The hotel's not right in the centre of the city, but about 10 mins walk from the central station. It's a nice walk though, and you'll see some of the sights already on your way to the hotel, like the museum of contemporary art (Kiasma), the National Museum, Finlandia Hall and the Parliament house. The hotel is next to the beautiful bay Töölönlahti; just cross the road to enter the lovely park in front of the bay. Nice place to relax in the sun in summer, and you can follow the trail around the bay and enjoy the views, great for jogging as well!
Stayed one night at Scandic Continental, and the first impression of my room was that it was a bit dated. But it was cosy and clean and there was enough space for one person, so it was OK for one night stay. The bathroom was clean and very bright with big mirrors and the towels were spotless.
Checking in and out was quick, I had my room ready at 11:30 am when I arrived.
The breakfast was served at the hotel restaurant "Lastu" on the ground floor. It was the typical Scandic breakfast buffet, plentiful with hot dishes, cold cuts, yoghurts, berries, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and tea. There even was a separate little buffet for kids, which was quite convenient I think. The buffet area got very crowded by 9 am and was quite cramped, so be there early!
Unique Quality: There's a sauna and a swimming pool up on the 9th floor. I would've liiked a swim after a long day, but it cost 17 €/person so I decided not to go. I was a bit disappointed at that. It would've been free of charge in the morning from 7 till 12.
this is a typical 1st class Hotel built up in the 70's: fulfilling all demands of its class but no warm or exclusive atmosphere. I would rather prefer a family led Hotel for a much less price. The rooms have no balconies and you can only open the windows a few cms. You feel a little bit in prison.
The price for a single room in the beginning of September was 90 Euros. In case a guest will stay overnight you might be charged with 35 Euros additionately.
What I really disliked was all the advertising in the hotelroom - always without mentioning prices.
Absolutely no information in the room whether the Sauna is free of charge.
Unique Quality: Very nice staff.
Nice hotel, conveniant location with tram stop right in front of the hotel. Good place to stay if visiting Helsinki
Unique Quality: FinnAir bus into the city for 5 euro stops behind the hotel - very conveniant and a lot cheaper than a cab.
Hotel has nice gym (for a hotel) attached - can get in a good workout.
A nice park is right across the street. Opera house is on block down.
Directions: Near the city center across from a nice park
I will be going to Helsinki in March 06, any recommendations for a reasonable hotel for two people.
All the hotels below are located in the centre of Helsinki. All of them graded at least 3 1/2 star hotels.
These 3 are the best Scandic -hotels (owned by HHonors) in Helsinki:
Scandic Continental Helsinki
Scandic Grand Marina Helsinki
Couple of fine hotels:
Palace Hotel Helsinki
Radisson SAS Royal Hotel Helsinki
Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel
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