Excellent 8.5
Based on 74 reviews

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About Hotel Katajanokka


Housed in a converted prison from 1837, this atmospheric hotel is found on Katajanokka Island in central Helsinki. It offers a popular restaurant and rooms with a flat-screen TV. Free wired internet access is available in all rooms of Hotel Katajanokka. Each room is decorated in warm colours and includes a writing desk, minibar and kettle. Restaurant Linnankellari operates in the basement of an old county jail, and offers Finno-Scandinavian local and organic food prepared of the finest ingredients. In the heart of the kitchen is a charcoal grill. Guests at Hotel Katajanokka have free sauna access on weekend mornings, and the modern gym is open 24 hours a day. Trams stop right next to Hotel Katajanokka, bringing guests to Helsinki’s city centre in less than 10 minutes.
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Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms

Getting around

  • Bicycle rental
  • Rental car

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Fitness center
  • Sauna

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • Restaurant(s)
  • Room service
  • Vending machine

Services and conveniences

  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Newspapers
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Shop(s)
  • Smoking area


  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed
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  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room capacity for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Pets can be accommodated in some rooms, depending on availability. Guests are kindly asked to contact the hotel in advance. Contact details are included in the booking confirmation. Please note that bookings cannot be guaranteed with Visa Electron. Contact the property for further details.
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Recent customer comments

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based on 74 reviews
  • Cleanliness 8.7
  • Facilities 10.0
  • Location 8.5
  • Room Comfort/Standard 8.6
  • Service 8.5
  • Value for money 8.5
  • Food/Dining 8.1
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Peetu from Finland
Standard Queen Room
Stayed one night in May 2016
We enjoyed our stay very much. A clean and comfy room, breakfast was excellent with a lot of variety.
Reviewed May 24, 2016

Hanna from United Arab Emirates
Junior Suite with Sauna
Stayed one night in March 2016
Helsinki stopover
Location, cleanliness, staff
Very pleasant, the staff was nice and helpful and the location was great. Itis apparently one of three prisons that has been rebuilt into a hotel in Europe, an interesting feature and theme that could possibly have been played on more in terms of the decor. Overall a pleasant stay.
Reviewed March 14, 2016

michael from Australia
Standard Queen Room
Stayed one night in October 2015
full of character
very comfortable room, great food, nice location
Enjoy this hotel, wouldn't stay any where else in Helsinki. Has real character being converted from an old prison. Rooms large, very comfortable, nice bathroom. Good breakfast, easy walk to harbour. Round 20 minutes walk to city center or a tram is just outside hotel.
Reviewed October 07, 2015

michael from Australia
Standard Queen Room
Stayed 2 nights in September 2015
wonderful atmosphere
comfort, difference, decor
Loved this hotel for its difference. Old Helsinki goal redecorated. Our room 2 former cells, high windows, curved ceiling. Whole place very atmospheric. Very comfortable nicely decorated room. Great breakfast. Hotel close to harbour and markets. Pleasant easy walk to city centre but also tram right outside hotel. Compared to other Helsinki hotels - reasonably priced.
Reviewed September 06, 2015

Piret from Estonia
Standard Queen Room
Stayed 2 nights in November 2014
Experience guaranteed
Location, historical building, great food
Our stay was above expectations, as the location was very good and the hotel room was better than we expected. The breakfast was delicious and staff really really helpful. They provide gluten and lactose free food without any problem. The rooms are pretty and interesting at the same time,
Reviewed November 24, 2014

Diarmuid from Ireland
Stayed 2 nights in August 2014
Nice Experience
Design, Staff, Comfort
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Wai from Malaysia
Business travelers
Premier Twin Room
Stayed 3 nights in June 2014
Attentive staffs, close to event place
Location, Friendly staffs, good facilities
Reviewed June 24, 2014

zhong from China
Business travelers
Standard Twin Room
Stayed 4 nights in March 2014
good location and nice breakfast
locatoin, food and covenience
the hotel is well located in the city with convenient access to the downtown and to the surrounded island views
Reviewed March 30, 2014

zhong from China
Business travelers
Standard Twin Room
Stayed 4 nights in March 2014
location is good
breakfast, location, price
the locatoin is good with beautiful sightseeing around
Reviewed March 24, 2014

Filip from Serbia
Business travelers
Premier Twin Room
Stayed 3 nights in September 2013
Have you ever stayed in a prison? :)
Interesting design, close to the city and good breakfast
This hotel used to be a prison up until a few years ago, but you definitely do not feel like in one. The rooms are very comfortable and staff very helpful. There was a greeting on the TV in the room with our name, wishing us a great stay (great touch). The hotel is very close to all of the main attractions in Helsinki and yet in a very peaceful area. Buffet breakfast was very good and would definitely recommend it.
Reviewed October 20, 2013


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