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Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Ranked #21 of 65 Hotels in Helsinki
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“Central Location”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Clean, efficient, friendly. I had a fantastic room with a balcony that over looked the train station and the hubbub that surrounded it. The hotel is very central and only a few minutes walk from the Stockman department store and the tree lined Esplanade with its selection of restaurants, shops and cafes. Dinner in the Restaurant on the top floor was delicious and service was friendly and efficient. Breakfast, a standard buffet selection of hot and cold, local and international dishes, was very busy. There is a supermarket beneath the hotel which is useful if you wish to get a snack and do not want to raid the mini bar.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Pori, Western Finland, Finland
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Vaakuna is centrally located hotel, just between the main railway station and the bus station. A garage - Elilel - is the closest for your car and the hotel has a special price for the guests.

We had a superior room which was quite a large for two adults and two little children. The room was located on the upper floors without any noise of the traffic. The room was not a modern one but nothing was wrong with it.

The elevator was ridiculously small. So if you have a wheelchair or large strollers you may want to find another hotel. The restaurant and the breakfast buffet were high-class with a city panorama. The kids' play room was the largest and the best equipped one I've seen! The staff were nice and helpful. I'll definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Just 3 nights here. The hotel is large , the rooms adequate but very dated and there are a distinct lack of double beds!

If this place had a proper refit it would be a great four star hotel. It needs it...with a location like this it deserves and should be better.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

I've been here twice. Nothing to complain. It is in the centre and location has pros and cons. The tramcar makes noise just outside but you might be lucky and get a room from other side of the hotel. Breakfast is ok. It is clean and nice but not rememberable. I had a clever sidetable.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Hämeenlinna, Finland
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

This is an older hotel in a great location near to everything. Rooms are very nice and clean. Breakfast room is stunning. You can drink your coffee and watch the beautiful views of Helsinki. You can see Helsinki, drink a class of wine and the then enjoy the Sauna in the evening.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

The Hotel Vaakuna in Helsinki is perfectly situated for tourists & business travelers. The amazingly friendly and accommodating staff will provide you with directions to the sea (10 minutes walking)...to Marimekko & other fab shopping (5-15 mins) or to wonderful museums & restaurants. The room views are dramatic and beautiful & breakfast is included. Tama on oikein hyva Hotelli.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Oulunsalo, Finland
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Sokos hotel Vaakuna lies within a walking distance of many central sights and shopping malls in Helsinki. Whether you come by airplane, train or car, it's easily reachable. Many big shopping malls are within two blocks from the hotel, as well as restaurants and bars.

Hotel rooms are OK, but again you can see it the hotel was built a long time ago. Some corridors remaind me of Soviet Union as being long, wide and boring. The breakfast buffetis excellent accompanied with nice views from the 10th floor.

If you seek a hotel with central location and good price-quality ratio, then sokos hotel vaakuna might be a good choice in Helsinki.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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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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