HELSINKI HOTELS CITY CENTER
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There are 3 hotels in the very heart of Helsinki, on the pedestrian street Kluuvikatu: Sokos Hotel Helsinki, GLO Hotel Kluuvi and luxury Hotel Kamp.
Those centrally located hotels are next to Senate Square, Market Square, Esplanadi Park and Aleksanterinkatu, in a walking distance from all city sights and best restaurants.
|STARS / STYLE:
|Sokos Hotel Helsinki
|4* / Scandinavian design
|GLO Hotel Kluuvi
|4* / Classic style
|5* / Chic and glamour
Altogether there are about 20 hotels within 500 meters from the main central street Aleksanterinkatu. Below is our list of recommended hotels from cheap accommodation to boutique hotels to choose from.
|STARS / STYLE:
|5* / Boutique hotel
|Hotel Klaus K
|4* / Boutique hotel
|4* / Top rated boutique hotel
|Hotel St. George Helsinki
|5* / Luxury SPA hotel
|Solo Sokos Torni hotel
|4* / Art Nouveau and Functionalism
|Omena Hotel City Centre
|3* / Basic and functional
|2* / Basic and functional
Sokos Hotel is a Scandinavian design hotel. Light interiors and spacious rooms.
Family rooms available. Some rooms have a private sauna.
Metro station is right opposite the hotel, Helsinki Central Station is 400m away.
Hotel suits for 1 night stopover in Helsinki.
GLO Hotel Kluuvi is one of the best centrally located hotels. Opposite the hotel there is the legendary Fazer Café and chocolate and cake shop opened in 1891.
Rooms from compact (13sq.m) to exclusive suites with King size bed.
Helsinki Cathedral - 400 m. Helsinki Central Station - 500 m.
Note: Breakfast is not included into basic room rates.
Outstanding luxurious hotel in the heart of Helsinki. Housed in a 19th-century building. Design of the hotel combines historical elegance with a boutique chic.
Rooms with luxurious marble bathrooms and glamour interiors.
Free access to the Kämp Spa for guests: traditional Finnish sauna, steam bath and a spa lounge.
A well-equipped 100 m² gym.
Small boutique hotel next to the harbour and Market Square. Convenient location for ferry passengers arriving to Helsinki.
Rooms with luxury beds and spa-style bathrooms. Breakfast is set in the 2nd oldest stone building in Helsinki.
Premium restaurant with a view at the hotel Haven. Free gym. The covered inner courtyard.
Design hotel in central Helsinki, 100m from the Esplanadi park.
Modern Scandinavian design hotel with Finnish Mythology interiors. Mystique, passion, desire and envy themed rooms. Special Sky Lofts with access to sky terrace on the 7th floor.
Free gym. Italian restaurant Toscanini and Klaus K Bar & Lounge.
One of the top-rated boutique hotels in Helsinki. Located next to Esplanadi park in the center of Helsinki.
Hotel has an unique style and atmosphere, nicely designed courtyard-patio. 66 elegant and stylish rooms.
Finnish home-style breakfast. Free gym. 4 free bicycles.
Elegant and luxury SPA hotel in Helsinki city centre.
Spacious rooms, luxurious beds, marble bathrooms. Top floor rooms with a view of Helsinki or Old Church Park.
Free SPA access for hotel guests: indoor pool, sauna and gym (16+). Pampering treatments available.
Hotel Torni (that means Tower) is a unique character hotel in the heart of Helsinki. It is famous place because of Ateljee Bar at the top hotel with its famous terrace and best panorama views over the Helsinki during day and night.
Modern, soundproofed rooms. 3 different styles: Art Nouveau, Art Déco and Functionalism. Some rooms have bathrooms with glass walls.
Cheap and functional hotel in the Helsinki city center. 400m from Helsinki central station, next to Forum Shopping Centre and the best top-roof view terrace of Helsinki - Ateljee Bar.
Accommodation in 1-4 persons rooms. Free WIFI, microwave and tea/coffee making facilities in every room. Fully automatised keyless entry system, no staff.
Helsinki center 2* cheap hotel.5 min walk from Helsinki Central Station. Hotel is situated on the upper floors of a historical stone building.
Basic rooms for 1-4 persons with WiFi. Private bathroom with a shower. No breakfast at the hotel. No own parking.
Helsinki city center is connected by train or Finnair shuttle bus with Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. Transfer time is about 30-40 min.
Trains are running from 5-5.20am to 01.00am. Price from city center is around €5/1 way trip.
Finnair shuttle bus is running from 5.00am to 0.00. Departure from Eliel Square, platform 30 (left side from Central Railway station). Price from €6.8/1 way trip
Helsinki center is compact. All sights are located in walking distance. No need to use public transport to visit the places.
Staying overnight at downtown give a particular feel of the city right away from door steps. Bars and restaurants are just around the corner, nightlife and views of the city are offered.
The Senate Square is the oldest part of central Helsinki and starting point for city break. There are great views, historical buildings, museums are situated. If you are not in a hurry with a travel group, you can spend 1-3 hours there exploring the sights.
Helsinki Cathedral is located on the north side of Square and to be considered as the main landmark of the city. The Government Palace (to the left from the Cathedral), University of Helsinki building (to the right from the Cathedral) are located on the sides of the square.
South-east corner of the square is worth visiting after enjoying the view from Cathedral. There is Helsinki City Museum with free admission. North-west of the square there is the National Library of Finland. Just step inside to see the great old library with real books, wooden book shelves and spiral staircase to the dome on the roof.
Digital carillon music called the Sound of the Senate Square is played daily at 17:49.
The Esplanade Park is an iconic green and relaxed place in Helsinki. Locals used to meet there, eat ice cream on the benches and make picnics on the grass listenning the street musicians. During Christmas time the park is decorated with fabulous illumination.
Market Square is a traditional open-air market with food and treats, handicrafts and souvenirs. Located next to the Harbour and Suomenlinna Fortress ferry terminal.
There are tents with local street food on the reasonable price worth tasting. Traditional Finnish food like fish, salmon soup or reindeer burger can be found there.
Open Mo-Fri 06:30-18, Sat 06:30-16, Sun 10-17.
The Kappeli restaurant is one of the oldest and elegant restaurant in Helsinki. It has more than 140 years history. Restaurant serves classical Finnish dishes. If you are not hungry, place is worth visiting for a glass of wine of pint of beer, sweets and salty snacks.
The dining room has a unique atmosphere: stylish and bohemian with glass veranda and view of Esplanade park.
Fazer Café is one of the oldest cafes in Helsinki. It was opened in Kluuvikatu in 1891 and still stays there. Traditionally it was French-Russian café & cake shop
with elegant atmosphere. Now it serves breakfast and lunch during weekdays and brunch during weekends. Here you can find the best chocolate choice in town.
The red, amazing ship with a long history is located in Pohjoisranta, not far from Market Square, at the end of Aleksanterinkatu. It was built between 1886-1888 and is the oldest lightship in Finland.
Since 2005 the ship is operating as a bar and order restaurant for special events. During summer months Relandersgrundin Cafe Terassi is open for a drink outside.
Savotta is a Finnish restaurant offering Finnish authentic food. Waitress are wearing traditional Finnish clothes. Restaurant has old-shaped furniture decor and special atmosphere of Finnish forests and thousands of lakes dating back to Finnish homes and logging sites from the old days. Location of the restaurant is perfect with the view to the Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral.
Restaurant uses only Finnish ingredients from the pristine forests and lakes and from carefully selected small suppliers.
Old Market Hall of Helsinki is located at the south side of the Market Square. It is an atmospheric place to visit and enjoy Finnish delicacies, buy some local food souvenirs, or just making photos of appetizing food.
Remember this place for a lunch stop. There is a place called Soup kitchen. Menu is simple and consists of 3 different soups. One of them is famous Finnish fish soup with fresh baked bread. Price is 9-10€.
Helsinki Central Station and central street Aleksanterinkatu can be considered as Helsinki city center. Another landmark is Stockmann department store (Aleksanterinkatu 52, 00100 Helsinki). Everything within a radius of 700 m from it will be in the city center and in walking distance from main attractions.
Hotel St. George Helsinki has top guest ratings. You should also pay attention to Hotel Kämp (legendary Helsinki hotel from 1887), atmospheric Hotel Katajanokka housed in a converted prison from 1837, boutique Hotel Haven and Marski by Scandic in 300 m from Central Station.
There are only nine 5 star hotels in Helsinki, 5 of them are located in Helsinki city center: Hotel St. George Helsinki, Hotel Kämp, Hotel Haven, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel and Marski by Scandic.
Omena Hotel City Centre and Hotel Arthur offer the cheap and great value rates for Helsinki city center accommodation. Helsinki cheap hotels offer rooms from 49€ up to 90€ per night.
The Helsinki Baltic Herring Market is one of the oldest ongoing event traditions in Finland, it has been held since 1743. Throughout the years, the Market has changed from a marketplace to a wider public event bringing together archipelago traditions and modern food culture.
The aim of the City of Helsinki is to hold on to the tradition, and to support the livelihood of fishers. A new focus will be placed on widening the scope of the event into a celebration for all citizens.
Traditional Sailing Days gather the large Finnish sailing ships at South Harbour.
Then the audience is welcome to visit the ships and meet the crews.
Market Square / South Harbour 13.10. 10.00-16.00
Allas Sea Pool is organizing moonlight swim outdoors in a heated pool during autumn season under the glooming light of the full moon.
Allas Sea Pool
Tickets 14€ at the entrance
Created with respect and consideration for Suomenlinna’s past, Viaporin Kekri is an opportunity to explore Finnish history, a modern interpretation of an old Kekri tradition, and an experiment in creating new meanings out of centuries-old believes and customs.
It gives its visitors a unique chance to explore and experience Suomenlinna islands from a new perspective and see its darkest corners that are usually closed for the general public.
Suomenlinna 2.11. 14.00-23.00
Each year a young maiden is chosen to represent St. Lucia on Lucia Day 13 December. Lucia is crowned in the Cathedral at 17:00 after that she will descend the Cathedral stairs to the Senate Square.
The Lucia parade starts from the Senate Square at approx. 18:00, route: Aleksanterinkatu-Mannerheimintie-Eteläesplanadi-Market Square
Helsinki Christmas Market is the oldest and largest event of its kind in Helsinki. Taking place in the centre of Helsinki in the Senate Square the Christmas Market attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
The centre of the market is home to a cluster of licensed food courts focusing on regional specialities. In the gift alleys surrounding the food courts, there are over a hundred vendors selling traditional handicraft, the latest design and utility products, as well as produce from primary producers and farms.
The heart of the market beats to a hugely popular, old-fashioned merry-go-round offering free rides to children and others who are young at heart.
Senate Square 6.-22.12.
Helsinki’s official New Year’s Eve celebrations will kick off once again with a special programme.
Senate Square Helsinki 31.12.