Admittedly, I booked our stay at the Fabian due to the strength of the reviews from this site. I am delighted to report that the Fabian didn't let me down in any way!
We came in to Helsinki via the Silja line ferry, and the Fabian was only a 5-6 block walk from the ferry dock, easily manageable even with baggage. It is also only about a 4-6 block walk to the "Esplanade", the main shopping street, and Alexanterinkatu, another vibrant street with tons of shops and restaurants. It is also close to the city's harbor market, which had some great produce.
We stayed in a "Style" room, although I'm not sure what the difference is. Turned out to be a loft room on the top floor, complete with slanted ceiling beams (watch your head!) and a courtyard view. The room was impeccably decorated, with all of the modern touches you'd expect from such a new hotel. The bed was very comfortable and we had tons of towels and bathrobes, whatever we needed.
The breakfast downstairs was solid (typical European breakfast: bread, pastries, hard-boiled eggs, fruit, cold cut meats) and was included in our room rate. The staff at the hotel did everything they could to go above and beyond. We arrived mid-morning and our room was not ready, so they took our baggage so we could start exploring and then we returned in the afternoon to find that not only was our room ready, but they had delivered our bags to the room, without us even asking.
Overall, I couldn't recommend a stay here enough; it definitely has everything you need and the price is quite reasonable for all that you get with it. I'd love to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 58-room hotel at Fabianinkatu 7 right in the heart of the city expands the range of services available for travellers who prefer to plan their trips themselves. A special feature of the new hotel will be eight extended stay rooms for those who wish to spend a longer time in Helsinki. The architecture of the building plays a key role in the design of the interiors creating a unique identity for the hotel. ... more less
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