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Break Sokos Hotel Flamingo
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Vantaa
Aurora, Colorado
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“Favorite hotel when leaving Finland”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Sokos Flamingo is my favorite place to stay when leaving from Finland. It's clean and convenient: close to the airport and connected to Jumbo shopping mall. Breakfast is standard Sokos quality... huge variety comparing to American hotels! You can't really compare them at all! :-) Rooms are good size and staff is friendly and helpful. If you need a cab drive to the airport during any holidays it might be good to pay 10 euro reserve fee. There is a taxi station right in front of Flamingo, but there also will be a line during the busy times of the year. Hotel staff will reserve the cab for you, but the taxi companies will require fee for it.

If you need to do last minute shopping, you can find everything in Jumbo mall. There are also several restaurants and fast food places inside the mall. Families with children have lots of options for activities including water park inside Flamingo. All in all this is a great place to spend your last night in Helsinki!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Quite a standard Soko hotel - it was clean, relatively fresh, service was good and rooms were clean and good. What makes a difference is the whole Flamingo-entertainment centre where the hotel is located. There's miniature golf, bowling, a cinema, a spa and a waterpark, several restaurants and the Jumbo-mall is connected to the centre.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Finland
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

We had a standard room for 2 adults and one child (2y) for one night.
The room was clean, big enough, but nothing special. The view from 12th floor was nice. I took some lovely sunset photos over the city there.
There are so much to do without a need to go outside the complex. We had a nice afternoon in the spa, made some shopping. We will probably come back sometime in the future.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

If you need to overnight in Helsinki before your next flight Sokos Hotel Flamingo is an option to consider instead of the Hilton and GLO hotels which are connected to the terminals. Flamingo is 4,5 km away from the airport adjacent to the largest shopping centre in the area. The Flamingo 'Entertainment Centre' includes as well several restaurants, cinema and the most noteworthy an indoor water park and spa - the latter being the number one reason for selecting this hotel. Just for experiencing something different.

Rooms

I stayed one night in an Superior room. The superior rooms are higher up however there is really no particular view - just roads surrounding the hotel and shopping centre. Rooms are rather standard 3 star category and typical in Finland. Note that there are no king/queen size beds. The normal 80 cm beds. The rooms are as well rather spartan and the TV channel selection limited to mainly Finnish channels and BBC & CNN news channels. Or course the standard Russian Channel for the many Russian staying in the hotel for the Water Park.

Breakfast

Starting only at 7 am on weekdays it may be too late to catch a breakfast at the hotel for your early morning flight. You are as well likely to get a better breakfast in a hostel than at this hotel.

Transportation

Bus 61 or taxi are the options to getting to the hotel from the airport. From downtown Helsinki it is bus 611. As the airport is close by it takes just 5 minutes by taxi to get to the hotel.

Water Park & Spa

The Water Park ticket price is not included in the hotel rate. However as a quest to the hotel they may have a reduced rate for hotel quests. This depends on the day of the week and time of the year.

The water park may not be the biggest but it is still nice and different experience. I would recommend to buy the combined Spa and Water Park ticket. There is an age limit of 20 years to the Spa area with saunas and two pool - hence it's a more relaxing than the water park area which is full of kinds - of course. There is no outdoor area - which is somewhat surprising. During summer months it would be nice to be able to pop out of the cavernous pool areas.

Conclusions:

- well worth considering over the two hotels at the airport
- otherwise rather standard but the adjacent entertainment centre with Water Park makes a difference

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Jyväskylä
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

The hotel is very easy to reach from airport or Vantaa train station (Tikkurila).
The entrance is not so easy if you have bags as You only see stairs at first.
Friendly staff and great service as breakfast at 3AM not every hotel can provide.
Many activities in the area as it is partially included in a really big shopping center.
Definitively to come back.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Espoo, Finland
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9 reviews
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

We took a Superior room from the top floor and also visited the spa and swimming park (you get a discount when you ask from the hotel). Remeber to take an extra towel from the spa reception if you intend to use the saunas. We dined at the Amarillo restaurant (but there are many options to choose from).

Room Tip: Superior rooms are located on the top two floors (12 and 11)
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

I loved this hotel very much.
I visited it in February.
About 10 minutes from the Vantaa airport Helsinki, but very quiet, cosy, relaxing and friendly.
I wouldn't wanted to change it for something in the city - we preferred just to visit Helsinki (about 30 min by taxi) and return in Sokos Flamingo to have an excellent rest.
The service was good, the staff was friendly and helpful.
The room is correct size, cozy. Quality of sleep - very good - it was very quiet, especially with relaxing view to a snowy neighborhood, and in the morning it was nice to see people going to the walk with dogs.
The breakfast was included - good choice of European and special Finnish food. Very tasty - I enjoyed it.
The hotel is inside a shopping center with aqua-park, cinema, fast-food and restaurants. - It would probably scare somebody, but in the same time - it is not big and not at all noisy and seems not be crowded (it was a February weekend). I had a very good impression (we chose this hotel after the advice of one friend who stays only there for years).
The cinema is in English (with Finnish subtitles), some of films - in Finnish - just ask about it. People speak English everywhere. The aqua-park - good option for the families with children, we'd prefer the spa-zone (more quiet). The restaurants are correct. The shops fortunately were not numerous. The prices and the choice - not so interesting. I liked only the special children's clothes shop with waterproof warm winter clothes and shoes.
Very good for different type of travelers. Business, families, couples. The perfect hotel for the weekend escape. Next time I would chose the long weekend.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Break Sokos Hotel Flamingo
Address: Tasetie 8, Vantaa 01510, Finland
Location: Finland > Uusimaa > Vantaa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Vantaa
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Hotel Class:4 star — Break Sokos Hotel Flamingo 4*
Number of rooms: 309
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