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Eurohostel
Reviewed 19 August 2014

This is not a 5* SAS Radisson or The Dorchester Hotel - no, this is a hostel. The rooms are small, consisting of a bed, a desk, a window, and a light. There are male & female toilet and bathroom facilities at opposite ends of each floor, as well as kitchen & laundry facilities. It is very cheap but is actually really good for the money - there's not much to do here, but it is a hostel! You check in, drop your bags, go out exploring the city, come back, sleep, shower, and go out again. What more do you want for the price?

The staff are all multilingual, extremely friendly, & are able to help with any queries you might have. It's in a really good location - 5 minutes walk from the Viking Ferry Terminal, 10 minutes walk to the Uspenski (Russian Orthodox) Cathedral, and a further 5 minutes walk into the centre of Helsinki. Alternatively, the #4 tram stops right behind the hostel offering a quick and easy way to get to/from the city (there are stops 2 minutes' walk from both the train station & the main shopping centre) as well as one right outside Helsinki Cathedral.

The single bed was basic but comfortable enough to get a good night's sleep on & overall, I was very impressed with what I got for the money. I will definitely be staying here again next time I visit Helsinki!

Room Tip: Rooms at the front are likely to be quieter as they are further from the tram line, but there's...
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

We were a group of about 20 and had rooms all on one floor and all rooms were clean and well stocked with bedding and a towel for each person. The rooms are very small - college dorm size or perhaps smaller but lots of closet space. If you are travelling with luggage, you can unpack some and put it downstairs in the luggage room. The rooms can get very warm but the windows do open further if you release the lock top and bottom - it really helps.

Bathrooms are in the hall and are clean as well.There are only two on the floor, men's at one end and women's at the other and only two actual WC's in each so you could face a wait, especially in the morning. Same with the showers, they do tend to get busy at certain times.

You have to put a deposit down for a locker in the fridge in the well equipped kitchen. Be prepared to pay for the internet .. faster is more expensive than slower but they both work well. There are reasonably priced laundry facilities but again, they do get busy so be prepared to wait.

The breakfast buffet is good with a lot of options - the little restaurant also serves dinner if you arrive late and want a meal without going out.

The staff at the desk is very helpful and go out of their way to make your stay fun - lots of sightseeing suggestions as well as airport transport and/or taxi when needed.

Room Tip: Rooms on the front side have a nice view of the harbour
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

This hostel has lots of pluses - neat rooms with space for your gear, a coin operated laundry, luggage store and bar. It's an easy walk to town centre and restaurants or a tram ride if you feel lazy (or have bags!) The negatives for me were having to pay for wi-fi even if it is only a couple of euro. I didn't like the frosted glass saloon doors in the shared showers, I felt very exposed. Overall an easy place to stay for a short visit.

Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Stayed here for one night as part of an organised tour of Scandinavia in May 2014.

The hostel is in a good location, it's about a 10 minute walk to the outdoor market and harbour. We had a twin room on the third floor - the rooms and whole building itself look as though they've been refurbished fairly recently. The room had plenty of wardrobe space, two mirrors and a TV (not flat screen but then we weren't there to watch TV). The mattresses were good and I didn't hear any noise from adjacent rooms.

There are male and female bathrooms at different ends of each floor - the men's had a couple of cubicles (and played in the noise of birdsong from speakers 24/7). There were also 3 shower cubicles and 3 sinks too - as others have said, the cowboy / Western swing-style frosted doors aren't full length and do have a slight gap in them when you're using the shower so it's best to put a towel or something over the gap. The water did take a while to get hot, but once it did it was fine and the water pressure was good. There's also a communal kitchen on each floor but other than the reception area, as envercyilmaz says below, there isn't really any opportunity to socialise and meet anyone new. Wifi signal was good in all the rooms - you do pay extra and have the option to get standard, or super-fast depending on what you want to do.

The breakfast downstairs was okay - the scrambled eggs looked to be from a packet, but there were boiled eggs, as well as sausages, cereals and juice. One thing to be careful of is the lift as the doors are built into the walls of the lift shaft, so as it rises, the walls move with you. One person did get something caught so just be careful.

Overall, this was a good hostel with new facilities in a great location.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

If you want to be close to the city center and don't want to spend much It's a good choice. Euro Hostel is located in Katajanokka neighborhood, where you can see nice buildings and Uspenskin Cathedral. There is a supermarket and tram stop in the walking distance. It is also very close to the sea.

Rooms are very small and it feels like a prison. Walls are thin, and you can hear nearly everything from the adjacent room. Showers are nice and clean but they don't have doors so you have to shower like that. There is a common kitchen in every floor, where you can cook, eat and watch TV, but you have to pay if you want to keep food in the fridge. Also you should pay something like 7 Euro for each person for Wi-fi. This place looks more like a Hotel, so there is a little chance for Hostel type of socialization. All the stuff are in the ground floor, and they are helpful and kind.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

This hostel was in a great location with a tram stop directly out the front and a supermarket just a 3 minute walk away. Staff were very friendly and helpful with maps, tram tickets, fridge keys etc. They also have a laundry on site right at reception which was great. The kitchen was small but had everything you needed along with fridge lockers. You just have to leave a small deposit at reception for a key. Rooms were clean and beds were comfortable. The only downside to this hostel were the showers. The showers have timers which turn the shower off constantly. My first shower was cold and they have sea through swing doors with a gap so you will be seen naked unless you hang a towel over the gap. Other than the showers this hostel is perfect! Would stay again.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Basic budget place, no frills -- which is fine, but there was a terrible smell (like a pile of old socks) that hit me in the face when I walked into my room, and since the windows can't be opened more than a crack, I was stuck with it the whole night. (Staff wouldn't move me since the place was full, nor would/could they open the window past a crack, due to "security issues."

It takes a lot to bother me, but having my room smell like a gym locker room certainly qualifies.

Also be aware that wi-fi is extra. For some reason I had it written down in my notes that wi-fi was included (probably from a guidebook).

Room Tip: Room 230 had a terrible odor. Not sure if it's just that room, the rooms around it, or what, but...
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Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Eurohostel

Address: Linnankatu 9, Helsinki 00160, Finland
Region: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki > Vironniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Helsinki
Price Range: £34 - £53 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Eurohostel 2*
Number of rooms: 135
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Eurohostel - Close to the center, free wireless internet and morning sauna! Easy to come by tram and no curfew or lockout. Eurohostel is one of the largest hostels in Scandinavia that is open all year round. The hostel is located in central Helsinki in a unique part of the town close by the Market Square (Access to Suomenlinna sea fortress), Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral and Allas Sea Pool. Also many other sights, shops and restaurants are within walking distance and the ferries from Stockholm and Tallinn and arrive just a few steps away! ... more   less 
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