This is a great hotel, a little bit out of the city centre but in a pleasant 5-10 minutes walk to it, located in a quiet and elegant neighbourhood in an island east of Helsinki.
As you could imagine, its main attractive is that the building was, until the 90s, Helsinki prison, and it really looks like it from outside and the interior corridors. Appart from that, it is a comfortable place to stay, with cozy and modern rooms that have all the ammenities, including a big flat screen-TV, a mini bar, nice firm beds and a complete en-suite bathroom (even for the basic ones).
Our room was close to the main entrance, on the first floor, but it was still quiet and silent. It had a big window facing the rear garden, that was completely covered by the snow at that time.
Breakfast was included in our rate, and was served in the former prison canteen, located in the -1 floor, with vaulted ceilings and great atmosphere. Food was abundant and of good quality.
Helsinki was part of an extraordinary trip through some Northern Europe countries, and I would recommend for all people to visit it during the winter, when all the city is covered by the snow and the sea is completely frozen (we were walking on it!).
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Helsinki
- Helsinki Best Western