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“Place of mixed feelings” 5 of 5 stars
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Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Merikasarminkatu 1a, Helsinki 00160, Finland (Vironniemi)   |  
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Helsinki
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“Place of mixed feelings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Every time we have foreign visitors (quite frequent) we bring them to this one of the MUST SEE (*****) paces in Helsinki. To everyone it has been a wow-experience. The solitary and group cells in basement give cold shivers. The iron see through stairs are thought-provoking.
Restaurant Jailbird: (even * is too much)
The meeting rooms in basement restaurant Jailbird with their authentic brick walls are quite charming. Names of rooms and dishes are jail-humoristic. We have eaten there some two dozen times and can judge that the food quality ranges from mediocre to lousy!! Every time we have been disappointed. Checking now and then if kithen had improved - not yet.

We have not "confined" any of our business travellers there yet as we need city center or Espoo locations. Also rooms are overpriced.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

What to say about a hotel that is a former prison? And I've got to tell you that this is a very confortable prision. Best Western Katajanokka definitely worth the experience. The clerks are all dressed in prison outfits. No guards, no violence, no darkness. Only friendly staff, confortable and clean rooms, very good breakfast and an unforgetable experience. Being in Helsink is an amazing experience by itself. Staying at Katajanoka helps you to enhance this experience. If you ask me about the location, my answer would be: PERFECT!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Stayed in the hotel for a weekend in the beginning of November 2013. Former city jail offers a unique hotel experience. Only ten minutes of walking distance to the city center and tram stop right outside the hotel this is a very good choice while staying in the capital of Finland. Hotel breakfast buffet offers wide selection of food - cereals, omelletes, fried eggs, herrings, very tasty oatmeal porridge, and many more. We had a early check-out and we got nice packed breakfast to go :-) Very good service, good bed and three different pillows.

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

A former prison, converted into a very comfortable hotel, very modern and spacious rooms. Very clean and big bathroom.
Good restaurant and with a very atmospheric decoration.
Very close to the city centre and easy to find.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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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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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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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:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#6 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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