The capital city of Finland is a gorgeous place any traveler should add to their bucket list. Surrounded by water, Helsinki is full of history and politics, arts and culture, and cutting-edge design. No one should skip out on visiting this Scandanavian center just because of expense. In fact, some of Helsinki’s most unique experiences can be had at these affordable accommodations. Here are ten of the best hotels and hostels for the budget-minded traveler.
From the pictures, the Omena Hotel appears to be a much more expensive find than it is – the rooms are chic and accented with shiny red decor. The location can’t be beat; within steps you can find yourself at the central train station, Old Church Park, and Kamppi shopping center. Guests are even guaranteed coffee and tea service and a private bathroom in each room – all of which can be accessed via wireless key entry. Despite all these amenities, the Omena Hotel manages to keep its costs low while providing great value for the money.
The idea that hostels are only for college students studying abroad and unkempt backpackers is a myth these days. Luckily, this means there are many more affordable options for travelers looking to see the world on a budget! The Hostel Domus Academica is the perfect place for you if you’re seeking a private accommodation with the sense of community that comes along with a hostel experience. If you’d like to sleep in a dorm, you can book a bunk in male or female dorms. However, there are also private rooms that sleep up to three people. If you book a private room in the annex, you’ll even get your own kitchen! Breakfast is provided to those without kitchens, but you do have to pay a little extra. The hostel is located in the Eteläinen Suurpiiri neighborhood, which is great for those interested in design, architecture, and museums. Also nearby is the Hietaniemi Beach and plenty of public transportation options.
Address: Hietaniemenkatu 14
Price: from 73 USD
If you’d like to visit Helsinki but don’t want to sacrifice the tranquility of nature, the Hotel Sofia is the perfect place for you. Located on the Kallvik Peninsula, this seaside hotel is surrounded by beach and lovely woods. Take a stroll around the grounds, read outside in a garden, or gaze out over the Baltic Sea from the comfort of your room. Rooms can be booked with either an ensuite or shared bathroom, and some feature an open concept living area with a TV and dining area. The hotel also provides a swimming pool, sauna, and a restaurant with Finnish and international foods. Even though you might get caught up in the loveliness of the Hotel Sofia, don’t forget that Helsinki is only a twenty minute drive away! This is the perfect lodging for a balance between the city and the peaceful seaside.
The Hotel Winterhouse is a hostel that can easily pass for a hotel, or better yet, your own Finnish home! Each room is outfitted with unique homey touches like quilts, screened in porches, or a crib for travelers with little ones. The rest of the hotel looks homey as well, with colorful walls, sitting areas for guests to gather, and a small library. An affordable breakfast is served every morning in the dining room. The exterior of the Winterhouse is just as lovely as the inside, with gardens and a barbecue. Located in the Läntinen Suurpiiri neighborhood, you’ll be within a couple of miles of all of Helsinki’s best attractions!
Address: Ilkantie 4 (main entrance)
Price: from 105 USD
For an affordable accommodation in the heart of Helsinki, try out the Hostel Diana Park. This hostel features some of the cheapest rooms you’ll find in the city, whether you opt for a room in a dorm or your own private room. Each room is decorated uniquely in colorful decor that contrasts nicely with the old style of the building. Guests have access to the kitchen area to cook for themselves as well as the common areas for socializing. The must see sights of Helsinki will be right outside your door! The lovely Esplanade Park, stunning Helsinki Cathedral, and Helsinki Market Square are all nearby and easily accessible by foot.
The Eurohostel’s location on Helsinki’s Katajanokka Island make it the perfect jumping off point for a number of activities. Downtown Helsinki is only a five minute tram ride away. Kauppatori Market Square can be reached in a ten minute walk, as can the beach. The hostel is also nearby the Viking Line ferry terminal, making it a perfect stopping point before or after your ocean journey. The inside of the hostel features funky retro decor in its private and dorm rooms, all of which share bathrooms. There are plenty of food options on site – each floor features a private kitchen, there are vending machines, or you can visit the Restaurant Avanto, which serves breakfast and dinner.
Address: Linnankatu 9
Price: from 22 USD
Safety deposit box Fire extinguishers Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Parking Vending machine (drinks) Shared kitchen 24-hour security
Hostel Suomenlinna has the most unique location of any accommodation on this list. It is situated upon the Suomenlinna fortress, a fortification built across six islands off the coast of Helsinki. Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is like a living museum – the fortress buildings have all been repurposed. For instance, this hostel used to be a Russian schoolhouse. Inside, the shared and private rooms are all sunny with colorful decorations and exposed brick walls. Guests share the communal kitchen, dining area, and bathrooms. While the hostel is removed from Helsinki by a fifteen minute ferry ride, this is not a deserted island by any means. Close by are a grocery store, cafes, historical sights, and the beach. Why come visit one of Helsinki’s most popular attractions when you can literally stay in one at this cute hostel!
For those who want something between sleeping in a tent and a luxurious hotel in downtown Helsinki, the Rastila is for you! This accommodation is made of adorable cottages which combine a rustic log-cabin aesthetic with modern conveniences. Each cabin sleeps at least four people, and some sleep up to eight, making this the perfect place for families or groups. The cabins’ cooking amenities vary from having a microwave and electric kettle all the way to having a full kitchen. They also either have private or shared bathrooms. The cottages are surrounded by lovely trees and there is also a beach nearby. The Rastila is located about eight miles (12.8 km) from Helsinki center, making this a nice spot if you want to split your time between city sightseeing and relaxing in nature.
Helsinki is known for its innovative designs, and the Hotel Finn showcases this in its funky decor! Each room is uniquely decorated with patterned wallpapers, graphic prints, and cool furniture. Some of the decorations are even created by local artists. No two rooms are alike, so you’ll be guaranteed a unique experience! Though there are no food options on site at this hotel, it’s located in the heart of Helsinki with cafes and restaurants surrounding it. It is right across from the Stockmann Department Store and is walking distance from the Helsinki harbor and Senaatinori Market Square. Also nearby is the Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall, with authentic Finnish saunas to complete your Scandinavian experience.
Address: Kalevankatu 3 B
Price: from 63 USD
Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Thermometers for guests provided by property Physical distancing rules followed WiFi Bicycle rental (additional charge) Pets allowed Internet services Food can be delivered to guest accommodation
This cool spot looks more like a luxury hotel than an affordable hostel. Even the dormitories with bunk beds are chic and tastefully decorated, which certainly makes guests feel like they are getting the deluxe experience! This hostel features private rooms as well as dorms, making it perfect for groups of any size. Located just steps from the Helsinki central bus station, you’ll be close to all the sights you want to see.
Affordable accommodation abounds in Helsinki!
Helsinki can be an expensive place to visit, but there are plenty of opportunities to cut some costs by choosing an affordable place to stay! As this list implies, some of the best value options are also some of the coolest spots in the city. Whether you are enchanted by Helsinki’s proximity to nature, intrigued by its cutting-edge design, or drawn to its historical importance, there is lodging that will fit your desires – while being easy on your budget, too.
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