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Reviewed 4 March 2007

Helka is a very nice styled hotel, located right in Helsinki's city center, with many of the sights within walking distance. The actual rooms nice nicely furnished and reasoably clean, but some are quite small considering the price. Size and layout varies between rooms, so it would be worth asking to see a couple before accepting one.

Downstairs is a nice lobby fully furnished with Alvar Aalto design chairs, sofa's and such, and a very nice bar serving drinks at reasonable prices (open until 1 am).

I would recommend staying at Helka if you can shell out the room prices and like designer interiors.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled on business
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13  Thank Ben2007
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Reviewed 16 February 2007

Nice hotel in good location for seeing Helsinki.
Nothing special but clean.

Stayed: February 2007
2  Thank 5166narda
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Reviewed 22 January 2007

I chose the Helka by reading Trip Advisor's comments. I was on a business trip and wanted to find a decent and not expensive hotel downtown. The hotel is an anonymous building 5 minutes walk far from the railway station and main tram stops. I booked a single room, small with a view on the rear. Bed was too soft for my backbone. Bathroom with shower. Essential wardrobe. In short, all was very functional (not basic). Breakfast with wide choice of food except cakes or pastries (for Italians not good...).
Staff very friendly when requested any kind of info or help. Could not book a sauna after work, it was always full. If you don't need special requirements, if you search for a quality/price rate, so Helka is a convenient choice, expecially in a city so expensive like Helsinki. As Italian I recommend to taste Finnish restaurants (ravintola), I was positively surprised. Don't drink wine: it's terribly expensive. You'd rather drink their beer, Lapin Kulta.

  • Stayed: January 2007, travelled on business
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5  Thank fabri
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Reviewed 31 December 2006

Wonderful room with an exceptionally helpful staff. One is two blocks from Rock Church and approximately 1/3 of a mile from downtown Helsinki, so the location is outstanding. I only partook of the breakfast once. It was spare by Scandinavian standards but most Americans will be more than satisfied.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled solo
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3  Thank maasai1066
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Reviewed 25 December 2006

The hotel is about 4-05 blocks form the main rr terminal and 2-3 blocks from the Parliament in a quier clean safe area, It was redecorated in 2005-rooms are fairly spacious, particularly those on higher floors at the end of a corridor and/or corner rooms. Room are decorated in cool environmental ceiling patterns, modern decor and good-sized bathroom. Nice comprehensive buffet brekfeast included in our 85E rate. Bar on first floor for snacks and lite far. Desk is very helpful with instructions and things to do and see. Small inexpensive self-service kabob restaurant a few doors down; metro stop 1 block away.
A fire destroyed much of the city at the turn of the 20th centruy and it has one of the largest art nouveau/art moderne architecure districts within walking distance of the waterfront-- art nouveau apartment blocks in the Katajanokka district. Thick granite archways lead to sheltered inner courtyards. Jugend architecture is best seen in residential areas such as Eira, on the southern peninsula of the city, and on the little island to the east of the harbor, Katajanokka. Take a walk down Eira's streets of Huvilakatu and Laivurinkatu. On Laivurinkatu, look for No. 25, the Villa Johanna. Walk down Luotsikatu and Kauppiaankatu, a short distance east of the cathedral, where there are numerous examples of Jugend to compare with Senate Square's classicism and with the city's more modern buildings. Also interesting is the open air museum Seurasaaren Ulkomuseo (Seurasaari Open-Air Museum)--a collection of Finnish regional buildings dating from the 17th century. Located on Seurasaari Island, it is easily reached from central Helsinki
Try the various food booths at market square by the waterfront for a lunch with locals and tourists and the buffet in art nouveauish Cafe Kappelli at the nearby Esplanade. And nearby are the boutiques such as Marimekko, worth a visit and possible a purchase on one of their s ummer 50% off sales. The park in/near Eira may have free early evening rock or jazz concert. If you want some other suggestions email me.

Helsinki is a delight to visit-worth 3-4 days easily after a visit to somewhat depressingand less atmospheric moscow and st petersburg.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank artnuvo
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