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Hotel Katajanokka

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Hotel Katajanokka

Hotel Katajanokka is sited in a former prison and is a perfect lodging for those, who search for novel experiences. The dark-red brick house, built in 1837, initially housed 12 prison cells, later this number being increased to 164. In 2002 the prison ceased to exist, and in 2007 it was transformed into 102-room hotel. It is sited on a small peninsula in a warehouse area, about 10 minutes walking distance from the marketplace. Surrounded by a large park, the building unmistakably looks like a prison - just its widows are freed from iron bars now, and the overall ambiance is not as depressing as one might expect either. As strange as it may seem, there is some coziness about these premises - the former prison corridors are surprisingly spacious, and iron stairs between the floors seem like odd design elements. The previous cells now offer a reasonable amount of comfort, moreover, they are large enough (from 17 to 30 m²) and the small windows afford pretty decent portions of daylight. Only black & white photos above the bed remind of the former life of this place. Taking into consideration the 4-star comfort standards of the Best Western hotel chain, some authenticity evidently had to be sacrificed, merging for this purpose two prison cells into one hotel room. The overall ambiance, however, is well-preserved, and the way your feel there perhaps will depend on your own imagination. It is said that five priests had consecrated the hotel before its opening, thus liberating it from any remains of its old-day aura. Whatever it may be, Hotel Katajanokka is still among those lodgings that you feel somewhat relieved to leave behind...

Rates from 140 Euro.

Vyökatu 1

www.bwkatajanokka.fi

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