Since Helsinki has developed as an important business destination and a tourist hotspot, the amount of accommodation available in the city has greatly increased. Though Helsinki is one of Europe’s smallest capital cities, it has an impressive range of accommodation to choose from, spanning from minimalist hostels through to opulent, luxury hotels.
While most of the hotels in Helsinki are quite homogenous in design with their white-walled and blond-wood floored rooms, they offer a clean and comfortable place to stay. The bulk of the capital’s hotels tend to be situated in or near the centre of town. Although most of the hotels are geared towards Helsinki’s many business travellers, there are a number of hotels that are specifically aimed at tourists.
Accommodation prices in Helsinki are notoriously high, but you can save a significant amount of money by visiting during the city’s low season which is experienced in midsummer when the bulk of business travellers go on holiday elsewhere.
There are two five-star hotels in Helsinki, the stunning Hotel Kämp and the Hilton Strand. Nevertheless, there are a number of four-star hotels that offer superb accommodation and the city is famous for its luxury design hotels. The high standards offered by Helsinki’s elite accommodation are accompanied by equally high prices.
However, as most of the hotels in Helsinki are targeted at business travellers, the savvy traveller can secure room discounts of up to 50% if they decide to go to Helsinki for a weekend break. In addition, you can save a considerable amount of money by booking your hotel in advance.
Guesthouses and bed and breakfasts never really caught on in Helsinki as they did in other parts of Europe. However, there are a handful of guesthouses situated throughout the city that offer a homely and personable service.
There are a number of apartment rentals dotted around Helsinki. As there is no minimum rental, these apartments are perfect for both long-term and short-term stays. These are an attractive option for those who want to save some money and better immerse themselves into the city. Apartments range from high-end modern designs with a range of amenities to basic apartments with just the essentials.
Hostels are a particularly attractive option for those looking to stay in Helsinki cheaply. Unlike the hostels that many of us are used to, Helsinki hostels boast private rooms and bathrooms and a range of modern amenities such as Wi-Fi.