This was my third visit to Helsinki, 2 previous visits we stayed at Sokos Vaakuna and this time, before going there, I thoroghly investigated all Helsinki hotels trying to find out whether there was better place to stay. Finally I came to conclusion this hotel served our purpose best. Since we intended to stay at Helsinki from 14 to 18 May for IHANA celebration, taking place mostly at Esplanada boulevard, the central location of the hotel, praised in every review, was essential.
I woud not rather recur all good things already written about the hotel. And yes, there are better hotels in Helsinki like Fabian, but they are a little bit far away from the center of city. As far as Sokos Vaakuna is concerned, there is one very important thing to be taken into account and this is not "room tip", this is more essential: the Sokos Vaacuna hotel occupies 6-th to 9-th floors of huge building, the rest is shopping center with 10% discount for those who stay in the hotel, 1-st floor is reception and 10-th floor is dining hall surrounded by verandas with breathtaking views. Rooms only at 9-th floor just under the dining hall have terrific balconies irrespective whether you book standard room or junior suite. When you book this hotel at any booking site or even the hotel site, it is never specified at what floor your room will be, and there is good chance you will get ordinary room, where windows can not be opened. BUT - if you book the room calling hotel by phone specifying you want room at 9-th floor with balcony and they e-mail you confirmation with magic word 'balcony" in it - then, you are a lucky person, because you will have absolutely magnificent room - something to remember! Upon our last arrival they suggested corner junior suite instead of our standard room with balcony and we took it, so we had 2 huge balconies overlooking 2 sides of the hotel - it was just amazing!!!
Thank you, Sokos Vaakuna and Ihana Helsinki for beautiful Holiday!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The beautiful functionalist Sokos Hotel Vaakuna is located on the best spot in town, in the centre of everything, with all of central Helsinki within easy reach. The hotel comprises 270 rooms for non-smokers with sound-insulated windows and individual room cooling system. From the balconies of the rooms on floor 9, you see Helsinki in all its glory. The hotel also has 6 comfortable meeting rooms. The present ambiance of the hotel, completed in 1952, is a splendid show of Finnish design traditions. The hotel is protected by the National Board of Antiquities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sokos Hotel Helsinki