I was very impressed by the Radisson Blu Seaside! Usually we stay with family in Helsinki but needed a hotel for a few days while there on this trip and selected this hotel on price and location and both turned out to right on the mark. Both I and family travel extensively in Europe and North America on business and pleasure – this was for pleasure and visiting relitives.
We had my teenage daughter with us so wanted some type of suite that would allow for privacy - since many European hotels tend to have small rooms this can be tricky. In this case we got the Nobel Suite and it was perfect, with French doors that separated the main bedroom from the living area where, for a small fee, we had an extra bed brought in. The other added plus was that there was a sauna and 2 showers in the room. My only comment regarding the sauna is from a Finnish standpoint the sauna oven/stove was too high so the steam was only at the top level where you sit - but otherwise was nice not having to book or go to a general use sauna. I did not use it on this visit but had been to an event there a couple years ago and there is a very nice sauna of larger groups as I recall on one of the top floors. Another item to note regarding the bed - in many Scandinavian and European hotels the double beds tend to be two single mattresses pushed together and I was pleased to find a regular queen mattress - excellent quality, which would be more to the American expectation.
This was very modern and contemporary ambience to the hotel. Both the overall hotel and the room were exceptionally clean with the maid service taking excellent care of the room every day.
The staff was excellent and most accommodating - exceptional language skills with English and Finnish, which we used interchangeably - I believe that I also noted the staff communicating in some other languages as well. This hotel was catering to a very international clientele and appeared to be doing an excellent job of it. My only comment here was that the TV mainly provided Finnish service – I would have expected at least BBC or CNN news channels; several news papers were provide in the lobby including Financial Times
There was internet service available of course and some PCs available in the lobby – however, several times that my daughter went to use them they were not working.
You are on the Tram Line #6, which gets you down to the train station and city center very quickly or it is about a 7-10 min easy walk. I took a taxi from the Vantaa airport and that was about 37E - there is also the airport bus to the main bus station that is easy to walk to as well or a 7E taxi if you had a lot of baggage.
The breakfast was very good and certainly accommodated most tastes for Europeans and Americans - the service was excellent here with the staff insuring that there was always plenty of food available, and many healthy alternatives provided, in several instances I noted that the staff brought some special requests for the guests.
There was a very nice Italian Restaurant in the hotel, but we did not have a chance to use it. There are several restaurants very close - one of the best Chinese in Helsinki, a newer Mexican restaurant that has a real Mexican chef providing Mexican fare - not the awful Tex-Mex (using Old El Paso ingredients), as well as the historic Salve for great local seafood and Finnish fare.
Overall I would highly recommend this hotel and would like to thank the hotel management and staff for making for an excellent stay.
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