We only stayed here for one night as were just on an overnight trip to Helsinki. As it is under renovation at the moment expect obviously some disruptions, but to be honest it didn't impact too much. No car park available was our main issue but parked close by instead.
Rooms are slightly outdated but still clean and public areas are decent and appear to be well maintained. Definitely more re-assuring on the inside than at the outside at the moment :-)
Top floor pool and sauna area are good, great view over helsinki from the sauna itself is nice and relaxing. Pool is cold though (refreshing!).
We found beds bit soft for us, but room was big enough (we had extra bed). Room was a little warm but that's nit-picking :-) Shower was pretty good.
Overall staff were pretty welcoming and friendly, not easiest to find in Finland :-) Felt welcome there.
We ate in the restaurant for the evening, wanted to try one or two of the places around the back of the hotel but with our bundle of joy with us hotel was easier. Service was friendly, a little slow but welcoming and there were efforts being made with some nice ideas (getting the kids to mix up the salads for you and an interesting chocolate trifle, for example). Food was ok, presentation was good and ingrediants are fresh and good quality, but overall flavours\taste was lacking a little something. But still felt like healthy and decent offering. Nice kids play area as well.
They respected earth hour in the hotel, dimming all lights and putting out candles, and you can see there's good eco side of the hotel overall.
Value for money for us was decent. Would stay again for a one nighter definitely, would go back to see the refurb too. Pictures looked decent at least. Would give this 3 and half stars if possible rather than 3.
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