40th Anniversary Celebration
The Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku is celebrating its 40th anniversary together with customers in various ways. The walls of Marina Palace hold an interesting and colourful history. Marina has always been a world-class hotel where many celebrities and heads of state have accommodated.
A classic hotel in the heart of Turku
In the 1960’s, the long-planned project for the construction of a major hotel in Turku finally went underway with the formation of the Oy Hotelli Marina Ab Company. At the turn of the decade, the old buildings were demolished for the new hotel designed by architects Jaakko and Unto Rantanen. The construction, by A. Puolimatka Oy, was completed in 1973, and the hotel was officially opened in March 1974.
The hotel received much attention around the world, including in American architecture journals. Today, the hotel is protected as an important piece of architecture and cultural history. A nod to its history, the anniversary year logo depicts a mooring rope and is an original design by architect and professor Kyösti Varis. The logo was reintroduced to mark the 40th anniversary of the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku.
The best service with the customer’s needs at heart
A “Yes I can” attitude and way of life is our core principle, and we always strive to fulfill our customers’ requests. Throughout its history, the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku has served its customers with passion and discretion. As an example, in decades past when the hotel kept strict dress codes, restaurant staff kept several jackets and clothing items on hand to ensure that everyone met these standards and could enter the restaurant.The excellent service attitude and customer focus have always been priority at the hotel, evidenced by a famous visit from the Chinese president some years ago. The Chinese brought everything for the president’s suite, including a kitchen and a bed. As always, for the hotel, it was just a matter of finding a way to make it happen.
World-class stars and royalty
After its opening, the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku quickly established a reputation among business travellers, statesmen and celebrities. VIP guests were always brought to the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku, and the hotel was responsible for organising high-level events. Over the years, the hotel has hosted distinguished guests including all Finnish presidents, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden, French president François Mitterrand, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and music artists such as Mireille Mathieu, Tom Jones and Bruce Springsteen. Finnish soprano Karita Mattila is also a frequent guest at the hotel.
An eventful 2000’s
Over the years, the hotel has had many different owners. In 1997, Arctia Hotel Marina Palace became part of the Scandic chain of hotels, and the name was changed to Scandic Hotel Marina Palace. In 2004, for a moment it looked like Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku was about to come to the end of its time as a hotel. The hotel business was closed down and the building went up for sale. There were plans to redevelop the site into executive apartments. Luckily, the project never took hold, and it was business as usual at the hotel, much to the joy of Turku residents. In 2005, the building went through a complete refurbishment programme, and the hotel business became part of SOK. In 2011, Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku changed hands again when the hotel business was bought by Turun Osuuskauppa. Today, the hotel is known as Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel.
A license to enjoy yourself royally
Take a moment to wind down and live like royalty at Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel, Turku by the River Aura, in the best spot in Turku.
The hotel is offering a special jubilee package, License to Enjoy, for two at €93.50 per person, per night in a double room (€89 per person, per night in a double room for co-op members and Club Carlson members). This offer is valid from 01 Mar to 31 Dec 2014.
This offer includes:
- Super Breakfast Buffet
- Welcome drink upon arrival
- Three-course festive meal
Jubilee menu is a celebration for all senses
The Marina Palace Jubilee Menu is a selection of the best flavours over the years. This innovative menu, paired with selected wines, guides you through the glamorous story of the Marina Palace Hotel. The menu is valid through the year 2014 at Restaurant Grill it! Marina.
Chill it! Terrace Bar
This summer our terrace is welcoming guests with sun, happiness and of course, good food and drinks! On Thursdays, Salsa de Marina with a live DJ starts at 20:00, and on Fridays, be sure to enjoy our special Hot Dogs n’ Champagne event! Take a break and come check out the sunniest terrace in town.
Lazy Summer Mornings
This summer, we invite our guests to enjoy a magnificent and relaxing breakfast in our Grill it! Marina Restaurant. Wake up under the soft light of the morning sun while enjoying the Super Breakfast Buffet in our spacious terrace, set against the Aura River. The Lazy Summer Mornings breakfast is for adults only and is available every day from 10:00 to noon until 31 July 2014. The Super Breakfast Buffet is included in the room price, and for day guests the price is EUR 12 per person.