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Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Ranked #21 of 65 Hotels in Helsinki
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Porto, Portugal
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“Good hotel, great location!”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

The hotel has a great location: downtown, just in front of the central train station. It´s a nice hotel, ideal for travelers or business people who spend most of their time visiting or working in the town.
The restaurant, in the top floor, has a amazing view to the city and you can also go to the terrace, where there are chairs with warm blankets to protect you from the cold weather.

Room Tip: Higher floors overlooking the central train station
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2012

One of the best preserved hotels from the 1950ties ever seen. Great design, public areas are almost entirely original or very well renovated. The rooms are kept in a retro feel, subtle renovations where made in the bathrooms, which are simple but functional. Even the door handles are original as are the handles of the balustrades...superbly designed lamps and furniture in the lobby.
Unfortunately the lobby is plastered with brochures and signs, which devaluates the former grand hotel, that was visited by numerous celebrities... the absence of a bell boy and the mediocre service in the rooftop bar mirrors the management's lack of understanding for the gem they are in charge of. This hotel could be the absolute it place for architecture and design aficionados from all over the world...cleaning the glass tables in the restaurant would be an improvement...
Nevertheless we will be back!! the interior is just striking for vintage fans, as is the central location, 1 minute from airport bus and train station. The service level is quite scandinavian, the self service mentality is unfortunately common. BUT ALL THAT COULD'NT LOWER OUR ENTHUSIASM FOR THE CHARME OF THIS PLACE.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2012

A good business hotel, which will also be of interest to tourists who don't plan to spend much time in their rooms. The location is perfect--just accross the train station and the terminal for the airport bus. It is also reasonably priced for Finland.The rooms are small but clean, and the staff is very efficient. You can easily walk to Helsinki's major tourist attractions: the cathedral, the harbor, and the Esplanade park. Tram lines for more distant attractions are just outside the hotel. A good buffet breakfast is provided.

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet, but there is a better view from rooms overlooking the square.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2012

Spent a night here on a weekend this August.
The hotel was built just before the Helsinki 1952 Olympics, and this shows: the 50's furniture and features are still there. The lobby is beautiful with the large 50's armchairs and coffee tables.
The check-in was quick and efficient, the staff more efficient than friendly.
Had a single room for the night: again 50's style furniture, beautifully restored. The room was very comfortable apart from the very poor pillows. The small bathroom was functional, no nice toiletries and poor quality toilet paper. The hairdryer was good and the towels lovely and fluffy.
The views from the 8th floor room overlooked the Railway Station and nice Helsinki skyline.
I lked the breakfast: a Scandinavian affair with cold and hot breakfast foods available. Fresh berries with yoghurt were a treat and I loved the Karelian pies! On a sunny morning you can take your breakfast on the 10th floor restaurant balcony overlooking Helsinki - beautiful!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Vantaa, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 8, 2012

We had 2 rooms for six adults. Service was friendly and helpful, rooms clean and nice. Location is one of the best in Helsinki, right in center of everything. Breakfast was not what i was expecting, not enough fresh fruits, no bacon and coffee was awful. Restaurant and bar of the hotel are located in top floor, and have really nice view around city.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Pori, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2012

My first choice when visiting in Helsinki. Classic , stylish and very center location . Lobby and rooftop restaurant are pure 50s style. Rooms are spacious and clean. Good views from almost every room.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Turku, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed August 3, 2012

Stayed for one night with family and friends. Location is excellent in the city center with railway and bus stations just across the street. Superior rooms are nice, quiet, clean and spacious and accommodate 4 persons, even 4 adults (2 in sofa bed). Bathroom in superior rooms is also large and comfortable. There are 3 elevators which don't form a bottleneck for transportation to roms. Buffet breakfast is served in the top floor restaurant with great view and it is plentiful and good quality. WiFi is free (as it always should) and works well. Lobby bar across the elevators is nice with views to the street and nice terrace.

Room Tip: Get an upper floor room with good views
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Address: Asema-aukio 2, Helsinki 00100, Finland
Location: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki > Vironniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Helsinki
#10 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#14 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#19 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna 3.5*
Number of rooms: 270
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The beautiful functionalist Sokos Hotel Vaakuna is located on the best spot in town, in the centre of everything, with all of central Helsinki within easy reach. The hotel comprises 270 rooms for non-smokers with sound-insulated windows and individual room cooling system. From the balconies of the rooms on floor 9, you see Helsinki in all its glory. The hotel also has 6 comfortable meeting rooms. The present ambiance of the hotel, completed in 1952, is a splendid show of Finnish design traditions. The hotel is protected by the National Board of Antiquities. ... more   less 
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