We did a lot of research online but just not many hotels had availability in early August possibly due to a local conference. Helka Hotel was one of the few with availability but we had to settle for a more expensive suite on our first night and back to a normal room on the second.
Finding the hotel was not a difficult task at all. We took the shuttle bus right outside the Helsinki Vantaa Airport. We paid the driver (€6.9 per person) on the spot and the bus took us to the Central Station in 30 minutes. Following the road down the Forum Shopping centre, Helka Hotel was within our sight in 10 minutes.
Honestly, we were a little worried upon our arrival at the hotel. The exterior of the building looked rather old but we were pleasantly surprised when we saw our room. It was a nice clean suite with a bedroom and a totally separate living room. The bathroom has a private sauna room.
The hotel is conveniently located 5 minutes away from the Rock Church and only 10 minutes from the city centre. The breakfast buffet was great and the staff was very friendly. On our second day, we were too lazy to pack and unpack again to move into a smaller room (from the suite) so we called the reception. The gentleman there was kind enough to offer us the same suite with the normal room price. Very nice of him. Needless to say, we will definitely stay here if I ever visit Helsinki again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Helka Hotel Helsinki