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Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Merikasarminkatu 1a, Helsinki 00160, Finland (Vironniemi)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
Ballymena
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Doing Porridge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Booked it on the strength of the prison conversion. Uniforms on staff are a little bit twee but the service is great. Has everything you could want and only a short walk from the city centre :) Not much of a fan of the breakfast though

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I have stayed here on two different trips and I love the hotel, its restaurant, its location. The only negative is the virtual lack of parking, but i was able to find a place nearby. This former prison is nicely adapted. It retains characteristics of its notorious past but with a level of comfort.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights with our 2 year old daughter. The reception staff were friendly and welcoming and our ground floor room was spacious, comfortable and very quiet. We had a bathroom with bath tub and shower. We appreciated the minibar fridge and the tea/coffee making facilities.

The hotel still retained many of the features of its former prison life including the metal staircases but managed to be luxurious without losing its character. We liked the life-size black and white photos of prison life and the solitary cell at the back of the restaurant is worth a visit.

We were travelling by car and parked in the courtyard outside the hotel for 20 euros per 24 hours (still cheaper than street parking). There was a small hiccup when we received a parking fine because our car registration details hadn't been added to the database but this was resolved promptly. It is worth checking the staff have logged your car details if using the hotel parking. We found it an easy 10-15 minute walk to the centre of Helsinki but the hotel is on a tram route if required.

Buffet breakfast was very good and there are mugs available if you don't wish to drink out of metal cups but we didn't find them until the second day. The playroom just off the restaurant was enjoyed by our daughter.

The only two quibbles were: the sauna had very restricted opening times when it was free to hotel guests; and the hotel restaurant, while excellent, was quite formal. We would have liked the option of something akin to a bar meal without having to go out.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The Katajanokka is a unique building, very different from the other modern block-like hotels which have sprung up in Helsinki in the last few decades. There are very well-trained, multilingual staff at the front desk, who were very helpful to us during our recent stay. The rooms are as quiet as the "Chapel of Silence", and the food at the breakfast buffet is very good. Right outside the gate of the old prison is a stop for Tram #4, which was always there within a few minutes and took us into the city in very little time. The restaurant serves very good dinners too. We would stay at Katajanokka again!

Room Tip: Our room, 218, was on the same floor as the front desk and main entry, so we never had to use the el...
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  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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dundee
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

this is a converted prison in Helsinki and a fun place to stay. Good value particularly for Helsinki, we booked the cheapest room, plenty of space and good bathroom with shower. As it is a converted prison the walls are thick and there was no noise when we stayed. Breakfast is a good buffet.
Next to a tram stop, however it is a fifteen minute walk into the centre on the flat, very easy.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Hotel Katajanokka is one of the best hotels in Helsinki. The atmosphere is unique due to the history of the place and the renovation has been extremely successful. The restaurant is also surprisingly good and has a large play room for kids. Very good value for the money!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is definitely a funky restoration, but it works. We loved the solid walls and high ceilings. The restaurant was excellent and reasonably-priced. The place is slightly off the main part of central Helsinki, but everything is an easy walk away, and the tram stops just in front of the hotel. It's convenient to the old market and ferries.

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  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Address: Merikasarminkatu 1a, Helsinki 00160, Finland
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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 ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Helsinki
#4 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#7 Family Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka 4*
Number of rooms: 106
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