A great place to stay in Helsinki without pinching your pocket is the Dommus Academia hostel. The place has the dual advantage of being a hotel as well as a small apartment. The bathrooms are attached. The rooms are furnished decently and contain all the equipment, gadgets and amenities required for a comfortable stay. The hostel boasts of a swimming pool also. The shopping center is near by. The train station is also near by. The hostel has an area that guests can share, which is a veritable feast for guests of all ages. There are board games and TV and computers and a reading area consisting of many books. The staff is very accommodative as are the neighbors as you can borrow things from them just as you do back home. The hostel is excellent for a family to stay together, especially if you have children, and enjoy the benefits at an attractive and affordable price.