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“Good location but very tired hotel”

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Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Ranked #38 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
Reviewed November 26, 2012 via mobile

The hotel has got most thing you need but is very tired and could do with an update.
Rooms very Spartan and bleak.
Entrance and lobby very dated.
Overall a bit soviet.

Very clean though. If you just want a bed for the night and get a good rate then it's worth it. But not at the standard room rates. Better options in Helsinki for the money.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Stayed here in September for 3 nights.
First room was suffering from the traffic and the garbage-men, so we asked for an 'inside' room, no real view, but overlooking the inner court, which was nice and quiet.
Although the room was ok, the bathroom needs upgrading, it was too small as well.
Pricing: a bit high, but this is Helsinki.
Breakfast is included, but too busy, coffee too strong.

Room Tip: Overlooking inner court, quiet
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

The hotel is steps away from the Central train station and close to the main shopping malls and to the Ateneum (the national art gallery). The main attractions are all within walking distance. Guests get a 10 per cent discount at the Stockmann department store, which is actually located in the same building. Fast checkin and checkout.

I have stayed at this hotel a few times. The rooms are decent size, and there is AC and free wi-fi in all the rooms (get a password from the front desk). The hotel looks a bit dated and could do with some refurbishing but I think it is still good value if you book in advance and get a discount.

Breakfast is plentiful and is served in the big breakfast room, which tends to get quite crowded, so come very early or towards the end of breakfast time to avoid crowds.

Good for a short stay.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Presidentti, Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2012

Dear Miroma, Thank you for your stay at Sokos Hotel Presidentti and this positive review.
Your comments will help us to develop these ideas to more guest oriented direction. Mentioned shopping discount is valid at Sokos department store next to the railway station.Thank you for your visit and hope to see you soon as our guest again.
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Juha Sundqvist, Hotel Manager

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Reviewed October 28, 2012

The hotel is near the central railway station. It's huge but not new. Wifi is very slow, I couldn't watch video but if you want to read news only it's ok. Breakfast is common. It takes about 5 minutes to get to the church in the stone. To the Kauppatori (market square), Explanada and the Cathedral it takes about 10 minutes. It's situated near the Kampi (shop center) where at the ground floor there is a central bus station. Before I stayed at Sokos Helsinki and I like it more because of the its location.

Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 26, 2012

I stayed here for 2 nights during a business trip, that the hotel is located just above Helsinki's main bus station proved a big plus to me. The night I arrived in Helsinki, by bus from Tampere, it was late and cold, and the location could not have been better for me!

Rooms are reasonably sized, not huge, but very comfortable. All amenities are present (incl. iron box, table, etc), internet is free and breakfast spread is quite varied, and for a vegetarian like me, there was some good variety too. I have not tried the food inside, a Spanish one and a pub.

The hotel runs a free shuttle service to Espoo every morning, so it is easy to get to work.

Considering how cold things can get, having a taxi stand by the hotel entrance and a bus stand underneath the hotel were the main attractions for me. If I visit Helsinki again, this is likely to be my choice!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Arrived round 5 in the afternoon to find a huge line of people wishing to check-in - not a group or anything, just a lot of individuals. Being a frequent traveller, queueing up is not the most popular thing - and a check in taking 15-20 minutes from arrival unusual.
Leaving the room fast again, I did not see the "sights" before later, and honestly, I was not impressed by the cleaning - there were "things" I do not want to mention here, and the bathroom was not worth the 4 stars - more a 1 star hotel.
On the more positive side - the location is fine, close to everything.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Presidentti, Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2012

Thank you for staying at Sokos Hotel Presidentti and we appreciate your feedback. I am sorry that your arrival at the peak time and impression of our hotel was such a negative one even though most of our guests have been satisfied with our hotel. We assure you that we will consider the problems you have mentioned with our housekeeping depatment and do our very best to improve the cleanliness and amenities of our hotel rooms. Hopefully your trust in our hotel remains despite this unfortunate experience. Juha Sundqvist, Hotel Manager

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Reviewed October 18, 2012

I've been to this hotel 3 times! It has a great location. Just 3 minutes walk to the Central Railway Station, as well as to the very heart of the city. Average rooms, but cleaned!
Breakfast is fair enough, variety in choice. Good!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Address: Etelaeinen Rautatiekatu 4, Helsinki 00100, Finland
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Location: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki > Kampinmalmi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#29 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range: $135 - $277 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti 4*
Number of rooms: 494
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