Was so excited to arrive on the beautiful grounds after 13 hours of travel. A Somali driver with good English (as well as Finnish and Somali!) had never heard of the place, but was able to locate it with his GPS only a few minutes from the Vantaa airport. I have to say, my "Very Good" rating comes mostly from the surrounding beauty and politeness of the staff as there are some pretty major drawbacks to this "hostel." We arrived in early evening and seriously needed to eat by this time, but the kitchen was closed and there is NOTHING nearby. However, the sweet front desk clerk is willing to make a sort of foccacia pizza thing and you can get a glass of wine. The lay-out of the place is really bizarre with recent add-ons and it is mostly locally popular for weekend weddings due to the grounds.Other issues: VERY short-staffed, almost no one but the desk clerk at night, and curtains that do not close without clothes pins and our own hair clips in the "Land of the Midnight Sun" is a serious problem. Top it off with a very early 10:00 am check-out time made it pretty rough stuff after an overseas flight. Awesome coffee and fresh made pastries in the morning though!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic Hameenkyla Manor is located in a scenic milieu but only a short trip away from the airport and within excellent connections from Helsinki downdown. Travel time to airport is 15 minutes and from city centre 30 minutes. We recently opened a totally renovated manor building which now functions as the main building. We have 50 new rooms and 2 suites, a Scandinavian style restaurant, cozy lobby bar and a souvenier shop. Our reception is open 24/7 and will assist with all questions or needs. ... more less
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