes?? Scandic Hotels must have paid a lot of money having Jamie's name splattered in lifts and dining area. The pancakes were recognusable Finnish produce ready made but I guess it was Jamie's marketing team that came up with the idea of offering pancakes for breakfast. Totally see through and probably such a waste of money. Money probably better spent else where.

Decent hotel, you'll not be disappointed but rather amazed.

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

I stayed with two children in this hotel for 2 nights during our short weekend break. This hotel is close to marketplace, where you can enjoy local dishes in small cafes, bread, berries, vegetabels and hand made souvenirs. Atmosphere in thsi marketplace is lovely. When travelling with children, this hotel is ideal for instance to reach Suomenlinna, old fortress in an island nearby or Korkeasaari, lovely zoo and to take a look at the huge icebreaker few blocks away. This hotel is practically at the harbour where you can take a short daytrip to Estonia, or further to Sweden.

Rooms are pretty clean, not that big. They have a small corner for kids to play near the restaurant. Breakfast is like breakfast is in finnish big hotels: bread, croissants, cereals, porridge, eggs, bacon, fruits, juice, tea or coffee-ok, but nothing special.

At the reception there was a young lady to serve as, she was practising this job, and was not polite, and did not realize how to make quests feel welcome, did not say too many words to us, even simple thing: welcome or guide our way to lifts. Little things but they make the difference.

Little inconvenience is the crowd passing by and landing from the ferry coming from Estonia, with their huge bags of alcohol and behavior and some too drunken people outside at the hotel*s restaurant.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

nice hotel, good location for city trip, bicycle service

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Reviewed June 12, 2012

This hotel is nice and clean, and you get a good value for money. The room was clean and quiet, breakfast was very good and the staff friendly. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to the railway station and there is a tram line just behind the hotel, so the location is good. It is a large hotel belonging to a well-known chain, so it you want a more personal experience you might want to choose another hotel, but staying at this hotel was in general very pleasant.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

The Scandic Grand Marina is in a good location, an easy walk to the shops and attractions of the centre of Helsinki. It is also very handy indeed for some of the ferries to Tallinn - the Viking Line and the fast Linda Line, as well as the various Helsinki sightseeing cruises.

We found the staff friendly and had no complaints at all about the service. The rooms are a pretty good size and clean. We had a very good night's sleep, as there were no noise problems.

The breakfast buffet was good. The hotel is good value, particularly for this part of the world.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Scandic Grand Marina

Address: Katajanokanlaituri 7, Helsinki 00160, Finland
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Location: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki > Vironniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Helsinki
#16 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#20 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#22 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#24 Business Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range: $114 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Scandic Grand Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 470
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in a beautiful warehouse building from the early 1900s, and features plus-sized rooms and modern meeting facilities. The large arched windows and high ceilings create a spacious and bright atmosphere in the restaurant and bar. During the summertime, guests can also enjoy our large terrace. In addition to the hotel's own meeting facilities, the adjacent Marina Congress Center offers settings for events and functions of up to 2,500 people. There is plenty of parking space just outside the hotel and in the garage. The hotel offers WiFi, a gym, a sauna, and a 24-hour shop. You can borrow a bicycle or sticks for Nordic walking from the reception. Close to the Helsinki city centre, the hotel is located by the sea in idyllic Kajanokka next to the Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, and the Helsinki SkyWheel. The hotel offers an excellent starting point to see the sights, spend some time shopping or enjoy the restaurants and nightlife of the city. ... more   less 
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