Hotel Torni

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Sokos Hotel Torni
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Hotel Torni, seen from its northern side in 2007
Hotel chainSokos Hotels
General information
LocationHelsinki, Finland
AddressYrjönkatu 26
FI-00100 Helsinki
Coordinates60°10′04″N 24°56′18″E / 60.16778°N 24.93833°E / 60.16778; 24.93833
Opening1931
Height69.5 m (228 ft)
Technical details
Floor count14
Design and construction
ArchitectJung & Jung
Other information
Number of rooms152
Number of suites14
Number of restaurants4
Website
www.sokoshotels.fi

Hotel Torni (lit. "Hotel Tower") is a historical hotel located in Helsinki, Finland, and a part of the Sokos Hotels hotel chain. When opened in 1931, it became the tallest building in Finland, a position it maintained until the completion of the new Neste headquarters in neighboring Espoo in 1976. It remained the tallest building in Helsinki until 1987. The interior of the building was completely renovated in 2005. It is located in central Helsinki, the so-called Helsinki Design District.

History[edit]

The hotel was designed by architects Jung & Jung in 1928, and has 14 stories. It is allegedly the place where the murder of the Mata Hari-like Minna Craucher was planned in 1932.

The hotel served the needs of air defense during the Second World War, when members of the Finnish women's paramilitary organization Lotta Svärd kept watch for enemy bombers. Immediately after the cessation of the war, Hotelli Torni served as the headquarters of the Allied Control Commission monitoring Finnish compliance with the obligations of the Moscow Armistice. It became known as a center of culinary excellence.

Restaurants[edit]

In Hotel Torni, there are several restaurants including Ravintola Torni (dining), Ateljee Bar (top of the tower with view over downtown Helsinki, known especially for the toilets which have scenic glass walls to the outside), American Bar (American style bar), and O'Malley's (Irish bar). The Ateljee Bar provides a monthly changing art exhibition featuring Finnish artists.

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