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Hotel Katajanokka

3,318 reviews
+358 9 686450

Top Amenities

Free Wifi
Free Breakfast
Pets Allowed
Fitness Center

Former Prison Converted to Four-Star Hotel

Living History Within Walking Distance of Attractions

Once a prison commissioned by Tsar Nicholas in the 1880s, the Best Western is now revitalized as a four-star modern hotel in Katajanokka. Friendly staff dressed in prison clothes greet guests in the lobby and are happy to give directions to nearby sights. Take a 15-minute stroll into the city center or hop on the tram just outside the door. In downtown Helsinki, spend a day touring the Presidential Palace, Ateneum Art Museum, and Helsinki Cathedral.

Fine Prison Dining

In the Jailbird Bar and Restaurant, find exposed original brick walls highlighted by modern track lighting and orange accent walls behind floating shelves. Enjoy a quiet moment on the restaurant patio, where sunlight filters through the maple trees, and watch for birds in Linnanpuisto Park across the street. Satisfy your culinary cravings with a breakfast of omelets, Karelian pies, fruit, and bacon, then peruse the dinner menu, which includes such delights as smoked salmon and filet of lamb. Don't skip dessert, either; order the cinnamon apple topped with mascarpone mousse.

Book a dinner or conference for up to 10 in the restored wine cellar with its arched brick ceiling and cozy sconce lighting. If you are hosting a larger party of up to 80 people, book the assembly room. Once the prison chapel, this oldest part of the prison features arched windows, an upper balcony, tall ceilings, and elaborate mouldings. 

Guest Rooms

The 106 guest rooms each feature a flat-screen TV, safe, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, electric kettle, minibar, and free Internet. Choose from rooms with one queen or two twin beds, as well as those with wheelchair access. Shades of yellow, brown, and orange mix with the wooden accents to create a homey feel. The mosaic-tiled bathrooms surprise guests with the more modern polished wood plank ceilings and spotlights. Quaint arched windows and thick walls serve as a reminder of the building’s history and help to maintain a quiet atmosphere, while sleek workstations provide a practical, contemporary touch. Pamper yourself with an upgrade to a premier suite with a personal sauna and sofa bed in the separate living room area. 

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a quaint and quirky hotel with vivid reminders of its history-filled past, book your stay at Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka. With upgrades such as the free breakfast, 24-hour gym, sauna, paid parking, and kids' playroom, the hotel caters to guests of any age.

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Merikasarminkatu 1 A
Helsinki, 00160
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User Highlights
Overall Guest Score
"Quiet and walking distance to harbour" "Close to sea shore"
City centre within easy reach, said 91%.
Near to public transport, according to 100%.
"Excellent buffet breakfast" "Awesome buffet breakfast"
91% were happy with the price of the breakfast.
"Excellent staff" "Great front desk staff"
97% found the staff to be very friendly.
84% said the reception staff was great.
"Modern interior" "Amazing character"
94% enjoyed the friendly atmosphere.
Only 66% thought, the hotel was modern.
"Modern interior" "Amazing building"
84% thought the building was wonderful.
87% found the grounds to be nice.
"Excellent thermostat" "Old fittings"
70% said the beds were comfortable.
76% thought rooms were spacious.
"Wireless wifi was not working" "Internet doesn't work"
72% said the wifi quality was bad.
89% thought it was a great value.
Bar and Beverages
"Downstairs bar closed" "No bar"

Good to know...

Friendly atmosphere
Near city centre
Wifi quality could be improved
Friendly service
Expert Reviews
Star Service
Probably one of the most unique hotels in the city, the Katajanokka is a former prison. Built in...
Michelin Guide
Pleasantly restored, late 19C former prison, with high ceilinged corridors and original staircases still in situ.
Insight Guides
A fabulous choice with a unique history... the well-soundproofed rooms are done up in designer furnishings and linens.
Hotel Information
Bar or Lounge
Business Center
Fitness Center
Free Breakfast
Free Wifi
No Smoking
Pets Allowed
Spa or Sauna
From 3:00pm*must be 18 or older to check-in
Until 12:00pm
# of Rooms
Handicap Accessible
Wheelchair Accessible