5 Best hotels and hostels in Helsinki. If you’re planning on visiting Helsinki as a tourist, a shortage of lodging options will be just about the last thing you’ll have to worry about. In fact, you’ll find that there are more than plenty of options in every price range.
Either way, pricing alone should not be your only concern, as there are other factors you need to put into consideration (some of them being quality, room space, number of beds, proximity to tourist destinations, etc.).
When you’re visiting for the first time, finding something suitable can be tough. For this reason, I have come up with a couple of suggestions of my own and organized them in different categories to provide you with a comprehensive list. Before that, get yourself familiar with all the Neighbourhoods in Helsinki.
5 Best Hotels and Hostels In Helsinki
5 Best Hotels to stay in Helsinki
1. Hilton Helsinki Strand — A luxury hotel right in the center of all the action
If money is not an issue, it’s best to go with something that’s tried and true. As you’d probably guessed, Hilton Helsinki Strand does not fail to deliver in this fashion. Not only is it spacious and cozy, but it’s also located right in the center of all the action, so everything is in arm’s reach.
Offering a legitimate Finnish sauna experience is one of its main benefits. Just be sure to study up on all the etiquette before catering to your senses in one of these rooms, and you’ll be good to go. Without a doubt, those who prioritize luxury will find it in abundance here.
Depending on the day and season, the price starts from120 euros per night as of the time of writing this article.
2. Hotel Fabian — a balance between price and quality
Located in the heart of Helsinki. This hotel offers you the best of both worlds in terms of pricing and quality (sort of a middle ground if you will). The rooms are quite nice to feast your eyes on, but if you’re thirsting to admire more Finnish architecture, there are more than plenty of hotspots in its direct vicinity —kaartinkaupunki.
The view you can get from one of the rooms is absolutely stunning and makes for the perfect opportunity to snap a photo to immortalize your travel memories.
Depending on the day and season, the price starts from 84 euros per night as of the time of writing this article.
3. Hotel Lilla Roberts — Peaceful, yet intriguing
For those of you who are searching for a little bit of peace and quiet, you’ll find yourself right at home. There are more than plenty of rooms to choose from, including Comfort King and Comfort Twin, which are some of the most relaxing rooms you’ve likely come across to date.
Both feature a 47” flat screen, the softest beds you can imagine, and there’s also an armchair for those who like to keep it old-school. Whether it’s reading a paper, watching a movie, or enjoying something more private with your partner, Hotel Lilla Roberts combines all the elements of peace, quiet, and comfort… with a pinch of romantic on top.
All in all, you can expect the most modern amenities, coupled with the 1930s Art Deco interior, which is something unique and not seen in a typical Finnish hotel.
When you’re feeling all rested up, be sure to visit the Kaartinkaupunki sector that’s right next door. And if you’d like to experience the hustle and bustle of Helsinki to break the silence, the drive isn’t long at all.
Depending on the day, season promo code, the price starts from 100 euros per night as of the time of writing this article.
4. Scandic Simonkenttä
The Scandic Simonkenttä is a beautiful hotel within close proximity to a large shopping center. The Kiasma — a distinguished art museum — is also not far away. It has a restaurant on-site, complete with a gym, and a reception that is open 24 hours a day.
Prices start at 133 euros
5. Clarion Hotel Helsinki
The Clarion offers a wide range of services. It has a restaurant, a gym, a computer workspaces, and free WiFi. The rooms themselves are very modern and offer a spectacular view of the city. A free breakfast is included and you’re free to try their outdoor pool (of course including a great view in its own right)!
Prices start at 138 euros
5 Best hostels to stay in Helsinki
1. Hostel Suomenlinna — For those who are traveling on a budget
While you will rarely find a person who prefers staying in a shared dormitory as opposed to a private room, this hostel is a notable exception due to the great experience it provides. Among the other things, the rooms are clean and the company is great. But its most important benefit is the fact that it’s located in close proximity to the main tourist area. Perfect for budget-conscious backpackers. All rooms start at 25 euros as of the time of writing this article.
One would think the prices would jump up accordingly, but no… this hostel offers accommodation at reasonable pricing. There’s no need to worry about your belongings, as we consider the place pretty safe. While you’re there, don’t forget to get a bite of the delicious breakfast they serve every morning!
2. Eurohostel – On vacation, yet connected
If you love to travel, but cannot be off the grid for too long, Eurohostel is for you. Located in central Helsinki close to the market square, it is perfectly integrated within the area. The ferry to Stockholm is only a few steps away and the tram station is within close proximity to it.
Next to budget class Backpackers rooms, they also offer special Eurohostel rooms. These are special rooms — renovated and equipped with international TV, even including movie channels and Internet-on-TV facilities. Free WiFi is also included throughout the entire property.
Prices start at 56 euros
3. Both Helsinki — For those who enjoy their privacy
When staying at a hostel, one can enjoy the company of others. But at some point, one might be exhausted and need some alone time. If this sounds like you, then Both Helsinki is for you. It offers private rooms, including en-suite bathrooms and small kitchenettes, while also retaining the sociable atmosphere of a hostel.
It is located in the heart of Helsinki and therefore allows you to move quickly using the trams and buses.
This hostel is also very, very eco-friendly, as they compensate for the entire carbon footprint of every guest that visits. They also boost social sustainability, seeing as they are part of minority — communities.
Prices start at 30 euros.
4. SweetDream Guesthouse — Make new friends on the road!
If traveling alone is really not what you want, you should definitely consider SweetDream Guesthouse. It is located directly in the heart of Helsinki and is basically surrounded by options for public transport. Bus stop, tram, and metro stations — all are within a walking distance of 150 meters. There is a around the clock supermarket nearby, so you can always restock your supplies.
The reason this hostel is especially recommendable if you want to make new friends is its huge common area. This is where you meet travelers from all over and can mingle; exchange experiences while on the road.
Prices start at 24 euros
5. The YARD Hostel — Has it all
If there was ever a hostel deserving of the term Swiss Army knife, it would be the YARD. It has it all: private rooms, dorms, free Wifi, free breakfasts and much more.
It also includes a spacious lounge where you can hang out with your friends or meet new ones. It is located on a street raging with life: cafes, restaurants, shops, and sights — whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here!
Prices start at 39 euros
What can Helsinki offer to the hipster crowd?
This is an open-ended question, the answers to which would require writing a whole book. To name a couple of things, first and foremost, we have the Kallio area. It’s well known for places the artsy types like to gather around (be sure to check Rytmi, Café Talo, Rupla if you’re into something more laid-back).
For the hardcore hipster, Kaiku, Siltanen, Kuudes linja should satisfy all the night-life cravings.
There are plenty of places to chill
Much to the contrast of the previous paragraph, there are places to chill… if you search hard enough. Although Helsinski’s wilder side is better known to the outside world, it won’t disappoint the peace-seekers either. Let’s name a few.
The gardens of Alppipuisto will soothe your senses and make you feel closer to nature. Then we have Lauttasari — a peaceful island filled with shopping malls and restaurants, where you’ll be able to unwind with zero limits. And if you’re looking for an endless array of water vistas, Mattolaituri is the heart of nature.
Planning to take an entire family along?
This section has some overlap with the previous one, so we’ll be sure to expand on it by listing the most family-friendly places you can find. Amos Rex, by far and wide, is worth a visit with your kids, as the extremely popular exhibition the place is known for was designed to be admired by both kids and parents alike.
Moving on, we have the Helsinki City Museum that won’t fail to entertain your kids no matter what age they are. And last but not least, there’s the Redi shopping center. While one of the parents goes shopping, the rest of the family can pass the time by playing VR games.
There you go, the “5 best hotels and hostels In Helsinki” I have made sure to list something suitable for every type of visitor and their unique needs and preferences.
Personally, I stay in Hostels anytime I travel. That being said, there is something for everyone in Helsinki and your trip will not leave you disappointed. You’ll get to see what it’s like to live in the very heart of Finnish culture, with plenty of fun and family-friendly activities you can choose to participate in.
The rest boils down to making the most of your time and experiencing as much as this jewel of the North has to offer. Happy travels!