All the staff at the hotel were friendly and helpful. The room was well equipped with a well stocked mini bar and iron/ironing board. Decor was fresh and felt fairly new, although the room was generally very clean I was surprised to find a good layer of dust on a number of surfaces and fittings. The room had good views, with the hotel well located for central Tampere.
Breakfast was very good, with a wide selection and all of a high quality. There are a selection of restaurants within the hotel, although I only managed to try one, Armadillos is a TexMex style restaurant, the food was very good although service was extremely slow - over 2 hours for 2 courses, even though it was very quiet.
There is a very good and popular nightclub in the basement which is free entry for hotel guests.
A big disappointment was the restricted opening times for the swimming pool, it closed at 11am each day not reopening until the evening. I was travelling with friends who had young children, they were disappointed to only get one session in the pool due to it been closed for most of the day. I have not experienced this in any hotel before.
Overall a good hotel, with great staff in a good location. I will definitely stay again next time I visit Tampere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This central, 19-story high hotel offers fantastic views over the city in a prominent location in the heart of town, at the back of Tammerkoski. The hotel is close to all services such as shopping center and restaurants, as well as the lively nightlife. Sokos Hotel Ilves has 3 restaurants, pub and a nightclub meaning that your palette will never get bored. Your taste buds will be pampered with Northern European delicacies, flavors from Italy, Mexico and France though you are only on a visit in Finland. The hotel has meeting facilities for 300 people and offers free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, making it easy for you to stay in contact with important business associates as well as friends and family. To truly relax during your stay, take a dip in our pool or unwind in the sauna, the perfect tonic for a day of business meetings or sightseeing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sokos Hotel Tampere