So, where to start. Let's take the three good/neutral sides at first: 1) Wireless Internet was working OK, 2) Breakfast was OK, not great though and 3) hotel is located near center of Helsinki. Then the bad sides: the rooms were just terrible. Size of about 10 square meters, there was a narrow bed in very old room which probably have earlier been cleaners room. No luxuries except very old, small tv. And these was luxuries which were NOT included in hotel room: air conditioning, sofa, minibar/fridge... not even one free plug for computer so it was like "computer or lights"-choice.
Also rooms were located next to corridor with door, and there was not connecting door inside room, so all noise from there was well wafted into room. Especially in Friday night it meant that without very good sleeping gifts you're going to have a long time trying to get sleep. View from window... well, you could ask what view.
Inside hotel there was no luxuries for hotel guests either except 3 saunas were rentable for guests, but I didn't test them. Old restaurant located with hotel was closed 11 pm (9 pm in Sundays) and was quite expensive so not tempting, either. Location forgives that part, though because inside ~500m you can find lots of places to spend evening.
I've been in better 2-3 star "hotels" in Malta, Las Palmas and even in Sunny Beach. Even 2 which I would consider (and are meant to be student's temporary staying places) hostels had more luxuries than this hotel. Even smallest cabins in cruise beats this hotel room 10-0.
I am very glad I just took one night in this hotel. If you want to travel cheaply, take a hostel. If you want good night sleep, take another hotel nearby. I never thought that in Finland any hotel with this kind of terrible rooms can ever get stars let alone three stars!
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