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Sleeping in a jail: the Best Western Premier Katajanokka Hotel in Helsinki

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Access door to a room of the Best Western Premier Katajanokka Hotel in Helsinki

Rare places where I slept on a trip there are many, including a capsule hotel in Japan, but until I made my second visit to Finland, I had never had to sleep in a jail. Stop frowning, which does not favor you: you do not have to break any laws to sleep in Katajanokka prison, in Helsinki, closed in 2002 but which in 2007 reopened its doors for new and respectable tenants.

Katajanokka is a neighborhood-island very central and high standing in its westernmost area, where there are very well preserved Art Nouveau buildings. The entrance to the island can be made pedestrian through any of its three bridges, very close to each other, although the small bridge directly under the imposing Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral (the largest in Western Europe) is the only one exclusively pedestrian.

If you come by tram, the line that interests you is number 4 that leaves you in front of the hotel door. If you come by bicycle, follow the tram route. If you come walking, well, if you come walking I hope you do not have much luggage although from the Central Railway Station (where the Helsinki airport bus leaves you) there is approximately only 2 km away.

Exterior Hotel Best Western Premier Katajanokka Helsinki

Exterior (II) Best Western Premier Hotel Katajanokka Helsinki

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