I spend 2-3 nights per year in SOKOS hotels in Finland, the only truly nice one I´ve met is in Saint Petersburg. This time I had to take a room in Vaakuna for the first time. Friendly young staff at the reception and direct access from there to the department store.
The main reason I try to avoid this hotel chain is the coffee at breakfast. It truly is horrible: light roast, obviously the cheapest beans and watered down. Not that the rest of the breakfast would cheer up anybody who´s seen it unchanged for at least some 15 years.
I got a superior room which I have only one complain about, for the reasonable 106€/night it was even a small bargain with well stocked minibar, iron + board, big windows and good lights in the room, good lights something rather rare actually, the complain: street noise. I could not use ear plugs (which were NOT provided) for various reasons and the noise started at 7 Saturday morning.
If you get it cheap and can use ear plugs, and understand zip about good coffee, why not stay at the hearth of the city?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The beautiful functionalist Sokos Hotel Vaakuna is located on the best spot in town, in the centre of everything, with all of central Helsinki within easy reach. The hotel comprises 270 rooms for non-smokers with sound-insulated windows and individual room cooling system. From the balconies of the rooms on floor 9, you see Helsinki in all its glory. The hotel also has 6 comfortable meeting rooms. The present ambiance of the hotel, completed in 1952, is a splendid show of Finnish design traditions. The hotel is protected by the National Board of Antiquities. ... more less
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