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Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Asema-Aukio 2, Helsinki 60100, Finland (Vironniemi)   |  
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Ranked #31 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
Tokyo, Japan
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“Time slip back to the 1960s”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2009

The outstanding feature about this hotel is the retro decor from the 1960s. But whereas the similar sytle hotels from the Yugoslavia period in the Adriatic, for example, aren't well maintained, this one is. The lobby is a classic of this genre and unforgettable. The location cannot be beat, just across from the train station and two blocks away from the main esplanade. I'd have to fault their service when they took unusually long to check us in. The breakfast was also super crowded to the point where we had to wait for a table to become free. There is free wireless.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Jacksonville
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2009

Customer service was very good. I was worried about my lack of native language. Everyone spoke English.
Breakfast buffet was very impressive.
I have been looking for coffee or tea for 2 days. The only place I can find it is in the restaurants.
I could really use a cup of coffee right now!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2009

We stayed here for two nights, we opted for the delux / superior room and it was massive and really comfortable! Great views out to the train station and square. We stayed on the sixth floor and had no problems with street noise.

The breakfast was busy, and the lady on the reception did say that the last hour of the breakfast service can be on the busy side.

The hotel was very clean and the sauna was a fantastic place to unwind after a hard days sight seeing. I loved the decor, it was fantastically 1950's - and the chairs in receptions were suberb design.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hong Kong
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2009

Sokos Hotel Vaakuna must be the best location to first-time travellers. Rooms are spacious, especially the one that we stayed (a superior room). The bathroom and toilet look dated and need a modern overhaul.The breakfast can be hectic though as no one seems to take note of whoever is getting up to the top floor restaurant and the best seats (with a view by the window) would all be occupied by eight o' clock in the morning.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2009

Business hotel by the main train station, modern art museum, theatre and restaurants. We were there for a conference my husband went to and I think we got the smallest double room because a guidebook said the rooms are huge and it wasn't. It was comfortable enough but there was no reading lights or end tables by the bed (a round table was on one side) and the bathroom was so narrow that anyone with longer legs would have a problem sitting down. Also the blackout curtain didn't quite cover the window and in the summer it's light almost all night. But otherwise the hotel was fine and certainly has everything. Saunas, a pool (didn't know about it until the night before I left), rooftop restaurant/bar where a huge breakfast buffet is served, "relaxation room" with massage chairs, and in the same building a tapas restaurant, a McDonald's, a coffee shop, and - no kidding - a JC Penney's-type department store with a full supermarket and liquor store in the basement. Very clean and well-staffed. Many families and tour groups were there.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2009

The hotel is almost next to the railway station. When we first saw it from the outside, we were prejudiced: a big ugly Russian-style building, that can't be nothing.

The inside is much better, but nothing fancy. You can see the building has been renovated thoroughly, but it is still an old building. The room was very small and the bathroom was really like 2x1 m2. We were with four friends and the other room's bathroom was extremely large, nevertheless illogical designed with a big hall.

Pro's: Sauna, staff.

Con's: Breakfast, small rooms

Tips:

* For a few euros you can take the Finnair coach to the airport from the railway station.
* The Mc Donald next to the hotel (all the normal restaurants were already closed when we arrived) is the worst I have ever visited.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna

Address: Asema-Aukio 2, Helsinki 60100, Finland
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki > Vironniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna 3.5*
Number of rooms: 270
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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