We stayed at this hotel for two nights at the beginning of a tour of Finland and Norway, following a visit to St Petersburg. The best thing about it is its position. We came in from St Petersburg by train (an excellent way to do the trip) and left by train for Rovaniemi two days later. The Sokos Vaakuna is next door to the railway station, so it was very convenient... so convenient in fact that my daughter hit the many of the design stores nearby.
The rooms are OK. They are quite deliberately dated, because there is a heritage order on the hotel, which means that they are not allowed to make major updates. The furnishings are in the style of the fifties, but even in the fifties Finnish design was superb.
The restaurant is adequate and indeed was the restaurant of choice for many locals following an important ice hockey match. Breakfast is fine, though not lavish (e.g. there is no egg chef to cook eggs/omelettes to order).
In essence, a reasonable, spotlessly clean hotel, in the right part of Helsinki.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sokos Hotel Helsinki