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“A Cultural Necessity”

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Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Vantaa
Reviewed 1 July 2014

This hotel has two personalities. During the day it is peaceful and laid back. At night it becomes the place to go for the local and not so local natives. There are other places to go out in Tikkurila, but this is the daddy. The beer and snaps flow and suddenly the shy, reserved Finns transform into sociable party goers. Go to the karaoke bar and watch in awe as the Finnish Elvis is followed by the Finnish Kate Bush and the Finnish Bon Jovi. Wannabe after wannabe get up and sing for you. It's taken very seriously and quite a few can sing fairly well. There is no hint of pride, shyness or embarrassment as they take their seats afterwards. No hint of anything in fact. It's a joy to watch and worth the overnight hotel price alone. Join in the spirit (literally), learn all of the different types of snaps and meet the locals.
Now the serious part: I've stayed in this place twice, for business and pleasure. The location is good if you want to be near the airport, with good road and rail links to Helsinki. The train station is outside. The food, service and rooms are average. There are a few nightclubs and a casino, plus saunas that you can use in the evening. There are some quirks: The room had a mezzanine bunk but no ladder to get up there. The bed was a king size, yet the sheets seemed smaller and overlapped each other. Noise from the more lively parts of the hotel can be an issue, but it is a large hotel - just ask for a quiet room.
As a hotel, it is average. As a cultural experience, it's ace!

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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HotelManager_Vantaa, Front Office Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2014

Thank You for Your Review.
It is true that our Restaurant Tulisuudelma is a well-known concept all over Finland.
In addional to that we also have a nightclub and Pub Hertas with sports and karaoke. You may hear the noise from the restaurants in some of the rooms. Anyhow we also have quiet rooms and especially during the weekend it is good to ask for a quiet room to make sure there is no noise from the restaurants.
Our hotel has a good location from everywhere. It is only 7 kilometers from the airport and a local bus 61 travels around the clock. Price is €2.80 per adult. The bus departs from in front of the hotel. Train station is also only 100 meters from the main entrance.

Thank You for staying with us and welcome back again!

With Best Regards,
Nina Gustafsson
Hotel Manager

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Stayed here on business with a colleague. Check in was efficient. Rooms are adequate if a little dated. We spend a good deal of time working on PC's in the restaurant area, having a snack at lunchtime and a more substantial meal in the evening. Service was poor. Several times I had to get up to find staff to either take an order or clear the table. After waiting 80 minutes for our main meal I complained, to be met with complete indifference. I asked if it was always like this and was told "yes" by one of the staff ! ! I spoke to the manager who was apologetic, the food arrived, and a discount was given. Not a great experience. I expected better at breakfast, as it was a buffet. Unfortunately many of the tables had not been cleared and the staff were clearly unable to cope. Location is good, but I would think hard before returning.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa, Finland is comfortable and clean. The corridors are a little tired but the rooms overall are smart and comfortable. It is only a short journey to the Airport, 20€ or less.

There is a lively bar, were the locals visit to sing Karaoke, which is very entertaining. They sell local and imported beers. The hotel also has a Mexican restaurant inside, serving great value, good food, and the hot sauce is "HOT".

Overall I would gladly stay at the hotel again without any hesitation.

Room Tip: Try and stay on the upper floors.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Located next to Vantaa main railway station Tikkurila, the hotel is a few kilometres from the airport. Bus takes you you there easily though, costing 3 euros. The single room was spacious, clean and very confortable. Room quiet, even facing the street. Only negative things was the other quests. The hotel has a popular night club, and when returning to the rooms some were keeping terrible noise and shouting on the corridor. Nice thing is they serve early breakfast at the lobby if you need to leave earlier than the breakfast buffet starts.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Very nice hotel, close to the airport (bus takes you there in less than 10 minutes fo 2,90 Euro). Quiet, friendly staff, spacious rooms. Every Friday huge dancing event for everybody - unforgettable experience..., but not disturbing. Good breakfast. Near the train staion (train do center of Helsinki).

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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HotelManager_Vantaa, Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank You For Your review.
It is true that we have a huge party in our hotels restaurant every Friday and Saturday. Nevertheless we also have quiet rooms for the customers who don´t want to party all night long.
Our Restaurant Tulisuudelma is well-known all over Finland so why not join the party next time staying in Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa?

With Kindest Regards,
Nina Gustafsson
Hotel Manager
Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa

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Reviewed 3 December 2013

Excellent place to take brake if you do not like to stay at Helsinki. Near airport, no airplane noise, rather good menu. Heureka education and exhibition centre just in 300m distance. Famous dancing place. If you like you never leave alone.

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HotelManager_Vantaa, Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2014

Thank You for Your Review.
It is true that our Restaurant Tulisuudelma is a well-known concept all over Finland. ;)
Heureka science center is just around the corner and it is very convenient to take a train to Helsinki on a bus to the airport.

Nina Gustafsson
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Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa

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Reviewed 6 October 2013

I had intended to stay at the Sokos Flamingo but was booked in here by error. Check- in was efficient and there is a mexican restaurant and bar in the hotel. The meal in the restaurant was also fine, although unexceptional (fajitas). The hotel seems geared for parties, and breakfast was served in a room with tables around a dance floor; I felt like I had stumbled into a KTV lounge the morning after (!). Despite this, the breakfast food selection was good and well presented. My room looked a little tired; a large flat-screen tv, but enamel chips down the side of the bath, and sliding cupboard doors which had been in the room at some stage had been removed. Given the choice, I would prefer to stay in the Flamingo rather than here.

Stayed: October 2013, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa

Address: Hertaksentie 2, Vantaa 01300, Finland
Region: Finland > Uusimaa > Vantaa
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 Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Vantaa
Price Range: £95 - £169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa 4*
Number of rooms: 265
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