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“Seriously, DO 'Go to Jail'...” 5 of 5 stars
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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Merikasarminkatu 1a, Helsinki 00160, Finland (Vironniemi)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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159 reviews 159 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Seriously, DO 'Go to Jail'...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Saw this hotel on Trip Advisor, and it exceeded expectations. Tram no 4, stops right outside. The reception staff were lovely. I had to change our room booking to a disabled room, as I was on crutches, and I spoke to Rita on the phone and she remembered me when we checked in. We were given a larger room in the old admin block right next to reception, but within the same building. The "cell" rooms are smaller (we went with relatives, who had one of these rooms) and they were cosy, but we would ask for one of these next time. There is free WiFi, but as the prison walls are so thick, you might not get good reception! Rita was so helpful, she booked a restaurant for us, and marked on the map places to visit etc. The Terrace Bar is in the prison grounds, and in a sun trap. Although we didn't have dinner in the hotel, it is served, as is breakfast in the basement of the prison and you can visit the old isolation cell. The room is cleverly lit with candles, and breakfast is a feast. Self service, and lots of choices. You won't get a "full English", but the delights of meats, cheeses, baltic herring as well as meatballs, tiny sausages and delicious omelette as well as fruits, yoghurt, breads and some sweet treats, tea , coffee etc. We loved our stay in prison, and will go back. The staff are lovely and wear striped tee shirts with a prisoner no (the hotel phone no) on as prison 'uniform'. Laura checked us out and was very helpful too. It was a brilliant stay. Can't wait to go back. I missed out on some sights in Helsinki, as mobility was difficult, but will definitely book this hotel when mobile as it is a 10/10 for me.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I just loved this hotel; the preserved elements from its prison history were quite neat and interestingly, there were just no leftover "bad vibes" at all in here. In fact, the layout of the next Helsinki hotel where I stayed felt much more like a prison than this did. The service was fantastic and the food in their restaurant was actually quite good, albeit a bit pricey.

The WiFi doesn't work so well in the rooms, presumably because of the super-thick prison walls, but it was working in the common areas. If you were really desperate, you could stand in the doorway of your room with your face pressed into a corner and then you could get a signal int he room, but why not just walk into the hallway at that point?

I can;t say enough good things about how much fun it was to be in this hotel and what a good vibe it had. So strange that a former prison has one of the nicest energies of many planes I've been... but somehow, the place just feels good. Go here. Love it.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portadown, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Taxi driver from the airport warned us of the ghosts in this place as it is a former prison. It certainly retains all the look of a prison but we cannot claim any ghostly experiences. The layout and open areas are all prison like but light and open. The rooms are small as they are doubled up cells. Have been organised very well for a relatively small space, the shower and toilet are very generous. Very solid doors and walls so absolutely soundproof. Not much of a view as windows are high so lack of space is not an issue as you probably will not sit in room. Restaurant (only took breakfast) is in basement and is windowless but atmospheric. Overall a great hotel, good breakfast, nice outside terrace in courtyard catches midsummer evening sun. Right by the tram line so easy to get into the city. Uspenski Cathedral is a short walk away. Limited wifi in rooms due to thick walls, but there are plenty of seats in corridors and this is explained by the receptionist when the checkin.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A very pleasant experience. Good level quality hotel in a curious contest Well equipped room, rich and tasty breakfast, nice staff, very good location in a quiet but central area of the city. Just one remark: part of the bathroom wall was made of glass causing a little lack of privacy while having the shower. Apart from this,everything was perfect and I really enjoyed my stay!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I had a great stay at the Hotel Katajonakka. The staff was the highlight, they (esp. Rita) were helpful and full of great suggestions for ways to spend the day in Helsinki. The hotel was well located, with a quick (~10 min) walk to the city center, or alternatively the tram stopped right outside the hotel. It was an interesting setting, and they've done a great job renovating, as I would have never known from the quality of the room, that this was a former prison. My room was on the second floor and I had easy access to very fast wi-fi. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Holsworthy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Hotel Katanajokka in Helsinki was a delight! Rich in history (it's an old jailhouse) but bang up to date, from walking through the front door to checkout was a positive experience. The front-counter staff were charming and helpful (I have no Finnish, but their English is perfect); the room was immaculate and cosy (jail window high up, naturally); great shower, a widescreen TV, Gideon Bible, hairdryer, minibar, crisp white sheets and marshmallowy pillows. And as for the breakfast in the old jail cellar: sumptuous is the word. If only I'd been hungrier in this Helsinki heatwave! So much on offer, to suit everyone from the ravenous American visitors and their picky kids, to older guests...fresh fruit, cheeses, cold meats and Scandinavian fish, a variety of breads, eggs, tomatoes, yoghurts, different milks, juices, teas, coffees, etc etc. I had to check out at midday after a one-night stay, but the lovely girls at reception safeguarded my heavy luggage in a locker room as I wandered the city, until I left again for the airport at 7pm. The hotel is in a terrific location: the No4 and 4T trams stop right outside, while the exhilarating Helsinki harbour is just a five-minute stroll away via picturesque old wharf buildings. Just loved it all, and hope very much to stay at Hotel Katanajokka again.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We stayed in a standard room for 3 nights. The room was a reasonable size, although a little narrow as it needed to fit the former jail cell size with the bathroom on the side. The bathroom was smallish, with an excellent shower but was quite adequate. The reception staff were friendly and quite helpful. We had a meal in the restaurant with friends one evening and all had an excellent meal at around the average price in Helsinki. A good reasonable eating place is Vapiano [Mikonkatu 15] for pizza, salads and pasta. The major problem was the air-conditioning which was erratic and noisy. It noisily cut out about 1:30 am at night, then restarting later with a strong fan noise. The temperature room control had no effect nor was there any capacity to turn it off. Our room was too hot, but our friends room was too cold. There was a wide choice for a cold breakfast, but limited cereals and a limited hot breakfast choice.
The hotel was within easy walking distance from the tourist attractions and a #4 tram passed the hotel travelling to the Central station and beyond. A Day Pass transport ticket for 8 euro can be a good buy if you take the ferry to Suomenlinna Island [normally 5 euro return] and plan some tram or bus rides on your return to the mainland for some of the outlying tourist attractions.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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
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#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
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Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka 4*
Number of rooms: 106
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