In order to watch some matches at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, my wife and I stayed in Helsinki in May 2022 for four days. As the matches were originally scheduled for Hartwall Arena, I went for a location close to the train station for convenient commuting. Even after altering the venue to the Helsinki Ice Hall, we decided not to move away from the Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre. Here is my review.
Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre – Location
The Holiday Inn is located right next / West to Helsinki Main Station. It is thus coming with ideal public transport connections, including the two commuter trains directly connecting to Helsinki Airport (HEL). The hotel is also a great location if you want to travel with Finnish Rail. There is also a metro station. Public buses are departing right in front of the hotel – for the majority of connections, you have to cross the train station. If you come by car, the hotel is also connected to a nearby parking garage.
The very central location offers a lot of practical services for the traveler as well. There are numerous supermarkets, including 24 hour ones. You also have multiple options for dining or having a drink. The famous Stockmann department store and a couple of other central attractions are just a short walk away. One of Helsinki’s latest attraction, the Oodi LIbrary is more or less right across the street from one corner of the hotel.
Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre – Room
We had a three night stay in a so-called Premium Room. The refundable rate, including breakfast, was 509.26 EUR, i.e. roughly 170 EUR per night. The room was located in the very top floor Regarding it is a Holiday Inn, I really liked the size of the room. The (movable) work desk felt a bit wobbly and the light installation was a bit odd. You had a master switch at one side of the bed – but that one also prevented to switch on the lights above the bed itself. There were two bottles of water and a chocolate bar as a welcome gift. We were absolutely surprised that housekeeping renewed that with every service.
The bathroom had quite some space for two people. My wife loved that the shower combined with a bathtub. Everything was clean and the replace towel policy worked well. Maybe that’s because of the Premium Room class, but the amenities were really nice as well. Unfortunately, the amenities were not renewed in contrast to the water bottles. I also liked the view from the room, even though it was “just” overlooking the bus station.
Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre – Breakfast
The restaurant and breakfast room was located on the second floor. The place was really spacious and even despite the many ice hockey fans in the hotel, it was quite relaxed to grab a table. The buffet breakfast had a really nice Scandinavian selection, including special dishes like the Finnish rice patties or smoked salmon. They also had a special section for guests requiring gluten-free or vegan nutrition. I absolutely enjoyed starting into the day at the Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre.
Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre – Service
At parking garage level, the hotel is driving a MiniGym, which is already quite a fair and descriptive name. A few machines and some stuff you need for a basic workout. Should be fine for most of the guests.
The staff was really kind and very welcoming. There was not even the slight Scandinavian “distancing” you feel in quite a lot of Nordic hotels. Our room included Premium WiFi, which worked really well.
Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre – My View
The Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre definitely exceeded our expectations. The location is great, the staff is good and we loved the breakfast. No matter if you go for a city trip or use Helsinki as a travel hub to explore the region, this IHG Hotel is definitely a very nice option. Even though there is quite some traffic around, the room was absolutely quiet as well.
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