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Reviewed May 19, 2014

I kept my 40th birthday party here and most of our guests stayed here too for a night. Their service was friendly and professional, our dinner was real tasty and cabin with separate living room was spacious and clean. For that price(under 100€, breakfast and sauna included) we were real satisfied. Smaller cabins are real cheap, so good choice for a budget traveller too.
Great place to have a party or business meeting, because they have lots of different choices from cafeteria to restaurant and from pub to terraces. Location is little bit outside of city centre, but on the other hand right next to Tallink Silja and Viking Line ferry terminals, Turku Castle and Forum Marinum museum. Views overlooking castle and Aura river are spectacular.

Room Tip: Ask their bigger cabins where are separate living room
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Halkidis
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

The place is a bit unusual - it's a former old cruise ship converted to a hotel. The price is great, the staff is hospitable, but there's a catch - you make your own bed, there's no room service, and the room is small (the bathroom is even smaller :-)). But I'd say that none of this really matters and that's why:
1. you get your own room with private bathroom for the price of a hostel;
2. the breakfast is included;
3. a visit to sauna is included (I didn't try so can't say anything);
4. It's right in front of Turku castle - one of the main attractions;
5. It's adjacent to the ship terminal where Viking Line ferries stop.
If you are like me and need only a bed and a shower and not some kind of luxury, then I highly recommend this hotel. I myself will definitly choose it the next time I'm in Turku.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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2  Thank millevi
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

Took a long walk of 45 minutes in the snow from Turku Train Station to this amazing docked "hotel/hostel" boat. It was worth it!! It may be in the middle of no where apart from being next to Viking Line and Silja Line Ferry Terminals - but this was my purpose! The Night Manager was lovely, warm, welcoming and friendly - greeted us with a smile and cookies and hot drinks in the Rec room. We were upgraded to a cabin room with a window and was small, but nice, toasty and cosy. The little shower was full of hot water. We watched TV for a while in the Rec room and drank complimentary Hot Chocolate and ate the complimentary biscuits. Slept so well!!! The breakfast was so nice the next morning and was plentiful. Didn't try the Sauna, no time unfortunately. All in all, I will be back for the amazing price I paid and for the amazing breakfast. I would class my stay as 2 star experience - more like a hotel, more than a hostel, but the cabins are of hostel standard. The staff and breakfast are of a 2 star hotel standard in my opinion as well as the excellent customer service. The location is a way out of Turku City, but then it was just an overnighter for a cruise to Stockholm with Silja Line as a foot passenger. The only critiscism I do have is that Breakfast would be nice to start at 6.30am so one can manage the 10-15 minute walk to the Ferry Terminal and not have to "scoff" down the breakfast quickly. Also, we did have to make our own beds, but hey ho, such as life for an amazing price! Thank you wonderful people!!!

Room Tip: Room with a window a must! You have to make your bed!
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with friends
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3  Thank JetsetZoom
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Had to stay at Bore during the RuisRock concert, only because of my late change of plans didn't allow for any better lodging. The pricing is not anything exceptionally cheap, and with a little advance booking one could easily get a better room in the very centrum - so not much to save here.

Rooms are very small with no AC nor windows to be opened, but they do contain own bathroom facilities. Didn't get to try the breakfast since I just arrived from a Stockholm cruise so overslept that.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Eien
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

The only reason to stay at this hostel is for the novelty of living on a large ship named "Bore" for a few days. Almost nothing else recommends it.

1. WiFi. Yes, free WiFi exists on the ship; however, it only exists in the common room rather than, say, in one's cabin. What does not exist in the common room is outlets, unless one chooses to unplug the communal coffeepot from the kitchen counter and surf or work while standing near it.

2. Location. Being parked close to the Turku castle - fascinating, but a three hour tour at best - means that the ship is quite far away from everything else. Be prepared to spend 2.50 euros per bus ride to every other city attraction, and the same 2.50 euros back, per day. A day pass will run you 6.50 euros.

3. Hours. Like everything else in Turku, the coffee shop on the deck above the hostel closes at 6 pm, 8 pm on Sundays. After that, the ship lives up fully to its name, as the common room fills up with bored people surfing on their laptops until their battery dies.

4. Breakfast. Included in the price, but some crucial sandwich component will always be missing, regardless of whether you come to eat early or late. Sometimes it's the cucumbers, sometimes it's the cheese, sometimes it's the gluten-free bread, sometimes it's the hot water for tea; often it's several things at once. Every day is an unpleasant lottery.

5. Oversensitive keycards prone to demagnetization from cellphones if kept in the same handbag. Prepare to be locked out of your room at least once. One evening I had to run back and forth between reception desk and my door several times before the girl at the counter gave up on trying to make my keycard work and issued me a new one.

6. Laundry. Like advertized, it is free, but you get exactly what you pay for. The washing machine is Greek to everyone including the staff. Literally: the instructions and labels are in actual, honest-to-goodness Greek. How a Greek machine ended up in southern Finland is a bit of a mystery. And either the detergent provided by the staff for 1 euro a cup is inferior, or the machine settings are off, or the water is too hard, or some combination of the three, but your clothes will be as stiff as boards after they dry. And speaking of that...

7. Drying clothes is entirely on you: the hostel dryer is broken. The staff-recommended way of dealing with your wet laundry is to borrow a stand from them and arrange the clothes on one of the decks to dry in the sun while you sit nearby and guard it. If your stay in Turku is relatively brief, the prospect of spending half a day guarding your drying unmentionables from other hostel dwellers is not exactly enticing. Speaking of the other hostel dwellers...

8. The company leaves a lot to be desired. It is not unusual to find the city police cars parked by the Bore ship in the evening and some surly drunk being led out by the cops. Once I heard a woman crying below deck while this happened. The staff is pretty blasé about it. And speaking of that...

9. The service.

When I was first checking in, the lady at the front desk tried to talk me into getting a cabin that doesn't lock. I can't fathom why she thought I would agree, or why she would suggest such a thing, given that they are so used to "undesirable customers" on board.

And then there was the young man who showed me to my cabin. When I asked him where the bathroom was, he pointed me to a filthy WC with a tiny sink down the hallway and said I could use that, and there was a shower in the sauna, two decks below.

I took it in stride, but when check-out day came, I checked for my things behind every closet door in the cabin. One of the doors turned out to have a full bathroom and shower behind it. When I asked the lady at the front desk whether there was any particular reason her colleague insisted I use the hallway toilet and shower two decks below in the sauna room, she just shrugged.

Thumbs down.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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5  Thank Anna Z
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Stayed here Tues 2nd as a cheap option whist visiting friends nearby , good location and a nice 20min walk along the river to bars near the center , place was easy to find and ample free parking,
room was clean and bed was firm and comfy and the place was very quiet at night. Buffet breakfast was average (no pekoni or scrambled eggs!) though i guess this is standard in a hostel, only real gripe for me was the bar was shut when we returned to ship at 10pm !
This place is what it is , a cabin on an old small cruise ship with basic facilities, if you expect more you need to get your €€€'s out and head to the central hotels .

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank leroy g
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

An interesting combination, the Forum Marinum and the SS Bore. The ship is actually a part of the Forum Marinum because a section of the ship is secured except for those that have tickets to the Forum Marinum. The ships spaces are in very good condition considering the age and use/occupancy. Sure, you do have to 'make your own bed' with the supplied linen, but at less than a third the cost of other hotels I stayed in it is a great value because of the ship's character and unique location. I was bicycle touring and left for the Åland Islands on the Viking line whose check in area is next to the SS Bore. It is also just a couple of hundred yards from Turku Castle and within walking distance of the train station if you are backpacking. The ships moored on the same pier plus the ability to walk the river front with its sidewalk cafes and other interesting vessels adds even more to the stay.

Room Tip: Ask for an outside cabin with a window.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Address: Linnankatu 72, Turku 20100, Finland
Location: Finland > Southwest Finland > Turku
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Turku
Price Range: $69 - $93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Laivahostel Borea 2*
Number of rooms: 120
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spend the night in the maritime atmosphere on board. On board the boat hostel there are 120 comfortable cabins, most of them equipped with shower and WC. The price includes bed linen, towels and breakfast, served in the ship's buffet restaurant. Free morning sauna is heated up in the crew's former quarters. Guests are also provided with wireless internet access (in common areas), luggage storage and self-service laundry facilities. M/S Bore was built in 1960 in Oskarshamn in Sweden. The museum ship has found its rightful place on the River Aura, right next to the Maritime Centre Forum Marinum. The location is ideal: the port of Turku is within easy walking distance, and the No. 1 bus will bring guests from the airport and bus station directly to the hostel. If arriving with your own car there is plenty of free parking. You are also in the perfect spot to start your own walking tour of the River Aura. The reception is open 24/7. Check in time between 3 pm and 9 pm. Welcome! ... more   less 
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