We booked this hotel on the strength of TA reviews and because we managed to get a good deal. Although not on the doorstep of the city centre, it is only about 15-20mins walk and there is a tram which stops on it's doorstep you can take as an alternative. Another bonus is that if you happen to travel to Helsinki via the Viking Line, their port is only 5 mins walk away - this was handy for us as we caught the Viking Line back to Tallinn on our last morning in Helsinki. Back to the hotel, it was very interesting because of the prison background. We had read reports that the standard rooms were quite small but when we arrrived we found these rooms to be more than big enough for our needs. Rooms were modern and clean - they have done a great job of blending the prison cell design with a modern decor for today's living. Bathroom was a decent size with a great shower. Only slight minus is that the free wi-fi doesn't extend into the rooms which they do state is the case. I could get a very weak signal but it dropped off and wasn't reliable. If I walked out into the corridor I could get a decent signal without having to walk all the way downstairs to the reception area. Breakfast in the cellar was excellent - freshly cooked omelettes available with good selection of cold meats, good quality smoked salmon, and salad items. Eating from metal plates and cups was a novelty in keeping with the prison theme.
Overall, we had an excellent stay here (and Helsinki was very good too!) Only downside was that I really wanted to buy one of the metal drinking cups which had the hotel name on it (found some like this when having breakfast) as a souvenir but we were told that we couldn't! Oh well.......
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