Major renovation at Original Sokos Hotel Koljonvirta

Major renovation work will begin at Original Sokos Hotel Koljonvirta in the centre of Iisalmi on 25 September 2022. In connection with the renovation, expected to last approximately a year, all premises will be renovated. Part of the hotel will be completely demolished, and a new property built, also housing the Rosso & Hesburger restaurant world with terraces.


With the completion of the renovation in June 2023, Koljonvirta will be a modern Savonian hotel, ready for the future. "Our goal is to exceed client expectations with a fresh interpretation of the hotel, favoured by business travellers. It will have 32 completely new hotel rooms, and the current 56 rooms will also be updated at the end of the renovation", says an enthusiastic General Manager Tarja Jeskanen.


Helsinki-based Visionary Design Partners will be responsible for the entire interior design. "We are aiming for a hotel which offers a multi-sensory and soothing experience, created with natural materials and colours, green plants and long-lasting furniture," interior designer Jaana Ekman assures.

What does the renovation mean for our guests?

The hotel's 50 rooms on the Pohjolankatu side serve guests until the new building is completed (April 2023). Unfortunately, the renovation will also cause noise in these rooms on weekdays between 7.30 and 17.00. Nearby hotels Break Sokos Hotel Tahko, Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi in Kuopio and Original Sokos Hotel Valjus in Kajaani will during the renovation also serve Koljonvirta guests who are sensitive to daytime noise.


Restaurant O'Nelly's will serve breakfast and evening meals from 16.00 to 21.00 until April 2023. Parking spaces in the courtyard will decrease significantly and guests saunas will not be in use. The hotel will lack accessibility during the renovation.


The restaurant world, the reception with its shops and the new, fresh sauna facilities will open for Easter 2023. The renovation will be completed in June 2023. Original Sokos Hotel Koljonvirta will at that time consist of 88 atmospheric rooms, a sauna section and a new, wonderful restaurant world with terraces.


Helsinki-based Suunnitteluhuone Oy is in charge of the architectural design. Construction, electricity and HVAC contracts are carried out by Savonian companies. Operator Osuuskauppa PeeÄssä invests EUR 14.5 million in the renovation of Koljonvirta. In addition to Koljonvirta, Original Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi in Kuopio and Break Sokos Hotel Tahko will also be renovated. The development work forms part of the strategy of Osuuskauppa PeeÄssä, acting as a growth engine for the tourism sector in Northern Savonia.

More information: Tarja Jeskanen, General Manager, tel. +358 44 719 7301, 

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