Now that I've been to Finland a couple of time, I'm feeling like an expert. I've stayed at a pricey place and a reasonable place and visited a few of the more famous hotels in Helsinki. I'm happy to report that you do NOT have to spend hundreds of euros a night for a nice place in the City Center. I love the Anna Hotel. It's a European Style hotel - of course! It's in Europe! There are friendly people at the front desk who speak English and are very friendly. Remember! Finns are not a chatty people.
My room was small with a twin bed, desk, dresser, window and shower bath. Everything was very clean. The hotel is just around the corner from the restaurants and bars. This means you can walk to everything but you can sleep away from the nightlife noise. The price includes a buffet breakfast. Nothing fancy, but very nice. DO NOT MISS THE SAUNA. I think I paid 7E for a visit to the private sauna which includes, a dressing room, a shower and the sauna. It was marvelous! I made use of my entire hour. Then I sort of melted back to my room and fell sound asleep.
There's a church and park across the street. In the winter, the park turns into an ice skating rink and it's absolutely gorgeous. You're also a short walk to the marina and all the ice cream and coffee stands by the water. It's just lovely. Oh yes! The Finnish Design Museum is also a very short walk. We thought this museum was fascinating!
The rates are a bargain for Helsinki, but I felt I didn't give up a thing. I will stay there again later this year. Moi Moi for now. Kitos!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located cozy hotel on walking distance from major Department Stores. Situated in an area of Design Boutiques, Art Galleries and trendy Pubs and nice restaurants. Free WiFi or hotel guests. Hotel has a breakfast room, small sauna and meeting room for 12 persons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anna Hotel Helsinki