Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti
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We arrived in Helsinki about noon and will be here until 10PM. The distance from St. Petersburg to Helsinki was 200 miles. The weather today is hot by their standards, in the 80s.
Finland, and Helsinki in particular, has been a cultural and political fulcrum upon which East and West have seesawed for centuries. But the strong influence that Moscow exerted over the country ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union, paving the way for a truly independent ...
... sitting next to us who were visiting from Chicago. The husband worked for General Growth, a Simon competitor, so we had a bit of industry discussion. You never know who you'll sit next to while eating dinner on the other side of the world!! After dinner, we ended up at the hotel bar for a drink (of course) before going to bed. It was so hard to go to bed when the sun was still out and there was still daylight to enjoy. So we ...
... Lithuania we had both become aware of what has been a largely tragic and tumultuous history that the series of generations had been subjected to.
A brief history lesson for them that might be of interest:-
9,000 BC (at least) – approximate earliest human inhabitation of the area.
June – July 2014 - Allan & Carol 'invasion'.
Main things we'll remember:
Ugly apartment blocks left over from ...
... most of CCR's catalog, etc.) and lamented a life spent traveling the open sea on a boat generally filled with Finnish senior citizens.
Upon arriving in Helsinki the next morning, we disembarked and met our friend Anniina (whom we had last seen in Vienna a year prior). While I tend to like having at least a vague plan when visiting new places, our approaches to day trips have always been looser. A day doesn't afford a whole lot of time for exploring, and I've never wanted ...
... of other human life. So we set about killing time in the ghost airport. One pleasant pursuit to while away the time was perusing some of the airports art collection. I suspect these installations may be an attempt to fill some of the cavernous empty space and disguise the complete lack of other people. Amongst the native Finnish folk art there was some more modern offerings including this white rabbit sculpture - part Alice in wonderland part donny darko figure of your nightmares. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti Helsinki
Good value for money hotel
Hotel in the centre of Stockholm, nice breakfast buffet, rooms average but very helpful staff in the reception.
Would go again.
This hotel offers great value: rooms are modern, beds are really comfortable, staff are helpful and the breakfast buffet is abundant. Also the location is really convenient, close to the railway station and the shops.
It was my second time in Finland, but the first time I stayed in Helsinki for several nights (end of November). Sokos Hotel Presidentti (formerly, Ramada hotel, so do not be confused when you see Ramada on top of ratings here and Sokos Presidentti being number 58 or so - it is all one hotel) was not my first choice but it had available rooms at reasonable price, so my Mom and I stayed there. Reception is friendly, although when there are lots of visitors arriving you have to stay in lines as people at the reception are not able to cope with all of them (sometimes, the lines are not friendly :)
Room was ok, no splendid view out of our window, but no noise as well. Not much to say about the room - very ordinary.
Breakfast was a big dissapointment - if you come around 8am you will easily find a place to seat, and no noisy crowds around you. But if you show up around 9 it is overcrowded by visitors, the tables are dirty and it is VERY noisy. I did not like the food at all-same items each day, no variety, very simple, nothing tasty.
Next time I come to Helsinki will probably try to find a more cosy, family-style, hotel as hotel Presidentti is more of a serious business type with lots of people around. For Russians the hint will be - this hotel is like hotel "Rossiya" in Moscow.
This hotel is situated in the centre of Helsinki, very near the big shopping malls. I booked a standard twin room for me and my girlfriend through Hotelclub, getting a very fair discount, making this hotel price worthy.
The reception staff was kind and effective. The huge lobby room has a smokers section and many soft cosy sofas for relaxing while waiting. They also had a special room for storing the luggage after checking out, and a toilet as well.
They have several fast and large lifts which quickly took us to the top floor (8th). The key card could however be a bit tricky to handle as we often had to give it several tries before the lift could take off.
The room was rather simple with no decorations except two rather depressing expressionist paintings. Air conditioning is non-existent and the temperature was around 26 degrees even on a rather cold october day, so we had to sleep with the window partly open. This was however no problem for us as there were not much noise at all from the streets despite being a Saturday night.
They offer single room or twin room. However, we could easily move the beds into a double bed.
The breakfast buffet was ample. But there were lots of people in the restaurant at the peek hour and not so easy finding a good table.
I like the people of Helsinki, although it was a very quick visit for us. The people seem open and many women are beautiful. No need for a taxi, you didn't have to walk far to get where you wanted. From and to the airport you take the Finnair bus (platform 30 at the railway station), it costs €5.20 and it takes you there in about 25-30 minutes.
This hotel was good enough for us for this visit. For a longer visit you might consider the deluxe rooms (might be better and are not much more expensive).
This hotel had an excellent location - next to the railway station and only a one minute walk from the centre.
The room was lovely and had a nice en-suite with bath and overhead shower. The tv channels were not so good but hey who's there to watch tv?
Breakfast was a buffet and had an excellent selection including salad, toast, bread, scrambled egg and cereals. The reception staff were also nice and friendly.
Omly minus mark was for the sauna which is only open from 0700 until 1000 and then 1700 until 2000. I don't know why this was but personally I'm having dinner between 5pm and 8pm!
Otherwise a lovely hotel.
Wonderful hotel !!!
This hotel was simply wonderful : really nice room with a big TV set, a bath in the bathroom, very good breakfast, helpful and nice staff. Everything was clean and modern, and the location was one of the best in central Helsinki : you had everything near !!! An excellent value !
Very good hotel! Very central, practically next to the Railway Station. We had a really posh room for little dosh. Breakfast was plentiful and the service was impeccable.
Keep it up!