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Helka Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, Helsinki 00100, Finland   |  
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Ranked #12 of 65 Hotels in Helsinki
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“Nice place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2012

I stay in this hotel only one night in March 2012. Price is for me too expensive but when I look on prices in Finland probably this is fair. Hotel is very nice, warm and comfortable. Room is really great with wi-fi free in the room, but Bathroom is too small but clean and nice. Hotel stuff is very friendly and helpful so I don´t have any complains. Breakfast is also very good with big choice of food.
Position is also very good, 10 minutes by walk from Central train station (bus for airport also).
They can just put some bigger sign outside to find easily far away.
Very nice place.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Helka Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear ghost13, Thank you for the review and all the pictures you have taken.
The average hotel room rate varies a lot also here in Helsinki. The rates are usually higher during midweek and lower on weekends and summer. Thank you also for the tip referring sign outside. We have some plans to improve our exterior and hopefully we are able to launch these soon.
Have a nice week and Welcome to Helka again!
Ystävällisin terveisin
Thomas, Hotel Helka
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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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Funchal, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2012

The hotel is nice, the staff is friendly and helpful, the restaurant is good, breakfast is not bad. The room is not very big, but for a single person is good, but the bathroom is very small. It is close to the Metro station and Kampi shops. It was good that they have free wi-fi in the rooms!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Helka Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear SandraMSA, Thank you for the review. All of our rooms are a bit different sizes and layouts. Some of them are pretty compact but as you mentioned still practical.
Welcome again to enjoy our lovely city!
Lämpimin terveisin
Thomas, Hotel Helka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

I visited here for a couple of nights at the height of winter, February 2012. The hotel is close to the city centre, but if it's cold and you haven't been before, it might be worth getting a taxi to find it. The Helka is spartan with a pine forest theme, but underneath the IKEA-type styling it provides a decent stay. I was up on the sixth floor, which was nice and quiet, and the same floor as the sauna (which, being a repressed Brit, I didn't use). The room was fine, the bathroom quite small, and, as in other Finnish hotels, they don't believe in leaving a plug for the sink. What I liked about this hotel was that the computer facilities were excellent: free WIFI in the room (with a password on the hotel's instruction card), a keyboard and TV with free internet access, and even a terminal downstairs. They're all handy because, unless you want to go to a restaurant or bar (I'd recommend Ilves a couple of blocks away) or pay 12 Euros to see a mainstream film at the cinema over the road, there's not an awful lot to do in the immediate area of an evening. While there are a few leaflets at the hotel detailing tourist attractions, if you check in the DVD shop over the road, they sometimes have a free English-language magazine which has an events listing - useful if you want to find a gig, play or independent film screening in town.

The Helka has nice staff and a luggage room. If you can brave the weather, the city centre is only a ten minute walk. As for breakfast, there was a decent range of food with a slight Scandinavian twist. The stand-out for me was the scrambled egg, which tasted more like a wonderful savory egg-custard. Also, do a little scouting around and you'll find that the Helka is just a block or two away from the Temppeliaukio Church: a nifty tourist attraction which is a large chappel cut into the rocks - it looks like a set from a sci-fi movie! Finland in February is extremely cold outside - so bring a beeny to keep your ears from falling off - and it is expensive: my friend payed over 9 Euros for one pint of import cider down town, though we didn't drink at the Helka. All in all, though, the Helka itself has a friendly staff and a fresh, quiet feel. It's a gem in a small, but interesting capital city.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Helka Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear parkp, Thank you for your detailed review and good tips to our future guests.
As you mentioned February is not the busiest month in Helsinki. It´s a good tip to search smaller independent events as there are plenty of those all year round. Thank you once more and hope to see you soon again here at Helka!
Parhain terveisin
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Vadodara, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

The room was comfortable with perfect lighting..!! The staff of the hotel is very friendly. The breakfast is just perfect. The location of the hotel is awesome..I had a wonderful time having beer sitting outside the hotel at night where there are a few tables kept..So serene and so peaceful..Simply Splendid!!

Room Tip: All rooms are unique and I would love to go to that hotel again..
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Helka Hotel, responded to this review, November 16, 2012
Dear Siddy_MBA, Thank you for your excellent review. We are very pleased that you have had a great time in Helka. Our lobby bar´s summer terrace is a perfect place to sit down and watch the street life of Helsinki. Welcome again to Helka!
Lämpimin terveisin
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Dublin, Ireland
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

Excellent hotel, modern room, great breakfast, very close to the centre. Highly recommended

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Helka Hotel, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Dear irishguydub25,
Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us.
We wish you all the best for the future and hope to see you some day again here in Helka.
Lämpimin terveisin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

We have stayed in most of the big, international brand hotels in Helsinki over the years but this was the first time in a smaller, independant hotel. And what a really nice surprise it was. Ok, not such a great surprise as there are so many good reviews alread on Tripadvisor for it but this is a great place to stay. The whole interior and rooms are decorated really nicely using some of the best of Finnish design. The breakfast is good and the restaurant serves better Fiinsh style food than many other restaurants in Helsinki. And the bar is cosy and serves different domestic beers than the normal run of the mill stuff served everywhere else. At the price that we payed for our room then you will not get any better deal in this city.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Lima, Peru
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112 reviews 112 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

It was a fantastic stay in the Helka Hotel runned by the YWCA of Finland.
It is very close to the center,
Room was very confortable , clean and warm

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, Helsinki 00100, Finland
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service 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 — Helka Hotel 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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