Are your visiting Helsinki, the capital of Finland, and don’t know where to stay in Helsinki yet? Look no further, because I have made a list of the 10 best hotels in Helsinki City Centre sorted by budget. Staying in or near the city centre is always a good choice, especially for your first visit. You’re close to all the activities and lots of nice restaurants to enjoy some amazing food. The distance from Helsinki Airport is just 20km.
During my stay I used the Helsinki city card, which gives you free access or discounts to a lot of attractions and you can use the public transportation for free.
Hopefully, this travel guide will help you finding the best hotels in Helsinki depending in your own budget.
Where to stay in Helsinki?
What is the best area to stay in Helsinki for your first time visit?
Are you visiting the Finnish capital for the first time? Stay in or near the city centre of Helsinki. It’s a small area and you can eassily explore it by foot, bike or public transport.
Helsinki is a compact city so most accommodations lie within the Southern district (the city centre and the neighbourhood). In other districts aren’t many hotels because all the major attractions can be found in or near the city centre. Of course, the further away you are from the city centre the cheaper the prices are. But do you have just a couple of days to explore the city I recommend to stay in the city centre.
In this area you will find the main sight: the Helsinki Uspenski Cathedral. There are also a number of museums located in the city centre which are the main sights of the city. For example: the Ateneum Art Museum, the Senate Square, Old Market Hall and the Design District.
It’s the perfect area for sightseeing, shopping, and to enjoy food and drinks.
The 10 best hotels sorted by budget
Luxury hotels: St. George Hotel / Hotel Kämp
Best value hotels: Hotel Katajanokka / Hotel Helka
Best affordable hotels: Glo Hotel Kluuvi / Hotel Finn
Best apartments: Essexhome Apartments / Apartment Hotel Aallonkoti
Best hostels: Eurohostel / The Yard Hostel
10 best hotels in Helsinky City Centre
Luxury hotels in Helsinki City Centre
1. St George Hotel
The St. George Hotel is a design hotel and is located next to the Old Church Park in Helsinki City Centre. The Central Station of Helsinki is just 7 minutes walking distance from the hotel. During your stay you can use the spa for free and enjoy dinner or drinks at the bar or restaurant inside the hotel.
This and the second hotel on my list and the most luxury hotel of Helsinki. So do you have a high budget and are you looking for luxury? You won’t regret booking one of these 2 hotels in Helsinky City Centre.
Location: Yrjönkatu 13 C, 00120 Helsinki, Finland
Average price per night: €235
2. Hotel Kämp
Hotel Kämp is located in the heart of the city next to the Esplanade Park and is one of the best hotels in Helsinki. The hotel has an amazing spa which you can use or book massages to treat yourself. The hotel is just 6 minutes walk from the famous Cathedral of Helsinki.
Just love the historic style of this hotel!
Location: Pohjoisesplanadi 29, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Average price per night: €305
Best value hotels in Helsinki City Centre
3. Hotel Katajanokka – Tribute portfolio hotel
What makes Hotel Katajanokka so special? This boutique hotel is housed in a converted prison from 1837. It’s located on the Katajanokka Island in the centre of Helsinki. The Uspenski Cathedaral is just a 10 minutes walk away from the hotel.
The tram stops right next to the hotel which brings you in just 10 minutes to the city centre. If you stay in the hotel, try their restaurant in the basement, it’s amazing!
Location: Merikasarminkatu 1, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
Average price per night: €150
4. Hotel Helka
Hotel Helka is located just 250 metres from the Kamppi Metro station and is set in a historical building. Love that all the rooms have the Finnish design style and the serve of the Scandinavian breakfast is perfect.
The Central Station of Helsinki is just 10 minutes walk away from the hotel.
Location: Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 23, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Average price per night: €130
Best affordable hotels in Helsinki City Centre
5. GLO Hotel Kluuvi
Glo Hotel Kluuvi is located just 500 metres from the Central Station of Helsinki next to the Kämp Galleria Shopping Center.
Are you looking for a central location and don’t know where to stay in Helsinki yet? This hotel is just 400 metres away from the Helsinki Cathedral. So I guess this is the most central location you will find in Helsinki.
Location: Kluuvikatu 4, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Average price per night: €105
6. Hotel Finn
Hotel Finn is just 5 minutes walk from the Central Station of Helsinki and it offers basic rooms with an artistic style. Helsinki Harbor and the Senaatintori Market Square are a 13 minutes walk away from the hotel.
The place is perect for a citytrip to Helsinki!
Location: Kalevankatu 3B, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Average price per night: €105
Best Appartments in Helsinki City Centre
7. Essexhome apartments
Essexhome Apartments are perfect for everyone who is looking for a more spacious place to stay. These apartments are located on the Katajanokka Island and just 400 metres away from the famous Cathedral.
This place makes you feel more at home because you can make your own meals in the fully equipped kitchen with fridge or even use the washing machine for your clothes.
A tram stop is just 250 metres away. The style of the apartments are a little bit old school but it makes it really cozy!
Location: Luotsikatu 9, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
Starting from 3 nights: €295
8. Apartment Hotel Aallonkoti
Looking for a more luxury apartment? Apartment Hotel Aallonkoti is located in the City Centre of Helsinki just 6 minutes walk from the Central Station.
The apartments are modern and all with at least a balcony, the most luxury ones has a whole outside terrace! It’s a perfect place if you’re looking for a more luxurious place to stay in the center.
Location: Alvar Aallon katu 3 B, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Average price per night: €160
Best hostels in Helsinki City Center
Don’t know where to stay in Helsinki when you’re on a budget? The Eurohostel is an affordable hostel and located on the Island Katajanokka, just 5 minutes away from the Market Square by tram or 10 minutes walk.
The hostel offers dorm- and private rooms. Are you in for meeting new people? There is a common area where you will definitely meet nice people!
Location: Linnankatu 9, 00160 Helsinki, Finland
Price Range: Private room starting from €50 / Dorm rooms starting from €25
10. The Yard Hostel
The Yard Hostel is the most popular hostel in Helsinki. It’s a bit more expensive but also more modern and luxury. I stayed in this hostel for 2 nights and the staff was so friendly!
The hostel was clean and cozy and you will definitely meet other people at this place.
Location: Kalevankatu 3 A 45, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Price Range: Private room starting from €100 / Dorm rooms starting from €50
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