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Hotel Katajanokka
Ranked #5 of 63 Hotels in Helsinki
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“Very nice, very special”
Reviewed January 18, 2011

Overall I think that this hotel was great! It had a special atmosphere with the prison environment.

The rooms were nice and quite big. We had two rooms, so I got to see 2 different rooms. They were both basically the same, located in the (probably?) non prison cell area of the hotel. Comfortable large beds. Wifi worked really good, we got the password by calling the reception.

Room cleanliness was a little disappointment, the "feedback" questionnaire hadn't been exchanged (maybe they do not care about feedback?) So we could not fill in our opinion. We also found an old make up brush behind the trashcan in the toilet. So the floor in the toilet had most likely not been properly cleaned. Otherwise the room was (or seemed) clean!

Breakfast was good. Not the best I have ever had but very eatable. Very nice that the prison theme was to be seen the in the restaurant as well.

The restaurant was very good, very tasty food! Although the service was a little bit slow. I would eat there again!

The location is very central, you can walk to the city center in just 10-15 minutes. But you can also take a tram that stops right outside the hotel.

I would definitively stay at this hotel again! It was very nice and very cosy.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

For me - the best hotel in Helsinki (tried about 15 hotels). The old city jail converted into a hotel with preservation of architecture and style. Excellent facilities (but can not say that rooms are very large), great comfortable beds, a restaurant with a wonderful breakfast and the opportunity to have perfect lunch or dinner. The lobby lounge with large plasma TV, was able to watch Russian football. There are vending mashines on the floors.
A tram stop is 150 meters away, about 5-7 minutes to the center of Helsinki.
Parking available for 16 euro per day.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

Whenever I think about coming to Helsinki I always come to this hotel

Never a single hint on disappointment

Located in a quiet yard far from large traffic if you can find such in Helsinki

You can see that you are in prison but you ll never feel it

Strongly recommend

  • Stayed February 2010
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Southampton, Canada
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

Incredible boutique hotel located steps to the ferries, churches and downtown Helsinki. A former prison transformed into an ultra comfortable hotel, one can only imagine what's happened within the walls! The rooms have it all, thick stone walls make the rooms very quiet, heated floors in the bathroom, flat screen TV... The breakfast buffet is second to none and the breakfast staff, especially Khovis, are terrific! Made to order omlettes, bacon, ham, eggs any way you like, salmon, herring, fruits, espresso.... Stay at this hotel, you will love it!

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2010

Our stay at Hotel Katajanokka was brief, but memorable. We booked this mostly because we knew that it's decent and also that one of us hadn't been there before. It was months between the booking and the stay so I had kind of forgot that this place used to be a prison, so it came as a nice surpise. Not often you choose to take the stairs everytime in and out of the top floor room, but in this hotel it added value. Hotel has been perfectly rebuilt with lots of comfy new and historic old.

We stayed only for one night, and we're also so tired that choosed to eat at the hotel restaurant (bit pricey, but good food - the salmiac-olives were bit too over the top, though worth the try). Hotel is located bit off the city centre, but with good connections.

Room was nice and clean with good sleeping quality. Bathroom was also very practical. Have to mention the milk-glass as a shower wall - you could see through into the shower from the bed. Not bad if on romantic getaway.

There was also a small parking lot for guest, operated by other company than the hotel and it couldn't be booked beforehand which was negative. €16 for a day was typical for Helsinki.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Norwich,
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Reviewed December 21, 2010

Had a really nice stay at this hotel. It was very clean and comfortable and staff were very helpful. Helsinki is a lovely city and the hotel is ideally located for getting into the centre. Walking took about 15 minutes and the tram was even quicker! Would definitely reccommend the hotel!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 20, 2010

We stayed in this hotel in December 2010, and it looked wonderful with the snow! This hotel used to be a prison and although they completely updated the interior, the exterior looks still very much like a prison with the beautiful red brick walls. The staff was nice and helpful and the room looked good. It was cozy and clean and the bathroom was equipped with a great rain shower. The breakfast was one of the best we’ve had in Finland, with a choice of bread, cereal and porridge and cheeses, meats, salmon and vegetables. Also, hot eggs and bacon. The hotel is conveniently located in an quiet area of Helsinki, the tram 4 takes you to the Alexanterinkatu in 3 minutes and the tram stop is right in front of the hotel. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Katajanokka
Address: Merikasarminkatu 1a, Helsinki 00160, Finland
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 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#4 Best Value Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#8 Family Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Katajanokka 4*
Number of rooms: 106
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