17.09.2019

Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone's major renovation complete

A major renovation of Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone in Kotka was completed in July 2019. The renovation began with a complete reform of the restaurants in August 2018. The completely renovated Amarillo and Bistro Frans & Rosalie, as well as a whole new restaurant concept, VENN, were opened at Seurahuone in the autumn of 2018. A renovation of a hundred hotel rooms began in December 2018. During this project, the rooms in the original part of the hotel were completely reformed based on three themes, for example.

The interior decorator in charge of the room renovation was Marko Paananen, who hails from Kotka and is known due to, for instance, his part in the interior decoration TV show Inno.

"The design of the rooms in the original part of Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone started with me thinking about Kotka like a visitor would: as a coastal and seaside town. What kind of experiences could it provide to hotel guests who might not be used to some of the experiences available in the coastal area, even though they are part of the everyday life of people in Kotka?

Another important aspect was the building's late 1950s architecture, which can mainly be seen in the corridors and on the Captain floors. The final important framework idea for my design was that the entire hotel cannot be too playful: it should be refined rather than rollicking. This idea is supported by the harmony of the rooms," Marko Paananen explains the starting points for his design.

After the renovation, Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone has 164 hotel rooms, of which 70 Standard Twin rooms are in a wing that was completed in 2008. They have a Scandinavian theme. The 2019 renovation covered 16 family rooms, 46 Standard Queen rooms, 26 Superior Queen rooms, five Standard Queen rooms with a sauna and the Captain's Suite.

With the themed rooms, we wanted to respond to the current travel trends and the customers' wishes regarding both leisure and business travel. Modern customers want unique and personal rooms with different kinds of atmospheres. Someone travelling on business wants something else from their hotel room than a group of friends on a weekend trip or a family with children on holiday.

"Due to the large windows and the closeness of the street, I wanted the Engine Rooms to be dark and have a slightly more edgy feeling, with the colours and materials suggesting the

engine room of a ship. These rooms are for guests who appreciate some grit and do not flinch when seeing a mirror on the ceiling. With the Engine Rooms, I took a fierce, dynamic and rough approach instead of trying to achieve something classically cosy – hotter and more youthful than the other styles. Bold dark walls and metal headboards...", Paananen explains the ideology of the Engine Rooms.

"When designing the Beach House rooms, I was thinking about softness and the freshness of a visit to the seaside. The Beach House colours and forms are familiar to those who already have an image in their minds of what living on the coast in a western country looks like. The colours are fresh, but the forms and lighting make the rooms very pleasant.

On the other hand, I used soft monochromatic shades to create the feeling of a classical upscale cabin. The rooms on the Captain's Floor are like the first class cabins of ships at the time when the building was built. Subdued colours; a contrast to the fresh, bright colours of the Beach House rooms. The colours of wood, off-white and beige...", Paananen explains the other themes.

The renewed hotel with its varied restaurants and meeting rooms that were already renovated in 2015 create a versatile experience that is unparalleled in Finland. 

Further information: Olli Järvinen, general manager, Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone,

tel. +358 10 7635 971, olli.jarvinen@​sok.​fi

Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone in figures:

  • Built in 1961 and expanded in 2008
  • 94 modernised hotel rooms
  • A total of 164 hotel rooms
  • 8 storeys
  • 70 indoor parking spaces
  • Can host a dinner party for 200 people
  • 6 meeting rooms
  • Restaurant Amarillo for 420 people
  • Restaurant VENN for 120 people
  • Restaurant Frans & Rosalie for 140 people
  • 3 bookable saunas
  • 1 gym
  • 130 km from Helsinki