When we think of Finland, the snowy landscapes of Lapland are usually the first thing that springs to mind, however, we often forget that its modern capital city becomes an alluring summer destination from May to August thanks to a vibrant outdoor life encouraged by the sunny weather and nice temperatures. This period is ideal for organising picnics in the parks, attending open-air music festivals, dining at the wide array of restaurant terraces that cater to the needs of business travellers and foodies alike, and taking advantage of the many chances to make the most of the 20 hours of daylight you get, surrounded by nature and with thermometers showing values between 16 and 30 degrees Celsius. Besides, if you love urban escapes, you may stay in a hotel in Helsinki downtown and roam the streets in search of Art Nouveau architectural jewels, explore the stunning Central Railway Station or even take a trip to Suomenlinna Island by ferry departing from Market Square.
In this post, we have selected three affordable and well-located places to stay in Helsinki so that you can find the one that suits you best.
Budget accommodation in central Helsinki, Finland: the Finn Hotel
Within walking distance of the Helsinki Bus Terminal and the Railway Central Station –with direct links to the airport that connect the two points in only 30 minutes-, and surrounded by theatres, museums, shopping malls and a vast array of restaurants, this 2-star hotel in Helsinki provides guest rooms with complimentary WiFi internet access, satellite TV, and private toilets and showers.
The Finn Hotel can be a perfect choice for solo travellers, as it offers standard single economy units for individual occupancy, but also for couples and families, who can sleep in their twin, double, triple or quadruple superior and standard rooms. Staying here creates the unique opportunity to live the authentic Finnish lifestyle and go to a traditional sauna about 100 metres from the facilities, take a ferry trip from the harbour or rent a bike to get around town. Other services offered at the reception include lockers to store personal belongings and luggage, paid parking spaces and onsite shops.
Best Western Hotel in Helsinki: the Carlton
This 3-star accommodation in Helsinki (Finland), managed by the renowned hospitality chain Best Western, is conveniently situated a short stroll away from the City Hall, the University of Helsinki, the Swedish Theatre and the Ateneum Art Museum. Moreover, during your stay you will also be able to walk to iconic landmarks like the Helsinki Cathedral and strategic travel hubs like the Rautatientori Metro Station. The main railway station connecting the downtown with the airport by means of regular train services is just 250 metres away.
The economy and standard rooms –which can be of single, twin or double occupancy- at the Best Western Carlton Hotel feature WiFi at no additional cost, air conditioning, flat-screen TV and en suite bathroom with amenities. Safety deposit boxes are available for guests, and they are invited to relax at the café in the lobby and indulge in the delicious Nordic dishes served throughout the day at the onsite restaurant or in the terrace in the summer months.
Centrally located hotel in Helsinki, Finland: the Omena
When looking for a place to stay in Helsinki, you probably want to find an accommodation that enables you to either walk or commute easily to the main spots in the city, especially if you are taking a short trip or only spending the weekend. The Omena Hotel Helsinki city centre is 5 minutes away from the central train and bus stations, plus many museums, restaurants and shopping areas can be reached on foot as well. Rated 3 stars, it features complimentary WiFi in the entire premises, digital room keys, in-room mini fridges, microwaves and coffee makers. All guests enjoy private bathrooms with showers.
Market Square, from where you can travel to Suomenlinna Island, is less than two kilometres away, and roughly 17 kilometres separate this point from Helsinki-Vantaa International airport. If you are catching an early morning flight or are having a layover in Helsinki before you resume your journey and fly to another European destination, we recommend you consider sleeping in a nap cabin inside the airport. This way, you can ensure that your last hours in the capital of Finland will be as hassle-free as possible.