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“Nice hostel on Suomenlinna !” 4 of 5 stars
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Hostel Suomenlinna
2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   Suomenlinna C 9, Helsinki 00190, Finland   |  
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“Nice hostel on Suomenlinna !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This was one of the cleanest hostels I've stayed at in all my travels and you can't find a more unique location in Helsinki with a hostel. Suomenlinna is a really interesting gem in Helsinki and being able to stay there over night is brilliant.

The hostel has clean rooms and bathrooms which is really kind of rare for hostels to have both.
The price is really good for Helsinki which is quite an expensive city over all.
You get to take a ferry to you your hostel from the city centre which in itself is a neat experience.

I recommend purchasing a 24 hr (or more) transportation pass which also covers the ferry trip fares, this way you can go back and forth to the city as much as you want in a day. The 24 hr pass is 8 euros which if you use it all over the city for trams, buses and the ferry is a good deal. you can buy the passes at the visitor centre next to the harbour where you catch the Suomemlinna ferry.

I will definitely stay at Hostel Suomenlinna any time I'm in Helsinki

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

The hostel used to be a school and has lots of character. It was clean and quiet with convenient showers and toilets. Towels are included. There was an interesting mix of people staying and staff was friendly and helpful. It is a good location to enjoy the island and catch the ferry. Definitely good value for money.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This hostel is located on the island. Be certain to check the ferries before you go, they vary dependant on the time of year! Nevertheless, the hostel is easy to find, close to a small shop and good value.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

When looking on-line for a nights accommodation, I was initially a bit put off Hostel Suomenlinna due to its location on an island off Helsinki. With fairly short notice and prices in the central city getting pretty high for the one night I had in Helsinki, I decided to book it based on some pretty positive reviews. I'm pleased that I did. I jumped off the ferry from Tallinn and walked about 10 minutes to the Market Square, and the ferry for Suomenlinna left 10 minutes later - enough time to buy a ticket (2.20 euros) at the machine outside the kiosk. A 15-minute ferry ride and we disembarked on the island, and it's only some 80 metres or so to the hostel - an old school bordering on a hundred years old. On booking I had been emailed an access code for the door which got me in (luckily there was enough power on my phone to retrieve the email!), a key to my room had been left to collect inside. The hostel itself is pretty basic, but if you just need it to sleep and rustle up a snack it is perfectly fine. There is a small supermarket 50 metres away, the same distance to the brewery/pub, while it's about the same distance again to Restaurant Klubi 20. This proximity to the ferry and eateries is really handy. I spent several hours exploring the island's fortifications which are really fascinating in scope and scale. The hostel is clean and linen provided. Breakfast is available if pre-ordered (7.50 euros). It's so handy to Helsinki and with such frequent ferries that being located on an island is no drawback at all if you are happy with hostel style accommodation, and the island is well worth exploring.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Helsinki, Finland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Hostel itself is just an average type but you will definitely love the location of this hostel. It is in Suomenlinna Island, a historic island in Helsinki. Clean and sound environment, so nice views around.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Clearly everything around this hostel is quite amazing! You have a full island with great landscape, great buildings, a submarine on land, the sea and Helsinki on the horizon. If you want a quiet place with historic background, Suomenlinna Islands is the perfect choice. As for the hostel, is not waht you would expect from such a great place. The hostel is both a travellers resting point, but also a young kids vacations camp, which can be a bit boring, having kids being kids (nothing against it, of course!), when you want to rest. It's a good place if you want to just stop and go, but with poor added value other than the island where it is located. Nevertheless, is the only hostel on the island, so is the only choice if you're on a budget.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Harz
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This hostel is located on an island in front of Helsinki. The ferry takes about 17min to get there and runs 24hrs a day. The hostel is a renovated historic building in a former fortress. Therefore the walls are thick and the windows just medium sized. You have a good equiped kitchen in the upper floor and a common room with free internet access / wlan in the lower floor. The rooms are basic equipped but in a good condition. The showers are very clean, the stuff takes this serious. The breakefast is not included but worth trying it! There is a store nearby that is open until 10pm.

At night all the tourist has left the island and only the inhabitants stay. therefore you can see this special place in a very different light. This is the special magic about the hostel. Try it and you will love it!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Suomenlinna C 9, Helsinki 00190, Finland
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki
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Ranked #7 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Suomenlinna 2*
Number of rooms: 10
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