04.09.10 – If you need a place to stay in Helsinki and you’re not worried about spending money on a great place to stay (Kim, thinking of you! Ted and Jennifer too!), checkout the Hotel Katajanokka. The hotel is actually a renovated prison which was originally built in 1837 and functioned up until 2002. It’s hard to imagine a luxury hotel combo prison atmosphere but the hotel pulls it off, mainly due to strict requirements because of the historic nature of the building. Here’s some info I found on Wikipedia about Katajanokka;
As a historic building, strict limits were imposed on the redevelopment due to the strict regime of protection for historically significant buildings that is in effect in Finland. Thus, as a hotel, the exterior of the building has been preserved, as has the central corridor of the old prison and even the old prison wall.
The hotel has a great location, you can easily walk to the central market and take in the architecture of Katajanokka, a quiet park to relax, an excellent restaurant and a terrace when the weather permits. Check it out and then check in.
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