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Original Sokos Hotel Albert
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Albertinkatu 30, Helsinki 00120, Finland   |  
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Ranked #26 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Athens, Greece
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Simply good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011 via mobile

Simply a good hotel, quiet and cosy, spacious enough rooms. No problem with late check-in. Free wi-fi. Very good breakfast selection including fresh jams, yummy cereals (but really yummy!), delicious continental variety, and - Lord bless them - good coffee!

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2011

This was my first trip to Helsinki partly business, partly (mainly) pleasure. I was struggling to find a hotel that was centrally located but also a good value and a nice place. Upon reading the reviews I decided on hotel Albert and was not disappointed.

Location: Helsinki is pretty small (as compared to other European capitals) so it is easy to walk to all major areas of interest from this centrally located hotel. There is the #6 tram that runs less than a block away and takes you to major hubs if you don't want to walk (like in the middle of winter!). It is also ideally located in a quiet street where you can get a good night's rest without having to worry about street noise. This was really nice.

The hotel also is very close to some small but well stocked grocery stores if you need to get something. There is a convenience store across the street (7-11 type) and grocery stores 1 block south (to the right exitting the hotel) and 2blocks north (to the left exiting the hotel). The main blvd Bulevardi has restaurants, coffee shops close by. But you are also only 10 to 15 minute walk max to the main drag of Mannerheimintie where you can find pretty much everything.

Hotel/Rooms: Nice modern hotel with all the amenities. Very Finnish/Scandinavian efficient which I really appreciate. I had a double room, which is tastefully decorated, good beds and nice work table to get work done. Not a lot of excess furniture, but perfect for the size of the room and allowing me to get work done. Note: My room had iron and Ironing board already in it which is something I appreciate since I needed them given my business meetings. The room was impeccably clean and nice size bathroom.

The lobby area is sort of small, and is shared with the bar. This can be busy at times with check in and check outs, but the staff handles it fine. There is a comfortable lounge or "living room" space which is quite nice to relax in, with tables and sofas. Nice place to have a drink, use your laptop/tablet, meet with people even have a bite to eat, and work. Again very comfortable area.

Services: The rate included internet service (wifi) which was really fast. Appreciated given the need to work and prepare for my meetings. Definitely the best hotel internet service I have had in a long time, and better than many paid services I had used. The rate also included a full breakfast, which was complete with all standard Northern European fare. It was very good, and had an excellent selection.

Hotel Staff: Excellent and very efficient staff, both at the main desk and in the restaurant. The do their job well and were accommodating. They manage to anticipate their guest needs and provide attention to details which made the stay nice. The cleaning staff seemed nice (crossing them in the halls) and also did a very good job. They were there to help if needed, but stayed out of your way if you did not need them. I really appreciated them.

Rates: I booked my room directly online with the Sokos website. The rates to the Albert were very competitive, and less than other hotels. Quite frankly the rates here given the room, and included features makes this hotel a really good value. I would definitely return here.

Overall an excellent hotel and experience. I highly recommend it.

Room Tip: Top floor rooms seem to have more daylight and may be quieter. Also book a double room if possible...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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Martin_Andergard, General Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Albert, responded to this review, December 22, 2011
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for your kind feedback regarding the Sokos Hotel Albert.
I think our future guests will find your post helpful.
Our staff are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

We hope to see you as our guest again in the near future.

Best regards,

Martin Andergard
General Manager
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Paris, France
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

I had a 24 hour stopover in Helsinki so I stayed at this hotel because of the reviews and rates. I wasn't disappointed at all since it was reasonable and at the same time very decent, and on top of that, nicely located. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Helsinki.

Room Tip: Reasonably sized room
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hotelmng, Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Albert, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
Dear guest, thank you for your review. It is nice to notice that these reviews are really helpful. We hope to see you again in Sokos Hotel Albert.

Kind regards,
Kati Jousimies
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011 via mobile

This hotel is not located right in the centre but offer a good compromise between value for money and the position, you can easily reach the esplanade by foot with a pleasant walk.lifts are a bit old and the reception could be confused with a cafeteria, but the room was cute, recently refurbished, with a big flat screen tv (though not so many channels..a shame!) a comfortable bed, a floor heated bathroom.the breakfast is not exceptional but staff is very friendly but discreet and there is a good variety, even if the scrambled eggs are powder eggs and the meatball are frozen (There is a window through the kitchen).I recommend to use the sauna area which is clean, big and very effective.I would recommend this hotel and probably I would go back if in Helsinki

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hotelmng, Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Albert, responded to this review, September 6, 2011
Dear Guest,
thank you for your prompt and positive feedback. We wish to see you soon again in Sokos Hotel Albert. And we will take actions to correct mentioned drawbacks.

Kind regards,
Kati Jousimies
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

I have stayed in many hotels in Helsinki over the years and for those of you looking for somewhere within walking distance of the centre at an affordable price, the Albert is worth consideration.
No problems to report although to be fair I did not spend a great deal of time in the room!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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hotelmng, Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Albert, responded to this review, September 2, 2011
Dear Paul, thank you for your positive review. We are happy to hear that you were pleased with the hotel and the location. Actually the hotel is situated in the Design District area, which is nice considering the year 2012 in Helsinki, when is the year of World Design Capital.

So please be welcomed to stay in Sokos Hotel Albert in the near future.

Kind regards,
Kati Jousimies
Hotel Manager
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Parets del Valles, Spain
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2011

three days we've stayed in this kind and clean and warmy hotel where the staff is kind, human and helpful. The rooms are clean, spacious and clear. The breakfast is a little 'just' but suffisant, fresh and tasteful

Room Tip: The rooms are clean, spacious and clear.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Martin_Andergard, General Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Albert, responded to this review, August 22, 2011
Dear guest,

We highly appreciate your kind and warm review. It gives our staff the necessary energy to keep on exceeding our service expectations in the future.

Our staff warmly welcomes you back again.


Best regards,
Martin Andergard
General Manager
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Rome
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

I stayed here for one night and I can say that the hotel is clean and nice.
Personnel at the desk is friendly and the restaurant in the lobby is pretty good.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Martin_Andergard, General Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Albert, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Dear guest,

I would like to thank you for your feedback. I will pass along you kind feedback to the staff at the reception and Restaurant Papa Albert.

We hope to see you as our guest again in the near future for business or leisure.

Best regards,
Martin Andergard
General Manager
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Additional Information about Original Sokos Hotel Albert

Address: Albertinkatu 30, Helsinki 00120, Finland
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#22 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Original Sokos Hotel Albert 4*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
SOKOS HOTEL ALBERT is located in the hub of the cultural, commercial, historical, and in a sense even bohemian Helsinki. Within walking distance the quest will find Signature Design clothes, Finnish Design Furniture, vintage furniture- and rare-to-find vinyl record shops. SOKOS HOTEL ALBERT represents a genuinely new type of urban hotel with a mission to compose individual hotel experiences according to each guest's wishes. ... more   less 
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