"Our new, grand rooms with a balcony are a show-case of how the hotel will be upgraded to the modern age respecting its 66 year long history", says general manager Mika Mustasilta. "We are lucky, because Vaakuna still has several peaces of original furniture, light fixtures and other great details that will now, with the renovation, regain their former glory." The light fixtures in the Superior rooms on the ninth floor are also original, designed by the Finnish lighting designer Paavo Tynell. The table lamps are new, but they have been designed and made respecting Tynell's design language.
The classic, original armchairs designed by architect Erkki Huttunen in the rooms were reupholstered with textiles that echo the colour scheme of the 1950s. The peace doves familiar from the hotel lobby have flown on the walls of the rooms, and the original emblem of the hotel, a golden coat of arms, is repeated in the textiles and printed products.
A unique feature in the hotel rooms on the ninth floor of the hotel Vaakuna that was first opened in 1952, the year of the Helsinki Summer Olympics, are the balconies with views to different directions. The roomy balconies provide an opportunity to enjoy splendid sceneries and why not a breakfast or a dinner. "The balconies also offer business travellers a unique place to continue their work day outside", says Hilkka Lehtinen, general manager for the Vaakuna hotel.
The balconies and the terraces of the suites also function as excellent venues for various festive occasions. For example, the sauna suite with a terrace, which offers magnificent views towards the Finnish Parliament House, is an ideal venue for enjoying the sunset even for a large group.
In connection with the renovation, a completely new room type, Superior X, was built on the ninth floor. In the spacious rooms, you can enjoy a good night's sleep in extra wide King size beds. The terraces of the rooms are furnished with, in addition to a table and chairs, sun loungers for relaxing.
The ninth floor, i.e. the top floor of the Vaakuna hotel has 50 rooms, two of which are suites and one of which is a sauna suite. The lobby and corridor areas have also been renovated.
The Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna will be modernised in stages, one floor at a time. The hotel will function as normal during the renovation work. The work will be performed between 9 am and 6 pm and will not cause disturbance to the hotel guests. The renovation will be completed in early 2019. By then, all rooms and the lobby area will be finished, radiating a 1950s atmosphere while filling the requirements of customers' of the 2020s.
We wish you warmly welcome and hope you will enjoy your stay!