I had to visit Tampere for 3 days and all the usual hotels were booked. Someone suggested the no-frills Omena hotel, and I decided to try it.
Pros: Hassle free, Inexpensive (esp. when booked early), Centrally located, Clean and Neat, Free internet, Mini fridge, Microwave, etc.
Cons: Room too small, no breakfast, no staff around in case you need something (but then, that is their low cost model!)
Since I hardly stayed in the room, going to work early in the morning, and getting back late after dinner, this was sufficient for me...in fact, I might even stay there again considering how simple the whole concept it (no check-in, check-out, etc, just a number code you need to punch in!)
Location of the hotel is absolutely superb, very close to the center of Tampere (Keskustori) on Hameenkatu, lots of things to do around, great places to eat, shop, etc. Railway station and bus station are also closeby.
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November 2, 2012
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Thank you for your review! All our hotels are located in the city center - a short walking distance from all main attractions of the city. I am glad that you liked the location, convenience and the rates of our hotel. Like you point out a part of our low-price concept is that our hotels have a fully automated door code system, which means that there is no need for a reception on site. However in case you have any questions or problems you can contact our customer service +35820 7716 555 via telephone or via our direct hotline-phone in the lobby.
As you mention breakfast is not included in the price. However you can reserve breakfast beforehand when you make your reservation or by choosing "booking management" and adding breakfast after you have made your booking. Cafe Siilinkari just next door to the hotel at Hämeenkatu 9, provides breakfast for Omena Hotel guests for EUR 6.80 per person.
I hope that you will come and visit us again soon!
Katarina/ Office Manager
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