Having spent many hours searching for a mid price 'Finnish design' hotel, we booked a deluxe double room and a standard single at Hotel Helka for a five night stay. We have just returned from our holiday here and so here is an outline of our experience. On arrival from the airport we walked to the hotel from the central railway station, but got a little lost at one point in the mile long underpass that runs from the Kiasma gallery square to outside the hotel - a little diconcerting at night time for travellers. Keep to the roads/pedestrian walkways heading to Kampii to get there safely and more quickly. On arrival, the reception staff were efficient and the Finnish style was apparent in the decor. The walls and the lift doors are decoprated in forest photo murals on each floor which was a quirky touch as we exited the lift to our rooms. The deluxe double room viewed out onto the street on the sixth floor and was adequate although there was a distinct lack of hanging space and hangers. The walk in shower was good and the bed comfortable. The single standard room on the forth floor looked out into the central service space of the hotel and was very very tiny!! Single travellers you have been warned.... The air con did not work in the double room and we had to have the window open as Helsinki was in the middle of a heat wave. The noise from the road made it difficult to sleep but at least we were a little cooler. The breakfast was adequate but lacked choice for veggies which was expected. We stayed for dinner once but found it expensive for the quality of the food offered. A few doors down there was the excellent Fafa's which reputedly sells the best falafals in Helsinki and open until 5 am Fridays and Saturdays...we agreed that they were delicious!. The hotel is very close to Kampii shopping area where the hop on hop off bus tours pick up/set down from. Recommended for first day to get orientated and you get to see the Olympic stadium, harbour, marina etc. It was an easy route through Kampii area to get to the central railway square or Senate square near the marina and the harbour market. If you wanted to be nearer the old town and the beautiful Merisatana coastal area I would recommend another hotel as it took about 40minutes to walk to this area from Helka. The highlights of our stay were the boat trips around the Islands, Cafe Ursula on the Merisatana coastal area, the flea market and the Tram Pub which takes you for 40min tour around Helsinki. A wonderful time in Helsinki especially with the heatwave felt more like holidaying in the med! Would come again to see more of the design museums and galleries but would probably stay in a different hotel maybe Hotel Glo. Finnair was a great choice for our flights.. lots of leg room, complimentary drinks and sandwiches and art gallery space for waiting to board for return flight.