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Scandic Grand Marina
Ranked #20 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

Attended for a conference and conference centre across the road.

Id not booked via the Conference site - had independently booked a family room for single use via another site and got a family room for less than others had paid for a single. My room was of decent size, with toiletries (see previous post) and tea and coffee making facilities. Room was cheaper than I paid for a much poorer hotel in Liverpool.

Didnt have time to use the sauna but others gave a positive for it.

Breakfast fine.

Staff were helpful - maid had accidently lost my nightclothes into the laundry but they were retrieved. Also helped when the printer for the free internet access computer didn't work properly.

About 25 mins walk from the Finnair bus terminal near the station or on a tram line.

Handy for the shops of Esplanadi and only a few minutes from the ferry to Suomennlina fortress.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 October 2010

We stayed at this hotel for a business function for three nights in September. I understand that European hotels have different standards than what most Americans are accustomed to, however, this hotel has taken cheap (under the pretext of being "green") to a new level. The room was tiny, not very clean (bathroom tile grout grey and brown), soiled looking bedspread, no kleenex, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer (they SELL these in their giftshop for your convenience.) The towels were thin and tattered. The maid actually picked up the towels off the floor and hung them up for reuse. The room was hot (no thermostat). The front-desk staff was efficient, but very unfriendly. Honestly, I couldn't wait to leave, which is sad because Helsinki is a beautiful city, and this location is great. It's obvious that Scandic is just raking in the money and not upgrading or providing the basics because they can get away with it.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 6 October 2010

We, my wife and I, came to a round trip in Scanavia for our 25th marriage anniversary. We were looking for a confortable - and good price related - hotel and we were very lucky to find Scandic Grand Marina in Helsinki, where we stayed 4 nights.

From outside, the hotel looks a bit strange, for it's a former warehouse remodelled to become a hotel: it's fassade is preserved by the national heritage. Inside, the hotel has a modern and cosy athmosphere.

The reception people are extremelly nice, friendly and will help you with anything that a traveller needs: they won't, in any case, leave you unassisted. The restaurant is fine and the breakfast is very good.

Location is good, only 15 minutes walk to citycenter.

Rooms are quite large, clean and the bed is confortable. Due to those fassade restrictions, windows are small, it can't be changed, but they open, so if you like sleeping with fresh sea air from the cost, you will get it. Bathroom is also large enough and well equiped.

Service is the highest point: all hotels employees are really there for you, well trainned and motivated to make you feel home. If you are lucky to meet the receptionist Markko, an excelence in friendship and good will to serve his guests, you'll really feel that it was worth staying at Grand Marina in Helsinki.


Ana & Jorge Barros
Brasília, Brazil.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2010

yes, sadly, my luggage was stolen from the Scandic Grand Marina luggage room. It's a terrible system, where the hotel can't even be bothered to give their guests tags for their bags - i mean, isn't that standard?
Moreover, after I lost my luggage, the remained "reserved" and unhelpful. Unwilling to let me watch the security tapes (what's the point of having the camera then?) Needless to say, I canceled the reservation and decided to check-in to another hotel.

stolen luggage + unhelpful staff.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank cchen0204
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Reviewed 20 September 2010

The hotel was comfortable, my room fairly small with a very small window but very quiet, the bathroom very basic but sufficient for my needs and breakfast was not a pleasurable experience - food piled high in containers, awful coffee at 10am, it reminded me of school! The hotel is however in a great location at the harbour, just a few minutes walk from the city centre and some great restaurants. It was also ideal for the large conference we were attending as the conference facilities are directly across the road. Would I stay at the hotel privately? - no, because I did not enjoy the impersonal atmosphere which is geared towards hundreds of hotel guests.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled on business
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Thank TommyTwoShoes
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Reviewed 16 September 2010

I spent a very comfortable 5 nights. Stayed in a family room so had a double bed and sitting area included. The room was spacious and airy with some nice touches (little porthole windows). The bathroom was a bit on the basic side, with just a shower and plain furnishings however, everything was clean and the free Wifi access for the duration of the stay was very useful. Breakfast was a good choice of buffet foods. And the location is just a short walk to the central harbour area. Despite the ferries from Stockholm moored next the hotel I didn't hear any noise from the port.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled on business
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1  Thank Sapporolite
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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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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: £85 - £175 (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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