There is no shortage of hotels in Helsinki, and anything will be efficiently run, clean and triple-glazed. But there is a lot of pretty characterless stuff out there, which is why the Seurahuone is worth considering if you like a bit of style and character.
The hotel was used in the early 20th century as a meeting place for musicians and academics. The public rooms, especially the restaurant and bar areas, reflect that with lovely arty characteristics and design. The hotel is brilliantly located in the centre of town, two minutes from the station (with its buses to the airport), although there is of course no noise from the traffic outside! The welcome was excellent and my room (a so-called club room) really pleasant and interestingly shaped, on a curve, with lovely windows.
Room facilities are what you would expect, wifi is free but of varying strength, and there is a free ADSL connection point too. Breakfast, included, meets normal Helsinki standards,ie a wide choice of food but warm tea and tasteless fruit salad, machine-produced 'fruit' juice and odd-looking scrambled egg- but I have encountered this in at least six other Helsinki hotels, so it seems to be endemic.
If you want modern steel and glass and contemporary design, the Seurahuone is not for you, but otherwise I warmly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Seurahuone Helsinki is a high class, tasteful business hotel in the heart of Helsinki. Historically over 170 years old Seurahuone is one of the most traditional hotels in Finland, and can be considered even internationally a state of the art hotel.Filled with a warm atmosphere Hotelli Seurahuone is a combination of the old time sophisticated spirit as well as modern high standard service. In addition to the individually appointed rooms the feeling of quality continues in the restaurant, the bar and the banquet floor.The hotel’s 118 accommodation rooms feature individual alternatives; Standard and Club room classes as well as four different, attractively furnished Junior Suites. Rooms are equipped and decorated in a way that successfully blends current trends and history. The beautiful furniture and surfaces are combined with wellfunctioning, up-to-date services. All rooms are equipped with, among others, a kettle and ironing point, wi-fi, a flatscreen TV, and the Pillow Menu guaranteeing a good night’s sleep.The roof and the attic renovation, as well as the renovation of the courtyard façade and window switching will be carried out in the property during the dec 2013 - Dec 2014. These works are aimed to be done as customer friendly as possible, but may cause some inconvenience. ... more less
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