I have taken a conscious decision to only say good things about places but it's difficult, particularly with a hotel like the Helka. On the plus side, it's in a reasonably good location in walking distance of the centre of Helsinki. On the minus side, my single room was tiny; I don't know how the normal rooms compare but this was almost a joke. If this wasn't a hotel, you might have asked "What shall we keep in this cupboard?". The thermostat didn't work, so it was unbearably hot at night and the 'carpet' wasn't actually carpet but some sort of composite material which left 'bits' stuck to the bottom of your feet if you walked on it bare-foot - not that you would have far to walk as you could probably brush your teeth in the 'bathroom' while sitting on the bed.
I usually stay in the Klaus K hotel - which is admittedly a lot more expensive - but a smile costs nothing as they say and the difference in staff attitude is very noticeable. Instead of a warm welcome and a genuine interest in your wellbeing, the Helka's staff look as if they'd rather be somewhere else; this isn't just reception but breakfast and bar staff as well. Just because it's a design hotel doesn't mean you're not allowed to smile!
You get what you pay for, and the Helka is one of the cheaper hotels in central Helsinki, but I will only stay here again as a last resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casual Elegance inspired by Finnish Design and Nature! Only 250 metres 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. Helkan Keittio Restaurant serves Finnish cuisine based on fresh, locally sourced ingredients such as fish, game, mushrooms and berries. Guests can enjoy drinks and snacks in Helka’s trendy Lobby Bar, which also features a cigar room. 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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- Also Known As:
- Helka Hotel Helsinki