Are you planning a trip and wondering where to stay in Helsinki? Look no further, because we have made a list of the best hotels to stay in Helsinki. We’ve visited Helsinki on countless occasions over the last decade and have gotten a firm grasp on the city at that time. We’ve stayed in a number of properties here. Hopefully, this guide will assist you in finding the best hotels in Helsinki depending on your needs and budget. We have also included an overview of the best hostels in Helsinki as well as a map of the properties below.
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Where to Stay in Helsinki
It is important to know that Helsinki is a rather compact city and most accommodations lie within the southern district (city center and the surrounding neighborhoods). There aren’t too many hotels in the other districts. This is fine since the southern district is where nearly all the major attractions are to be found. For those coming for a short stay, the neighborhoods within the southern district are a good option since all the main sights are within a comfortable walking distance. Of course, the further away you are from the inner city the cheaper the prices are.
How much does a hotel room cost in Helsinki?
Before we begin, we would like to point out that Helsinki is one of the most expensive cities in Europe and naturally hotel prices are quite high, especially during the high season when they are substantially higher than they are during the low season. So don’t be too shocked with the amount of dough you’re going to have to shell out here. The table below gives an overview of the approximate price range of the various categories. We’ve categorized the properties according to the price range viz. hostels, budget hotels, mid-range hotels, and finally some splurge options. The table represents high-season prices, so if you’re traveling in the off-season the prices will be a bit lower.
|Hostels||25-45€ per night for one|
|Budget Hotels||80-130€ per night for two|
|Mid-Range Hotels||130-210€ per night for two|
|Luxury Hotels||210€+ per night for two|
We’ve tried to space out the properties area wise so that you can have more of a choice choosing the best option. In listing these properties we’ve factored into account their location, proximity to the main sights, proximity to public transport, and price to quality ratio. We’ve also provided a map at the bottom marking the locations of these properties.
Best Hostels in Helsinki
Hostel Diana Park
Hostel Diana Park is a small and homely hostel in the lively Punavuori neighborhood in the center of Helsinki. The location is ideal as it is within a comfortable walking distance from Helsinki Central Station and all major attractions like the Senate Square, Rock Church, and the Market Square. There’s a horde of bars, restaurants, and cafes in the vicinity. There are also plenty of tram and bus options nearby.
Eurohostel is a popular choice for people looking for someplace close to the city center. Jacky stayed here on her very first visit to Helsinki in 2009. This is the largest hostel in Helsinki and is situated in the charming & tranquil Katajanokka neighborhood. It is within a comfortable walking distance of the Market Square, Senate Square, and the ferry terminals. There’s also a tram stop just around the corner.
CheapSleep Hostel is a snazzy hostel in the trendy Vallila neighborhood that is famous for its wooden buildings. The popular bohemian neighborhood of Kallio is just over a 1 km from the hostel as is Finland’s largest amusement park, Linnanmäki. Despite being 3 km from the Central Station, it only takes a 15-20 min bus or tram ride to get there. The nearest bus stop is just 100 m away.
YARD Concept Hostel
The YARD Concept Hostel is our final recommendation in this category. The biggest selling point of this hostel is certainly its very central location, only 5 minutes away on foot from the Central Station. Two of Helsinki’s premier shopping streets, Aleksanterinkatu and Mannerheimintie are just 100 m away. The hostel is also known to be a great place to meet and interact with other travelers. It is a fantastic option for those who want to experience nightlife in Helsinki.
Best Budget Hotels: Cheap Hotels in Helsinki
Omena Hotel Lönnrotinkatu
Omena Hotel Lönnrotinkatu is a good self-service budget hotel in the city center. They keep the prices down by keeping things very spartan & minimalist. It is located right in the heart of the lively Kamppi neighborhood. The Central Station is only a 10-minute walk away. You’ll find a lot of quaint little boutiques and cafes on Fredrikinkatu and Bulevardi, two of the most elegant streets in Helsinki that are only a stone’s throw from the hotel. All the major attractions are within a comfortable walking distance.
The centrally located Hotel Finn is also a great budget option. This small and mostly no-frills hotel is conveniently located just 5 minutes’ walk away from the Central Station. It is just off of Mannerheimintie, Helsinki’s main street meaning there are tons of shopping options, bars, and restaurants in close proximity. The harbor, Rock Church, and Senate Square are only a 15-minute walk from this hotel.
Omena Hotel Yrjönkatu
If you’re looking for another great frugal option in the inner city center, Omena Hotel Yrjönkatu is a great choice. It is similar in its concept and design to its sister hotel on Lönnrotinkatu. The location is fantastic, less than 10 minutes’ walk from the Central Station. Two nice art museums, Amos Anderson and Kiasma are just a stone’s throw from here.
Hotel Anna is our final recommendation in this category. It is located in the heart of the ‘Design District’ within the Punavuori neighborhood. The Central Station and the Market Square can be easily reached within 15 minutes on foot. Good public transport options are also available. The streets of Uudenmaankatu and Iso Roobertinkatu are flowing with design and antique shops, fashion boutiques, museums, and art galleries. The hotel is perfect for checking the leafy neighborhoods of Eira and Ullanlinna that are rich in Art Nouveau architecture.
Best Mid-Range Hotels in Helsinki
The 4⋆ Hotel Helka is an excellent mid-range choice that has the aura of a boutique hotel and comes with the necessary modern amenities. We stayed here in 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay, especially the excellent Nordic breakfast. The location is pretty good, the Central Station and the Rock Church are a 10 minutes’ walk away. Plenty of shopping and entertainment lie close to the hotel. Plenty of transport options are available from the nearby Kamppi Center.
Hilton Helsinki Airport Hotel
Okay, technically the next hotel in this category is not in Helsinki but we thought it would be a good idea to include a hotel in the vicinity of Helsinki Airport. Located just 300 m from the airport, the sleek and stylish 4⋆ Hilton Helsinki Airport Hotel is a great alternative for those who want to refresh, relax and recharge while they wait for their flight. Helsinki Central Station is just a 30-minute train ride from here.
Those on the lookout for a unique hotel experience need to look no further than the refreshing Hotel Katajanokka. Housed in a former prison dating back to 1837, this 4⋆ hotel is renowned for retaining many of former features making the atmosphere very unique. The Central Station is only a 10-minute tram ride away. Uspenski Cathedral, the Market Square, and the ferry terminals are also only a short walk from here. You could also take your time admiring the beguiling Art Nouveau architecture on the nearby streets Luotsikatu and Kauppiaankatu.
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel is one of the Helsinki’s biggest and most renowned hotels. It is a famous landmark on the city’s main artery, Mannerheimintie and also overlooks Töölö bay. The beach, Sibelius Monument and the Olympic Stadium are close to the hotel. The tram stop is situated a 2-minute walk from the hotel and provides easy access around Helsinki. In addition to all this, the Finnair airport bus stops right outside the hotel. It is a perfect choice for business travelers.
Best Luxury Hotels in Helsinki
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel
The flagship Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel is a great option in the luxury category. It is located in a placid side street adjacent to Kaisaniemi Park. The Central station is only a 5 minute walk away as are the Grand Casino and the Finnish National Theater. The city’s main shopping streets and malls are within a 10-minute walking radius, as is the Senate Square. There’s a multitude of bars and restaurants around here.
For those on the lookout for a romantic alternative, the 4⋆ Hotel F6 is an excellent choice. This independent boutique hotel features sleek interior decors and comfortable rooms. The hotel is a two-minute walk from the Esplanadi Park and an array of designer boutiques and restaurants. The Senate Square and Market Square are only 5 minutes away on foot.
Hotel Haven is another elegant 5⋆ boutique hotel that is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The location is excellent, just around the corner of Esplanadi shopping streets, opposite the Old Market Hall and within a 10-minute stroll from the Senate Square. There’s a tram stop just two minutes from the hotel with easy connectivity to the Central Station.
Best Hotel in Helsinki: Hotel Kämp
If full-out luxury is what you crave then we highly recommend the one and only Hotel Kämp, easily Helsinki’s most prestigious hotel. Set in a classical 19th-century building overlooking Esplanadi Park, this iconic 5⋆ hotel has hosted a retinue of glitterati, politicians, and royalty. The hotel offers an authentic 19th-century ambiance with all 21st-century room fittings and a selection of Finnish contemporary art in rooms. The location is perfect as the Senate Square, Market Square, Uspenski Cathedral, and the Central Station are within a 10-minute walking radius from the hotel.
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