My trip to Helsinki in June-end 2014 was almost not going to happen (!) - because I could not get a single available room in any proper hotel in the city. Supposedly this is the peak season in Helsinki and they have a kind of festival going that blocked out all rooms everywhere!
I suddenly landed up a booking (by chance) with the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. Must be not up to the mark, I thought - otherwise why on earth should rooms be available out here?
I admit, I started with a skeptical note.
I was in for a very pleasant note as the hotel turned out to be one that came with a spacious lawn and of course, spacious rooms. The room I got was a "basic" room by their definition, but it turned out to be quite spacious - much spacious that the Hiltons/Swissotels/Scandics I have stayed recently.
Surprisingly, I was upgraded to a 'busines class' category after 2 nights. I won't say the buisness class rooms are a class apart, but it can be safely said that they were a slight notch better. Room size seemed almost same as the other one - but the business class ones are at the top floor. They also come with free 'paid' channels and movie channels.
The hotel serves free breakfast which can be said quite 'above average'. To do better, they can consider altering the menu - I got the exact same menu for all the 4 nights I stayed.
The hotel is located centrally in the Kampii Centre region of Helsinki. Taxis are usually available at the door step of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sleek Business-oriented Hotel with striking glass facade & atrium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Helsinki Hotel Helsinki
- Radisson Helsinki
- Helsinki Radisson