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Hotel Katajanokka
Ranked #4 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Excellent hotel in aprevious prison. Rooms are very clean, the athmosphere is unique. The breakfast is pretty good. The hotel is located on a peninsula about 2 km from the centre. The tram station is just in front of the hotel.
For me, everything was perfect. The only reason, I have not rated with "excellent" is that I had to think about the people who stayed her only some years ago, not having this luxory environment, and not being her voluntary.
And the hotel management should think about whether this memory should be kept in the way they actually do; for me, it was a little bit too much.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Sari M, Director of Sales at Hotel Katajanokka, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2012

Hi, good to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. You are absolutely right. The past of the premises have been totally different time. We use the past in marketing, since it is essential part of the house`s history. I am sorry, if you felt it to be too much. Since the past is gone, we aim to have a positive sprit, but also to remember the stories of the exceptional past.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed just one night at this hotel, it would have been nice to stay for another but we were travelling onto Tallinn.

Despite our room being an ex cell it was spacious and not in the least oppressive. Staff were welcoming but not overbearing. The beds were comfy, shower good and breakfast extensive!

It was good to walk around the hotel to absorb some of the history, really think this is good value for money considering it is in the city's heart. Loved it. Do try it - its better than a chain with identikit rooms!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

We loved staying at this hotel converted from a jailhouse less than 10 years ago. The employees all wear uniforms with black and white stripes and the interior reminded us of a very nice Alcatraz. We were able to check in very early (around noon) and while our room was on the small side, it was very comfortable and nicely styled and modern. There was also free internet access which was great. The breakfast at the Jailbird restaurant was adequate though it is very dark down there. Even our Finnish friends commented how impressed they were with the hotel and how they wanted to stay there just for the experience!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

We started our honeymoon in Katajanokka. We stayed in a junior suite - price included also sparkling wine and a fruit plate in the evening and in the morning breakfast was brought to our room. The athmosphere of the hotel was unique, the staff was very friendly. Food was excellent. We highly recommend this hotel to everyone.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Loved the location and tranquil surrounding eventhough the hotel was a bit off the city. Helsinki is a small city, hence, the city center is easily accessible from the hotel either by foot - 20mins or by tram#4. Within 10mins walk, one can reach the harbour (good place to buy seasonal produce eg fruits, veg and enjoy all sort of pickled fish). The market place is just behind the harbour and one must not missed the fish soups and the varieties of seafood canape!


The room was very clean, well maintained and well appointed with modern amenities. Good spreads of breakfast with cold and hot dishes incl free beverages eg. choc, coffee, cappucino, latte, expresso etc. I especially loved the grains porridge with berries and also wide selection of finnish breads. The food were so fresh.

We stayed one night in Katajanokka and another night in Torni hotel. But we still prefer Katajanokka as it exceeded our expectations. Location was never an issue.

Highly recommended and would definitely stay here again in our next trip!

Cons: it's a pity that sauna was not included in the room rate during the weekdays

Room Tip: rooms with shower are bigger not advisable for elderly to choose room with bath tub as the tub is...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Very well situated hotel. The room, while relatively small had everything necessary for a stay, including a very nice bathroom. Breakfast was quite good if you could live with the prison chairs which - while giving the whole setting more authencity - are sadly relatively uncomfortable.
The hotel is a 5-10 minutes walk from the harbor, and only one minute away from the tram which goes directly into the city center and is free to use if you have a Helsinki Card, which is highly recommendable for tourists.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

An intriguing conversion of a prison building, used as such as recently as 2002, with a jailhouse theme running through the hotel's services. The old cells have been skilfully re-worked as well appointed and well designed hotel accommodation -- smaller rooms perhaps, but very comfortable. The lower level Jailbird Restaurant is a cosy location for breakfast and other meals. And the hotel has its own tram stop, for the 4 and 4T trams that will get you to the Central Station and other city centre locations in five to ten minutes. Hotel surroundings are quiet, and create a peaceful environment for a relaxing stay. Recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Address: Merikasarminkatu 1a, Helsinki 00160, Finland
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Location: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki > Vironniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#4 Best Value Hotel in Helsinki
#4 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#8 Family Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range: $118 - $275 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Katajanokka 4*
Number of rooms: 106
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