Helsinki, Finland Hotels
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With its elegant whitewashed cathedral and uber-efficient service, Helsinki is the epitome of Nordic cool. In line with other Nordic countries, you might think that everything comes with a hefty price tag. But if you know where to look, Helsinki can be surprisingly affordable, especially when it comes to accommodation. With quirky hostels such as Hostel Suomenlinna (located in the UNESCO-listed island of the same name) or the summer-only Hostel Academica that doubles up as a uni dorm in winter, amid choices ranging from boutique hotels to tons of great Airbnb listings, a Helsinki stay doesn't have to break the bank.  

Hipmunk's Best Hotels in Helsinki, Finland

Hotelli Seurahuone Helsinki
Hotelli Seurahuone Helsinki
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4.0
Kaivokatu 12, Helsinki
from $109
Original Sokos Hotel Albert
Original Sokos Hotel Albert
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4.0
Albertinkatu 30, Helsinki
from $116
Hotel Katajanokka
Hotel Katajanokka
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4.4
Merikasarminkatu 1 A, Helsinki
from $101
Hotel Arthur
Hotel Arthur
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3.8
Vuorikatu 19, Helsinki
from $67
Holiday Inn Helsinki West- Ruoholahti
Holiday Inn Helsinki West- Ruoholahti
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4.1
Sulhasenkuja 3, Helsinki
from $69
Hotel Anna
Hotel Anna
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4.0
Annankatu 1, Helsinki
from $85
Hotel Kamp
Hotel Kamp
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4.5
Pohjoisesplanadi 29, Helsinki
from $216
Cumulus Hakaniemi
Cumulus Hakaniemi
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3.9
Siltasaarenkatu 14, Helsinki
from $84
Scandic Marski
Scandic Marski
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4.0
Mannerheimintie 10, Helsinki
from $101
Rivoli Jardin Hotel
Rivoli Jardin Hotel
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4.2
Kasarmikatu 40, Helsinki
from $96
More About Helsinki, Finland Hotels...

Helsinki's Best Hostels

Helsinki hostels are sparkling clean, with sleek furniture and a stylish feel -- far from the usual grubby European digs. Efficient service with English spoken everywhere complete the picture. Prices are usually higher than the European average but hey, so is the service! 

A lovely, atmospheric option is Hostel Suomenlinna, located just off the ferry pier on Suomenlinna. The hostel is housed in a former elementary school, dating back to the time when Finland was under Russian occupation. Suomenlinna is a destination in its own right, a UNESCO-listed sea fortress built on six islands and offering a variety of sights including six museums, great walking trails and even a Russian submarine. 24-hour ferries link it to the mainland and it's a popular destination spot for organized parties in the summer.

Another unusual option if you're visiting in summer is Hostel Academica. Come Sept 1st, and the hostel rooms become the accommodation for students at nearby Aalto University. Hostel Academica offers single and double rooms and a variety of perks, from a kitchen in every room to a free sauna on the premises.

CheapSleep is another reliable option, offering a variety of rooms and large dorms with beds starting from €20 a night, a bargain for Helsinki. Amenities on offer include excellent wifi, 24-hour reception, and a full kitchen for guests.

Affordable Design Hotels 

If your budget can stretch a bit further and you fancy enjoying elegant Nordic design, head over to Klaus K Hotel, inspired by Finland's national epic Kalevala. The rooms are elegant and functional with no detail left to chance. The rooms are designed to express four feelings; mysticism, envy, passion and desire. The recently-opened Sky Lofts have a private rooftop terrace and separate entrance. Prices at Klaus K are surprisingly affordable, with rooms starting at €100.

Scandic Paasi is another great option, with prices similar to those of Klaus K. The hotel and the rooms are designed in a 'playful' theme, with punching bags in some of the rooms and board games on offer in the lobby.

Airbnb Options in Helsinki

There are more than 1000 Airbnb rentals in Helsinki. Considering that eating out can seriously hurt your budget, using Airbnb and cooking your own food is the best way to enjoy Helsinki on a budget. There is a range of shared and private rooms, some of which cost just over €20 and come with your own Finnish friend. Apartments are also awesome deals; for example, an apartment with private sauna and sea view is priced at €75.

Helsinki Transport

Going to and from the airport is easy and comfortable, with the Finnair bus priced at €6.20, just a euro more than the regular city bus, and offering reclining leather chairs and free wifi on board. 

Once you're in the centre of Helsinki, the town is small enough to navigate on foot, especially during fine weather. If you're visiting in winter or you want to explore further sights like the Sibelius monument, you can rely on the efficient HKL transport which operates subway trains, buses, and the ferry to Suomenlinna. A single ticket costs €2.50 when purchased in advance from a machine, €2.40 when bought from a mobile phone (but unless you have a Finnish simcard, roaming charges are unlikely to make this convenient) and €3 from the driver.

If you're in town for a while and plan on using public transportation, it makes sense to get a 1-7 day ticket - check this site for info and details. 

Free Attractions in Helsinki

Helsinki offer many free and affordable sightseeing activities. Visiting churches is a great way to spend an afternoon without spending a single euro. But I'm not talking about stuffy, velvet-covered gilded churches. Helsinki's churches are wonderfully quirky and cool, just like the rest of the city. Start your exploration at the elegant Helsinki Cathedral and take pics of its whitewashed façade against the Nordic sky before marvelling at the sleek Nordic furniture inside.

Then move over to Helsinki's Chapel of Silence, a wooden chapel that provides an oasis of peace in the heart of the busy shopping district. Another great church is Temppeliaukio, also known as the Rock Church, completely excavated from the rocks. 

Just opposite Temppeliaukio is the Salmiakki kiosk, a tiny street kiosk dedicated to Finland's favourite snack; salmiakki, or salted liquorice. You can have it in all shapes and sizes, from candies to icecream and even salmiakki coffee!

Another beautiful (and totally free) sight is Sibelius Monument, located just north of the town center in a beautiful lakeside park. The monument is made of welded steel pipes - head over and have a go at playing them!

When to Book for Cheap Rates

Helsinki's busiest time is summer, from early June to late August, when night are long and mellow and the Finns spend the whole day outdoors. Book about a month in advance of your stay for cheaper rates. July is prime holiday time; you should still be able to get a room in the city, but everywhere else will be booked up. Temperatures drop below zero in winter, but it's still worth visiting to see the frozen sea and ride to Suomenlinna with the ice all around you.

 

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