I had a one night accommodation at Sokos Hotel Albert in November 2012. In Helsinki there are two different Sokos hotels on the same street within 200 meters. Previously I have stayed few times in the other one, Sokos Hotel Aleksanteri. But now I wanted to try this hotel. One reason for this was the price. Now and then Sokos hotels chain has quite good offers for weekend. Now my room rate now was only 70 euro/room/night.
The hotel building from outside is not very welcoming - old 60-70’s style brick house. But luckily it is only outside surface. When you step in, the atmosphere and decoration is totally different. Room decoration (furniture, colors) is made with quite good taste. The atmosphere in your room is modern and refreshing. Lots of mirrors, light furniture, desk (cover made from glass), nice wall painting, green carpet etc. A flat TV, mini bar, safety box and iron was also included.
Even though the interior decoration was quite nice, you could also notice well, that the room was little bit worn out. F.ex there were very much stains on the walls (repainting needed). Also bed cover was quite dirty. Bathroom was nice, but the cleaning there should be better. Most of the areas at first sight seemed to be clean, but if you took look a little bit closer (f.ex under washstand), you noticed clearly, that there was dust on the wall.
Breakfast buffet started at 8 am on Sunday morning. The buffet was like everywhere else in Finnish hotels and included f.ex bacon, eggs, porridge, tomatoes, cucumber, cheese, cold cuts, yoghurt, sausages, coffee, tea, cereals, fresh fruits, orange and apple juice. Not the best breakfast I have had. It was ok, but not very exceptional tasty. This time for me the best meal was warm gratinated vegetables prepared in the oven.
It was quite nice and easy stay there. The service everywhere was ok - maybe not very personal but it was polite, formal and friendly. Hotel surrounding is quite peaceful comparing to many other hotels in Helsinki. And it is not far from the main shopping area but still in the quiet area (even during the weekend nights). I recommend this hotel to everyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- SOKOS HOTEL ALBERT is located in the hub of the cultural, commercial, historical, and in a sense even bohemian Helsinki. Within walking distance the quest will find Signature Design clothes, Finnish Design Furniture, vintage furniture- and rare-to-find vinyl record shops. SOKOS HOTEL ALBERT represents a genuinely new type of urban hotel with a mission to compose individual hotel experiences according to each guest's wishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sokos Hotel Helsinki