As with most Scandinavian cities, Helsinki has a reputation for being on the pricey side. Helka Hotel is a good-value option within easy striking distance of what this harbourside city has to offer.
You'll be staying five minutes' walk from Kampii metro station and shopping centre, one stop from Helsinki's central railway station (Helsingin Rautatieasema). Ateneum art museum is a 15-minute walk and it's a 10-minute drive to Linnanmäki amusement park, the Olympic Stadium (where the tower has far-reaching views across the Baltic), and the Market Square. From there, you can catch the 15-minute ferry to Suomenlinna (the Fortress of Finland), a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The hotel is owned by the YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) of Finland and all profits go towards supporting their work with women in crisis. The building itself dates back to the 1920s, but inside it's modern, bright and filled with Finnish-style furniture and art.
The price includes a Scandinavian breakfast buffet. In the evening, the restaurant serves Finnish fare that is tasty but on the pricey side. Expect dishes such as Finnish tapas (pickled vegetables, salmon tartar with sour cream, grilled lamb sausage), salmon soup and sirloin of reindeer. The bar serves beer from local microbreweries and has live music every week.
The standard bedrooms are on the small side but all have air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a kettle. Upgrade to a premium room for more space and late checkout at 2pm, or the suites have their own private saunas and a separate living area. On the sixth floor, there is also a traditional Finnish sauna that is free for all guests to use.
Note that you need to let reception know if you will arrive after 6pm. The hotel will re-sell non-guaranteed rooms after this time.
Sauna / Steam Room
24-hour front desk
Laundry / dry cleaning
Room service (limited hours)
Safe in reception (fees apply)
Coffee / tea-making facilities
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas
Parking (fees apply)
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.
Standard check-in time: 2pm
Standard checkout time: 12pm
Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.
Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 2pm Check-out time is 12pm
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.
Know Before You Go
A resort fee is included in the total price displayed.
One child 2 years old or younger stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
The property allows pets in specific rooms only and has other pet restrictions (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
Self parking fee: EUR 20 per day
Pet fee: EUR 15 per pet, per night
Rollaway bed fee: EUR 30 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
Mandatory Fees and Taxes
The charges below are included in your overall room price:
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.
Getting there: From Helsinki Airport, take the train from the station to Helsinski Central Station, and either take the metro or walk the 12 minutes to the hotel. The journey will take 40 minutes and cost 13€-18€. Alternatively, take the airport shuttle to the bus station (30 minutes, 6.20€), and walk 15 minutes to the hotel. A taxi will take 20 minutes and cost 26€-31€. There is parking at the hotel for 20€ per day.
Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.
You will pay the hotel in the hotel's local currency. The rate displayed (in GBP) is an estimate based on today's currency exchange rate.
*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.
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