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Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Kluuvikatu 8, Helsinki 00100, Finland (Vironniemi)   |  
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Ranked #23 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
Pietarsaari, Finland
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12 hotel reviews
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“Small, silent @ Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I keep coming back to good old (80 years) Sokos Hotel Helsinki every once in a while, and always, I am reminded of the fact that I should come more often. It is not as big and flashy as the chains big guns, Vaakuna and Presidentti in downtown Helsinki, but offers great value.

+ peace and quiet, even if you live in the thick of a noisy city. There is no traffic on the street in front of the hotel, and if you get a room facing the courtyard you will sleep like a baby. I know I did.
+ you are within walking distance from everything - the buss to the airport is two blocks away, the big boats leave from two blocks in the other direction, and the poshest shopping in town is basically right at your feet
+ clean and tidy, in a nordic sort of way, no extra fuzz, just pure quality
+ free and fast wifi, tasty breakfast with friendly staff to put a smile on your face, swift checkin and a warm and welcoming, relaxed feel to the place
- small rooms, but concidering the location, who would want to bunk up in the room anyway?

Room Tip: The have a pleatora of different rooms, we once were given a junior suite as a fun surprise, and als...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We are glad to hear that you are enjoying your stays at Sokos Hotel Helsinki.
Welcome again and happy Easter!

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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Kirkland, WA
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36 hotel reviews
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

The hotel was OK - getting to our room was quite a hike and it was very small for 3 people, even thiugh it was advertised as a family room. The breakfast was quite nice the next morning and the staff was very helpful.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Riihimäki, Southern Finland, Finland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Good location in the city center. If you're in town to shop definately a good choice of location. The room I stayed in was rather big however a bit gloomy. Only a small window to Kluuvikatu. It's an old hotel but has been quite recently renovated so it's quite clean. I stayed here in the middle of the week and it was peaceful thought I've heard party goers like to stay here during weekends. Liked the breakfast.
Might not recommend this hotel for a couples weekend...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

This is the hotel where I have been staying lately when I'm travelling to Helsinki.

I normally take the basic room and they are usually the same: clean, big enough for one person, a little bit cold for me and sometimes noisy if you are at 5th floor and in the inner side. There is some kind of air ventilation system that is quite noisy. So try to get the room to the outer side of the hotel.

Breakfast is normal Sokos hotel standard. There is not everyday bacon. There is one man with long dark hair serving and if you see him that morning be careful. He is friendly but very fast when he moves. I have had many close crashes with him in the mornings so I have learned my lesson.

As a summary I recommend this hotel, basic, a little bit boring but everything works. And the location is perfect.

Room Tip: Try to get the room from outer side of the hotel. Inner side can be noisy sometimes.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Russia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Very good location - close to the train station and to the shopping street. Our room was a corner room on the second floor, quite a spacious one, nicely furnished. The windows faced the street and the bright neon signs of the shopping mall across the road, but the heavy curtains helped to block the light for the most part. So I think it would've been better to book a room facing the inner yard. However, I stayed in December, and it was very cold in the room.
Very good breakfast, wifi was working perfectly. Helpful front desk. I will stay there again, but not in winter.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cologne, Germany
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69 reviews 69 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

a 3* hotel. Pretty old and with shopping mall windows right 10 meters away from your room window - thus no privacy.
It was chilly in the room with no option to heat it up.
Hard to find a free table during the breakfast.
As positive - location it excellent though there are a lot of hotels around this area.
As for me Scandic nearby the railway station is the best choice for this budget.

Wifi is free of charge with login/pw available at the reception.

Room Tip: pick one with rooms windows to the backyard...if there is an option
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Turku, Finland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

In the heart of Helsinki - perfect location! There are two or three reataurants as well.
I recommend to book a superior room with better amenities and you get yourself to the 7th floor. The single rooms are not that nice - they are small and missing the coffee maker / tea boiler etc.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki

Address: Kluuvikatu 8, Helsinki 00100, Finland
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki > Vironniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Family Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern and cosy Sokos Hotel Helsinki is located in the heart of Helsinki, between Ateneum (the Museum of Finnish Art), and the Senate Square. The hotel is located next to the major shopping streets and it is only 300 meters from Helsinki Central Station. All the hotel rooms are designed with fresh, Scandinavian style and have hardwood floors, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TV. Some rooms have a private sauna. There is a complimentary internet point with three computers in the lobby area. The hotel also houses two great restaurants: Fransmanni and Memphis. Fransmanni offers French-inspired cuisine and the hotel’s rich breakfast buffet is served there every morning. Memphis is a more upbeat restaurant with tasty burgers and cool drinks. The hotel is also a great venue for small-scale meetings, and offers two meeting rooms for a maximum of 30 persons. The sauna department is located at the top floor and can also be rented for private use. ... more   less 
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