Great little discovery in Helsinki. For years when traveling to Helsinki I have stayed in the Kamp or the Palace. But the latter was getting a little tired and the former was too pricey in these tough times. Thanks to google we found the Haven last year and we've been going back regularly (infect I have got all of my colleagues to go here as well). Prices have gone up but it's still cheaper than the Kamp and the rooms are far nicer. Free wifi throughout, brilliantly furnished rooms ( not your standard business hotel decor), and delightful staff. Some of the better rooms even have views over the harbor ( which is the draw for the Palace). The bar is cozy and possibly not as good as the Kamp, and in summer I love sitting on the roof terrace at the Palace looking out over the port, but I can still do this as Bo are a short walk from this centrally located hotel.
Easily 5 star but rooms for euro 150-170 for a basic one....and this is sufficient.
They also own a sister hotel up the road which is also good, but does not have a restaurant or bar. The Haven backs onto one of the best restaurants in town (same ownership I believe) called Sulemans ( apologies for the misspelling).
I know Helsinki is not on everyone's must do itinerary, and I frankly only go there for business, but as a frequent traveller this is the must stay place in Helsinki, and goof for business or pleasure. Just remember it is a boutique hotel though, so no pool, and a mini gym!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Haven, Finland’s first member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World chain, is designed to provide homely warmth, exclusive comfort and high-quality services for the discerning guest. The hotel with 77 individual and well-appointed rooms and premium restaurant and conference services is conveniently situated in the attractive setting of Helsinki’s Market Square.In the elegant yet cosy foyer, guests can relax by the fireplace and browse leisurely through the daily papers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Haven Hotel Helsinki