Stay in a Former Prison; Hotel Katajanokka, Helsinki
Finland - May 5, 2023

Escape the ordinary at one of the top Instagramable places in Finland, Hotel Katajanokka in Helsinki. This hotel features chic design, unmatched comfort, and personalized service in a historic former prison setting, just a short walk from the city. I stayed in a “cell” where the ministers stayed with a beautiful view of the courtyard.

entrance to Hotel Katajanokka

A tunnel on the premises went through the wall from the men’s cell block on the 3rd floor. You would think this tunnel was for the prisoners to escape, however, it leads to women’s cell No 13 on the same floor. The prisoners had spent two weeks building it.

Hotel Katajanokka is one of the most luxurious and iconic hotels in Helsinki. Located near the harbor in the bustling center of Finland’s capital city, this hotel provides an elegant stay for visitors to enjoy all Helsinki offers.

dining table at Hotel Katajanokka

The hotel offers a range of amenities, from classic Finnish cuisine experienced at its restaurants, to modern amenities like a spa, fitness center, and meeting facilities. Guests will find a beautiful setting for relaxation, rejuvenation, and exploration at the Hotel Katajanokka.


twin beds

One of the most beautiful hotels in Helsinki is Hotel Katajanokka. The rooms of this hotel have been reconstructed from original cell blocks with an emphasis on both design and functionality, ensuring maximum comfort for guests.

room with couch

You can sleep soundly in the rooms as they have thick brick walls which provide privacy and a peaceful atmosphere. The tall ceilings and adjustable cooling system make the space feel open and breezy. Additionally, the triple-glazed windows block out any noise from the city outside.

The room rates already cover Wi-Fi usage and 24-hour gym access. You can also enjoy a free sauna on weekends.

There are Three Types of Rooms.

Classic Queen

The rooms may seem standard in size at 17m2, but they are designed to be compact, practical, and quiet. You’ll still have plenty of space to work, play, or sleep peacefully thanks to the smart layout and generous amenities. We have a total of 37 Classic Queen rooms available. Have sweet dreams!

Classic Twin

You can enjoy a spacious Classic Twin room with two 100 cm wide beds that covers a minimum of 20 m2. This generous space allows you to work diligently, have fun, or rest comfortably, as you deserve.

Superior King, Twin, and Family

If you’re on a space-themed adventure or traveling with others, consider choosing the Superior room type. The Superior King room includes a bed that is 200 cm wide, while the Superior Twin includes two beds that are 100 cm wide each. The Superior Family room is a combination of a 200 cm bed and a foldable bed sofa, suitable for one adult or two children.

The room is luxuriously furnished and has at least 25 square meters of space, along with high-speed Internet and extravagant bath amenities. It’s very comfortable and relaxing.

Junior Suite

Our Junior Suite offers an exclusive experience for those seeking spacious (32 m2) open-plan accommodations with an octagon shape, a separate seating area, and a private sauna in the en suite bathroom. You’ll also receive welcome gifts, a specialty coffee maker, and essential bath items, all included.

Enjoy a cup of coffee in the lobby while you wait.

Could you imagine getting married here in this little space?

marriage quarters

Merikasarminkatu 1a

00160 Helsinki

+ 358 293200620

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