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“Good location and quality” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Helka
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, Helsinki 00100, Finland   |  
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Herlev, Denmark
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good location and quality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

The hotel is located in a renovated old building within a walking distance from the main railway station and not far away to other Helsinki's attractions: the cathedral, town square and Opera House. Both public areas and the rooms make a very good impression in terms of the quality and faciliites. Wireless Internet and car parking are available free of charge.
Beds were comfortable and despite having a room facing the street there was no noticeble noise. The choice of products for breakfast was quite OK.
I would definitely recommend Helka for all travellers seeking good value for a decent price.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

Excellent hotel for the money. The room was extremely comfortable and no more than two blocks away from a subway station. At the end of the day the on-site sauna provided a relaxing venue. I definitely would return to this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cary, NC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

The hotel is close to the Kamppi metro sttaion/bus station/mall and the tram stop. The neighborhood looks a bit seedy, and so does the outside of the hotel and the interior corridors. However, my double room was a nice surprise - sofa and two chairs as well as a good sized bed.

The breakfast buffet was more than adequate, ad the wifi in my room woorked fine, as did the hot water and the hair dryer. However, I thought it was a bit pricey, even for Helsinki.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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England
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63 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Helka in August 2011 for 3 nights. I was staying in a room with my other half but we were on a trip with a few other friends.

The rooms at Helka are nice. They are a reasonable size but not huge and they seemed very clean and the beds comfortable.

The location was fine - the church in the rock is very close and all other main sites are only a short walk away - 10-20 minutes depending on what you are going to see. The main restaurants and bars etc are about 10-15 minutes away so very handy.

Staff were friendly and helpful.

Breakfast was fine - your usual selection of cereal, yoghurt, cold meats and cheese and some hot options - eggs, sausage, bacon etc. Nothing amazing but gives you a good start for the day.

All in all, can't complain. Had a good stay here and would recommend it to others!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lund
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2011

Hotel Helka is situated in the centre of Helsinki, with quite a lot of traffic surrounding the hotel. It is a tall, grey building, and the inside is not very exciting – in spite of what's being said about Finnish design on the hotel's website. My room (on the 5th floor) was not entirely quiet, partly due to the traffic outside, partly to the ventilation system. An ok hotel, but in my opinion quite expensive. I payed 260 euros for two nights. Furthermore, it is far from cosy – there was a rather impersonal atmosphere.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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warsaw
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2011

And here is the truth about Helka:

- Excellent location in Kamppi -> lot of nightlife nearby, metro one block away, 5 mins to center, beach etc..
- Quiet hotel
- Decorated in Finnish style, lot of wood, nature images etc
- Free small sauna department (own saunas for male / women)
- Free internet
- Rooms have seen their best days -> need some painting and tuning. Nothing disastrous though. Beds not the most comfy. 3* standard. Ok if you are not picky and want to see Helsinki!
- Cheap minibar
- Excellent restaurant that has/had michelin nomination
- A kebab classic "arkadia" next to!
- Bikes for rent etc....
- Helpful staff

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Aberfeldy, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

My wife and I stayed at the Helka hotel for a couple of nights on a ferry trip from Tallinn, the hotel is so so but not worth 125 euros a night for a twin room, the rooms are very tired getting well passed their best, the beds are not good, more like hammocks as the springs are long gone in the middle, corridors are very gloomy...on a positive note the rooms are clean, the reception is very friendly and efficient, breakfast was good but very busy, struggling to get a seat both mornings, location is maybe a bit to far from the center but taxis a pretty reasonable compared to most European cities, as expected food and drink in Helsinki is expensive but strangely enough the room minibar was cheaper than anywhere else ( its usually the other way round) only 3.5 euros for a beer all in all I don't think this hotel is worth what we paid it badly needs refurbished.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, Helsinki 00100, Finland
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Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#12 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#14 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#21 Business Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Helka 4*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casual Elegance inspired by Finnish Design and Nature! Only 250 metres from Kamppi Metro Station, privately owned Hotel Helka offers 150 functional rooms, fine dining and a cozy street bar. All the rooms have design furniture and a strong sense of Finnish nature. All of the rooms have air-cooling system, minibars and flat-screen TVs. Breakfast buffet, use of Sauna and WiFi connection are complimentary for all guests. Hotel Helka is housed in a refurbished 1920s building. The bright rooms feature decor by Artek and other well-known Finnish design brands and designers. Helkan Keittio Restaurant serves Finnish cuisine based on fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as fish, game, mushrooms and berries. Guests can enjoy drinks and snacks in Helka’s trendy Lobby Bar, which also features a cigar room. Helka’s central location provides easy access to shopping, dining and culture. Helsinki Central Station is 10 minute walk away. Welcome to the Heart of Helsinki! ... more   less 
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