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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 66 hotels in Helsinki
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“Brilliant Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2010

Slightly away from the centre but it's only a 10 minute walk, or the number 4 tram stops right outside.

Despite it's origins as a jail, the hotel is very comfortable, pleasant and has the feel of a top end hotel. Food in the restaurant is nice but a tad on the expensive side. Free WiFi is available but due to the thick walls doesn't make it into the rooms.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2010

Good breakfast, nice, clean rooms, extremely quiet, had very good sleep. However parking is 16EUR...

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 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 January 26, 2010

Best choice in "price/quality" category. Very quiet residential location - 10 minutes walk or 3 minutes by tram to city center. 2-3 minutes walk to nearest bars & restaurants, pharmacy & supermarket. Fresh & stylish renovation. Comfortable room (if you prefer spacious rooms book Premier or Suite) with all needed facilities. Perfect service & polite personnel. Very good breakfast buffet included.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 January 6, 2010

Hotel Katajanokka is a former prison, and that was the key factor in my decision as i wanted a quiet room for new year's eve. And i ended up hearing nothing else than fireworks from outside, nothing else.
The room had electric dimmers, waterboiler with tea&coffee&cocoa, 32 inch tv, air conditioner, and the most important: good bed with proper mattress and a selection of pillows. Also the breakfast didnt leave anything to hope for, plenty of choices and the atmosphere in the restaurant is very nice thanks to peaceful decoration and furniture.
The hotel is located in the middle of residential area, short walk from Viking Line terminal in the harbour. From the railwaystation it takes 20 mins walk to get there, finding the right way is quite easy.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2009

The building itself made the stay quite interesting and the room is immaculately renovated. Unfortunately, since I worked from my room, I realized that the walls of a prison can be a bit cold - I couldn't seem to turn up the heat enough in my room. The gentleman at reception overnight was extremely helpful and kind as I was checking out at 4am. He insisted that I didn't leave without having some breakfast and proceeded to run downstairs to make me a sandwich himself.

The included breakfast downstairs at the Jailbird restaurant was fantastic. As I had limited time and it was very cold outside (10-15 minute walk to downtown), I also had two dinners at Jailbird which were equally terrible. The reindeer meal was cold and I nearly gagged on the soggy pizza.

Don't worry about bringing your own handcuffs, as the vending machine in the hallway sells them for 25€ along with an assortment of chocolate bars.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2009

The way they have converted this former prison is stuning.
A truly wonderfull hotel

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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Additional Information about Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka

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:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#6 Family Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka 4*
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