Hotel Kakola in Turku was before Finland’s most notorious prison

Prison hotel above Turku

The prison area on Kakolanmäki in Turku has historically been a place where Finland’s most notorious criminals have been imprisoned. In 2020, the story of the area changed significantly, as now you can enjoy the setting of a high-quality hotel in Kakolanmäki, to which the gloomy history of the area adds a teasing addition.

The dignified-looking prison building today welcomes anyone, offering amenities that would make you want to enjoy even a longer stay.

Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
Hotel Kakola is located on Kakolanmäki in Turku, a short distance from the city center.

Hotel Kakola offers a total of 148 rooms, all of which are individually decorated. The range of rooms includes suites and family rooms. There are a total of six room categories, ranging in size from 12 to 54 square meters. The hotel has two accessible rooms, both of which are standard rooms.

As a specialty, Hotel Kakola can also accommodate in a rather barren cell, to which a few amenities have been added for hotel guests. These include a mirror, a rug, and curtains, but the cellular atmosphere is by no means unavoidable, and it is not intended. The harsh conditions are reminded by the fact that, for example, the toilet is located in the same open space as the metal floor mite.

Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
The prison atmosphere is strongly present in the hotel corridors, but not in the rooms.

Where in the actual hotel rooms the setting is like in any high-class hotel, the prison atmosphere is strongly present in the hotel corridors. The small doors of the former cells have been left visible, although numerous cells have been connected to one hotel room. The thick walls of the rooms and the steep staircases leading from one floor to the other are also reminiscent of the building’s history.

The fascinating stories of the building and, in some places, the gruesome fates add to the hotel visit, but there is hardly any trace of them in the rooms themselves. Stories can be left outside the hotel room if you wish.

See photos of Hotel Kakola and throw yourself into the prison atmosphere!

Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
The old staircases have been preserved on some of the floors.
Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
Each room has its own décor.
Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
You can see a piece of the prison floor plan in the Kakola logo.
Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
You can move between the floors conveniently, as there are numerous staircases. The hotel also has a lift for accessibility.
Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
If you wish, during your stay you can also stay in a real cell, which has been brought with a few amenities compared to prison times.
Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
The versatile room categories offer alternatives for a holiday in Turku.
Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
In the corridors of the hotel you can see many references to the history of the building.
Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
The hotel’s lobby bar invests in details that tell the history of the building.
Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
The hotel’s Ruben’s restaurant menu is based on local food, and the range of producers in the area also extends to drinks.
Inka KhanjiHotel Kakola, Turku
The Ruben’s restaurant hall serves not only dinner but also the hotel’s breakfast.

Text and photos: Inka Khanji

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