I had originally booked to stay at another Sokos hotel in the outskirts of Helsinki but, due to a booking mix up, when i arrived there was told there were no rooms available.
But, to their credit, the receptionist rang around and eventually found me a room at the Solo Sokos Hotel Aleksanteri in central Helsinki.
Only a short walk from the main shopping area and close to the ferry and some of the more interesting sights, this hotel would be a good base if you wanted to sight-see around Helsinki centre.It is only ten minutes walk from the train station so quite easy to get around town without needing a taxi. They also have a bike-hire scheme if you want to travel further afield under your own power.
The hotel's restaurant is a little quirky but serves up a very nice breakfast and they also have a very good selection of evening meals.
My room was comfortable and well appointed but you'd have to go for the more expensive rooms in the older part of the building.
Staff are all friendly and very helpful with excellent English spoken by everyone on the staff.
As this was a fall-back, it turned out to be a nice surprise. Well worth staying here.