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Well after a long day I finally made it to Helsinki. And, no crazy cock ups to report...Not even the wrong departure gate like last time. Plane was a bit bumpy but otherwise a great journey.
Saying that, the old guy in the seat next to me lasted as far as the runway and then left his seat to grab one a row back. Did i smell …
Hotel Helka was a smart and nice hotel.
Late arrival 10>30 PM in Helsinki no reservation. All hostels fully booked. Stayed in hotel Helka for 90€ per night / price really hurt. But extra comfort and privacy nice. A helpful local Finn made a number of cell phone calls for me. We then had a couple of beers at the hotel bar where we met Patrick from Cork, Ireland. Interesting discussions and lots of laughs.
... on the computer for about an hour and then to the cabin where I found Cath immobile on the bed brunch having been regurgitated into the porcelain altar. Not full blown mal de mer, but a pretty close approximation of it. I still had a virus and went to bed myself and slept for a couple of hours.
We took it easy for dinner. Sandwiches in the cabin. We were up early for breakfast. The sea got calmer as we neared Helsinki waters, or more ...
... have to guess where the correct stop for Turku would be. The bus company's website is painfully lacking in stop information (the English translation section isn't complete yet) so I made the assumption that the bus would get into the main Turku bus station, which I would easily be able to tell apart from an ordinary street stop. Also, the scheduled arrival time in Turku was 13:30 so assumed that I'd only need to start looking out for the bus station at around that time. Like I said, ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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