Bright blue and white rooms.
Frankly, our family did not find this four starred hotel any different from the run of mill three starred ones in most of Europe. The family room allotted to us three was very small and did not even have a mini fridge or tea or coffee making arrangement. It had a TV with a small range of channels. The beds were comfortable though and so were the pillows. The bath and toilet was proportionately small but again bright like the décor of the room. Our allotted room 415 had the dull view of a wall and windows of an adjacent building. The sky was partially visible. We had been told that family rooms have no view and for 30 Euros per night more, we could get a larger room.
The room came with breakfast that was on offer from 7:30 to 10:30 am. The spread was varied and reasonably good – no eggs made to order though. The young ladies attending to the guests in the breakfast hall were efficient – replacing trays that were getting empty. Fresh fruits were available – mainly apples and peaches. The juices were not too dilute and artificial tasting as it happens in many hotels. Overall, the breakfast on offer was good enough to start the day off well for most.
The location of the hotel was very close to the city centre and tram, bus stops. But Helsinki is so small that most hotels are either adjacent to or in its heart. One facility that had influenced me in selecting this hotel was the availability of the bus to the Vantaa airport (615) just across the road. The fare we paid was 4.50 Euros and the time taken was about 25 minutes.
The ladies at the reception desk were efficient and friendly; not common in many chain hotels. They were ready to offer advice on any tourism and transport related queries.
In short, our experience in this hotel of the Cumulus chain was nothing to write home about. Indeed, we wondered how and why it had been graded with four stars. There must be something we missed; so many others were regularly checking in and out.
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