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“Helka” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Helka
Ranked #13 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
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Rome, Italy
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Helka”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Clean and modern rooms, with the nice sauna on the top floor. The thing we've enjoyed the best was the breakfast - huge variety of dishes of the Scandinavian cuisine. The location is not that far from the railway station about 10 min of walking distance. The room service is pretty good while receptionists could have been friendlier.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank GalaBy333
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Chris K, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Dear GalaBy333,

Thank you for your review. I will tell your greetings also to our restaurant.
Hope to see you again at Helka!

Best regards
Hotel Helka
Chris Kruusvee
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Durham, North Carolina
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175 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

I would unhesitatingly stay here again. The hotel has a very Scandinavian, individual flavor, and I enjoyed the color scheme, lighting and decorations in the room. I found it comfortable and clean with a nice bathroom, and a convenient place from which to walk around Helsinki. Breakfast was hearty and good. The Helka is definitely not a "cookie cutter" hotel, and I liked this. It has character.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank karmaswimswami
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Chris K, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Dear karmaswimswami,

Thank you for your kind review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you here at Helka again!

Best regards
Hotel Helka
Chris Kruusvee
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Terzo d'Aquileia, Italy
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62 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

I have been in this hotel and I will never stay here again. The room was like in Paris in terms of sqmt (more or less 12 sqmt) but without any charme. It looks like being in an avarage russian hotel at URSS time. Not any sign of finnish design. The breakfast was served in a dark room and the coffee was terrible.

A very negative experience that makes me doubt about some nice reviews I read when I booked this hotel. With 20 eurous more I could stay at BW Katajanokka or at Fabian. Never again

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank manwholivedinhotels
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Chris K, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Dear manwholivedinhotels,

Thank you for your review. We would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused during your stay in Hotel Helka! We are really sorry to hear that your stay did not meet your requests. We hope that you would have contacted the reception immediately you noticed that the room was not what you expected. Because this is an old building – built already in 1928 – not all the rooms are equal size. Finnish design is used all around the hotel’s interior design and all rooms are designed and furnished with Finnish furniture (i.a. Alvar Aalto and Artek).

If you decide to visit us again, we will make sure that you will get a nice room, and the breakfast and service will be as pleasant and welcoming as it should be every day.

Best regards
Hotel Helka
Chris Kruusvee
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Helsinki
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Great all over. What a nice surprise. Nothing of the stuffy, conservative 80's Helka remains. Great crew, great food (both restaurant and breakfast), good location, extra points for the cigar lounge. Cool web site, too.


  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Review collected in partnership with Galahotels.com

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1 Thank Kimmo M
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Chris K, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Dear Kimmo M,

Thank you for your warm review. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and had a chance to try our restaurant and cigar lounge. Hope to see you again at Helka!

Best regards
Hotel Helka
Chris Kruusvee
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Edinburgh
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77 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

The rooms are small but with a good large desk space and the free wifi was easy to use and worked well. The location was well connected to the transport networks being only a few metres from the central bus station (Kaampi) and adjacent to to the main cycle walkway to the railway station. The room temperature is adjusted from the radiator in the room and the air conditioning so it could be a little tricky to get the temperature just right. Overall an efficient and functional place to stay if you are in Helsinki.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank DerekH50
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Munich, Germany
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

Positive: Sauna (one for each gender) is free. Cosy small rooms with tv and nice furniture
Breakfast has a good variety with a good mix of everything.
Cheap deals available on various websites, so don't pay the full price guys!
Wlan is free







Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
Helpful?
Thank phiga
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Rauma, Finland
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19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The hotel was really good, I don't have anything bad to say.
Location was excellent to us, near all the places we needed.
Hotel and our room was clean. Decoration was nice and great idea to have a nature picture on roof on top of beds. We have corner room with two windows which made the room very spacious.
Breakfast was normal hotel breakfast, it was good for me.

Nice extra thing was car parking, you could leave your car for free to back yard (if there were free space) or then you could drive to garage and pay 10 eur. It is really cheap!!
Only problem was too small parking area and garage. Very easy to crash your car.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank Marja1
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Property: Hotel Helka
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 Green Hotel in Helsinki
#10 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#11 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#13 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#20 Business Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 metres 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. Helkan Keittio Restaurant serves Finnish cuisine based on fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as fish, game, mushrooms and berries. Guests can enjoy drinks and snacks in Helka’s trendy Lobby Bar, which also features a cigar room. 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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