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“pull it down please, but in a great location!” 2 of 5 stars
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Scandic Marski
Ranked #25 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
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Kungsbacka, Sweden
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42 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“pull it down please, but in a great location!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Finnair put a last minute change in my plans once again and I decided to stay at the Marski. I mainly choose it for the very central location. Driving into the garage I was truly happy that I had a very tiny rental car. The lift from the garage was broken down so I had to drag my luggage up the stairs to the reception. I asked for a nice and quiet room. What I got was a dark, smelly room on the third floor with the roof top of the courtyard right outside my window. The air-conditioning on the roof is so loud, that although the room was so very smelly I did have to close the window to get at least some sleep. The hotel was renovated in 1991 and you really feel the urgent need for renovation or for pulling down the establishment. The furniture is scratched and looks like you used to see in the 80's. I had all forgotten about those useless, loud hair dryers on the wall with a hose for the air. I truly hope that they soon take the Marski down and build a new hotel as the location is just in the middle of everything!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Lund, Sweden
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I have stayed at Scandic Marski many times whilst travelling in business. As Scandic hotels always, this is a proper, well-funtioning hotel chain. Not personal or luxurious; but safe, environmentally friendlier than maybe other - and the breakfast is ok, but not if you´re seeking whopping culinary experiences.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

For someone who travel to Helsinki for a weekend or for a business trip it’s a very good choice. Super central hotel, close to everything, with modern design and a great restaurant also. The only (-) is the rooms. Rooms must be renovated, they look very old even they are clean.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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St. George, Utah
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53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Firstly, I was able to get a 50% discount code online by searching for "Scandic discount codes".
Very easy and makes the stay more affordable. Use the hotel website with the code.
The location cannot be better. That is worth so much when traveling. The service was excellent.
The breakfast was a complete spread. Anything you could think of was available in the buffet. It is always nice to eat local breakfast with many choices to try.
The rooms were not the best. Also, our room was in another building which required a long walk via a connecting walkway. The elevator to our room was old fashioned euro style in the middle of a grand stairwell. If someone forgets to close the elevator gate then the elevator will not work and you will have to use the stairs.
Other than those small gripes the hotel was spot on.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Lisbon, Portugal
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Pros:

- Excellent location, right in Helsinki's main street, very close to the Central Railway Station;
- Friendly staff;
- Very good breakfast, with lots of things to choose from;
- I didn't try the sauna, but I can bet it's pretty good.

Cons:

- The entire hotel radiates old-fashion. The bathrooms in particular will actually take you back in time. It will feel like you've just travelled 50+ years into the past. The hairdrier looks like something out of a Fellini movie. The bathtub is clean but looks old. There is no glass on it, but a curtain. The rest of the room, although spacious enough, also looks old-fashioned. That isn't a bad thing per se, but we were expecting something different;
- The TV was a CRT (I think I haven't seen a CRT anywhere for more than 5 years), which had lousy image and sound quality. There were many channels to choose from, though.

Verdict: Recommended. Just be prepared to take a trip down memory lane when you see the television sets, the hairdrier, the furniture, the bed, etc. However, the lobby looks modern, and so does the restaurant where you have breakfast. It feels like it's an ever changing hotel and the future hasn't reached the rooms yet.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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33 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

On my recent trip I stayed at the Marski twice at the outset and end of the trip. I have stayed there several times over the years and love the location. It is a short walk to all forms of mass transportion including the Finnair airport bus at the train station which runs every 20 minutes at a very low cost of 6.30E. You are in the heart city close to theaters, concert venues, shopping, the waterfront, restaurants, bars and nightlife. The rooms are a bit dated and could use an upgrade, but are clean and comfortable.

What I appreciate the most is the customer service. I initially had an issue with one of my reservations before I arrived which was my own fault, but management was able to gracefully accomodate me. Then on my last stay the wi-fi in my room was not accessible upon check in, but reception moved me right away into a room where it was working after I informed them.

Finally it is great to sit outside with a cold beer next to bar area during the summer and watch the world go by you in this cosmopolitan city.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

A nice hotel in the heart of the city Helsinki. The staff is very helpful and friendly, and the room was clean. We stayed in a two-bed room for only one night, and we have nothing negative to say about the hotel nor anything else. The location couldn't been better, it was close to everything but there were very quiet in the room and we slept well. The breakfast buffet was good and tasty. The price wasn't that bad, about 100€ per room. I would choose that accommodation again! :)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Scandic Marski
Address: Mannerheimintie 10, Helsinki 00101, Finland
Location: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki > Kampinmalmi
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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Green Hotel in Helsinki
#21 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#22 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#23 Business Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Scandic Marski 4*
Number of rooms: 289
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A modern Helsinki hotel with nice atmosphere and great location on Helsinki's Mannerheimintie, with the shopping streets, top boutiques, main sights and businesses just a stone's throw away. ... more   less 
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