Located directly opposite the central station, this hotel is a perfect place to explore this fascinating city from.You could equally walk from the ferry terminus if you arrive this way into the city.
The hotel is old, classically designed and full of charm. It has a warmth that many more modern properties so desperately lack and in Helsinki it does add something to a city that can be brutally cold during the long cold winter.
My room was on the 4th floor, accessed via the old elevator or a classical stair climb, it was quite compact and the bed sat sideways, but was comfortable. There was a nice seating area too to relax in.
Bathroom was very tight, but again beautifully equipped.
Breakfast was good, a decent selection of foods, hot and cold and fruit. Not the most extensive but perfectly fine.
I would suggest that whilst this hotel has good business facilities with free wi-fi, it is probably best suited to the leisure market looking for location over form and style, but it does work for all markets.
Only other thing seemed to be a lack of air conditioning, but to be honest for most of the year, this is hardly going to be a major issue.
All in all, a lovely hotel and one I would consider if I were travelling with the family.
- 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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