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Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna

Asema-aukio 2, Helsinki 00100 Finland
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#29 of 74 hotels in Helsinki
GreenLeaders Platinum level
The beautiful functionalist Original 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 340 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. A functionalist classic on the roof of Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, Restaurant 10. Kerros was modernised in 2020. It serves the residents of Helsinki, hotel guests, meeting customers and visitors alike. The magnificent view over Helsinki and the light and fresh surroundings with rich design details create the restaurant’s unique atmosphere. 10. Kerros comprises a lounge area, a restaurant, a terrace, private rooms for meetings, a banquet hall and a sauna with a terrace. The carefully considered menu emphasises genuine flavours. It was created with a firm focus on Finnishness, Helsinki and responsibility. 10. Kerros is an excellent place for a get-together, a breakfast meeting, a nightcap, the important events in your life, the most important meeting of your career or the best evening ever spent bathing in the sauna.
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Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Car park
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Kid-friendly buffet
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Rooftop bar
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
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Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
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Mikael F wrote a review Apr 2021
Vantaa, Finland18557 contributions1106 helpful votes
Sauna and Vaakuna Suites are the best suites at this hotel. By booking them you know exactly which suite you will get. The price is the same for both. The normal price is around 300 euros and the sale price around 200 euros. This time, our price was 220 euros. Other suites are categorized as Friends & Family Suites and Business & Romance Suites. The first ones have two bedrooms and the latter ones may have a balcony or a sauna or neither of these. All suites are located at the corners of the building. Sauna and Vaakuna Suites are located at the round corner from where you have the best views. Sauna Suite has a huge balcony while Vaakuna Suite has a much bigger interior, a bathtub, and also a sauna. If the weather is nice, I would prefer Sauna Suite. Other times, Vaakuna Suite is better. The sun shines from noon until it sets in the evening. Comparing to the Presidential Suite at the opposite Scandic Simonkenttä, there is much more sunshine to the balcony of Vaakuna's Sauna Suite. During our stay, the breakfast was still a takeaway breakfast. It was served from the same buffet room as the normal breakfast. On Friday morning, it was pleasantly calm. There was only one other guest collecting her food. The selection was quite good. Everything was wrapped and sealed.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Mikael F wrote a review Jan 2021
Vantaa, Finland18557 contributions1106 helpful votes
We have stayed many times at this centrally located hotel next to Helsinki Central Station. Also, we have stayed many times in the biggest Vaakuna Suite when there has been a good sale. This time, the sale price was 177 euros. The suite itself was as stunning as before. Very spacious and panoramic views. Our last stay was in September when the restaurant had been finally reopened after a long renovation. At that time, we noticed that there had been a big change to the breakfast buffet. The buffet had been moved to a quite small room. That time it still worked well as there were not many guests. This time there were more guests. However, I doubt that the hotel was still half full. Now it was complete chaos in the buffet room and no possibilities to keep any distance from other guests. The coffee and juice stations are placed right outside the buffet room in a quite narrow aisle which blocked all traffic in and out the buffet room. There were plenty of vacant tables but nobody told us that you can choose only a table with a candle before we had all our food fetched to one table which seemed to be enough safe. I wonder why all tables located next to the busy coffee and juice stations had candles. These tables would have been very unsafe because there was so much traffic past them and people queuing for coffee or juice. The old breakfast system was so much better.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Mikael F wrote a review Oct 2020
Vantaa, Finland18557 contributions1106 helpful votes
This was our third time in the Vaakuna suite at this very centrally located legendary hotel next to the Central Station. We made the booking the day before our arrival. There was a flash sale -40% and we got our suite for 150 euros. There have been big construction works going on the restaurant floor on the 10th floor. The works were expanded also to the 8th and 9th floors. Also, there is a new room floor becoming on the 5th floor that has been Sokos department store before. The construction works are now becoming to an end. The striking historic restaurant has been opened. The hotel breakfast is now a proper hotel breakfast instead of takeaway breakfast or breakfast at the nearby Sokos Hotel Presidentti. The suite was as stunning as before. The only complaint is the glass selection: two small glasses in the bathroom and two huge wine glasses for the bottle of red wine. The wide minibar content does not match the selection of glasses.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Vaakuna Helsinki, Muu at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Responded 8 Nov 2020
Dear Mikael F, Thank you for your kind review. I'm happy to hear that you really enjoyed your stay with us. Our restaurant on the 10th floor is now re-opened after the refurbishment and you can watch the waking city. I will forward your request about the variety of glasses in the suite to our hotel manager. You are warmly welcome back soon! Kind regards, Marjo / Reception
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Mikael F wrote a review Jun 2020
Vantaa, Finland18557 contributions1106 helpful votes
Usually, we have stayed in the suites of this hotel but this time we decided to try a superior room. I wanted to see the massive and stylish canopy bed which was introduced during the latest room renovation. They cannot be found in the suites. We had booked a king room but on arrival at 12:15 only twin rooms were available. There is not a huge difference. Because of the fixed nightstands, the beds cannot be separated much. Superior rooms are spacious rooms and well equipped. The bathrooms are quite spartan in every room category, also in the suites. The breakfast was served as a take-away, although the restaurant closure in Finland ended at the beginning of June. The hotel restaurant is under renovation at the moment and will open in August.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Response from Vaakuna Helsinki, Muu at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Responded 8 Nov 2020
Dear Mikael F, Thank you for staying with us in Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna and your review! Our restaurant on the 10th floor re-opened about two months ago and the buffet breakfast is served on the top floor restaurant like before the renovation. There are new rooms available on the 5th floor including standard rooms and suites. The 5th floor was previously one floor of the department store but nowadays the entire floor has been converted into hotel rooms. We hope to see you again soon! Best regards, Marjo / Reception
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Heikki s wrote a review May 2020
Helsinki, Finland78 contributions22 helpful votes
There's a facade renovation in our house, so we had to find somewhere to stay for a couple of nights, to rest after a series of night shifts at work. It wasn't too promising to begin with; they have a renovation going on there as well. We'd asked for the quietest room possible, but got probably the noisiest one... But the staff was very helpful and apologetic as soon as we made our complaint, and got a decent room with a nice view to Helsinki railway station. Interior design from 1950's is worth seeing! Because of the situation with Covid19 none of the bars and restaurants were open, but that didn't matter too much; there were dozens of restaurants nearby to choose from to get your takeaway dinner. Certainly could visit again. Recommended!
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from VaakunaHelsinki, Guest Relations Manager at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Responded 6 Jun 2020
Dear Heikki s, Thank you for your kind review. The hotel does have unique atmosphere dated back to the 1950's. You can feel the spirit of the Olympics. The hotel and department store is going through facade renovation. I'm happy to hear that you got to change your room as soon you requested. The view to the central station is especially lovely early in the morning when the city is waking up. I hope to see you again soon! Best regards, Marjo / Reception
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Frequently Asked Questions about Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Which popular attractions are close to Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna?
Nearby attractions include Natural History Museum (Luonnontieteellinen Museo) (0.4 km), Ateneum (0.3 km), and Kamppi Chapel of Silence (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna?
Yes, a parking garage, paid public parking nearby, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna?
Conveniently located restaurants include Finnjavel Salonki, Passio Keittio Ja Baari, and Cafe Roasberg.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna?
Yes, guests have access to a sauna during their stay.
Is Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Helsinki.
Are any cleaning services offered at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.