Saw this hotel on Trip Advisor, and it exceeded expectations. Tram no 4, stops right outside. The reception staff were lovely. I had to change our room booking to a disabled room, as I was on crutches, and I spoke to Rita on the phone and she remembered me when we checked in. We were given a larger room in the old admin block right next to reception, but within the same building. The "cell" rooms are smaller (we went with relatives, who had one of these rooms) and they were cosy, but we would ask for one of these next time. There is free WiFi, but as the prison walls are so thick, you might not get good reception! Rita was so helpful, she booked a restaurant for us, and marked on the map places to visit etc. The Terrace Bar is in the prison grounds, and in a sun trap. Although we didn't have dinner in the hotel, it is served, as is breakfast in the basement of the prison and you can visit the old isolation cell. The room is cleverly lit with candles, and breakfast is a feast. Self service, and lots of choices. You won't get a "full English", but the delights of meats, cheeses, baltic herring as well as meatballs, tiny sausages and delicious omelette as well as fruits, yoghurt, breads and some sweet treats, tea , coffee etc. We loved our stay in prison, and will go back. The staff are lovely and wear striped tee shirts with a prisoner no (the hotel phone no) on as prison 'uniform'. Laura checked us out and was very helpful too. It was a brilliant stay. Can't wait to go back. I missed out on some sights in Helsinki, as mobility was difficult, but will definitely book this hotel when mobile as it is a 10/10 for me.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Helsinki
- Helsinki Best Western