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Hellsten Helsinki Senate
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Kauppiaankatu 5, Helsinki 00160, Finland (Formerly StayAt Helsinki Senate) (Vironniemi)   |  
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Ranked #32 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
Ylivieska, Finland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We had a family room and it was a way more than we expected. The apartment was really spacious, I guess about 70 m2 or 750 ft2. We called to the hotel before we arrived and asked for sauna or balcony and they said that they do what they can but they couldn't promise for sure. And when we arrived we realized that they had listened our wishes and we had sauna AND balcony at the city center!!! Room had a cosy furniture with oak parquet, very good beds for 5 persons + sofa, functional kitchen with coffee machine, crockery and dishwasher. We payed extra for a car park at the basement. Overall the hotel was worth each and every penny. Good service when we called to the hotel. No staff (at least not at night time), but easy to check in using the door code and following the instructions by phone at the reception.

Room Tip: Ask for sauna and balcony ;)
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Genoa, Italy
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11 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

I stayed at this hotel for four nights, along with other friends. We booked two units that included a bathroom and a private sauna. The bedrooms are spacious and quiet. The quality of sleep is very good. Very clean, although the towels are not changed daily.
Near the hotel you can take a tram into the city center within a few minutes, very convenient. In short, a very attractive value for money spent.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Close to Market Square, Esplanade Park and historic centre.
On a tram route to Central Station.
Comfortable and warm with appropriate furnishings including a rather intrusive fold up bed stored in the bedroom.
The kitchen area is adequate but does not include a toaster or condiments. This is an apartment and not an hotel room so you need to take such essentials as tea, coffee, salt and pepper with you for a short stay. There is a small supermarket nearby.
The TV set is dated and reception range is limited.
There is no personal contact other than by phone - even check-in is made remotely as described by other reviewers. During the 3 nights we were there the apartment was not cleaned or serviced with new towels etc. The price of £37 per person per night seemed expensive for the quality of what we received.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Uusikaupunki, Finland
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Stayed here one weekend with four adults "getting away from the normal routine" kinda way. This is all about the location, but the other features are not bad either. When we booked, most of the reservation sites said you can not house four adults in one apartment. There was one site that allowed us to book one apartment, even when it said the sofabed is for two children. Unfortunately I don't remember the site, keep looking. The sofabed is big enough for two adults and the bedroom (at least we had) was almost huge. The price in this case was really cheap in Helsinki. Because me and my wife slept in the sofabed I can tell two nights is my max in that. You can sleep in it, but it is a sofabed alltogether.
The room otherwise offered good kitchen facitilies, but a little bit under average furniture. With this I mean unbroken, but basic stuff. Everything was clean and it was a very quiet street and neighborhood. The receptionist was really helpful, even we did not need anything special. She just told all the basic things, because in the weekend there is no one in duty at the reception. Toilet was functional and clean, something you would expect in Finland anyway.
There is just a very short walk to the centre and we found free parking space very close to the hotel. There is also small grocery and restaurants nearby.
I can honestly recommend this to families and friends if you are looking for a more independent housing comparing to a normal hotel and, like us, wanted to stay together and not run between two hotel rooms. This is our choice also in the future, because it is better equipped than the omenahotels in Helsinki.

Room Tip: We had the inner yard room and it was totally quiet. I don't believe the other rooms are much lo...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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39 hotel reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

I stayed in the Hellsten Senate for 5 nights. A few days before my arrival, I received an email from the hotel providing very clear instructions on the self-check-in process. From Helsinki airport, we took the City Express (Finnair, 6.30 Euros each way) that brings you to the main railway station in 30 minutes. From there, its about a 10-minute walk to the hotel. However, I would advise spending 2.20 Euros on the tram (#4) if you have a big luggage, as the cobblerstone footpath makes it quite a challenge to drag your suitcase (our experience on the journey back).

Upon arrival, you just need to key in the code provided at the main door of Block A. After that, you just need to pick up the phone, provide your last name, and the receptionist (located at the other Hellsten hotel) will provide your room number. You will then need to pick up one magnetic door card, leave it on a machine to be activated, and you are ready to go - Simple as that. I was allocated to an apartment in the next building (B). Here, you open the main door by tapping your key card. There is also a lift in building B, a laundry room in building A, and a sauna room in building, which you can reserve by filling up your room number on a slip of paper on the door.

Each floor had 4 units - my studio apartment was well furnished. The only thing missing was a wine opener - you might want to bring your own if you need it. The WiFi password will be provided by the receptionist on request - it worked seamlessly for me, and the signals are good, as they seem to have an access point on every floor.

Do note that they only do housecleaning weekly - I didn't get any, but it didn't bother me. The supermarket is really close by, but do note that they close at 2100. There is also a Nepalese restaurant (we spotted at least 3 Nepalese restaurants in the area) - you get a 15% discount off your ala-carte order if you tell them you are from the Hellsten Senate. The food is good, and the portions are generous.

There are not many TV stations available - however, if you have a laptop with you, you can keep yourself sufficiently entertained. Check-out was a breeze too (12noon is check-out time) - you just need to drop off your card back in building A (where you picked it up).

Overall, a comfortable and cosy stay - it is within 3 minutes walk from the Conference Centre at the Marina. I would stay here again if I am back in Helsinki.

p.s. I found the bed to be very soft - almost feels like a water-bed.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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11 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We was there between the 13 and the 18 June 2013. Nice apartment in the Center of Helsinki. Tramway stop at 100 yards. We was on the third floor, there is a lift, flat was very spacious. there was 5 of us. One bathroom with shower and two toilette, small kitchenette with electric cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, kettle etc.... & TV in the lounge..
The block of flats has no reception desk as mentioned in other review, so before getting there we phoned the hotel to get the code number to open the front door of the building, once inside there is a free phone to call to get the flat number and the keycard next to the phone validated via a scanner. Easy and no problem. When getting this done don't forget to ask for the wi-fi password.
Very happy to have stay there? If you use taxi to go back to the airport, find the number for the yellow taxi they are cheaper. From the Center of Helsinki to the Airport 28 Euro instead of 50. There is also a bus from the station to the airport. If you use the yellow taxi to the airport you have to book it the day before. :-) We did book this place few month before going, so we had a very good deal 380 Euro for 5 person for 5 days.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We spent 2 days in Helsinki and decided to book an aparthotel. It was a good option for the location and the price, but when we got there, there was no reception (only a phone). The apartment had a strange smell, the furniture were old and dirty and the kitchen equipment was not clean (the pan had some egg pieces) and....the sheets had holes!! there was no wifi internet, the guide said it was per LAN but there was no cable in the room ... We are used to travel through Europe, so we have seen many hotels in different countries. This one was by far the worst.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kauppiaankatu 5, Helsinki 00160, Finland (Formerly StayAt Helsinki Senate)
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki > Vironniemi
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
#25 Business Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hellsten Helsinki Senate 3.5*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hellsten Helsinki Senate is located in Katajanokka, one of the most exclusive districts in the heart of Helsinki. It is a promontory surrounded by water, just a stone's throw from the city centre and its attractions. Katajanokka is separated from the mainland by a channel, but it is possible to reach the city area by four bridges. Katajanokka is also the place where ferries from Stockholm and Tallin dock. Helsinki-Vantaa airport is just a 30 minute drive away. All of the major amenities, including shops, cafés, restaurants and cinemas are within walking distance from Hellsten Senate. The hotel has 52 designed one and two bedroom apartments each with a kitchenette, telephone, satellite TV and free internet access. Some of the apartments have their own sauna. A common sauna can be used as well as common laundry facilities. This old renovated building from 1915 has self contained rooms and apartments ranging in sizes from 28 to 160 square meters penthouse suite. All apartments are equipped with kitchenettes for cooking your own food. ... more   less 
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