Helka Hotel

Address: Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, Helsinki, Southern Finland, 00100, Finland | 3 star hotel
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsHelka Hotel Helsinki

    Reviewed by laksaksa

    Ok for a one night stay

    Reviewed Feb 13, 2015
    by (1 review) , Malaysia Flag of Malaysia

    Stayed overnight. Rooms are a bit tight, breakfast was ok.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.

    Historical Traveler Reviews Helka Hotel Helsinki

    Great rooms for great price in great location~


    We booked into this place from the Helsinki Train station, and werent sure of what we could expect for a 77 euro double room. Were suprised with the very modern reception and friendly staff, and the room exceeded our expectations. It was recently renovated and featured items showcasing Finnish designers. Bathroom was quite small, but clean and neutral. shower pressure was fantastic!

    The airport taxi service was all arranged by the hotel. would definitely go back again.

    We had a great stay at the Helka


    Excellent staff and beautifully designed public areas and room. Breakfast was included in the room price, a delicious Nordic buffet, including eggs, cereals, yoghurt, breads, cold cuts, cheese, tomatoes, pickles, cucumber slices, lettuce, and a variety of drinks. Free broadband internet in the rooms (not wireless).

    A small room is available for ironing on the fifth floor, rather than boards and irons in each room. A sauna is available, 6-8am for men, 8-10am for women.

    Price was good, at 125 euros per night for three of us, with a comfortable covertible sofa/chair as the extra bed. We noticed no problems with sound proofing.

    Very conveniently located, several blocks from the train station in the center of town (easy walk), and two blocks from a public trail that goes along the water.

    Very nice


    Stayed in this hotel with my husband one night.


    The staff was very friendly and their Swedish and English was perfect.

    The room was not very large, but very clean and designed in the classical nordic style. Slept well, not bothered by the traffic or the people in adjacent rooms.


    We did not pay for the room ourselves, so I cannot say if the stay is worth every euro. However, if you do find a price that you think is ok, you know you will get a very nice stay.

    You have to pay to use the internet in the room.

    Amazing staff, luxury penthouse sauna, rooms need soundproofing.


    A really lovely staff team who tried hard to make our stay a good experience. We stayed for 10 days while on business in Helsinki and for the first 4 nights we were happy in our room. Suddenly on Friday night we seemed to be sleeping right in the nightclub next door- it was unbearably noisy. Do try to ask for one of their lovely rooms as far away from the club as possible!

    We were immediately given a new, stylish and plush room , which again was fine for the next 2 nights. Somehow the way that the building is structured means that, certainly in these 2 particular rooms, we could hear noise from other rooms through the vents. Unfortunately we had extremely loud neightbours and could hear everything from their room. As they began shouting we again asked to be moved, having had no sleep by 4am.

    The staff were wonderful and went out of their way to apologise and make us comfortable, upgrading us this time to a simply magnificent suite.

    However, when you are on buisness and simply need rest this was just too frustrating. I spent a lot of time just wanting a good nights sleep rather than a plush room.

    Nice Staff. Rooms need reform.


    We stayed at the Helka twice on the same week when arriving/departing from Helsinki. The staff are super-friendly and helpful, they helped us with our travel plans. The rooms though need un upgrade. Some of the rooms have been reformed but not all. Check to make sure you get one of the reformed ones. We paid 96 euros per night and at that price I think it's good value, but not more.

    Great Little Hotel


    After a disastrous experience a few days earlier in a Copenhagen hotel, this place in the centre of Helsinki proved to be a real boost.

    The Hotel Helka is a clean, comfortable, no frills place with great staff and in a good location.

    My room was small, but clean and adequately furnished. Mini bar was well stocked and the bathroom was also clean and well maintained. Internet access in the public area was free of charge.

    Breakfasts were a relaxing experience and the meatballs were great! Plenty of juices, meats, cheeses, bread, rolls, pastries and self service tea and coffee were all plentiful. Staff were always very pleasant and friendly.

    The hotel is very easy to find from the central railway station and is close to most attractions with Parliament literally at the end of the road and the National Museum just a few hundred yards around the corner. The Esplanade, Market Place and Harbour are about a 15 minute walk.

    The best way to reach the centre of Helsinki from the airport is by the Finnair Bus from right outside the main terminal which drops you at the central railway station. At the time of writing the fare was Euro 5.20



    This has to be one of the best hotels I've stayed in. The basic requirements were there - clean, spacious rooms close to the centre of town. But it was the additional extras that made our stay so good. The staff were always helpful and friendly - no matter what time of the day or night it was. Whether we were asking for the closest place to grab a bite to eat (at midnight!), a good Finnish restaurant for dinner (about 10pm!) or the times that the ferries to Tallinn departed, the staff were always helpful - even phoning up the ferry terminal to get the departure times right.

    And then there was the breakfast - a pretty good buffet breakfast with something to suit everyone.

    All in all, a fantastic place to stay and I'd definitely recommend it.

    Okay but some drawbacks


    The Helka is a decent cheaper option in Helsinki - a very expensive (though wonderful) city. It is in a central location and the rooms are clean and warm, if a bit bare. It's all a bit no frills and the breakfast is nothing to write home about (a grim buffet experience). The main problem when we stayed was that we were woken up each morning by building work in the hotel that we weren't warned about and for which there was no apology. So you might want to check out if they are planning anything similar before booking there.

    A good place to stay in Helsinki


    I spent 3 nights in Hotel Helka in week 46, 2004. It is well above its class, clean and comfortable with friendly staff and Sauna available for the guests. Good clean rooms with A/C and not to expensive high speed Internet connection. Excelent breakfast and good restaurant in the hotel with a cosy pub in the same building. Easy to get a round with public transport, Tram 3B stops close by and takes you to center of town (else it's 10-15 min by foot). So for anyone that wants a good, comfortable Hotel, at a fair price then Helka would be a good choice.

    A good way for sightseeing in Helsinki is to take the Tram 3B or 3T for a round trip in the city, it lasts about 50 min and it's well worth the price.

    Decent Hotel


    Stayed here at the beginning of August when there was a heat wave by Helsinki standards. The air conditioning didn't appear to be working properly so the room was excessively hot which made it hard to sleep. However that shouldn't normally be a problem in Helsinki. Otherwise the hotel was good. The room was a decent size and was clean. The hotel isn't far from a tram stop which has trams to the centre and also the harbour area. The breakfast was very good indeed. Hotel also has a decent bar. Would certainly stay there agan

    TripAdvisor Reviews Helka Hotel Helsinki

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