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“Most characterful central Helsinki hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Solo Sokos Hotel Torni
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Yrjonkatu 26, Helsinki 00100, Finland (Kampinmalmi)   |  
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Ranked #13 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Most characterful central Helsinki hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This is still the number one in Helsinki hotels when it comes to character. Great "old" (early 20th century) building, the first "skyscraper" style house (14 floors I think) in this city. Great history within, good present and future as well. Great bars all three of them, decent hot buffet breakfast, sizeable double rooms, good bathrooms except for the water flooding from the shower to the main bathroom floor even at the most minimal dribble of water power and frequency. That bit needs sorting, always been the same issue here (please!).
For Helsinki prices, this is average and for the characterful different experience, and it is different compared to the bigger corporates in central Helsinki, it's worth the money.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

OK let's start with the fact that this review is as always as per my personal expectations which are obviously different to other reviewers and that's always good and I have given a very good rating. To start with this is an imposing building from the outside and once inside its very Art Deco and I like that look. We were late in the evening to check in, 10pm, no queues and staff were smiling and friendly. We were given our codes to access the free wifi along with the key cards and it was off to our floor. On exiting on the 8th it was all still very Art Deco but I was no ready for the room....well I hated it from the moment I walked in, purely a personal thing and great if you like that 'modern clinical' look, but it wasn't me I'm afraid and the design of the glass toilet and shower which allows your room mate to get a view of everything (if they so wish, it's not difficult) no privacy whatsoever. View from the windows was good though and you get a pod coffee machine in the room too, that was a nice touch. That's enough about the room now onto the 12th floor bar, ateljee. Wow, fantastic 360 views over the city, spectacular at night. You can even see planes landing at Vantaa in the distance but beware, if you want a drink in the clouds its not cheap a gin and tonic and Jack and coke cost just over €22 or £19. You pays your money and makes your choice. Breakfast was OK, all the usual items, cereals, breads, fruit, meat etc and cooked items including meatballs. It was busy in the breakfast room at nine in the morning and staff appeared somewhat overwhelmed we had to go and ask for our coffee. Other than that alright. Enquired with reception about the possibility of keeping our room a little later, no problem at all and kept it until 2pm, excellent service again. If I styled here again I would probably enquire as to what type of room I was getting as there are Art Deco themed ones on certain floors. Location is central to everything in Helsinki and about ten minutes walk from the railway station and airport bus drop off. Beware streets are not good for cases with wheels.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

When checking in to hotel Torni we were told that our room was with a view, and oh boy, was the receptionist right! We had a rather nice city view and also a nearly unobstructed view to the bathroom/toilet! The glass walls and doors revealed nearly everything and a even the toilet part was totally visible from the desk side of the room (801). Our room was obviously one of the modern ones, otherwise quite nice and comfy, but the bathroom/toilet was a minor shocker. If you wanted to pay a visit to the loo middle of the night you had to do it without the lights on, as otherwise the whole room would have been lit. Another problem was the lack of air conditioning. We tried to sleep with the windows open, but there was too much noise from the other buildings nearby.
To be fair the room was otherwise quite alright, with many mod-cons, the bed was comfy with lots of pillows and free Wi-Fi is always nice. And I fancied the pebble shaped toiletries.
The location is absolutely perfect, staff is friendly (extended our stay to 14.00) and breakfast wasn't too bad either. I would recommend this hotel for the adventurous ones - if not feeling like an exhibitionist you might want to check beforehand what kind of room you are getting.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

The very nice hotel. We spent the very romantic night in this hotel. Very beaitifull foods and smilest personnel. Near hotel are railwaystation, metro and central square and cathedral church. Near hotel the seaport from visitors to the boats.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This hotel was very good. Very helpful staff. Location - superb. In the very heart of he town. All the points of interest is within walking distance. Great department stores also nearby. From the nearby harbour you can take trips to nearby zoo Island or fort or take a roundtrip by small ship.
You can also make one day trip to Tallin which is about 2,5 h from Helsinki.
Breakfast in this hotel is also very good.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We arrived after a 12 hour flight and because it was just after 7am we assumed we would have to leave our bags in storage and check in later on in the afternoon, but were given a room straight away which was a huge relief.
The hotel dating from the 1920s has real character and is so much nicer than the plastic "chain hotel" experience.
Room was comfortable and nicely furnished
Breakfast was superb - good variety and high quality healthy food
Hotel location is central, when we arrived we walked to hotel from central railway location where the Finnair airport bus dropped us off. We also walked from hotel to port (for a day trip to Tallin). Stockmanns dept store is nearby as well as Forum shopping centre which has a lot of chain stores and heaps of other shops.
We had dinner in the hotel restaurant as well and it was very high quality.
The rooftop bar in the tower section of the hotel is a memorable experience also
Would definitely stay here again if in Helsinki

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This hotel is located in the heart of Helsinki resulting in most things that we wanted to see being within walking distance. A 10 minute amble and we were at the pick up point for the Helsinki audio tour (this tour takes you around the city and shows you the highlights including the Sibelius monument and the church hewn out of rock). A large dept store is about 4 min walk away and the whole area has masses of places to dine. Trams for getting around the city and the Railway station are also very convenient as are the cathedrals and the harbour.

The hotel itself is clean and comfortable and serves a very good breakfast. Rooms are a reasonable size. Just be aware that on Sunday nights the Irish pub restaurant on the premises is closed. However with so many other eating places to choose from this wasn't really a problem.

The staff were happy to store our luggage on check out day until our train left in the afternoon.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Yrjonkatu 26, Helsinki 00100, Finland
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki > Kampinmalmi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#12 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#14 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#19 Family Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Solo Sokos Hotel Torni 4*
Number of rooms: 152
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sokos Hotel Torni is one of the most important landmarks in Helsinki, a classic with staying power in the heart of the city. Quiet location in Helsinki Design District, right next to the shopping and the entertainment area of Helsinki. We welcome you to experience the unique Torni spirit. ... more   less 
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