Located in the very Central area of Helsinki - just about 5 minutes away from the Central Station by Tram or 10 minutes on foot, the small and cozy Erottajanpuisto Hostel nestles within an old building, giving it a classic ancient look. The hostel lies on the 4th floor. It is a member of The Finnish Youth Hostel Association and Hostelling International. Thus, discounts are entitled with a valid membership card. Take a walk around parks and shopping streets around the area during daytime, then come back to Erottajanpuisto to take a warm cup of tea, cook a light supper with your fellow travelers, and then have a relaxed conversation with the staff! This hostel will make you feel like home though being abroad.
Warm and cozy rooms
There are 15 rooms including 6-bed dorms, single, double, and triple rooms that can hold up to 50 people in total. Prices per bed per person vary between 25 EUR to 34 EUR (28 USD to 38 USD), and the most expensive one is a single room that costs 55 EUR (about 61 USD). Prices may go up slightly during summer seasons.
Sink inside the room makes it convenient for hand washing or tooth-brushing. Linen and free Wi-Fi internet access are included in the price. The heating system works efficiently during winter time to keep you warm. In addition, colorful diverse decoration designed specifically for each and every room in Erottajanpuisto makes the hostel warm and welcoming. There are enough power sockets for guests to charge phones and laptops. You can also search for some in the kitchen or reception. Small hostels in Finland are very safe, so you would not have to worry much about your gadgets being stolen.
There are 4 bathrooms and toilets for guests at the corridor outside the rooms. Lockers and towels can be borrowed for free, but remember to bring your own lock! There’s only one washing machine used by the staff to wash the bed sheets, but you can ask to use if it’s available, with a charge of 7 EUR (about 8 USD).
Small kitchen makes it easy to hang around
In Erottajanpuisto, the kitchen is small and open 24/7, making it easier to mingle around with fellow travelers staying in the same hostel with you. There’s free tea and coffee. Breakfast is available to order for 7 EUR (8USD). Erottajanpuisto staff like to keep the atmosphere cozy like at home to differ it from big hostels with hectic events and parties. Though there’s no pub crawl or big party organized here, the staff do recommend activities and sightseeings in Helsinki.
Friendly and professional reception
The reception is open 24/7 each and every day of the year, so you are welcome at any time. You can purchase a Helsinki card (free unlimited public transportation, free sightseeing tour, free entrance to major museums & shops, free discounts in shops & restaurants all included in 1 card) from the reception with 3 EUR (3.50 USD) discount. The staff here are always smiling and helpful. They would be happy to show you where to rent a bike, go to sauna, go dining or enjoy Helsinki’s vibrant nightlight.
Due to the small size and high density of the hostel, early booking is recommended, especially during summer and Christmas seasons. Reservation is valid only by email confirmation and enquiries are replied within 24 hours. And if you are happy with the hostel service, feel free to leave them a thank-you note at the front desk!
And one more thing you should not miss: Erottajan lies in an interesting location where many expensive hairdressing salons, galleries, exhibitions and clothing shops with Finnish designs are situated. Take a walk around the street Uudenmaankatu to feel the vibe of Finnish art and lifestyle. Many parks such as Bulevardi and Esplanadi are around this area, making the atmosphere fresh and ideal for nature-lovers.