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Hotel Helka
Ranked #13 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
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Reviewed December 10, 2011

We spent a couple of days in Helsinki with my significant other and spent a night in Helka. We really enjoyed our stay and wished we had had a chance to stay longer. The 6th floor room was quiet, clean, comfortable and cosy with little luxury of a private steam sauna. Stylish furniture, good space to move around, very comfortable and wider than usual bed (2 x 90cm beds instead of 80cm)! We barely left the room all night and it was really hard to say goodbye to the room before noon.

We dined lightly on a salmon soup and a Helka's burger and both were simple, very tasty dishes. The simplicity of the soup (just fish and potatoes) made an impression, absolutely wonderful dish on a cold, stormy December night. Excellent service in the restaurant this time!
My choosy companion was satisfied with the breakfast selection the next morning but there could have been more variety on gluten free breads/pastries. On the other hand, there were plenty of other things available!

The only thing I could really complain about was the fact that there was no room for your toiletries in the shower - the only choice was to place them on the floor. The whole bathroom seemed a bit outdated compared to the room itself, perhaps a little facelift is in order?

If you're arriving by car, note that the garage is really small and the ramp to it narrow! If you have a big car, park it to the street level spaces if any are available. Loved the fact there's a bookshelf in the lobby - though I didn't really spend time reading...

We will definitely return for both the hotel and the restaurant!

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

Helka is very nice hotel, great service, good breakfast and lovely rooms (my room had a private sauna, which was very nice on a rainy August night).

Everyone at the hotel was very friendly, ready and willing to offer help with whatever was needed. Rooms were very comfortable and clean, even though room faced a street it was still very quiet.

Hotel is about 15 min walk from all Helsinki attractions.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone traveling to Helsinki.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

We stayed at the Helka Hotel 6 nights. It is centrally located, free wifi in the lobby, quiet rooms due to double glazing on the windows. Breakfast buffet food is diverse and bountiful. There are one or two bicycles for rent, tables outdoors along the sidewalk for an evening drink, free sauna on the top floor.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

This 3-star jewel could very well be the best hotel I've ever stayed in. I've enjoyed here facilities that even some 4-star hotels didn't have - sauna, digital TV with internet, etc. The room I stayed in, despite overlooking a backyard, was very modern, fully-equipped and I simply loved the big poster of a mountain landscape on the ceiling! Everything was very clean, and breakfast was, I would say, far more than you would expect from a 3-star facility. As for location, the hotel is 10 minutes walking (at most) from the Central Station, so it's very convenient in that respect as well. Awesome establishment!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

First of all, the location ist quite good. Close to everything...
The hotel itself looks a littlebit rundown, but the rooms have a nice style.
the bathroom was a bit tiny, the beds could be more comfortable and the breakfast was disappointing...
really nice alto furniture all over the place...
we stayed there for 5 nights. it was ok, but next time i would look for another one...

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Luis7804
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

The hotel is located in a renovated old building within a walking distance from the main railway station and not far away to other Helsinki's attractions: the cathedral, town square and Opera House. Both public areas and the rooms make a very good impression in terms of the quality and faciliites. Wireless Internet and car parking are available free of charge.
Beds were comfortable and despite having a room facing the street there was no noticeble noise. The choice of products for breakfast was quite OK.
I would definitely recommend Helka for all travellers seeking good value for a decent price.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

Excellent hotel for the money. The room was extremely comfortable and no more than two blocks away from a subway station. At the end of the day the on-site sauna provided a relaxing venue. I definitely would return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, Helsinki 00100, Finland
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Location: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#11 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#11 Green Hotel in Helsinki
#13 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#20 Business Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range: $114 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Helka 4*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casual Elegance inspired by Finnish Design and Nature! Only 250 meters from Kamppi Metro Station, privately owned Hotel Helka offers 150 functional rooms, fine dining and a cozy street bar. All the rooms have design furniture and a strong sense of Finnish nature. All of the rooms have air-cooling system, minibars and flat-screen TVs. Breakfast buffet, use of Sauna and WiFi connection are complimentary for all guests. Hotel Helka is housed in a refurbished 1920s building. The bright rooms feature decor by Artek and other well-known Finnish design brands and designers. Guests can enjoy drinks and snacks in Helka’s trendy Lobby Bar. Helka’s central location provides easy access to shopping, dining and culture. Helsinki Central Station is 10 minute walk away. Welcome to the Heart of Helsinki! ... more   less 
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