Helsinki is dominated by chain hotels, particularly Sokos and Scandic, but there are some boutique and designer gems too. Budget accommodation is in short supply.
From mid-May to mid-August bookings are strongly advisable, although July is a quieter time for business and high-end hotels.
Apartment rentals range from one-room studios to multiroom properties that are ideal for families. Often you’ll get use of a sauna, parking area and other facilities.
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- Hostel Suomenlinna Situated at Finland's island-set fortress, Suomenlinna.
- Hostel Diana Park Lively location and a laid-back vibe.
- Eurohostel Conveniently situated for the Viking Line ferry and an easy walk to the city centre.
- Rastila Camping Handy campground with tent pitches and self-catering cottages.
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- Klaus K Themed with Finnish national epic Kalevala quotes.
- Hotel F6 Set around an internal courtyard with a herb garden supplying its bar.
- Hotelli Helka Alvar Aalto–designed furniture, ice-block bedside lights and backlit prints.
- Hotel Indigo Murals in Hotel Indigo's rooms were designed and painted by local artists.
- Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/helsinki/hotels) Recommendations and bookings.
- SATO Hotelhome (www.satohotellikoti.fi) Serviced apartments in several locations for stays of one week or longer.
- City Apartments (www.cityapartments.fi) Offers a variety of central apartments.
- Visit Helsinki (www.visithelsinki.fi) The tourist board's official website has information and searchable listings.
The following price ranges refer to a double room in high season.
€ less than €70
€€€ more than €160
Where to Stay
As central as it gets, with excellent shopping, major museums and parks. Rates on weekends and during summer can drop substantially.
Drinking and dining options are limited in this small area. Can be very quiet on weekends and during holidays, when business activity shuts down. No budget options.
Kamppi & Töölö
Adjoining the city centre, Kamppi has plenty of restaurants, bars and nightlife and is home to the main bus station for easy access to further-flung parts of the city. Töölö is leafier and quieter.
Kamppi can be busy and may be noisy. Residential Töölö has very few options.
Kruununhaka & Katajanokka
Linked by bridges to the mainland, the island of Katajanokka is handy for the Katajanokan Terminaali ferry terminal, and an easy walk or quick tram ride to the centre. Mainly residential, Kruununhaka has some standout eateries.
Options are limited on Katajanokka and virtually non-existent in Kruununhaka.
Punavuori & Ullanlinna
Great cafes, restaurants, bars and shops in Design District hub Punavuori. Peaceful Ullanlinna has parks and open spaces. Emerging venues are opening up around the Hernesaari waterfront.
Parts of Punavuori close to the centre can be busy and/or noisy. Few options in Ullanlinna.
Gentrifying area with hip, creative businesses, vintage shops and cheap bars. Good metro access.
Some areas can be edgy. There are some standard chain hotels; otherwise travellers can find places to stay via the usual home-sharing services.