Forenom House was my first experience at an unmanned facility (i.e. no front desk reception, no keys), and I must admit I am pleasantly surprised.
The hotel's location is very convenient because it is outside the city center, but within easy reach of most basic services (there's a shopping mall, a small restaurant and a supermarket within 5 minutes walking distance). Although it appears to be at the outer perimeter of an industrial area, there is very little noise pollution and the area appears safe.
Access to both the hotel and your room is through a number code that you are sent prior to your check in date and time, so be sure you have access to your email shortly before you need to check in. If you don't receive it in time, all you need to do is call their number (clearly signposted on the hotel's front door).
The rooms are spacious enough for 2 people, but pretty tight if you plan on staying for extended periods of time or have plenty of clothing. Our room came with a flat-screen TV (with a limited selection of channels, but sufficient to keep you entertained), a small fridge, microwave, kettle and basic kitchen utensils. Overall, the room was well maintained and clean.
Laundry facilities on site (washing machine and dryer) where an added bonus; its amazing how much of a difference it makes to be able to do your own laundry and not get charged for it.
Overall, this is an excellent choice for budget travelers who don't mind doing a few things for themselves (e.g. tidying up their own rooms, doing laundry, etc...). I wouldn't hesitate to use Forenom House on my next trip to Helsinki.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Forenom House Helsinki aims to provide modern, simple and hassle-free accommodation close to Helsinki's city center. Because Helsinki is the 2012 design capital, we have decorated these apartments using themes directly taken from Helsinki. By following Finnish tradition, we have kept the design simple and clean by using simple gray-scale wallpapers portraying sites such as the main railway station or an aerial view of Helsinki. Without the need for traditional check-in procedures, getting into your room is quick and easy: after making your reservation, you will receive a keyless entry code via SMS to your mobile phone. This key code provides entry to the general front door and is unique to your apartment. Your room contains everything you could need for a cosy night's sleep or a longer stay as well. Room furnishings The rooms of Forenom House Helsinki each accommodate between one and four persons. All rooms are fitted with a fridge, coffee-maker, kettle and microwave. Dishes and cutlery are also provided. Rooms have between two and three beds, according to size. They also contain a table and chairs, armchair, flatscreen TV and a wardrobe. All rooms have a bathroom with shower. The price of the room includes wireless internet connection. Services and public transport Forenom House Helsinki is located in Herttoniemi district (street address Hitsaajankatu 12). On the ground floor there is a sushi restaurant. Nearby there is also a supermarket, pharmacy and some shops and outlet stores. Next to the building there is a gym and access to nice jogging paths. The Herttoniemi metro station is just 500 meters away. With metro the city centre is only 15 minutes away. There also are several bus connections. The building is conveniently located next to a major road that is a passage to downtown Helsinki and the rest of the metropolitan area. ... more less
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