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Best hotel near Helsinki downtown -Hotel Helka in Helsinki, Finland

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

Are you visiting Helsinki, Finland, and looking for accommodation near the downtown?


Undoubtedly, Hotel Helka is the best choice for your stay in Helsinki. It’s located near the central train station and is highly accessible by public transport. You can also easily access other main landmarks by foot and public transport from the hotel.

Hotel Helka Lobby, Helsinki
Hotel Helka Lobby, Helsinki

Hotel Helka provides a very comfortable experience and welcomes everyone to their unique hotel. Despite wherever you are from or whatever your belief is. Helka is one of the most liberal hotels in Finland and welcomes all its guests without discrimination.

Hotel Helka Lobby, Helsinki
Hotel Helka Lobby, Helsinki

Hotel Inspiration:


The Hotel Helka has a unique history. The hotel building was founded by the YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) of Finland. The organization focuses on empowering women, and the hotel used to be a safe place for women to work and live in the 1920s.


Hotel Helka , Helsinki
Hotel Helka , Helsinki

The Helka building was designed by the first woman architect in Finland, Wivi Lönn. The Hotel Helka opened its doors to its guests for the first time in 1969.


Some fun facts about the Hotel Helka:


The American filmmakers couldn’t shoot in the Soviet Union in 1983, so Hotel Helka played Hotel Budapest in Gorky Park.

Hotel Helka, Helsinki
Hotel Helka, Helsinki

The hotel was featured on Finish National television in 2015 when they celebrated the name day Helka with other ladies with the same name.



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Exhibition at Helka Hotel:

Exhibition at Helka Hotel
Exhibition at Helka Hotel

Are you one of those who admire Art and paintings? Then, how about imagining yourself staying at the Boutique hotel and enjoying the incredible artwork by local artists from Helsinki inside your hotel?

Exhibition at Helka Hotel
Exhibition at Helka Hotel

Hotel Helka is heaven for art lovers. The hotel is collaborating with many local street artists and currently displaying an art exhibition that depicts different messages and stories through the artwork.



Exhibition at Helka Hotel
Exhibition at Helka Hotel

The hotel corridor and lobbies are filled with masterpiece paintings and artwork. They also exhibit 6 hotel rooms with funky paintings on different themes.

Exhibition at Helka Hotel
Exhibition at Helka Hotel

Our Room at Helka Hotel:


Whether you are a solo, couple, or traveling with family, the hotel has different room sizes according to your preferences. The hotel offers a Loft room, a Junior suite, comfort, and a smart room with different bedding size options.

Our Room at Helka Hotel, Helksinki
Our Room at Helka Hotel, Helksinki

We stayed in Comfort's twin room, and the room theme is the meaning of life in indigo and yellow colors. The room is very spacious, along with the comfy sofa. One of the walls has a painting of a girl.


Our Room at Helka Hotel, Helksinki
Our Room at Helka Hotel, Helksinki

The long working desk was right infront of the bed, and it had an antique telephone set that was very popular in the 90s.

Our Room at Helka Hotel, Helksinki
Our Room at Helka Hotel, Helksinki

The hotel welcomed us with a Finish chocolate and a welcome note. We also got slippers and a bathrobe in our room,

As we had a double twin comfort room, our bed was more spacious than a normal one. The bed was super comfortable with mattress toppers. The hotel also focuses on sustainability and has eco-friendly bedding.

Our Room at Helka Hotel, Helksinki
Our Room at Helka Hotel, Helksinki

Our room also has a LED TV and free Wi-Fi. There was also a big mirror in the room to get ready. The wardrobe was also huge, easily fitting your coats, jackets, and other clothes. We also found Kettle along with coffee and tea in our room.

Our Room at Helka Hotel, Helksinki
Our Room at Helka Hotel, Helksinki

Our bathroom was also equipped with all the amenities, including organic shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, towels, and a hairdryer. The hotel also focuses on sustainability, so you can find signs of turning off the water while using the products.


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Helka Hotel, Helksinki
Helka Hotel, Helksinki

It’s always a struggle in Europe to find a bidet or Muslim shower in the toilet. We were so happy to find a Muslim shower in the toilet. We discovered later on that it’s everywhere in Helsinki.

Helka Hotel, Helksinki
Helka Hotel, Helksinki

If you are traveling with your family, the junior suite is perfect because it has two separate rooms and a private Sauna.


Lobby and Helkan Baari:


The hotel also has a very cute lobby with some creative art pieces. One of the sides has comfy sofas and a unique microwave in pink, and a Fridge. Near the main reception, a sitting area also depicts a small exhibition.


Helkan Baari at Hotel Helka, Helsinki
Helkan Baari at Hotel Helka, Helsinki

The open bar of the hotel is called Helkan bari. It’s a perfect place to enjoy your evening with some drinks. You can also order coffee and relax in the bar on the comfortable sofas. There’s also a small Feminist library near the bar.

Helkan Baari at Hotel Helka, Helsinki
Helkan Baari at Hotel Helka, Helsinki



Breakfast at Hotel Helka :


The hotel offers a fresh and organic breakfast buffet every day. Whether it’s croissants or fluffy pancakes, fresh fruit salad or vegetable salad, nuts, eggs, a variety of loaves of bread, jams, marmalade, Organic cheese, beans, fresh juices, and coffee - everything is available in the breakfast buffet..

Breakfast at Hotel Helka, Helsinki Finland
Breakfast at Hotel Helka, Helsinki Finland

During our two-night stay, we used to go for breakfast between 9:00 am to 10:00 am, but the breakfast starts at 6:30 am on weekdays and 7 am on weekends.

The hotel restaurant was always full of guests, but everything was quickly refilled.

Breakfast at Hotel Helka, Helsinki Finland
Breakfast at Hotel Helka, Helsinki Finland

We normally start our breakfast with croissants, pancakes, eggs, and fresh fruits and then enjoy Latte. The breakfast is super nice. This is something you shouldn’t miss during your stay at Hotel Helka.


Sauna:


The hotel has a separate relaxing sauna for men and women and shower facilities. You can also book a massage appointment with a therapist.


Meeting Room:


The hotel isn’t only ideal for leisure trips and offers facilities to organize company or team events.

Hotel Helka, Helsinki Finland
Hotel Helka, Helsinki Finland

Ending Note:


The hotel offers different art exhibitions to its guests. Whether you are a painter or photographer or have a good sense of art - The hotel Helka is the best choice for you! And the best part is that it's one of the most liberal hotels in Helsinki, welcomes every guest, and promises to offer a unique experience during your stay.

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