My husband and I just returned from a two week adventure in Scandinavia. After traveling by plane, train, bus, subway, and ship across Norway and Sweden, we were so happy to stay in a room that was large by European standards, at a very reasonable price.
Our room was very spacious compared to other places we stayed on our visit. The bathroom was nice and big with excellent hardware in the shower. Some people might have an issue with the shower however, as there was only slightly foggy glass separating the view from the room into the shower--got some nice views of my husband! If you're rooming with someone you don't want seeing you naked, that might not work out for you. Bed was comfortable with lots of pillows. Free wi-fi is available, but due to the thick walls of the rooms, we had trouble getting reception in our room unless we stood right next to the door.
Buffet breakfast was very good with lots of fresh fruit. You can order hot items like scrambled eggs, omelettes, and bacon from the cook. There were two mornings we had to leave the hotel before breakfast was served and the hotel provided us with packed breakfasts. We really appreciated their effort, but being there for the buffet is much better, as the breakfasts-to-go only consisted of one piece of bread, one piece of cheese, a couple pieces of lettuce and apple juice.
Dinner in the restaurant was too expensive for the portion that was served. The food was decent, but for almost 30$ a plate, there just was not enough food. The chocolate dessert with mango sorbet was fantastic though. We considered going again the next night just for dessert.
We had cheaper and much more filling meals at the Nepalese restaurant, Mount Everest, just two blocks away.
The women working the front desk were always very friendly. I wish I remembered the name of the girl who helped us when we found out our flight back to the US had been canceled! She helped us figure out the proper numbers to call to try to arrange a different flight and also let us use the phone in the lobby. Thank you so much!! They also have a computer available with a printer. Very very helpful.
By the time we arrive to Helsinki (our 6th city on our whirlwind trip) we were pretty exhausted and didn't explore as much as I would have liked, but the 4T and 4 tram stop right outside the hotel and make it very easy to get around. The main shopping area is not too far a walk either. There didn't seem to be many restaurants in the close vicinity of the restaurant though, (like within 5 blocks). The area felt quiet and safe.
Overall we had a fantastic stay here and I highly recommend it! The prison history is great but the rooms and common areas are very warm so don't worry about it being creepy. Definitely check out the cells on the bottom floor though!
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