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“Decent hotel, but not more”

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Scandic Simonkentta
Ranked #24 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

This hotel does the job, but not more.

Pros:
- Great location
- Good value for money for central Helsinki

Cons:
- Not possible to borrow bikes (even if it's stated on their webpage)
- Small beds/rooms
- Not convivial or friendly

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Functional rather than luxurious. Rooms are small but clean - cjeck in took to long. Breakfast good but we weren't able to find a decent place in the hotel for a beer and a snack - so we went to Harry's Bar just across he square which was great.

Not great value for money - but then nothing much in Finland is.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Andy G
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

It took me quite long time to get a room which I liked because most of their rooms have double twin beds. The rooms with the queen size beds have no views and they look to two different buildings. Forget the privacy and you must keep the curtains always closed.
After long time arguing and paying extra 20 Euros per night extra, I got a room with a nice wide view to the plaza below. However, the room had very small twin beds.

The mattresses are thin... I was disappointed that the cleaning woman did not do a thorough job.
She just made the beds and left as it looked like. No bathroom cleaning and no floor sweaping etc. I stayed for 6 nights and they did not change my bed sheets although I had asked the cleaning woman couple times.

The breakfast was OK but there was an incident which was disappointing. I was trying to get a table which was just vacated. I asked the male waiter to clean up the table. He took the trays and left. I went after him and asked him again to wipe the table. He argued that the table is clean. When I talked to his supervisor, he came back, looking vicious, I thought he would punch me any second. I never saw a maniac like that in my life.

Anyhow the manager apologized and offered me free drinks.

I am sure that maniac will cause a big problem to them some day.

The personnel is overall fine but not that warm and inviting.

I will avoid to stay there as I had stayed at Radisson Blu which is a much better and higher class hotel and accordingly more expensive.

Sometimes it pays off to pay more and get the quality stay and service.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

The location is perfect, if you want to do shopping, etc.

But that was the only plus. During our weekend trip the hotel was crowded, the check-in took long time (the staff was too helpful to assist young residents with their weekend plans..) The hotel is using the old-fashioned 'matkustajakortti', and not copying the address and other details from the reservation system. And yes, that makes the check-in queueing times longer.

The room was clean and modern, but the noise insulation was poor. We could heard traffic noises and hotel guest noises... This was a disappointment, because the hotel building is quite recently built.

The bar at the lobby had manpower problems, and the breakfast was so crowded, that it felt unpleasant on Sunday morning.

Luckily we paid the room upon arrival, and could leave the hotel without queueing.

The hotel may be ideal for 20+ folks who want to party during the weekends, but others ... please consider the rate / quality ratio when you book, and I would recommend to book some other hotel for lengthier stays at Helsinki.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Location is good, close to restaurants and shopping, rooms are clean, they have a taxi stand outside and has all you need for a business trip. I have stayed here many times, always my first choice when traveling to Helsinki for work.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
Thank nac06
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

Good strategic location!
Room is clean and neat with good housekeeping .
Front desk staff was not helpful when 2 group mates' bag was stolen at the lobby during checkin. They brushed it off with sweeping statement of O, it's very common & it's definitely not done by Finnish.
After check out, our luggages was stored in a room that do not require any form of record or tags to retrieve..
Not safe!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Mrstoheliz
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Location is everything you need :) Building promises a lot but like always in big company - there is no big surprises in...
Hotel is quite big and popular so it can take few minutes to sign in.Staff are firmly and ok. Rooms are quiet and clean but furniture are old and seems to be used too much. Breakfast was good, food is fresh and you can wake up with a coffeecup looking the cityview.

I would say that you get modern hotel with no surprises when choosing this option. Don't pay over 160e per night without thinking desinghotels nearby...

Room Tip: Ask for a marketview! Something to see and they are quieter also
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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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
#19 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#22 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range: $107 - $311 (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):
This central Helsinki hotel has a fantastic location only a short walk from popular Helsinki attractions, great shopping and fabulous restaurants. ... more   less 
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