The Best Hotels to Book in Turku, Finland

Find Scandinavian sleekness at Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone
Find Scandinavian sleekness at Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone | Courtesy of Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone / Expedia
Paula Hotti

Explore the medieval coastal city of Turku, Finland, while staying at these great hotels.

Turku, Finland’s medieval city and former country capital, is known for its ancient castle, cobblestone streets and university students. When it comes to finding a place to stay, there’s plenty to choose from. How about a room in a former prison next to a craft brewery? Or a sleek Scandinavian hotel in a downtown location? Why go to Paris when you can go to Turku, asks the city’s cheeky inhabitants. Here’s our guide to the best hotels in Turku.

1. Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone

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Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone dining room in minimal style with tile floor and striped sofa
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Solo Sokos Hotel Seurahuone nods to its 1920s art deco roots while maintaining typical Scandinavian sleekness. The rooms have wooden herring-bone floors with bed mattresses made from Nasa-developed material, providing ultimate comfort after exploring the city. Breakfast is a feast, offering everything from waffles to cured fish, but the best part is that you can eat in the privacy of a cosy nook – even during the breakfast rush hour.

2. Park Hotel Turku

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Park Hotel Turku dining room in classic style with ornaments on wall and vintage lamps
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Located in a Jugendstil building dating from 1902, Park Hotel Turku has 20 individually decorated rooms to choose from. A family-run establishment, this hotel has kept its style intact since 1988 and many guests return year after year. As the rooms are decorated with the owner’s antique finds, this boutique hotel has an element of central Europe in the middle of a typically Scandinavian city.

3. Hotel Kakola

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Hotel Kakola hallway with prison layout and industrial-style stairways in minimal style and grey tones
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This privately owned hotel is a former prison with a notorious reputation, located on top of the Kakola hill. The hotel has 151 rooms, but even with all the luxurious amenities at hand, the most popular room is the cell with simple bunk beds and bars on windows. Kakola hill is a sight in itself, you can reach its top easily by hopping onto Finland’s only city funicular.

4. Radisson Blu Marina

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Radisson Blue Marina lounge with chandeliers, plush sofas and ornamental vases
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Aura River is one of Turku’s most prominent features, running through the city’s city centre to the medieval Turku Castle. Along the river banks are many restaurants and boutiques as well as the ship-like Blu Marina hotel. The Executive Suite has a sauna with a sought-after vista of the river.

5. Sokos Hotel Wiklund

Boutique Hotel

Sokos Hotel Wiklund dining area with chandelier, breakfast budget and exposed ceilings
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Located on the top floors of Sokos Wiklund department store, this boutique hotel offers a modern stay in a historic spot. Wiklund started as a hardware store in the beginning of the 20th century but has since expanded into a department store and now a hotel. The rooms have trendy details – from mini Smeg fridges to locally designed posters and tote bags. There is also a coffee house, plus three types of restaurants inside.

6. Centro Hotel Turku

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Centro Hotel Turku lobby with marble floors, wood ceilings and easy chairs
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True to its name, Centro Hotel is located in the city centre, inside an inner courtyard. All 62 rooms have a minimalist decor, white being the dominant colour with splashes of bright red and warm wood. All rooms have a view overlooking the courtyard, which makes Centro a peaceful getaway to explore the historic sights, such as Turku Cathedral, just around the corner.

7. Scandic Julia

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Scandic Julia dining room in muted greys with pattern carpet floor
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Budget-conscious travellers and families will love Scandic Julia for its location in the city centre and laser tag facilities above it. There is also a playroom for children inside the hotel. Kids under 13 stay free and, if you come as a family with older kids, you can book a ‘teen room’ next to your own for their own privacy. The hotel offers bikes to explore the city.

8. Hotelli Helmi

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Hotelli Helmi dining area with checkerboard tile floor and breakfast bar
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Hotelli Helmi is a small privately-owned hotel in central Turku, next to the bus station. The hotel is an architecture lover’s choice; constructed in 1934 to serve as a Shell service station and district office, the building represents the typically Finnish functionalist style. The service station moved in the 1960s and the hotel was opened in 2008. Breakfast is served in a decidedly Finnish cafe on the ground floor.

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