I stayed here on a recent visit to Helsinki and I was exceptionally pleased with my choice. The hotel is full of character and is well-located. The rooms are clean, modern and furnished to a high standard with great bathrooms. Breakfast was a Scandinavian style buffet which was more than adequate. I arrived in Helsinki by air and took the Finnair bus to the bus terminus beside the Central Railway Station for €6.20. From there it was a five minute walk to the tram stop outside the Stockmann department store [stop Ylioppilastalo, direction Katajanokka] from where I took tram number 4 [every 10 minutes] for the short ride to the hotel. Tram stop Vyökatu is right outside the hotel. To save time and money you can buy your 24/48 hour travel card from the tourist office on the top floor of Stockmann while you are waiting for the tram.
The hotel is situated in one of the nicest areas of Helsinki, the upmarket Katajanokka neighbourhood, and is surrounded by some wonderful art nouveau and Jugenstil buildings. It felt very safe, even late at night. There is a great little local bar, the Poseidon, about a 5 minute walk from the hotel and there is a small supermarket at the end of the road. One of Marshall Mannerheim’s favourite restaurants, ‘Bellevue‘, is located about a 10 minute walk from the hotel on the right hand side of the road that leads up to the wonderful Uspenski Cathedral. ‘Bellevue’ is one of the best places in Helsinki to try Mannerheim’s favourite meal, Vorschmack.
I’d highly recommend this hotel to any one visiting Helsinki. It’s a great value, superbly located hotel with friendly staff. Definitely consider it if you’re visiting the Finnish capital.
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Helsinki
- Helsinki Best Western