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Scandic Grand Marina
Ranked #21 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
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Reviewed 5 September 2010

Close to the harbour and brilliant marketplace, this hotel is close to the action. Our room was small but perfectly formed and very clean. Buffet breakfasts were comprehensive and included in the price but everything else was very expensive - especially alcohol - so be prepared to do without if you can't face paying 15 euros for a glass of wine and a small beer.
The Staff are very welcoming and there is free Internet access available in the lobby.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2010

This hotel is located in a section of the town close to the docks. It is easy to walk into town and visit the small market on the way. It is huge. The rooms appear to be either rather small or quite large and it is a lottery which one you get. I was travelling with my wife and we were allocated a small room but my single colleagues allocated a large room each? The rooms are simple with no tea or coffee making facilities in our room and a minibar but no price list available. The room was newly decorated and appeared to be very clean. The batheroom was OK with walk in shower but was a little dated. There is a telephone and free WiFi available but the main drawback was lack of wardrobe space. Our room overlooked the rear of the hotel and a not very busy main road which leads to the docks. There was a few large trucks passing and the noise can be obtrusive if you have the window open. Breakfast is a buffet with a good selection of hot and cold food butthere is not enough seating for all clients so there is an overspill into the bar area every morning. Drinks are expensive everywhere in Helsinki and this hotel is no different. 500 ml of beer is more than 7 Euro and most other drinks at least 6 Euro. We were a little started when sitting on the outside terrasse and a barman appeared and confiscated a drink from a colleague who had been given a bottle a of coke. The barman insisted that only drinks purchased at the hotel could be drunk on the premises. In my book this is theft but the colleague was too stunned to complain. Otherwise the hotel is OK and food and facilities adequate.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 August 2010

In 2008 it was my first visit there. Everything seemed so cool then. But 2 years later I demand much more and Grand Marina only has gotten worse.... The rooms haven't been refreshed, some of them were very hot during summer, because the A/C didn't work properly and windows were blocked. Breakfast is open for erveryone, you can even go in from outside. It is close to all biggest attraction in Helsinki, about 5 minutes to Uspenskin Katedral and Helsinki Katedral. I like the old atmosphere of harbour, because the hotel is located in such operational building. Anyway, it is not the best hotel in Helsinki.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 August 2010

I booked the Scandic Grand Marina because the web-site offered me a room for our family of five (two adults and three children) at an excellent rate. Usually, we're forced to book at least two rooms when we stay at a hotel all together. The rate was so reasonable (159 euros per night including breakfast) that I thought there might be a catch somewhere (small room, limited breakfast options, etc) but no. The room was a large, airy corner room with plenty of space for us all, a desk, a sitting area and lots of cupboards. And breakfast had all the usual options expected of a hotel of this kind. True, the breakfast room can get very crowded at times but the staff work hard to keep everything replenished and the hotel management had posted notices in the lifts advising when would be the best time to eat breakfast to avoid the rush.
The hotel is perfectly located - less than five minutes on foot from the harbour market and the dock where the boats leave for the islands. The streets behind the hotel contain some astounding buildings for architecture buffs. I also enjoyed the gym - small but with all the equipment that I needed - and the excellent, spacious sauna. We plan to return to Finland again and we shall definitely use the Scandic Grand Marina as our Helsinki base when we do.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

We stayed at the Grand Marina for two weekend nights at the height of the holiday season. A positive experience in general but the breakfast scene was hectic to say the least. We didn't eat at the hotel except breakfast which was of average standard - however the bread was very good. To be fair there is a notice up indicating the best time to eat to avoid the breakfast rush and we didn't do a good job choosing our time.
One evening we ate at the Grecia Restaurant nearby which was only average.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2010

Stayed here whilst husband was at a conference, traveled with 2 and 1/2 year old. Came over from Stockholm by overnight boat which we highly recommend (Silja/Tallink line). Large elegant hotel with large rooms, great breakfast like all Scandic hotels and great play area at the side of the restaurant. Located in quiet area but 5 minute walk to harbour with its bustling market. We had a great stay.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 July 2010

I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in early July 2010. The location was excellent with only a few minute walk to the harbor. The room was small but VERY comfortable. The front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent and the hotel even had it available very early when I had to catch an early flight. Overall, a very nice place to stay in Helsinki!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Scandic Grand Marina

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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