I came to Helsinki for a meeting but also had 2-3 extra days to spend as a tourist, so the experience I am reporting comprises both situations.
The structure was quite nice and comfortable.
The most notable positive aspects were that the staff was very kind and helpful and that the room was comfortable and rather silent even overnight, which I really appreciated considering that this is a hostel. The room was also quite large and well furnished, with a kitchen (but you had to find kitchenware elsewhere), a sink, and a fridge, but there were no hangers inside the wardrobe. Also, an Ethernet cable was required to have in-room Internet connection: Wi-Fi coverage was only available in the lobby.
The position is fairly good, because many relevant areas of the city (including the train station) are within walking distance.
There were a few downsides. The room cleaning service only passed once per week, which meant that I had to keep for most of my stay the sole large towel I was given. Breakfast selection was quite good: there were 3 qualities of bread, cheese, ham, cucumber, tomatoes, salad, jam, cereals, hard-boiled eggs, fruit juice, milk, coffee and tea, and I was told that there have been croissants from time to time but I could never find them. However, some variations over the days would have been welcome. Last and, possibly, most annoying, is that the reception staff was a bit scarce with respect to the inflow of customers: queues often formed, and this sometimes slowed down the operations of leaving or getting back the room key, which the staff explicitly asks the guests to accomplish whenever leaving or returning to the hostel.
Overall, these downsides had a minor impact on my stay and, especially considering the average prices, I consider this Hostel as having a good price-to-quality ratio.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HOSTEL DOMUS ACADEMICA is located in the city center! All rooms with private facilities. Morning sauna is free of charge! THE ROOMS have a private toilet, shower and kitchenette with a fridge. Kitchen equipment can be borrowed. Bed linen and towels are included in the room price. There is a possibility for internet connection in the rooms. BREAKFAST is served daily and parking facilities are provided with extra cost. Safety boxes are available in the reception as well as a free luggage room. Free internet available in the common room. LOCATION is central; hostel is situated close to the beautiful Hietaniemi beach, Kamppi shopping mall, restaurants and sightseeing attractions. Tram and bus stops are around the corner, while the metro, train and bus stations are only a short walk away. HOSTEL DOMUS ACADEMICA IS THE HOSTEL OF THE YEAR 2016! Contest was organized by the Finnish Youth Hostel Federation. Read more about us on our website. Hostel Domus Academica welcomes you to stay with us and to enjoy the summer in Helsinki! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hostel Academica Hotel Helsinki