The Sokos Torni was a good place from which to launch into an exploration of Helsinki. It is really well located, near shops, the design area, the railway station and various museums and galleries. It seems that you can walk to most important sights from here. The rooms are a good size, well appointed, clean and tastefully decorated in a typical hotel style.
Being an older style hotel, there are some interesting and quite quirky features that some other reviewers found irritating. However, it is a place with a past and it was a positive for us to see that past acknowledged in the decor and facilities in the hotel. The art works were on the right side of tasteful if a little eclectic.
We found the staff friendly and very helpful.
One disappointment was the lack of any restaurant on a Sunday. In such a cold climate, the necessity to wander around searching for a restaurant on a Sunday night was annoying, as was the irritated and defensive response of the restaurant manager's (?) to our enquiries as to why this was so. It seems the hotel can't (or won't) pay staff Sunday pay rates. When we asked where we might find a restaurant that was open on a Sunday night, this man refused to help by suggesting another eatery. We luckily found Toscanni's at the Klaus K hotel, a few blocks along the street.
On the whole though, a good experience ...... Just pre- plan for Sunday night!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sokos Hotel Torni is one of the most important landmarks in Helsinki, a classic with staying power in the heart of the city. Quiet location in Helsinki Design District, right next to the shopping and the entertainment area of Helsinki. We welcome you to experience the unique Torni spirit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sokos Hotel Helsinki