I've stayed at this hotel a few times now, but have never got round to writing a review until now. It deserves one, so here goes...
I actually grew up in the area, around a 5 minute walk away from the hotel so I know the area pretty well, although I left 20 years ago...
The location is peaceful and beautiful. You're right by the sea and have a private beach available or you can use the public beach. There's another beach with a lifeguard (seasonal) and changing rooms about a 5 minutes' walk away along the sea.
Be sure to ask for a sea view. I always ask for a room on the upper floor with a balcony, as you have a nice view and though although not right by the sea, you have the luxury of a terrace. I've heard that you can't open the windows in the rooms right by the sea, so at least if you have a terrace, you can get some air in.
The rooms are immaculate although the last time I stayed there, the cleaning wasn't up to scratch for some reason. The floors weren't cleaned every day and I had to ask for clean towels. You've got loads of storage space in the rooms so can put all your staff away neatly.
The glasses don't always get changed either, but that's a minor point in my view.
The beds, pillows and duvets are really comfy.
The sauna and pool (small) are lovely, with direct access to the beach. The last time I stayed, I was a bit annoyed as the womens' sauna was closed although it wasn't supposed to be and I had to get someone to come and open it for us ladies who were waiting to get in.
I tried room service once, which wasn't great. In fact, I had to send it back as the meat wasn't properly cooked.
I also ate at the restaurant but it wasn't that great quality-wise, though the view was fabulous.
You've got tennis courts right next to the hotel and you can hire bikes.
The service at the hotel is excellent, especially at breakfast.
The breakfast itself is probably the best I've ever had at a hotel. What strikes me most each time, is the breakfast service. It's never under-staffed.
Be sure to take a walk or take a bike ride to Seurasaari, the little islet with an open-air museum. It's worth stopping for a snack or lunch at the cafe. There's a nudist beach there too, if that tickles your fancy.
You've got wifi available in the hall and bar area.
You can take the tram to the city centre which takes around 25 minutes. There are also buses that stop nearby.
Food-wise, there aren't many restaurants nearby which is a bit of a bummer. The Cafe Torpanranta which is about a 3 minute walk from the hotel, by the sea, is really nice but the choice of food is rather limited; soups and salads. The salads are delicious by the way. You've also got supermarkets nearby.
My review is based on summertime stays. It's a different ballgame in the winter ;)!
I love this hotel and the area and yes, I may be nostalgic as it's where I lived as a child/youngster but you know; other people who have been there with me, have loved it just as much and all want to return!
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