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Hotel Seurahuone Helsinki
Ranked #38 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
Reviewed December 20, 2012

One of Hotel Seurahuone's key advantage is its location. The Central Station is just across the road, tram stop just in front and the airport bus stand is 4 mins' walk. And Helsinki's main attractions and shopping areas are within walking distance.
The hotel is retro/classic in style, stately and majestic settings mainly in black & gold. Breakfast is plentiful with good choice of smoked meats, fruits, drinks, cereals, nuts ,etc.
We stayed in a standard double room - basic but clean with sufficient space for 2.
I recommend you request for a room facing the courtyard as those facing the main road are noisy throughout the day/night.
Request that they do not place you in a room which requires you to take some steps to/from the lift-inconvient especially if you have many bags, kids & old folks in toll. You should also bring along with you evidence of pre-paid reservations or otherwise. Miscommunication may happen.

Room Tip: Request for room facing courtyard
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

The hotel is located in a very good location, almost in front of the train station and walking distance to the harbor and the fancy Esplanade street. The hotel is very old but not in a bad way... it reminds you of luxury and ball rooms. The bar is nice and the breakfast is very good.
The bedrooms are confortable, although the bathroom in my room was really tiny. Thank God there are no carpets.
The internet wifi was on the daily basis, so each 24 hours I had to go to the reception to get another token. That was a bit annoying. But if you have a cable, the wired internet is there all the time.
The only thing that I wasn't completely happy was that it doesn't have a fitness room. You can use the sauna in the Holliday In across the square, but I wish it had a fitness room with bikes or treadmills.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Excellent hotel bang in the middle of Helsinki's busy bits. Olde worlde charm with all mod cons. Hustle and bustle outside but quiet on the inside. Very good food and service. Good views out over the Art Deco train terminus (worth a visit in itself). Cold outside but hotel always warm. Ideal place to stay if you want to be near the city centre and the astonishing range of quality shops. We went to Helsinki to see Benny and Bjorn's musical 'Kristina', but now we're hoping to go back and explore the country more. Hotel has a wonderful domed-skylight roof bar where you sit while the staff order and bring you your drinks. Great few days!

Room Tip: Ask for a room facing the train terminus
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Christopher G
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

The Hotel Seurahoune is ideal for anyone using the trains as it is opposite the station. Also good if you arrive by plane as the Finnair airport bus stops at the railway station and the hotel is visible when you leave the bus. An interesting old hotel with lots of character and with very friendly and helpful staff. The breakfast buffet was good. Our room no 314 at the front was very comfortable and quiet. No air con could be a problem in the warmer weather.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sue S
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Situated right in the middle of Helsinki and very close to the railway station. Large spacious rooms and very clean. Average breakfast buffet.

Since my wife is in a wheelchair we asked for a wheelchair friendly room which they didn't have.
As we didn't book this hotel by ourselves we had to take what they had. We got upgraded to a larger room (thank you!) but still there was a 8 cm high threshold to the bathroom. At least this was much better than the 12 cm one in the first room we got.
At the breakfast buffet there are two major problems for wheelchair users. First you have to climb a 6 step stairway and then the buffet is located one step down from the dining hall.

Wheelchair users are not recommended to book this hotel!

The staff was very friendly but for us Swedes it's hard to know if they can speak swedish or not. =)

Room Tip: Their largest rooms have a jacuzzi!
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Midander
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Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

This lovely old hotel may not be for everyone but if you like historic places then there is no better. It is centrally located - spitting distance from the railway station. The rooms are small and fully functional with coffee, tea and bar fridge. There isn't any A/C and we used the fan and left the window open a but and is was really comfortable. This may be a problem in summer and has been covered here in depth by previous reviews. Our room was on the 3rd floor and we didn't have any club or road noise at all.
The hotel bar is pretty good and the bar man we had made us some pretty amazing drinks.
We had some minor issues with the free wired Internet and we were provided wifi, which is usually pay for use, until it was fixed.
Overall, this is an old hotel with all the charm.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Thank Steve A
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Additional Information about Hotel Seurahuone Helsinki

Address: Kaivokatu, Helsinki 00100, Finland
Location: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #38 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
Price Range: $124 - $220 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Seurahuone Helsinki 3.5*
Number of rooms: 118
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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