Our tour of the Baltic states started with Helsinki as our gateway city. I booked the Sokos Torni on a whim not really knowing much about hotel options in Helsinki. Despite staying only one night here, it turned out to be quite a pleasant stay. Built in 1931, the hotel was the tallest structure in all of Finland at the time, and the tallest in Helsinki up until 1987.
The hotel is located within 15 minutes walking radius of the central train station, Kamppi shopping center, and the south harbor. It has a restaurant, two ground floor bars, and one fantastic rooftop bar providing the best views of the city. Free wifi access and baggage room are also offered.
For €99 per night, the double room is surprisingly spacious and bright with modern furnishings typical of Scandinavian style (think Ikea). Other room amenities include oversized windows, tv, phone, hair dryer, iron/board, electronic safe, and a spic-and-span bathroom (very important). Breakfast buffet is also included in the rate. Stay away from the scrambled eggs though, it's not real eggs and it didn't go down too well with me.
Upon completing our Baltic tour, we were back in Helsinki. We liked the hotel so much that despite having booked at another hotel, we were back at the rooftop bar for nightcaps. Aside from the fake eggs and lack of exhaust fan in the bathroom, the Torni is a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sokos Hotel Torni is one of the most important landmarks in Helsinki, a classic with staying power in the heart of the city. Quiet location in Helsinki Design District, right next to the shopping and the entertainment area of Helsinki. We welcome you to experience the unique Torni spirit. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sokos Hotel Helsinki