Helsinki is without doubt one of the most fascinating cities in northern Europe and a trendy destination for this 2015. The hotel scene is somehow complex. This is an expensive city, and hotels can go to two extremes of the spectrum one being tremendously expensive and with excellent service or being somehow affordable but what one gets are small rooms or a not very attractive location.
I think the Radisson Blue Seaside hotel is a good compromise in the Middle. The location is great. Certainly it is not exactly in downtown but it is very well connected to the excellent transportation network of this capital. It is located minutes away from the Port where cruises and ferries depart to other scandinavian cities, and even destinations such as Russia and Tallinn in Helsinki. So for those looking to explore the city before or after a trip arriving or departing from the port the Radisson comes as a great option.
The building is a mix of a modern structure an a renovated historical location. The lobby is welcoming with many spaces for informal meetings or just to enjoy a drink.
We were in Helsinki during some of the coldest days of the year. The heat works very well. In fact it is very nice to enter the building after exploring the city in a very cold day. Our check-in was done promptly and in a very friendly manner. We were offered a room that actually was quite spacious for what one normally expects in these kind of destinations. Since the hotel is literally located in the seaside, one can enjoy a wonderful view from many rooms.
There is an small but well equipped fitness center, and several saunas, one is to be used by all guests and there is a lounge with sauna in the rooftop that can be arrange for private parties and meetings. I have to admit that I never have been a big fan of saunas but in a such cold weather as the one of Helsinki winters the Sauna is a very welcoming amenity.
One of the bests parts of the hotel is the breakfast, where one can enjoy food of great quality, with an impressive selection of scandinavian delicacies.
The hotel is a good base to explore the city. It takes around fifteen to twenty minutes walking to reach almost any of the major attractions. Just keep in mind that during the winter months Helsinki can be extremely cold, but I think that it is indeed part of the attraction.
Something great to keep in mind is that this hotel is an excellent value for money, it is actually quite affordable for a city where everything is more expensive than almost anywhere else in Europe.