Sokos Hotel Torni

Yrjonkatu 26, Helsinki, Southern Finland, 00100, Finland
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Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 4 reviews
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A tower to stay in!

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 6, 2013

This was another hotel which I booked as part of a flight and hotel deal with British Airways. I have been trying to experience different hotels when I travel to Helsinki over the course of the year. So always something new to experience. Although I did think I had stayed here years before, but I have no recollection of it – so I must be imagining that experience.

I had believed that the hotel was very elegant and modern. I did not find it to be that modern, but at the same time it had a very charming atmosphere which fitted into the whole persona I experienced during my stay.

I would say that although the wifi is good and free – this is a hotel that asks how many devices you plan to use. Try and remember which codes you use for which device.

The hotel has a busy restaurant and breakfast area; the dinner menu is fine but I have to admit that the breakfast service was a little poor. They seemed slow to replenish bakery products. It does open for breakfast until 1200 on the weekend so a nice touch. However you have to check out by 1200 too.

The hotel has a number of different bars, and all are good. The tower of the hotel has a bar at the top floor and during the summer it is pleasant to sit out on the enclosed roof terrace.

Unique Quality: I arrived at the hotel late, after midnight. I was really surprised to see so many ladies standing in shop doorways and openings. I have been visiting Helsinki since 1998 and never previously did I actually see this. In the hotel I asked and it did seem to be the fringes of a red light district. There was even a very brave lady standing right outside the hotel entrance – she did seem very happy and friendly (she even gave me a very cheery wave of greeting).

Directions: next to the Forum shopping centre

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History handshakes the future

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 9, 2012

I have been here tens of times and I enjoy every time. I have ranked this #1 (The One) hotel, not in Finland but in the World. There are simple reasons:
- Location
- Peaceful
- History
- Ateljee bar
- Style and services

The location is perfect. We all define the center of Helsinki differently but my pinpoint in the map is in the corner of Yrjökatu's curve behind the Forum (shopping mall). If you draw a 2 km (even one) circle you have at least 80% of the stuff inside.

It is surprisingly peaceful and quiet. There are no nightclubs, the restaurants are small and the elevators slow :) Take a trip to the roofs, you one of the best over roof restaurant here (Torni is built 1931 and if was then the highest building in Finland with 14 floors and 69,5 meters. Helsinki had a skyscraper program, but you know, we are small and shy, our highest buildings are masts and towers, then come the church towers and Cirrus is the highest apartment building (87,5 meter and 26 floors))

The history is unique and you still can feel it, at least if you are a Finn. Bertel Jung (and Jung) was the architect and the planning stage was exiting. The building was ready and the permission to build it was in the high court. During those days Swedish (speaking) and Finnish struggled of the power and Bertel Jung was city architect and on the other side (Swedish) had plans to build Kino-Palatsi Sky Scraper and Bertel prevented the plans they taught. There has been headquarter of Mäntälä Rebellion and Lapua Movement (Lapuan liike), German Wehrmacht had leading office there and finally, Russian part of Allied Committee (lead by Col. Gen. Andrei Zhdanov) during 1944-1947. The last part was sad, Russians left the hotel with unkempt and filthy condition and destroyed significant part of the equipment.

There are many restaurants like Ravintola Torni (food), Ateljee Bar (scenery and drinksi), American Bar and O’Malley’s (an Irish bar), (there has been a Chinish restaurant also, the first in Helsinki).

Three style of rooms available: classic, art deco and modern. My recommendation is: to tower and as high as possible (and remember to visit Ateljee Bar toilets, when you are there you know the reason).

Unique Quality: PS. There's no possibility to change the name of the hotel. To me the real name is Hotelli Torni and commercial name is Sokos Hotelli Torni

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Old elegance

by written on June 21, 2004

I have never seen the rooms, but the rooms have:
Air conditioning
Television
Satellite television
In-house movie
Radio
Direct dial phone
Mini bar
Hairdryer
Trouser press
Automatic wake-up call

Unique Quality: The hotel has a tower offering unique views over Helsinki. There's a nice small bar in the tower. You should check the bar's toilet because the best views you are getting is from there. :-)

Facilities: restaurant; 2 bars; sauna; room service; laundry/dry cleaning

Directions: Near shopping complex Forum.

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Hotel Torni

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 26, 2003

This is an historical hotel, during the WWII there were some headquarters here.
It is also one of the highest buildings in the centre of Helsinki. On the top floor there is a small pub and on the ground floor there is one of my favourite pubs of Helsinki, O'Malley's, Helsinki’s first Irish pub.

Directions: Walk to the west up the hill from Stockmann to the Hotel Torni.

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Address: Yrjonkatu 26, Helsinki, Southern Finland, 00100, Finland

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  • Continental Breakfast
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