I first stayed at this hotel in May 2010 for a business trip. It was my first visit to Helsinki. I was very happy to find it was quiet, clean and only a 10-15 minute walk to the centre and the harbour. It was a real bonus to find it is in the middle of the Helsinki Design District - lots of tiny boutiques, galleries and designer shops on the local streets to explore in the eveninga nd weekend. I was so happy, I asked the client to book me a room here again for a trip in September 2010.
Staff are helpful. Check out the tips sheet with recommendations for local bars, restaurants, shops and clubs written by the young staff (leaflet in the tourist info box by the Reception Desk). There's also a bike hire shop on the same block.
I had a single room at the back of the hotel. Contemporary style, it was very clean with a good sized desk for working, free wifi and plenty of lamps. The bathroom is a reasonable size shower room with a good shower. Slightly reminiscent of a student hall room (strip lighting, only shelves and one small rail for clothes). I was staying for 4 days and asked for extra coat hangers. The rooms also have a flat screen TV (limited number of channels - international = CNN only) and a safe.
Breakfast is a copious hot and cold buffet. The hotel restaurant is Italian - I ate there one night and had a delicious salad caprese and a risotto.
The Bar lounge had comfy sofas and free newspapers
As a single woman travelling alone, I felt very safe walking in this neighbourhood, even after dark.
There is a small shop across the street and a larger supermarket up the street (turn right when exiting the hotel).
I had a late flight and was able to store my luggage in their (locked) luggage room all day after I checked out.
The hotel has a sauna but I didn't use it (women only sessions seem to be at 8.30 in the morning).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sokos Hotel Helsinki