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“Conveniently located hotel” 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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Ranked #11 of 62 Hotels in Helsinki
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Baltimore, Maryland
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70 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“Conveniently located hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

We stayed at the Helka Hotel 6 nights. It is centrally located, free wifi in the lobby, quiet rooms due to double glazing on the windows. Breakfast buffet food is diverse and bountiful. There are one or two bicycles for rent, tables outdoors along the sidewalk for an evening drink, free sauna on the top floor.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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Budapest, Hungary
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

This 3-star jewel could very well be the best hotel I've ever stayed in. I've enjoyed here facilities that even some 4-star hotels didn't have - sauna, digital TV with internet, etc. The room I stayed in, despite overlooking a backyard, was very modern, fully-equipped and I simply loved the big poster of a mountain landscape on the ceiling! Everything was very clean, and breakfast was, I would say, far more than you would expect from a 3-star facility. As for location, the hotel is 10 minutes walking (at most) from the Central Station, so it's very convenient in that respect as well. Awesome establishment!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

First of all, the location ist quite good. Close to everything...
The hotel itself looks a littlebit rundown, but the rooms have a nice style.
the bathroom was a bit tiny, the beds could be more comfortable and the breakfast was disappointing...
really nice alto furniture all over the place...
we stayed there for 5 nights. it was ok, but next time i would look for another one...

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Herlev, Denmark
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10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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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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86 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 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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Additional Information about Hotel Helka

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:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#11 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#17 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#19 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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