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Scandic Simonkentta
Ranked #24 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Stayed here for the second time over the weekend with a friend. The hotel is situated practically next both to the main railway station and coach station in the city, as well as next to the tube and above a huge indoors parking lot. Lots of restaurants, sights and shopping too.
The room was clean and of good size. Beds ok, but the pilows were worn and much too thin. Practical but nothing extra. The receptionist gave a warm and professional welcome. The lounge was packed of tourists so the hotel seems to be popular. Almost too popular I'd say as the breakfast was simply chaotic. All hotel quests seemed to have breakfast at the same time. The tables lie very close to each other so you felt as if you had been in somebody else's party. There was food enough okay, but people in crowds tend to make a mess. I normally sit for a good while and enjoy my breakfast when travelling, but in Scandic Simonkentta this was out of the question.

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

There are several Scandics in the central Helsinki and this is the most centrally located. Also the standard category rooms are here bit freshier than in other scandics in center (Scandic Paasi is an exception, but it is located a bit more off from the heart of Helsinki). However, the rooms are noticeably smaller here. Hotel staff was helpful in managing to fit family of four to standard room. Extra bed arrangement did not leave too much floor space but this was ok as we needed the room only for sleeping. We did not hear any outdoor noise.

The restaurant offers "classic Scandic" menu but this time I was surprised about the price/quality of the food. Especially as during weekends frequent guests receive -20% discount + children get 50% off. (kids even got the same amount of food than grown-ups). Breakfast is the same as in all Scandics: standard and boring but you know what you get.

If you are travelling with car, -50% parking discount during weekends is considerable as in other hotels, the parking cost may be quite high.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank eskobar
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Excellent location, very good service, good quality room with comfortable bed. What else you need? There is car park under the hotel and they are offering 30% discounts during week and 50% discounts on weekends. Typical finnish breakfast - a lot of choices.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Ville M
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I have been at this Hotel for business reasons and I appreciated the comfort, the style and the perfect organization. Rooms are large and well furnished and the services are of good quality. Moreover the hotel is located at the very center of Helsinki very close to the train station and to the metro.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank fusconic
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Stayed here three nights. The hotell was overall very good. The location and the helpfull staff is great! The breakfast ladies were a bit slow though. The bread tended to run out. (there was a window that wasn't fully tainted from the bathroom to the rest of the room. a bit wierd when you stay there with friends.)

Room Tip: Ask for a view towards the square; really nice view!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Ok, the location cannot be beaten in Helsinki - good reason to choose if the offer is good!

But, be prepared for smallish rooms that are getting bit outdated. No complaints on cleanliness level, breakfast, service..

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

I actually like this hotel in total, it feels homely somehow. It might be because I´ve stayed here a few times now. The location is super, it´s close to shops and restaurants. The beds a really comfy but the pillows are lumpy. The free Wi Fi is a plus. As you can see from the pictures some rooms need an update, some of them a really worn and especially the bathrooms.

The pictures are from a standard room, but I´ve also stayed in a superior extra and it wasn´t a big difference though it had nice shower and skin care products from Face Stockholm and bathrobes. Also it was a bit roomier and had coffee maker. I do miss a make-up mirror in the bathroom, it´s a mystery why every hotel don´t have them these days! The hairdryer needs to be replaced, it´s takes forever to dry your hair with that thing.

The restaurant area is very nice, the a la carte is ok but the breakfast is really good with lots of choices.

And some of the staff needs to be more service minded, sometimes they great you with total indifference both at the reception and in the restaurant. However last time I met staff that I hadn´t seen before and they were very nice.

I have no problem with it but if you´re a light sleeper beware of the rooms facing the street, the trams are quite noisy.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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3  Thank Totte40
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Additional Information about Scandic Simonkentta

Address: Simonkatu 9, Helsinki 00100, 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 ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Green Hotel in Helsinki
#10 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#16 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#22 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range: $122 - $242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Scandic Simonkentta 4*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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