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“Extremely basic.”
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Hotel Helka
Ranked #13 of 66 Hotels in Helsinki
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

I booked this hotel for a quick one night sleep. When I selected, positives were central location in Helsinki city and car parking's adjacency, locating right on the backyard of the hotel. And those really remained the only positives.

The hotel interiors are very Nordic and very basic style. Some Aalto design furniture does not really make it any cosier... Rooms are small and extremely basic. Bathroom was the smallest I have ever seen - actually, can not be any smaller :) - and was not clean, some hairs on the floor. Breakfast was the basics with bread and hot oatmeal.

Room price was relatively high compared to quality. Can not recommend.

Room Tip: Less traffic noise on upper floors!
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2012

Dear Kirklandgirl02,
Thank you for the review. Sorry to hear that your visit in Helka was a disappointment. It´s true that some of our rooms are pretty compact but the issue with cleaning is unacceptable. Please contact me directly and we´ll discuss how we can compensate this failure: thomas.hogdahl@helka.fi.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Ystävällisin terveisin
Thomas, Hotel Helka

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Reviewed 13 April 2012

I like the hotel. It is close to city center and relatively ok price. Breakfast was great, and small sauna as well. However rooms are pretty small - especially toilets.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2012

Dear Hanchie, Thank you for your review! Nice to hear that you liked the hotel. As we are in an old buiding with original layout, some of our rooms are rather compact. Hopefully this didn´t ruin your visit in Helsinki.
Next time when you come to Helka we´ll arrange a room which is more suitable for you.
Ystävällisin terveisin
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

The Helka is an older building, and fits in well with the surrounding area. It is in a slightly out of the way area, but is actually quite accessible by streetcar/tram from Rautatientori (train station/square) and the regional bus station at Kampi. I booked a small room over the Internet, which had been re-done, and was very pleasant. The staff are professional, helpful and friendly, but not overly solicitous. The breakfast is outstanding, as is the in-hotel restaurant, and the use of the sauna, as well as the property being walking distance to the beach, was a lovely benefit for a summer's visit. For a budget stay, this was a delightful and special place.

Room Tip: The hotel has only recently become non-smoking -- so if you are sensitive, check to make sure the ro...
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled solo
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2012

Dear Poetessnyc, Thank you for the nice review! The beach you mentioned is the Hietaranta beach ("Hietsu") and that´s the most well known beach in the city. It´s very busy during hot summer days...so not very many days in the year..
Welcome next time during winter time and you´ll get to experience a whole different Helsinki!
Kesäterveisin
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

I stay in this hotel only one night in March 2012. Price is for me too expensive but when I look on prices in Finland probably this is fair. Hotel is very nice, warm and comfortable. Room is really great with wi-fi free in the room, but Bathroom is too small but clean and nice. Hotel stuff is very friendly and helpful so I don´t have any complains. Breakfast is also very good with big choice of food.
Position is also very good, 10 minutes by walk from Central train station (bus for airport also).
They can just put some bigger sign outside to find easily far away.
Very nice place.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2012

Dear ghost13, Thank you for the review and all the pictures you have taken.
The average hotel room rate varies a lot also here in Helsinki. The rates are usually higher during midweek and lower on weekends and summer. Thank you also for the tip referring sign outside. We have some plans to improve our exterior and hopefully we are able to launch these soon.
Have a nice week and Welcome to Helka again!
Ystävällisin terveisin
Thomas, Hotel Helka

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Reviewed 15 March 2012

The hotel is nice, the staff is friendly and helpful, the restaurant is good, breakfast is not bad. The room is not very big, but for a single person is good, but the bathroom is very small. It is close to the Metro station and Kampi shops. It was good that they have free wi-fi in the rooms!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled on business
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2012

Dear SandraMSA, Thank you for the review. All of our rooms are a bit different sizes and layouts. Some of them are pretty compact but as you mentioned still practical.
Welcome again to enjoy our lovely city!
Lämpimin terveisin
Thomas, Hotel Helka

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Reviewed 7 February 2012

I visited here for a couple of nights at the height of winter, February 2012. The hotel is close to the city centre, but if it's cold and you haven't been before, it might be worth getting a taxi to find it. The Helka is spartan with a pine forest theme, but underneath the IKEA-type styling it provides a decent stay. I was up on the sixth floor, which was nice and quiet, and the same floor as the sauna (which, being a repressed Brit, I didn't use). The room was fine, the bathroom quite small, and, as in other Finnish hotels, they don't believe in leaving a plug for the sink. What I liked about this hotel was that the computer facilities were excellent: free WIFI in the room (with a password on the hotel's instruction card), a keyboard and TV with free internet access, and even a terminal downstairs. They're all handy because, unless you want to go to a restaurant or bar (I'd recommend Ilves a couple of blocks away) or pay 12 Euros to see a mainstream film at the cinema over the road, there's not an awful lot to do in the immediate area of an evening. While there are a few leaflets at the hotel detailing tourist attractions, if you check in the DVD shop over the road, they sometimes have a free English-language magazine which has an events listing - useful if you want to find a gig, play or independent film screening in town.

The Helka has nice staff and a luggage room. If you can brave the weather, the city centre is only a ten minute walk. As for breakfast, there was a decent range of food with a slight Scandinavian twist. The stand-out for me was the scrambled egg, which tasted more like a wonderful savory egg-custard. Also, do a little scouting around and you'll find that the Helka is just a block or two away from the Temppeliaukio Church: a nifty tourist attraction which is a large chappel cut into the rocks - it looks like a set from a sci-fi movie! Finland in February is extremely cold outside - so bring a beeny to keep your ears from falling off - and it is expensive: my friend payed over 9 Euros for one pint of import cider down town, though we didn't drink at the Helka. All in all, though, the Helka itself has a friendly staff and a fresh, quiet feel. It's a gem in a small, but interesting capital city.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled on business
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2012

Dear parkp, Thank you for your detailed review and good tips to our future guests.
As you mentioned February is not the busiest month in Helsinki. It´s a good tip to search smaller independent events as there are plenty of those all year round. Thank you once more and hope to see you soon again here at Helka!
Parhain terveisin
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

The room was comfortable with perfect lighting..!! The staff of the hotel is very friendly. The breakfast is just perfect. The location of the hotel is awesome..I had a wonderful time having beer sitting outside the hotel at night where there are a few tables kept..So serene and so peaceful..Simply Splendid!!

Room Tip: All rooms are unique and I would love to go to that hotel again..
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled solo
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Thomas H, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Helka, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2012

Dear Siddy_MBA, Thank you for your excellent review. We are very pleased that you have had a great time in Helka. Our lobby bar´s summer terrace is a perfect place to sit down and watch the street life of Helsinki. Welcome again to Helka!
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Address: Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, Helsinki 00100, Finland
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Region: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#11 Green Hotel in Helsinki
#11 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#13 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#20 Business Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range: $137 - $266 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Helka 4*
Number of rooms: 150
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casual Elegance inspired by Finnish Design and Nature! Only 250 meters from Kamppi Metro Station, privately owned Hotel Helka offers 150 functional rooms, fine dining and a cozy street bar. All the rooms have design furniture and a strong sense of Finnish nature. All of the rooms have air-cooling system, minibars and flat-screen TVs. Breakfast buffet, use of Sauna and WiFi connection are complimentary for all guests. Hotel Helka is housed in a refurbished 1920s building. The bright rooms feature decor by Artek and other well-known Finnish design brands and designers. Guests can enjoy drinks and snacks in Helka’s trendy Lobby Bar. Helka’s central location provides easy access to shopping, dining and culture. Helsinki Central Station is 10 minute walk away. Welcome to the Heart of Helsinki! ... more   less 
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