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Original Sokos Hotel Ilves
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Hatanpaan Valtatie 1, Tampere 33100, Finland   |  
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Ranked #2 of 33 hotels in Tampere
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“Good hotel in a good location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013 via mobile

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.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

First the positives:
the personnel at the hotel is very friendly throughout, from reception to any restaurant.
Hotel has a prime location, and very good underground parking facility and is very easy to approach with a car especially from south. You can have a very nice view from the rooms facing west.

Some pieces of criticism:
the hotel is relatively old, and partially showing its age. Even though the rooms are clean, you don't get a very fresh feeling.

As I see it, the hotel is overpriced, both regarding the rooms but also the restaurant offering, especially when comparing to the quality of food. E.g. in a Sauna bar, you can end up paying 10EUR (OK, 9,70 to be exact) for 0,5l beer enjoyed from a plastic cup, I think this is probably the highest in Western Europe, excluding Norway.
There has been some general shortage concerning hotel capacity in Tampere, which may explain the room rates partially.

Room Tip: OK to stay, but enjoy the meals and drinks elsewhere!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ilves_Tampere, Revenue Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Ilves, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear PLMika,

thank you for your stay with us and your valued feedback!

Our goal is to give the best customer service and to keep our hotel in the best possible shape for our guests. We have been renovating our restaurants and conference facilities during the last year and have been happy about the positive feedback.

Hope to see you again in Sokos Hotels in Tampere!
Please check our web pages for promotional offers next time you are planning a stay with us.

Best regards,
Pauliina Kuisma
Revenue Manager
Sokos Hotel Ilves
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stayed here for one night, got excellent (maybe even perfect) service. Room was of good size, plenty of room, good TV and a nice view.
Only problem is the small breakfast area. Small? TINY!

Otherwise we like staying here. Location is unbeatable, shopping centre, restaurants, bars and a night club all in the same building.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have visited in Ilves many times during my business trips. I use a Sokos Hotell - chain a lot and this is best hotel in. Rooms are very clean . You even get luxury in basic rooms witch are spacious and big enough. Service is good and you have plenty of choices in restaurants. One I have to mention is breakfast. It is my favourite in Finland.

Room Tip: Every room is good!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Ilves_Tampere, Revenue Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Ilves, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Dear Leksa,

we are very pleased to hear this!
Our staff work very hard on finding the very best ingredients for our breakfast. We also aim to update our breakfast products several times a year.

Hope to see you in Sokos Hotel Ilves again! Please also try out Sokos Hotel Tammer from March onwards as we're launching a new concept Solo by Sokos Hotels.

Best regards,
Pauliina Kuisma
Revenue Manager
Sokos Hotel Ilves
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I highly recommend this hotel to everyone! Even the price is not cheapest in Tampere it's worth paying. Beautiful, good-located hotel is definately the best in Tampere.

Ilves is a big hotel with clean and nicely decorated rooms. There is also a spa at the hotel which includes nice sauna and three different swimming pools. Also little gym located in spa area but it wasn't big and equipment there wasn't that good. During Christmas time pool bar wasn't open but normally it serves cold drinks for spa visitors.

Room Tip: Higher floors have an amazing view across Tampere city! I was staying 12th floor and the view was go...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lahti, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

A big and famous hotel in Finland. Voted for exellence of something 2012 by Trip Advisor. Three restaurants for different price categories and a big bar and a cool night club.
There were nice views to the city from our window but you can also see to another room if they/you don't put curtains on... We found a couple of little rubbish but they were on the place nobody usually watch.
A gym was enough for us and if you need more there are plenty of gyms very near in the city. A sauna and a swimming pool were next to the gym.

Room Tip: Ask the room as high as you can get because there are better views.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Nowadays I only book this hotel when visiting Tampere. Great, central location.

Breakfast is okay. I like those omelets they make. There is also one of the best restaurants in Tampere next to reception. It´s called Masuuni. Do visit there!

Rooms are tidy and in my opinion quite spacious for solo business traveller. Staff is nice and friendly. I can warmly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Additional Information about Original Sokos Hotel Ilves

Also Known As:
Sokos Hotel Tampere
Address: Hatanpaan Valtatie 1, Tampere 33100, Finland
Location: Finland > Western Finland > Tampere
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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Tampere
#2 Business Hotel in Tampere
#3 Best Value Hotel in Tampere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Original Sokos Hotel Ilves 4*
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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