Sokos Hotel Torni

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Yrjonkatu 26, Helsinki, Southern Finland, 00100, Finland

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  • Couples90
  • Solo89
  • Business87
  • gordonilla's Profile Photo

    A tower to stay in!


    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

  • akkipaa's Profile Photo

    History handshakes the future


    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 centre 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 2km (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 were no possibility to change the name of the hotel. To me the real name is Hotelli Torni and commercial name is Sokos Hotelli Torni

  • Pomska's Profile Photo

    Old elegance


    I have never seen the rooms, but the rooms have:
    Air conditioning
    Satellite television
    In-house movie
    Direct dial phone
    Mini bar
    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.

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo

    Hotel Torni


    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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Grand views

by nomadig about Ateljee Bar

Ateljee Bar has the best views on the town, or over the town. The bar is located on the fourtheenth floor on Sokos Hotel Torni and there are no obstacles anywhere nearby to block the scenery. If you are a buff of metropolitan landscapes, go up there to see the rooftops of Helsinki.

The bar itself is small and quite crammed, but during summertime the big balcony gives some more room to enjoy the drinks and the vista. Please note that you have to climb steep stairs from the floor below, so you'd better not get too drunk while there.

The toilets have floor to ceiling windows, so you can continue enjoying the view and still have enough privacy.

Oudoor terrace of Hotel Torni


One of the best places for a scenic view over Helsinki's city centre and the harbour is the Ateljee Bar on the top floor of Hotel Torni. The hotel is a 14-storey building and one of the first skyscrapers in the city centre. The Ateljee Bar has both indoor and outdoor seatings. Hotel Torni is located at Yrjonkatu 26.

Ateljee Bar/Hotel Torni -...

by DianeDundee

Ateljee Bar/Hotel Torni - Kalevankatu 5 - this is the tallest building in Helsinki (Tower Hotel) and has a great view over the City from its' bar on the top floor - jump in the elevator and take a ride to the top to see the islands in the Baltic Sea and the little cars down below.


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Forum Posts

A few general questions

by wallpaperman

Hi all,

Visiting Helsinki for the 1st time starting next Saturday, tied in with a visit to Talinn. Was wondering if anyone could provide any recommendations for 2.5 days/3 nights in the city. We enjoy walking about a lot during the day, bus or boat tours, stopping for coffee and cake(!), decent (though not posh) food, drinking beer and cocktails in the evenings. Also, am looking for a nice warm Helly Hansen jacket, so if anyone knows any stores that may stock these would appreciate you letting me know. Cheers.

RE: A few general questions

by aura74

I recommend Suomenlinna as well, weather permitting. There are some nice restaurants as well, my favourite is pizzeria Nikolai. Their specialty, pizza Nikolai is extremely good, really does the job if you happened to take one drink too many the evening before:)
Otherwise is really depends on what your interests are. I like the desing museum, it's very compact and interesting. You can walk there or take tram number 10. The neighbourhood is also nice, the nearby church (Johanneksenkirkko) is beautiful, good shopping on Korkeavuorenkatu, and a nice original place for an evening meal on Kapteeninkatu called the Seahorse. ( If you happen to be in that area during daytime, take a walk by the sea, and get coffee in for example cafe Ursula.
A restaurant called Serata ( is very good, I like to have lunch there and get a slice of the best cakes in Helsinki in the nearby Kakkugalleria.
Uudenmaankatu is good for both drinking and eating. Bar nro 9 has excellent value for money and a great although smoky atmosphere. Demo is superb, if you wish to have a very special dinner some evening.
I hope you enjoy your stay in Helsinki!

RE: A few general questions

by wallpaperman

Many thanks to everyone for taking the time to reply. Lots of ideas and I'll be checking out the some of the locals member pages, as suggested. Hope the weather stays decent for us - the 5 day forecast looks good at the moment!

Thanks again,
Jonny, Edinburgh, Scotland.

RE: RE: A few general questions

by MikeMonroe

At Hotel Torni at Yrjönkatu there is Torni Ateljee bar in the 14th floor. A small place with two terraces and great wiews. For coffee and cake I recommend Bulevardin kahvisalonki at the corner of Mannerheimintie and Bulevardi.


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