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“You might be captive, but you'll enjoy it”
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Hotel Katajanokka
Ranked #5 of 65 Hotels in Helsinki
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa, a Capital town
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51 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“You might be captive, but you'll enjoy it”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

This is definitely a funky restoration, but it works. We loved the solid walls and high ceilings. The restaurant was excellent and reasonably-priced. The place is slightly off the main part of central Helsinki, but everything is an easy walk away, and the tram stops just in front of the hotel. It's convenient to the old market and ferries.

Room Tip: The premier rooms were excellent value when we stayed there.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2013

The best and most charming hotel we stayed at during our tour of St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. The location was perfect for us, in a quiet residential neighbourhood at Katajanokka/
Skatudden, only 10 min walk from the Market Square, 5 min walk from the Viking Line terminal and with tram line nr. 4 stopping right outside the entrance. The conversion is well done, conserving a lot of the "qualities" and character of the former prison, We stayed in rooms in the former administration wing with large, comfortable rooms, but I regret not staying in the cell block for more of the jail atmosphere. The breakfast was outstanding, and there is a nice back yard, perfect for drinks in the afternoon in summer.

Room Tip: The standard, cell block rooms have small windows and more character.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Itu-SP
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

Very interesting place to stay. The accomodations are confortable, large room, the reception is excellent, good breakfast, quiet neighborhood, short distance to downtown and there is abundance of public transportation. I strongly recomend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2013

The hotel is charming and just a 5 minute tram ride from the city centre. The staff were helpful but couldn't recommend a nearby restaurant. The hotel restaurant was ok but a bit over the top when you're eating by yourself.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Katajanokka is a hotel built from historic prison in the center of Helsinki. 10 minutes walk from the famous Esplanada, that is as wide as a river but still You understand that somehow it is a boulevard... The hotel boasts its history and has souveniers covering prison times - even striped T-shirts. Inside You feel strange assurance and strong sense of safety. All rooms are well furnished and have all neccessary modern equipment. The restaurant downsairs, practically in the cellar, has stylish and tasty dishes for You - well done and served.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

This was a great place to stay......worried that we were in for a rather "altenative" holiday (Lonely Planet goes on about buying handcuffs at reception!) but it was a really amazing place. Lovely comfortable rooms, great friendly helpful staff and fascinating history and architecture. Good value too and very close in to the centre and right by a tram stop. Loved it!

Room Tip: Rooms seemed very quiet....very thick walls....we had 2 stays there and 2 different rooms both of wh...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2013

Chose Hotel Katajanokka from all the positive reviews on TT. We were given Room 424 on the top floor, it was at the end of the row of rooms which meant no passing traffic! The room was well double glazed and we could only hear a very faint rumble of the passing trams. We are a very comfortable bed, good quality bedlinen with duvets, a good size bathroom with walk in shower/wetroom with rainforest shower head. Toiletries were provided as was an ironing board & iron - something many hotel's don't provide.
A kettle with tea/coffee & hot chocolate was included in the room facilities as was a mini bar but as the contents were expensive to us we did not partake. A large bottle of JP Chenet Cabinet Sauvignon was on the desk with a price tag of 38 euros - this would cost only a quarter of the price in the UK!
We ate in the Jailbird restaurant on our first evening. This was not cheap - a burger & chips is 19.90 euros and a glass of wine nearly 10 euros!
Breakfast also served in the Jailbird restaurant is a good selection of juices, cold meats, fish, salad stuff, cereals, jams, breads, hot foods including eggs cooked to order etc.

A good location although out of city centre, the no 4 tram runs past outside. For 8 euros a 24 hour day ticket gets you round the city on public transport - we used the trams several times a day during the 3 days we were there.

Overall we were very pleased with our stay at the hotel a;though there were 3 minor quibbles - which I did include on the hotel feedback form:
a) Given all the thought that has gone into the room, good quality linen, luxury style bathrooms etc - why skimp on the pillows which contained foam chips! Please change these for feather or at least non-allergenic pillows.
b) The chairs in the restaurant are very uncomfortable - the bar across the front of the seat digs into the underneath of your legs!!
c) Slow wifi - which has been mentioned several times by reviewers - please do something about this maybe a booster - even the pc in the lounge was slow!

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor - quiet and corridor is lit forom large windows above. Room 424 is nice.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Katajanokka
Address: Merikasarminkatu 1a, Helsinki 00160, Finland
Region: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki > Vironniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#5 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#6 Best Value Hotel in Helsinki
#8 Family Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Katajanokka 4*
Number of rooms: 106
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