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Ava Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Karstulantie 6, Helsinki 00550, Finland   |  
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Ranked #34 of 66 hotels in Helsinki
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“Hotel Ava-Good choise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2010

Helsinki and generaly Finland is very expensive with its hotel prices and hotel Ava gives another opportunity to those who wants economy low budget hotel for stay one or more nights. It´s only 12minutes from the international airport and 10-15minutes from the main centre of the city. It´s outside from the traffic noises,but during the same time Ava´s situation place from the city or from the airport would be one of the ones. You´ll can use the busses or the tram connections from two kind of direcctions (from Makelankatu or from Hameentie) Airport busses goes from 100meters from the hotel ( = Makelankatu ) or even undergound connection ( Sornainen station) which is 5minutes from hotel. Speaking about this area: there´s also many supermarkets to get food from 07.00 a.m. to 11.00 pm(!).

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

It's exactly what you would expect from the cheap price - reasonably clean, hot shower and a bed to sleep in.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2010

A very average but good value hotel.
Has a hostel style feel to it.
Kitchen and laundry rooms available.
Sauna available.
About 3 miles out of the City but not in the smartest of suburbs.
Convenient for Conference and Exhibition Centre -- can be walked in 20 mins or 5 mins on a tram car with a nearby stop.
Decent eating establishments are at a premium in the area.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2010

Helsinki is expensive (by my standards, anyway) so if you don't want to pay the inflated prices to stay in the centre, this place is OK. It's quite basic, and lacking in atmosphere, but it's on good public transport routes - to get to the airport via the Finnair bus or a normal bus, and to get into town by tram (it's on a circular route so you can take the tram in either direction). The metro is only a couple of tram stops away. I didn't try the breakfast, but there's a supermarket nearby

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2010

as finnish person main reason for this was price level, which is not so nice when being in Helsinki, 2 nights for 46e/night basic single room at top 8th floor, so could have a go. positive was price and thats about all of it, did not have breakfast. not terrible, but basic. if you are light sleeper or with good hearing, it is not for you. room doors have been renovated recently, do not wonder why. this does not help much, mostly all the sounds coming from inside the building, paper walls, elevator noises blingbling etc. 2 small parking fields, if there is room, got stuck in the snow two times. bathroom goes back to 1960s like all the hotel being former place for students. for short stay with this price it goes, anyway would not like to spend there weeks

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2010

Service was friendly rooms are tiny and are old converted student halls and the place still has that feel no charm. Bathroom clean, free internet in reception. Located just off a main road that is on a bus route.

If you just want a basic room then this suffices.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2009

Ava is located in an old student hall and feels far more like a hostel than a hotel. The room was clean apart from the curtains but was very basic with no carpet or shampoo. There was a TV but it only picked up three channels with very poor reception. The bathroom was basically a wetroom but at least there was hot water both days we were there. As there were no carpets anywhere there was a fair amount of noise from the surrounding rooms and also from the pipes. Our room was not cleaned between days but we did get some new towels.

It does have a sauna but I didn't use it so cannot comment on it.

In terms of location it is not near the centre but there are buses nearby that take about 15 minutes and cost about 2.5 Euros. About the only thing going for Ava really is that it is cheap in a very expensive city but if you are on a very tight budget maybe an actual hostel would be better.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ava Hotel 3*
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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