This is part six of an eight part trip report from my recent travels to Estonia and Finland. This report covers the recently renovated Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Helsinki, Finland.
- KLM Business Class B747-400 JFK – Amsterdam (AMS)
- KLM Crown Lounge AMS & Estonian Air Business CRJ900 Amsterdam (AMS) – Tallinn (TLL)
- Swissotel Tallinn
- Tour of Tallinn
- Crossing the Frozen Baltic Sea – Ferry from Tallinn – Helsinki / Helsinki – Tallinn
- Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Helsinki
- Walking on Ice – Helsinki – Tour of the Winter Wonderland
- Tallinn (TLL) – Las Vegas (LAS) – Estonian Air / KLM / Delta
Booking – I planned this weekend trip from Tallinn last minute and the available rates for a standard room at the Radisson Blu Plaza were: €95.00 EUR non-refundable, €135.00 EUR refundable AAA, 44,000 Club Carlson points, or 10,000 Club Carlson points and €45.00 EUR. I decided to go with the €95.00 EUR rate as I was saving my Club Carlson points for a redemption at the May Fair hotel in London for the 2012 Olympics (50K points per night instead of €595.00 EUR).
Amenities & Location – Location – The hotel has a stellar location, you are literally right in the center of the city, but yet the hotel is extremely quiet and located at the end of a dead-end block overlooking beautiful Kaisaniemi park. The park is gigantic and houses botanical gardens, ponds, sports fields, and in the summer is a major concert venue. Making a right out of the hotel lobby, the park is about a two minute walk away. Going the other way, the central railway station (inspiration for much of Gotham City architecture in the Batman movies) is next to the hotel as is the main bus station, underground, ports, ice skating rink, shopping, and restaurants. The airport is about a 30 minute drive from the hotel.