The history of the medieval Finnish city of Pori began in 1558. The main architectural landmarks were built in the 19th century. Among them, of particular interest are:
- the country’s first Finnish-language theatre (the building was built in 1884);
- mausoleum of Uzelius;
- the historical center consists of an architectural complex of buildings of the town hall (1841), houses on Hallituskatu Street, the palace of Junnelius, built in the Venetian style;
- temples of the city – Lutheran Cathedral, Orthodox Church of St. John the Theologian.
What else is Pori famous for?
Hotels of the city can offer excursion tours to museums and memorable places of Pori:
- Art Museum;
- Satakunta Museum;
- Ruzenlev Museum.
The city has the most equipped and staffed library in the region. Since 1966, every summer Pori gathers jazz musicians from all over the world. The festival “Pori Jazz” is held here. The main concert venues are installed in the “Green Zone” – the cultural and historical part of the city in the delta of the Kokemyaenyoki River.
In winter and summer, country hotels accept thousands of tourists – lovers of relaxing in the fresh air. 15 km from Pori is an amazing corner of nature, untouched by civilization – the dunes of Yuyuteri. The golden beach with a length of 6 km on the shore of the Gulf of Bothnia is a great place for rest and recovery.
Where to stay for a holiday?
Travelers are accepted by hotels located within the city and beyond. The choice depends on the nature of leisure activities. The review will help determine the most acceptable option.
A 30-minute drive from Pori Airport is the elegant Ahlstrmin Ruukki NoormarkkuHotel Complex. These are 4 buildings on the banks of the Normarka River, 500 m from the center of the city of the same name. The design of the rooms was developed in the spirit of the “father of the Scandinavian style” architect Alvar Aalto. Guests prepare their own meals. The restaurant is only open on weekends. From entertainment offers active leisure – fitness, tennis, fishing. The hotel organises excursions to local museums:
- Villa Mayer;
- Ahlström Voyeeage Exhibition Centre;
- Saw Museum;
- cultural and historical center of Pori.
“Located in a unique location in the historic Aalström Mills area, this hotel is definitely worth a visit. A short walk from Villa AlvarA Aalto Mairea. The room is spacious and clean, and a small common area for cooking was also available.” Joni, Finland
In the heart of Pori on the picturesque promenade is a four-storey hotel Hotel Bepop. Within walking distance is the pedestrian zone of the city with the main historical sights and museums. The convenient location of the parking lot allows you to go from the hotel to any part of the district. The beaches of Yuyteri are 15 km away. The hotel has a car rental, restaurant, lobby bar, grocery mini market.
At the request of the guest, breakfast is included in the price. For regular customers, promotions are arranged, discounts are provided. Nearby there are a large number of restaurants, cafes and grocery stores, so meals can be organized independently. For accommodation is offered 111 rooms of different dignity and amount of payment. Basically, standard and superior rooms are presented.
“The hotel is in a great location. The main pedestrian street is a 1-minute walk away. In the vicinity there is everything you need. Very friendly staff! Delicious and hearty breakfasts. The room is quiet! To the nearest beach 20 minutes by car.”
In the centre of Pori there is an attractive place to stay – the Aparthotel Torget. Here you can rent a comfortable apartment for a long time or use the services of a hostel. Guests prepare their own meals in the shared kitchen. Furnished rooms are equipped with everything necessary for rest and sleep. The owners provide separate conditions after 7 days of booking a room.
Finnish hotels are famous for the fact that they are always equipped with saunas. Torget Aparthotel does not offer such a service.
“Perfect location near the Central Market. Quite a large room (even a single room!), modern furniture and clean, small fridge and water boiler and microwave. And still one of the cheapest places in Pori. In addition, two blocks from the hotel, in Pohoispuisto Park, there was free parking where you can leave your car for 24 hours” Hannu, Finland
A small campsite is located in a natural area on the shore of a forest lake. Next to the camp there is a quarry, a small beach and rocky mountains. The owners came up with the idea to use tents with transparent ceilings for the night. This is to watch the northern lights without getting out of bed. This complex is created for those who are tired of the same type of hotel complexes and want to live a little in the open air, but in the warmth and their own bed.
A continental breakfast is served every morning. After it, a whole range of entertainment is offered:
- forest hikes;
- beach games, sunbathing, swimming in the lake, snorkeling;
- bike rides;
- in winter – all kinds of skiing.
Accessories are available for hire. A barbecue area is available on site.
Guests respond to the services of the hotel in most cases extremely negatively. Positively assessing the work of the staff, they do not like the toilets located on the street, the lack of running water and not very good location of the camp.
“Terrible facilities (2 dirty toilets; no running water) in the area that lies between the parking lot, the woodworking factory (work starts at 7 a.m.) and the graffiti-dotted rock from where teenagers get drunk and jump into the small pond below at any time of the day or night (preferably when music is playing loudly in the background).”
On the shore of the Botanical Bay, at the first line of the golden beach of Yuyteri is the delightful complex Yyteri Hotel & Spa. There are all conditions for resort rest and recovery:
- hot tubs, gyms, swimming pools on site;
- surfing center 500 m from the complex;
- equestrian center;
- trails for hiking and cross-country skiing.
The hotel is served by a restaurant, a lobby bar and a kiosk on the beach. Breakfast is served buffet style. There is a library, a terrace and a children’s playroom. Pori is 19 km away.
“The location of the hotel is great! Dunes, sea, landscapes, squirrels, seagulls, amazing beauty of nature, peace and quiet. The terrace at the hotel is super, the outdoor pool is super, the panoramic restaurant is super. The room is very nice big, everything is new. We lived with a dog (you can come here with pets). The bed is good. The sauna is super, hot and beautiful. There is a restaurant on the beach. The sea has a sandy bottom, the water is clean. There is a surf club on the beach. There are a lot of vacationers, but the place can be found easily. The beach is quite wide and large. We were very satisfied” Miroslav, Russia
A cozy family hotel with comfortable rooms is located in the center of Pori. It has long been chosen by the participants and guests of the annual jazz festival. Here, as at home – soft (even too) beds, original interiors of the rooms, a common dining room in the loft style and delicious homemade food. A continental breakfast is served every morning in the hotel’s restaurant. The rest of the time, meals can be ordered from the menu.
“Very good breakfast. Great location and friendly staff” Erkki, Finland
In the green area of Pori, on the banks of the river is Villa Einola with two bedrooms, a living room and a private garden. Fishing enthusiasts come here. It’s very quiet. While the anglers go about their business, the rest of the hotel guests can ride bicycles around the area or play darts. In the evenings, they can gather in the barbecue area to have dinner together and share their impressions of the past day.
“Loved it! House, sauna, river, fireplace, round table in the kitchen! It’s like we’re in a fairy tale! Many thanks to the hosts!”
Scandic Pori hotel is centrally located. It offers 120 different rooms and is number 1 during the accommodation of guests and participants of the jazz festival. Within walking distance from the hotel there is a pedestrian zone, a market square, a theater, the church of Keski Pori and other attractions. The popular kirurinluoto children’s amusement park is located one and a half kilometers from the hotel. The Ark Nature Museum is 500 metres from the property.
A continental breakfast is served daily. There is also a grocery mini boutique and a bar. There are many restaurants and cafes around.
“It has everything a traveler needs: comfortable rooms and a full range of services. It seems to me that the restaurant’s menu lacks local cuisine. Breakfast is excellent, there are products for every taste.” Sergio, Luxembourg
Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Pori is another hotel located in the city center. It offers quiet single, family and superior rooms. In the immediate vicinity is Kirurinluoto Park, where concerts of the annual jazz festival are held. You can listen to them on the balcony of their own rooms. From here it is a short walk to the theatre and the Museum of Art. There are three on-site restaurants, one of which specialises in Mexican cuisine. Breakfast is included in the payment of accommodation.
“The location is just great! In the center, next to the main cultural events of the city!” Maria, Russia
A small cottage village Yyteri Holiday Cottages is located near the first coastline of the Botanical Bay. There are only 6 houses. Each offers scenic views of the dunes and the beach. There is a tennis court nearby, and there are hiking and cycling trails in the forest.
“The campsite has a very good location. Responsible staff. Quiet and peaceful place, no noise in the evenings, although the hotel was full.” Haike, Finland
Tourists arriving in Pori choose hotels according to the type of their leisure. Those who come to the festival stay in the city. The picturesque surroundings of the dunes have their own hotel and wellness centers. The road from the city to the golden beaches takes 10 minutes by public transport.