This elegant hotel is next to Helsinki Central Station, 5 minutes’ walk from the Esplanadi shopping streets. It offers a rooftop terrace, in-room flat-screen TVs, plus free sauna and WiFi access. Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Helsinki was built for the 1952 Olympics and is set in a heritage-listed building. The soundproofed rooms include air conditioning, a minibar and modern décor. The stylish á la carte restaurant offers a mix of Finnish and international dishes. After-dinner drinks can be enjoyed in the bar, which offers magnificent views of Helsinki’s bustling city centre. Other facilities include a playroom for children. The friendly staff is happy to provide tourist information and other services. The airport bus stops right opposite Sokos Vaakuna Helsinki. Housed in the same building is a Marks & Spencer Department Store, where guests enjoy a 10 % discount.