I will preface this review by saying that this Hotel was booked for me through my company because of its proximity to our office in Helsinki and, no doubt, due in part to favourable rates.
My first impressions are not great. I’m told the room is a superior room. I’ve not seen the standard room so I’ve no way to gauge their rankings but there’s nothing that feels superior here. The view looks out slightly above the rooftops of adjacent buildings. I’d call it a decent view, no way superior.
Helsinki is in a time zone two hours ahead of my own but stepping in to this room I feel like I’ve travelled five decades in to the past. There’s a 1960’s bedsit vibe. The type of place that your uncle, whose marriage has dissolved and has found himself starting over, would find himself in. As a child visiting this uncle and seeing a toilet 10 metres from your bed which in turn is only 10 metres from your kitchen seemed like the coolest thing ever but even to my nescient, childish mind there was a sense of a backwards step, a falling down, a snake and not a ladder.
The shower is located inside the door, partitioned off from the toilet by a wall of glass that looks straight out into the centre of the room. There is no frosting on the glass. Looking in from outside I suddenly feel like I’m here to interrogate a highly intelligent but extremely dangerous serial killer. The showering experience is adequate. Doesn’t heat up beyond lukewarm. Maybe that’s a thing in Finland. The blinds offer little resistance to the morning sun and for a city that has up to 18 hours of sunlight during summer months this could be a problem. No complaints about the cleanliness of the room.
I stayed three nights in total and on my last morning as I showered inside the glass cell, I caught sight of my perfectly round bottom in the huge wall mirror across the room. This in turn conjures up memories of watching some vintage 70’s adult movies wangled from dads secret stash (obviously not that secret since I got my sweaty teenage hands on it!) and it hits me. I’ve stayed in luxury and know what it’s like to sink into a warm Turkish bath or draw the blinds and turn on the room lights with the simple touch of a button but this hotel is different. There’s a nostalgic charm about this place. Quirky, odd, a little out of step or out of time; much like Helsinki. It’s got all the mod cons but hasn’t disowned it’s past. It makes for an enjoyable stay, one that ended too soon.
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Response from Torni-Management, Front Office Manager at Solo Sokos Hotel Torni
Responded 20 Nov 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for your visit and writing us this fine review! Our rooms are from 2006, but at the end of this year, we will start a big renovation where we do all the rooms and restaurants again. We do hope that we will be able to keep the "nostalgic charm" still in the house, but get the "superior look" back in to the rooms where it belongs. It might be that the "adult movie vibe" will be erased from our rooms with the glass walled bathroom, but I do hope we get the historical, charming and different vibe to stay in the hotel. We do hope you are able to come and visit the "new Torni" as well! Enjoy the Christmas time! With best regards, Elina Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Helsinki
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