Typically, I rather like to change hotels after a few days, also to have some different impressions and material for Flyctory.com. Thus, it was quite remarkable that I stayed four nights in a row at the Radisson Blu in Espoo in Finland in September 2021. The reason was, of course, the Davis Cup tie between Finland and India and the high workload during that time. Here is my hotel review.
Radisson Blu Espoo – Location
The hotel is located at the very East of Espoo, a city West of Helsinki. The city limits of the Finnish capital are just across the beautiful lake, which leads to a lovely scenery around the hotel. I knew the area quite well, as the Otahalli, home of the floorball club Westend Indians, is just around the corner.
The best way to reach the hotel is by car. The hotel has a car park, which, however, feels too small for the size of the hotel. Due to the proximity to the university, there is also a bus connection. The hotel will have a much better connection very soon – there was a tram under construction in walking distance to the Radisson Blu Espoo.
Radisson Blu Espoo – The Room
I booked a Superior Room including breakfast. The refundable rate (membership rate) was 413.35 EUR for four nights, Wednesday to Sunday in mid September 2021. I was first a bit of confused about the room layout, which reminded me of my room at the Melia Calvia Beach on Mallorca, but overall, I really liked it. There is a large storage area, you could also place a lot of stuff on the cupboard. I used the table next to the bed as a table for my second netbook. The table with chairs was cozy – however, the chairs were run down a bit. Furthermore, they were not really made for longer working session. The room did not feature any kind of work desk. There was quite a lot of nice storage and a bunch of power outlets, though. Thus, after getting used to the room, I really enjoyed the living area and it was a good Davis Cup office for Flyctory.com during the tennis event.
The bathroom was compact, but overall really nice. Despite amenities fixed on the wall, there were additional portions on the bathroom. Again, the space was used very efficiently, so that I found sufficient space to store my stuff.
Radisson Blu Espoo – Breakfast / Food
The Radisson Blu Espoo offered a Scandinavian-style breakfast buffet. The selection of items was really nice. The hotel had some struggle with refilling the buffet and servicing the tables, though. The latter was not that important, as the lobby and breakfast area is really huge. The place is also used for snacks or dinner, but I haven’t tried that out.
Radisson Blu Espoo – Services
Overall, the service in the hotel was good. The reception staff was kind, I never had issues with the internet connection. One thing I was really annoyed about that I found out by my own that there was a marathon at the weekend which partially blocked road access to the hotel (so that you could not lead the hotel parking lot). The in-fact blocking time was less than 15 minutes at a time – nonetheless, that could be crucial for an urgent date. The hotel did not inform their guests in any way – and even when I found out and asked the reception, they did not have any information about the event. I would also favor if they informed the guests that their main access road is blocked due to the tram works.
A real gem of the Radisson Blue is the fifth level, which is solely used for recreation. Right when you step out of the elevator, you are at the gym. However, there are also saunas and a beautiful pool area. Definitely an amazing place.
Radisson Blu Espoo – My View
The Radisson Blu Espoo was almost a perfect value for money during my Davis Cup coverage. However, some service issues and the too small parking lot prevent a top rating. You likely need a car to stay there, though, even if the tram works are completed one day. Arriving by plane or ship, Finnish taxis are just too expansive to take you to this place. You will likely opt for more central options.
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