Where: Helsinki, Finland
What: Hotel Haven
When: December 2014 (and a few times in 2013)
How much: Starting from 150 Euros/night depending on room type
Haveniin saapuminen on kuin kotiin tulisi. Ehkä jos koti olisi mukava maalaiskartano Englannin maaseudulla. Ei se niiden slogan kuitenkaan ihan tuulesta temmattu ole, sillä Haven todellakin erottuu edukseen sillä että se ei vaikuta persoonattomalta ketjuhotellilta eikä liikaa yrittävältä design-luomukselta. Haven on kivalla tavalla kodikas.
So the good stuff...
+ Large rooms with cosy decor
+ All rooms have a TV in the bathroom (and a bath duck as seen in the video below!)
+ Two options for room service
+ Umbrellas in every room (Though I only found mine after I had already bothered the receptionist a millionth time asking to borrow one.)
+ Possibility to join Small Luxury Hotels club to collect points
+ Even though the gym is small it has pretty decent equipment
+ Breakfast selection is good and I especially like the fresh berries and good coffee (specialty coffees available as well)
+ Possibility to get a room with sea view
+ Extremely friendly staff
+ Bathrobes in every room and not just in the "exclusive" rooms as in most of the hotels in Helsinki
+ Nice, cosy and stylish reception and bar area. And the giant chess board is cool!
+ Very nicely located from a tourist point of view - right next to the market square and Kaivopuisto and Esplanadi. Though Helsinki is so small that it's quite tough to find a hotel which wouldn't have a walking distance to the centre and the most common tourist attractions...
Not many negatives, but if I had to come up with something...
- No tea and coffee in the room (you can get a tea set from reception with an additional cost)
- Need to pay extra if you want your eggs in any other form than scrambled or boiled at the breakfast
- To get to the breakfast, you need to hop outside to get from the hotel to the restaurant. When it's -20 outside that is not necessarily something I'd like to do. Wakes you up though I guess!
Muilla kokemuksia Havenista?