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“Decent hotel in the city center” 4 of 5 stars
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Original Sokos Hotel Albert
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Albertinkatu 30, Helsinki 00120, Finland   |  
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Ranked #28 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
Riga, Latvia
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19 hotel reviews
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“Decent hotel in the city center”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

Stayed in Sokos Albert for 3 days for a business trip. Single room is a bit tiny but still very pleasant. Bed, even being soft, surprisingly comfortable to sleep, they also provide 2 pillows of different sizes so you can select which on is more comfortable for you to sleep. 5 to 10 mins walking distance from the city center and main attractions. Not very convenient if you are travelling by car, but this is the case for almost every hotel in city centers. Hotel provides underground parking. Staff is helpful and friendly. Elevators in this hotel are kind of tiny and of older construction, no inner doors, so you see wall moving. Breakfast is average of a decent quality. In total hotel is a good recommendation for an affordable price.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Basically good location within 5min-walking distance to the center; free wifi & free use of daily sauna services; very clean & modern design practical rooms(with a full set for ironing in the room); affordable & nice Italian restaurant downstair; cheerful staff.. Pretty much what I can expect at best value

Room Tip: you might want to ask for corner rooms to have both-side windows
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Moscow, Moscow City, Russia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Stayed in Sokos Albert for 3 days in January with my wife and our friends (young family with child). Location is just perfect - all city attractions, malls and central railway station are in 5-15 mins walk, while the hotel itself is located in a quiet residential area. There is a parking in a basement floor - it's not free (costs about 24 euros/day) but it's very convenient to have a parking inside the hotel in winter. Breakfast was excellent, really hearty and all staff was friendly and helpful.

Rooms are pretty decent, quiet and spacious, furnishing is not new but in a good condition. The only flaw was an absent of an additional bed option - our friends could not arrange any additional bed for their 4 y.o. son in their double room.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Malmo, Sweden
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

When I first walked in I got a bit confused because the reception looked more like a bar, which it also was... The elevators are tiny and very old fashion, but the system works if you just read the sign.

The cleaning could've been better, there was a bit of dust here and there, the toilet didn't look like it had been cleaned before we got there. The most disgusting part was the handkerchief hanging on one of the radiators filled with buggers...

The rooms are very big, which is nice. The shower is a bit weird, you can't really close the door to the shower by design.

The breakfast wasn't that bad but still not the best I had. The location of the hotel is pretty good. Which means there's no need for a tram/bus ticket if your only staying in the centre of Helsinki.

I would say that Helsinki is one of the most boring big cities I've ever visited but if you ever go there don't forget to buy Felix salmon mayo and if you want American burgers visit chico's close to Sandviken

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

The outstanding features of this hotel are its service and its breakfast. The location is good, about 20 minutes walk to centre of Helsinki and near restaurants and "supermarkets" if you want to buy food for snacks, and Helsinki's "design district". About 20 to 25 minutes walk from the 2 hour ferry to Tailinn, Estonia. There is a bus that goes by the hotel, but we usually just walked to where we were going.

I had asked for a quiet room and got one, on the sixth floor. Unfortunately, it faced east and this hotel caters to Nordics who do not mind sun in the early morning in June. They do have curtains but not "black-out" curtains. They offered to switch our room for one facing west but we did not want to change for another two nights. Within half an hour they sent up somebody who taped down our curtains which really cut down on the light. It did mean no light during the day but that is the fastest response either of us have ever had from a hotel. The reception and staff in general was always helpful, cheerful, and friendly. The only caveat is if you are sensitive to light I would ask for a room that does not face east if you are going to be there when the sun rises early.

The good part about being woken early was we went to their breakfast which was great. No matter what you eat, or do not eat, you would like this breakfast. Not only porridge, but organic rye porridge. Fresh fruit (I think strawberries and a Finnish berry like a blueberry).
Cheese, cold meats, herring, various kinds of Scandinavian bread, pancakes, even various kinds of coffee. I love breakfast and I thought Israeli breakfasts were the best in the world, but this was just as good in a different way.

The room had both a safe and small fridge which I like. No fancy little bottles of conditioner, and limited space for your clothes but for location, service, and breakfast cannot be beat. Receptionists and hotel staff spoke very good English; most people in Helsinki spoke English..Street signs are in Finnish and Swedish. We saw several menus in Finiish, Swedish, Russian and English. Sweden and Russia at different times had conquered Finland but the Finnish don't care. If you want to come to Finland and spend money, they welcome you.

We had heard their Italian restaurant was good so decided to eat there one night when we were tired. Not only reasonable, but delicious. In fact, better than some well-known restaurants we ate in elsewhere in Helsinki.

Room Tip: Facing east is away from main street so quieter but early morning sun in summer months could disturb...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Espoo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The Ice cream at hotel restaurant is better than Haagen Daaz, Truly amazed to have experienced the best ice cream now and had to wait for it so long in travels. Its made in the kitchen, no artificial flavors.fresh, large chunks of fruit, delightful and uplifting flavors, well-balanced, delicious. chocolate chunks, caramel chunks, both italian sherbets, even mango, and creamy ones. The chef who came up with these recipes deserves a gold medal! Try also the licorice creme brule dessert with lime-lemon sherbet, will enchant you with the match of flavors. Other than that hotel has a cosy lodge like lobby setting, and functional rooms. Good and peaceful place to meet up with people.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pori, Western Finland, Finland
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26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Albert is a good choice if you don't need to stay next to the stations. There is a tram connection to the railway station but walking won't last more than 10 - 15 minutes. I stayed here one night during the ice hockey world championships. We only slept here and spent the rest of the two days in the hockey arena but still I found the room, staff and atmosphere very nice.

I had a standard room shared with my friend and it was OK. Not very big but equipped with all the necessary items. We didn't seem it worth to invest to higher category room for such a short visit. The breakfast was really good and we had a great start for another busy day in Helsinki.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Martin_Andergard, General Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Albert, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for staying at the Sokos Hotel Albert.
We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.

See you again next May during the next championships?

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 Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#19 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#24 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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