This is a hotel with several plus-points: close to the railway station and (a great plus for me) close to the university. The place was apparently quite recently re-furbished and it does indeed feel well-kept and new. My room on the 5th floor was very quiet, decently sized and stylish (this is Finland, after all). Amenities in the room included an ironing board and a hair dryer.
There's wifi in the room, but it was surprisingly slow - maybe about 75kb/sec on average, which is really not quite enough by today's standards. At least it was reliable.
The breakfast buffet was OK - nothing to write home about, but basically fine. The coffee was hardly drinkable, though; I've been told that this is rather typical of Finland. ;-)
Service was largely OK (the little that I needed), but one or two little observations make me wonder a little. For example, I once saw a hotel guest try to work out the computer in the lobby that can be used to access the internet and to print out things. It was switched off, and the guest tried to get things going for about a minute before giving up. The receptionist stoically observed what was going on, but didn't offer any help. Not good. Or another example: one member of staff who was cleaning the tables at breakfast dropped a knife. No problem at all, really - as long as you pick it up again. But that didn't happen - she didn't return to the table once she had taken her "load" to the kitchen. Again, a minor thing, but not 100% OK.
On the whole, I would return again, but there are minor service-related aspects that could probably be quite easily improved.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The completely renovated and air conditioned Sokos Hotel Villa has opened!! Modern 6-story Hotel situated next to Tullintori Shopping Mall, in Tampere city center. Hotel is located in an old grain storage on the Tullintori square, will undergo a complete renovation except for the exterior walls. The renovation has brought a completely new design for the hotel’s rooms, lobby and bar. The renovated hotel features an air conditioning system as well as renewed bathrooms and electrics. In July, the hotel will have three additional rooms, which brings the total number of rooms to 99. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sokos Hotel Tampere