Oceanside Helsinki is perhaps one-of-the-most stunning destinations on Earth with all its parks and islands. Maybe, for that reason, a bracing 20-minute drive from the airport felt like a 5-minute nature movie. Sightings of vernacular architecture and crystal lakes caught my attention en route Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti. Only after entering the heart of the city, is when I noticed this gorgeous box-shaped hotel from a far distance. Located on the Etelainen Rautatiekatu square, opposite Kampii mall, Sokos Presidentti was my best bet in central Helsinki.
Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti, My Best Bet in Helsinki
Sokos Hotel Presidentti welcomed me by sliding its glass door into a lavish lobby. Take a short right and a long left to arrive at the hotel’s brightly lit lobby lounge. There was a long queue of visitors lined up to check-in at the hotel reception desk. (Giving an impression that the hotel was completely booked) Despite which, the staff was extremely polite, cheerful, and helpful. Exactly what you need in a new country! The waiting time allowed me to look around and notice the contemporary interiors as well as, the hotel floor map. After receiving my room keys, I headed towards the elevator which is on the left from the reception.
Luckily with 2 hotel lifts, it was super convenient for multiple passengers to travel simultaneously. Although, as soon as you hit the floor lobby, be prepared to walk a lot before you finally arrive at your room door. Think of it as a good workout, because you don’t have any other choice in Europe. Most hotels in Europe feature, long-walkable-lobbies and I think they are great for our health.
4-star Hotel offering 5-star Comforts
Most often, when you are spending EUR 180 for a room, you are confident about the facilities you will get. But, Europe can surprise you with both good and bad experiences. Predominantly, it’s the room size that determines your happiness parameter. Therefore, I was happy to see that my deluxe Sokos room was spacious, airy and contained all modern amenities. From a stocked minibar, flat-screen TV, free WiFi, telephone, to incredible room service, each facility was well-organized and executed.
Beyond Room, Into the Washroom
Sokos Hotel Presidentti’s airy room also houses a compact ensuite washroom. From the ventilated shower, bathtub, toiletries, hairdryer, towels, bathrobes, slippers to a large, this washroom has everything need to make your travel successful. In addition to the amenities, Sokos rooms also flaunt centralised heating, to keep you warm at all times. Just as warm as a snuggly sweater! Additional room facilities include an electric kettle, iron board, radio, safe, sofa, and work desk.
As I gently pulled apart the loosely hung window curtains, a scene out of a Hollywood movie played before my eyes. For next few minutes, I found myself glued to the window, watching people dressed in overcoats, wending their way through the squeaky clean roads. (under the nebulous night lamps of course) Observing Finnish lifestyle and culture was an all-new adventure to try.
Then again, Sokos Hotel Presidentti boasts an array of in-house escapades to refresh the guests. From 4 unique restaurants, 1 bar, a clubhouse, 8 Sauna-rooms, to an indoor swimming pool, a variety of Finnish activities await your presence in the hotel.
Why stay at Sokos Hotel Presidentti?
Sokos Presidentti turned out to be a great hotel, for me! Also, I thoroughly enjoyed their scrumptious organic breakfast featuring the finest of cold meats, bread, eggs, yoghurt, cheese and other items. But, above all this hotel is centrally located and allowed me to cover the city on foot. The nearest landmarks are Kamppi Metro Station and Helsinki harbour. There are plenty of shops, eateries, and sightseeing spots in the vicinity.