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Hotel Helka
Ranked #13 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Always enjoying staying here, rooms are calm, unfortunately the sauna was not working so there were timed slots this was a little disappointing. The breakfast is good and bar menu not bad, staff are friendly. perfect location for the Bus and train station.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2012

Dear Korkybuz,
Thank you for the review and nice to hear that we have become as your home in Helsinki!
The Guest Saunas have been repaired so both of them are again in normal use.
Tervetuloa taas pian!
Best Regards
Thomas, Hotel Helka

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Reviewed August 16, 2012

As other reviewers have said, this is a no frills hotel, affordable, located close to center of town so you can walk to most places. Staff were friendly and helpful. The room was small, quiet, functional, except that the TV barely worked and channels were limited. I like the long table along one side of the wall, I was in Helsinki for a conference and appreciated the work space. The bathroom would be a challenge for a big sized person. Free wireless was a plus, was able to get a signal even from my corner of the building (signal much faster in the lobby). The breakfast was free and has a variety of food.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2012

Dear Texan-In-Italy,
Thank you for your detailed review. Sorry to hear that you had problems with the TV channels. We are aware of these issues which our televisions sometimes have and in the near future we will update the complete system.
Welcome again to Helka!
Ystävällisin terveisin
Thomas, Hotel Helka

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights at the Helka Hotel. Good first impressions as you enter the lobby (plenty of Alvar Aalto furniture). The staff are polite and efficient, and the room was fit for purpose. They are rather small, like many hotel rooms in Helsinki. The bar next to reception serves an array of interesting drinks, but tends to act as a meeting place for hotel guests due to it's proximity to reception. The overall decor is cool, but needs some upholstery cleaning and a lick of paint.
Breakfast is includes, and takes place in the dingy restaurant to the side. Don't be fooled by the pictures on the hotel website, breakfast is a canteen style buffet with little flair or distinguishing features - no salmon or fish, which is very unusual for Finland.
We got a great price on the room, so the hotel was fine, but I think we'll go back to Scandic or Glo next trip.

Room Tip: The single rooms are particularly small but more than adequate.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2012

Dear Michael O,
Thank you for your nice review and good tips for us for the maintenance. We have scheduled intensive cleaning for the restaurant by the end of the year and also control for possible other maintenance targets. We are sorry if the pictures on our website gave you impression on some other kind of breakfast. I can assure you that is not our intention.
Welcome again to Helsinki and hope to see also here in Helka!
Lämpimin terveisin
Thomas, Hotel Helka

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

This is exactly as described - a 3 star hotel in central Helsinki. No frills, but it was fine and comfortable. Breakfast, sauna and helpful staff were pluses. Noisey room on the third floor on the street side was a big drawback (lots of rubbish collectors, buses and motorcycles heard at all hours!). I'd recommend requesting a room on a higher floor, or an interior room if you'd like peace and quiet!

Room Tip: Higher floor, though 6th floor is also where sauna is so could be lots of footfall.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Dear Bcage,
Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that we were able to help you during your visit in Helsinki. Unfortunately the streets are sometimes busy here at the City Centre, but as you mentioned the rooms on the higher floors and on the backyard side are more quiet.
We´ll arrange more suitable room for you next time. Welcome!
Ystävällisin terveisin
Thomas, Hotel Helka

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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Stayed for one night with husband. Staff was friendly and the price reasonable. The design elements were a nice touch. Bathroom was clean but in need of some repairments. The cleanliness of the room left something to be desired: there were quite a lot of hair left by previous customers under the mattress pads. Please vacuum the beds more often. Generally a decent value for our money as Helka was cheaper than many other downtown hotels.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank L A
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Dear L A,
Thank you for your review. Nice to hear that you enjoyed our good service.
Sorry to hear about the repairment needs in the bathroom and the problem with cleanliness under your mattress pads. In the future we´ll pay more attenttion to these issues.
Let me know if you are coming back to Helsinki and we´ll give you even better experience in Helka!
Thank you and Welcome!
Ystävällisin terveisin
Thomas, Hotel Helka
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

It is easy to find Hotel Helka, take the Finnair Bus from the airport to the Central Station and from there in 10 minutes you'll find it. It has good staff and a great restaurant. The room was very nice and it has a free internet. The breakfast was very good with a good selection of fruit and a tasty cake. The hotel has a Michllen recomandation so you'll find a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Dear PaulAlecu,
Thank you for your kind review. As you mentioned the Finnair Bus and also the local bus 615 are the public transport options to the city centre at the moment. The train connection to the airport should be ready by summer 2015.
Welcome again to Helsinki and Helka!
Lämpimin terveisin
Thomas, Hotel Helka

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Reviewed August 1, 2012

I payed about 150 euro for 3 nights ( Single bed room ) breakfast and room where good (not fancy but clean !! )

I really think this was very good value for money !!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled on business
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Dear Pieter G, Thank you for your review.
Welcome again and have a nice summer!
Parhain terveisin
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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 Green Hotel in Helsinki
#13 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#20 Business Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range: $100 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Helka 4*
Number of rooms: 151
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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