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Scandic Grand Marina
Ranked #21 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

The Scnadic Grand Marina hotel is located at the harbour. From there you can reach most places in the city center within minutes.
Rooms are quiet, clean and provide all neccessary things you need in a hotel room on a business trip (free and well working WIFI), etc.
Staff was very friendly, Food at breakfast was good and the variety at the buffet was not bad either.
Why is it then just almost perfect? Well, it´s not a stylish super fancy modern luxus resort - "just" a pretty good hotel - not bad for business travellers.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 November 2013

Stayed for 1 night. Unfortunately checked in late and the room I got was sea view and 7th floor that had windows on roof and small one on wall. The only misfortune was it was a stormy night with heavy winds and rain that made it so noisy that sleeping was difficult. In normal situations the room would have been great. Close to centre, near the ferry terminal, friendly staff.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Stayed in Grand Marina for one night and it was a really negative experience.

Check in to the room was ok and quite fast, but then all ok part ended. Room was really plain, just light walls and furniture, really oldfashioned. Wifi was slow, TV hadn´t any normal channels to watch.

In the morning the breakfast was so overcrowded that you didn´t have a place to sit, but had to fight for your one place in some table with strangers. Also the food and choice was not very attractive. Grey sausages boiled in water, pastry that had dried already etc.

Then for a "nice" finish the check-out queue was 15min until you got the counter.

I have been to different hotels in Helsinki and I know that you cannot wait any very modern or luxurious hotels as a lot of them are located in old houses and are not that new, but this was well below average. Wouldn´t stay there again!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

I stayed by cashing in some of my Scandic points for a weekend in Finland. The location is great for sightseeing in Helsinki... very close to the Esplanadi and Senate Square. And right by the ferry terminal if you are traveling on a cruise. Also close to the ferry to Suomenlinna. Hotel is just fine, quiet and clean. Rooms are large enough for a family and staff was friendly. The included breakfast was good enough that we could skip lunch. Overall a good stay in a good location. you can get there by taking a Finn Air bus from the airport to the central station for 7 euros and then hop on a tram (lines 2,4 or 4T - make sure that you take the right direction) or bus or even walk.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

Hotel itself was perfectly fine for the 2 nights I stayed there. Reception staff were helpful (a little undermanned at checkout) and whilst it was breezy and chilly outside, the hotel was warm and comfortable inside.

Room was functional, clean and comfortable. Wooden floor, comfortable bed, large screen TV and warm (but not stuffily so). Pretty quiet.

Ensuite was equally clean and functional. Don't think it could have been any smaller, I'd describe it as efficiently functional! Wet room style shower was great.

Only had breakfast in the hotel but this was really good. Loads of choice, well laid out.

Location - great as a business / conference venue. The main Helsinki centre is approximately a 20 minute walk. We took a 7 euro bus from the airport to the central train station, but then opted for a taxi because the weather wasn't that inviting.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Stayed here for five nights this past week. Great breakfast buffet is available downstairs and I'm talking about the really big, quality buffet with lots of fresh food and lots of variety. The Internet is the best that I have encountered in some time. The rooms are completely silent, no noise from adjacent rooms what so ever. They are a bit spartan, and they aren't carpeted so bring warm socks or slippers. The hotel has ironing rooms on certain floors, so prepare for that if you plan on having any wrinkles. The short walk to the Esplanade made this an ideal location for my stay.

Room Tip: 6th floor was great.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

Stayed 3 nights in September as part of a tour group vacation. Our room was clean, quiet, and comfortable with a modern bathroom, but long and narrow. The breakfast was very good, well stocked with wide range of choices. The reception was friendly, efficient, and helpful. It is located close to the harbor and convenient to public transportation.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Address: Katajanokanlaituri 7, Helsinki 00160, Finland
Region: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki > Vironniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Helsinki
#7 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#20 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#22 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#24 Business Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range: £82 - £171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Scandic Grand Marina 4*
Number of rooms: 470
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in a beautiful warehouse building from the early 1900s, and features plus-sized rooms and modern meeting facilities. The large arched windows and high ceilings create a spacious and bright atmosphere in the restaurant and bar. During the summertime, guests can also enjoy our large terrace. In addition to the hotel's own meeting facilities, the adjacent Marina Congress Center offers settings for events and functions of up to 2,500 people. There is plenty of parking space just outside the hotel and in the garage. The hotel offers WiFi, a gym, a sauna, and a 24-hour shop. You can borrow a bicycle or sticks for Nordic walking from the reception. Close to the Helsinki city centre, the hotel is located by the sea in idyllic Kajanokka next to the Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, and the Helsinki SkyWheel. The hotel offers an excellent starting point to see the sights, spend some time shopping or enjoy the restaurants and nightlife of the city. ... more   less 
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