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“clean, inexpensive hotel in Helsinki” 3 of 5 stars
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Ava Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Karstulantie 6, Helsinki 00550, Finland   |  
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Ranked #31 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
colorado springs
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“clean, inexpensive hotel in Helsinki”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I stayed there with friends, and we had 2 rooms and a kitchenette. Really saved a lot of money for each that way. It is a 10 minute walk from the tram that goes downtown too. Was clean inside the rooms, the hallways need updating.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Crayford, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

When I had a 15 hour stopover in Helsinki I chose Hotel Ava.
Like others have said, it is not in the city centre, however, the tram stop is a 3 minute walk and they come every 10-15 minutes and take you to where ever you want to go in Helsinki.

The room are very basic but clean. The beds were very comfortable and Hotel receptionist, Kati, was extremely helpful and very friendly.

The hotel is quiet and you can have a nice nights sleep there. I would go back again.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

we stayed there for one night in July 2013. The room was basic but comfortable and clean. The location isn't the best and the corridors look tacky. The staff was not the most polite that i have found. Though the hotel is good if you don't want to spend too much.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The room was clean, basic and comfortable. The size including the bathroom was not great but cosy enough for a good night sleep.

We didn't get too much exposure from the service but the check in and check out was without a hassle.

The location is the only thing that gives the hotel an average rating. It is not centrally located but on the Helsinki out skirts. Public transportation is close by with good links inbound and outbound.

As for value, it certainly is much better than other hostels at the same price level. If you don't mind the extra travel time, the place is worth the value for a short stay visit.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 via mobile

Good rooms, a Little small but with a good Kitchen. Prices are good for Helsinki. Clean rooms. Location is a Little outside the city but there is a tram close by. Sauna just like everywhere else in the City. Not the best neighbourhood. But good Parking

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Malmo, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Let's put this straight: This hotel (which is co-located with a training institute and originally likely was meant for the training participants) is not pretending to be anything else than an OK overnight stay for 25-30% less than the ordinary business hotel in the outskirts of Helsinki. If your plan is to find something like this, you will not be disappointed. The hotel positions itself above the not-so-good hostels at around 50 EUR a night but below the not-so-good hotels like Holiday Inn at around 110 EUR per night.

The surrounding area of Helsinki (not central!) is clearly not the most charmful spot of Helsinki. It is shaggy. But accessibility to both the city and airport is easy through the bus stop just 200 meters away. The hotel building is build (I guess) in the late 60ies and has no charm either. But the rooms have been renovated and are clean. Bathrooms small. Beds comfortable even though not wide. No noise from within the building or the street.

Wi-Fi is not included which is stupid. TV channels? Not many and lousy image quality.

Breakfast is "Finnish basic". Full stop. Complements for the fresh bread, though.

Summary: If good value is key, then this will give it.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We slept 3 nights in this building with my wife. The location is not interesting for tourists - you can catch the tram if you walk 300 m but the city centre is far away, about 30 min by tram. We only went there as part of a big group, and this hotel has many rooms.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Karstulantie 6, Helsinki 00550, Finland
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ava Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 75
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer you comfortable accommodation in peaceful Vallila near the centre of Helsinki. We have comfortable saunas ja meeting rooms to different kind of happenings. We do offer to you free parking as well. ... more   less 
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