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My Escapes Finland Helsinki Cold Helsinki Business Trip Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki - Review

Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel, Helsinki - Review

March 9, 2014

Location (5)

Quite bad... At first it seemed adequate (by checking the map), but the nearest metro station was too far away. Only a tram station was nearby, but the vehicles didn't go both ways.

No shops, nor restaurants, nor major attractions in the immediate vicinity.

Look & Feel (7)

It looks huge from the outside, but the reception area is quite small.

The corridors looked so industrial, cold and unfriendly. Wicked feel.
It felt like I was in some former warehouse or factory! In fact, it's highly probable that the building was at some point converted into a hotel, but had some other function before.

Dirty corridor walls and very busy elevators...

Otherwise, the room inside felt very good, but also with an industrial feel as well: concrete walls (the ceiling was quite rough), just painted white.

It was a bit cold in there, so I had to dress thick for the night.

The bathroom was excellent, very well-equipped and everything was in full working condition!

Cleanliness (9)

Extremely clean room and bathroom. No issues at all in the room!

Corridors and the corridor walls were dirty, they didn't pay much attention to that, I see...

Room Comfort (8)

Half-luxury comfort, really. Felt better than my own room, back then, at least...

Spacious room with a double bed. Window was good enough for ventilation, but I had no real view just some grey back yard-type area...

Armchairs were great. Now I know what's missing from my room at home!

The room was cold and that was rather bothering. I guess this far north they should know about the importance of heating, but I reckon they were making economies.

It wasn't unbearably cold, but I have some tips for you on how to make warm in a hotel room (having had a terrible experience during a winter trip to Hungary).

Facilities, Equipment (9)

Great, simply great!

They had everything! The internet could have been faster, though... But I suppose the entire hotel was full of people who were using it during the evening.

The TV was a "combo device" one could browse the internet as well as watch TV on it.

I was delighted to have found my name on the screen as I entered the room: "Welcome..." message with my name in it. It felt great!

They even gave me slippers (which I didn't need to use) because I had mine!

Staff (7)

Kind staff, but dreadfully slow. Very, very slow. Checking in took round 45 minutes.
There didn't seem to be any concrete problem. They didn't tell me to wait, nor did they tell me the room wasn't ready. Just kept me waiting while the receptionist was prolly playing pacman on the computer.

Breakfast (10)

The best breakfast I've had until then, it was so rich... a huge hall was filled with delicacies. Just about everything was available there.

I totally filled myself with some of the best delicacies. The breakfast gave me long-lasting strength.

Imagine: from a variety of fresh exotic fruits to various cheeses, salamis and hams to a wide variety of juices and several types of coffees, I don't know how man sorts of bread and croissants and muffins... ah, it was a countless selection...

Value for Money (7)

I paid about 200 euros for 3 nights at this hotel. Elsewhere I would have gotten a lot more for this kind of money. But, Helsinki is very expensive anyway, so even this amount can be considered "affordable" for a businessman... And I was on a business trip.

Final overall score: 7,75

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