This is a well located, pleasant enough hotel and much of my experience might depend on my room.
1) I was next to the elevator and hardly slept the first night as people were constantly in and out until 3 am (it was Saturday night). Everytime they used the the lift it started with a loud bang, you heard the beeps, lift mechanics working and the doors opening. It also meant people were directly outside your door if they got off at your floor. All of this could have been avoided with adequate door soundproofing - but it was severely lacking. And in case you think it's unlikely you'll get a "lift room" - I calculated in my wing there were 8 out of 20 rooms directly next to the lift shaft so that's a 40% chance at least in the wing I was in.
2) Due to above lack of soundproofing, and the fact that all rooms are situated near the main stairwell (if in Block A), you hear the front door slam everytime someone comes in and every footstep as they walk up the stairs. Kept me up all night.
3) Condition. The rooms are a little shabby. They are cleaned OK, but they are worn. Definitely 3 star. Didn't worry me too much but the shower had a bit of permanent mold in it and I was given a towel with several holes in it.
4) The shower. This is a minor issue but you need to be an acrobat to fit in. Large people would have little chance and would also not be able to fit on the toilet!
5) Lack of provisions. There was no soap for washing hands. This is a little hard to accept and unhygienic. There was shower gel for the shower which I rationed to use for hand washing. There was a drip filter coffee machine but no filter papers were provided. I had excitedly bought coffee with me only to not be able to use it. I know it's self-catering, but it would have been a nice notion to provide a few filter papers for those 1 or 2 night stayers who don't need a pack of 10.
1) Excellent location close to the museum, railway station, trams, shops etc.
2) Excellent price and friendly staff
3) Helsinki - it's amazing - you should go!
Overall I wouldn't stay again as the lack of sleep wasn't worth it, but if you're a heavy sleeper, don't mind things being a little more basic than a hotel and want to self cater - this is a great choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hellsten Helsinki Parliament Hotel is situated in the city centre of Helsinki, in a pleasant and quiet residential area. The surrounding area has several well-known attractions such as the Parliament House, the National Museum, the Finlandia Hall and the Temple Church. The hotel is situated on a peaceful street with interesting shops and restaurants, which is only nine minutes walk from the Central railway station. The 43 rooms in the hotel are varying in size, from one room apartments of 24 sqm to two bed room apartments up to 75 sqm. Each apartment is individually designed, Scandinavian style. Of course rooms are equipped with telephone, satellite TV and free internet access, and fully equipped kitchen. The front desk at Parliament is open on weekdays from 8 am in the morning till 8 pm in the evening, and will cater for all your needs and inquiries. Other hours there is an electronic surveillance of the premises and you can do your own check-in round the clock with an automated check in system. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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