I stayed at this hotel with a friend on a leisure trip to Helsinki. The primary reason for selecting this hotel was that I had some Priority Card points and there was an offer available from Holiday Inn. I have to confess, knowing that the hotel was in the western commercial area of the city (rather than the historic centre) I was anxious that we would be spending all our time travelling in and out to the centre. I need not have been concerned....
The hotel is less than 5 minutes walk to a metro station (probably about 3-400 yards). Once there, it is two stops and just 3 mins to the central station which is right in the heart of things and brilliantly positioned for everything you might want to do as a tourist. We got the metro about 8 times during our stay and never waited more than 60 seconds for a train!!!
The hotel itself is modern and spotlessly clean. We found the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. Food in the restaurant and the buffet breakfast were also excellent with plenty of variety. The public space is essentially a lobby which runs through to a small bar/lounge area and then on to the restaurant - all in one large open plan space. Apart from the saunas (one male one female) a small business area with PCs and a smoking room, I was not aware of any other public spaces, so if you are looking for a choice of bars, a gym or a pool, this may not be the hotel for you.
The room sizes were also distinctly on the small size, though very nicely furnished and extremely well equipped (based on 'executive rooms'). My only criticisms of the rooms were the lack of carpet (wood floors with rugs - attractive but cold under foot) and the bedding which was essentially two single duvets on a king size bed and large square pillows which can be strange if you are used to rectangular pillows. Of course, all of these are small points and down to personal preference.
As we had travelled from England, we did find the food and particularly the alcohol prices very high. That said, the hotel prices were very much in line with the restaurants and bars in the city centre. We came to the conclusion that food and drink is just expensive in Finland.
In summary, we were very pleased with our hotel choice and would definitely choose this hotel again if staying in Helsinki. Great food, super friendly service, well equipped rooms and attractive modern decor all made this hotel an excellent choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Helsinki West hotel is located in the fast growing business district of Ruoholahti, only few minutes away from the Helsinki city center and only 30 minutes drive from Helsinki Airport. Holiday Inn Helsinki West-Ruoholahti is a high-standard business and leisure hotel offering 256 well equipped rooms. All our rooms are equipped with free highspeed internet (ADSL) and WiFi access, safety deposit box, hospitality tray and ironing equipment. Our hotel offers Executive Rooms on the 9th floor with nice view over Helsinki, the capital of Finland. In Executive rooms there is a free high speed internet and WiFi and also selected items from minibar are free of charge. Restaurant Fokka, located on the ground floor, serves a wide range of Finnish and International cuisine. You can finish the evening with a glass of wine in our cozy lobby bar. 24-hour Business Centre with complimentary internet connection is available for our guest. Hotel guests can also enjoy free fitness facilities and Finnish Sauna! Holiday Inn Helsinki West-Ruoholahti hotel is only a few minutes away from the Tallin cruise ships. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Helsinki City West Hotel Helsinki
- Helsinki Holiday Inn