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User currently offlineMal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 700 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1609 times:
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Hi All
Sorry if this is in the wrong spot, I have been out of the loop for a while.
I will be in Helsinki in October as a stopover on my way to the UK. Can anybody sugest a good hotel in Helsinki preferably in the City. Also whats to do there and how cold and is it realy as expensive as people are trying to tell me ?
Thanks in advance

Mal787


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User currently offlineAntonovA330 From Switzerland, joined Jul 2007, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1585 times:

I'd say this thread belongs to Non Av Forum. However. Scandic hotels (www.scandic-hotels.com) offer from time to time good (special) fares. Don't know whats going on in October, guess HEL locals know more.


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User currently offlineOkAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 669 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

Hello Mal787,

Try one of these

1. Hotel Helka http://www.helka.fi/

2. Hotel Arthur http://www.hotelarthur.fi/index.php?lang=eng&area=1&id=hotelli

3. Best Western Hotelli Haaga (not in the city centre!) http://book.bestwestern.com/bestwest...moCode=&corpID=&propertyCode=91064

4.Best Western Premier Hotel (an old prison transformed into a hotel..surely interesting!)
Katajanokkahttp://book.bestwestern.com/bestwestern/productInfo.do?iata=&promoCode=&corpID=&propertyCode=91096

There are also some hostels, but I don't know if you are interested in them...?

Cold in October?? The average temperature for Autumn between 1971-2000 is 6.2 celcius.. For some it is cold, for some not  Smile source: http://www.fmi.fi/saa/tilastot_99.html#7

Finland is one of the most expensive countries in Europe. But then again it depends what you are looking for. Food is expensive, but the difference is not that big. A pint of beer is actually cheaper in Helsinki than in ie. Paris, where I live. I think you wont end up becoming poor during your visit! =)

When it comes to clubbing, I am totally unaware of the good places there now a days. Maybe someone else can help you with that.

I wish you great times in my home city, maybe you can do a trip report how it all went!?

With regards, okAY


User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1539 times:

I got a good deal on ebookers at the SAS Radisson Seaside. It's a good 10 minute walk to the centre, but has a tram stop with frequent services right outside the door. I really enjoyed my stay there, nice rooms, good breakfast and friendly staff.

Living in Switzerland maybe I'm used to high prices, but I didn't find Helsinki to be as expensive as I feared. The 3 day tram ticket for E12 is a bargain!

enjoy your stay,

Infodesk



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User currently offlinePyh From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

And if money is not an issue, you can always try Hotel Kämp.

User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

You can check the Grand Marina, but I warn you: they do not appreciate if you return to the hotel at 5:30am, completely wasted, stumble over your front teeth in the reception hall, crawl to the elevator, try 5 doors before you found the one to your room and finally sleep until 4pm (regardless of various housekeeping staff entering the room, trying to wake you up and tell you it's time to check out). Err... a friend of mine told me so... Big grin

Seriously, when I'm in Helsinki for a longer time, I usually check in at City Apartments. They are located right next to the Central Station. For 1-2 nights, Hotel Arthur is quite okay.


User currently offlineMal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1487 times:
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Thanks guys

Quoting OkAY (Reply 2):
Cold in October?? The average temperature for Autumn between 1971-2000 is 6.2 celcius

Mm a bit colder than I m used to but I will survive, Thanks for the links prices are not as bad as I was told .
Hotel Arthur looks great but no rooms for the date Im there

Quoting ZakHH (Reply 5):
You can check the Grand Marina, but I warn you: they do not appreciate if you return to the hotel at 5:30am, completely wasted, stumble over your front teeth in the reception hall, crawl to the elevator, try 5 doors before you found the one to your room and finally sleep until 4pm (regardless of various housekeeping staff entering the room, trying to wake you up and tell you it's time to check out). Err... a friend of mine told me so...

Done this many a time in a past life  Smile after a while they get used to it . City Apartments looks good @$150.00 Au per night

Quoting Pyh (Reply 4):
And if money is not an issue, you can always try Hotel Kämp.

Could not find this one in a search

Thanks guys
Mal 787



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8455 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1456 times:
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I have been to Helsinki three times, and twice I stayed at the Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel which is adjacent to the main railway station. It is a very nice hotel, great breakfast, free wifi throughout the hotel and a nice bar, and it is within walking distance of the harbour and shopping malls.

If you have Google Earth, coordinates are 60°10'20.73"N 24°56'43.65"E



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User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1440 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

Quoting Mal787 (Thread starter):
Sorry if this is in the wrong spot, I have been out of the loop for a while.
I will be in Helsinki in October as a stopover on my way to the UK. Can anybody sugest a good hotel in Helsinki preferably in the City.

If your flight is the next morning, I would suggest you book a hotel in Vantaa. That's what I did when I was there and it was quite cheap. Under $80USD / night and I booked it through EXPEDIA.

I really recomend it.

Cheers,

Vio



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

Finland is relatively expensive, but not in TOP 3 in Europe. Tourists coming to Helsinki are often happily surprised, the price level wasn't that high they feared, like alcohol is less expensive than in the other Nordic countries. And if you continue from HEL to London, many things are more expensive there.

A good and inexpensive hotel choice in Helsinki is a self-service hotel chain OmenaHotelli, 'Apple Hotel'. They have a central location and modern rooms, you book the room in internet and get a code for your room.
Their website in English: http://www.omena.com/frontpage

The October weather can be what so ever, it can be cold (hardly not freezing though) or sunny and 'warm' like last year, the photo taken in my neighbourhood last Oct:
My neighbourhood in western Helsinki


[Edited 2007-07-24 18:34:34]

User currently offlineMal787 From Australia, joined Jul 2007, 700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1423 times:
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Quoting Vio (Reply 8):
If your flight is the next morning, I would suggest you book a hotel in Vantaa. That's what I did when I was there and it was quite cheap. Under $80USD / night and I booked it through EXPEDIA.

Thaks Vio, I am there for 5 days so I am leaning towards a city hotel, I may use this one on the way back as I have an overnight then.

Andaman Thanks for the info , is that a part of the city or out in the suburbs of Helsinki. from photos I have seen looks a great spot cant wait to get there

Mal787



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User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 9):

Man that looks fantastic! What city part's that?


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1407 times:

Quoting Mal787 (Reply 10):


Andaman Thanks for the info , is that a part of the city or out in the suburbs of Helsinki. from photos I have seen looks a great spot cant wait to get there

Mal787



Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 11):

Man that looks fantastic! What city part's that?

The area is called Ruoholahti or Gräsviken in Swedish, the last metro stop in the west, close to the harbour for the bigger Tallin ferries and next to the city center. The area around the canal is beautiful, but not much else to see actually... big apartment and office blocks, like NOKIA research center.

Mal787, if you need company for a beer in Oct, let me know  Smile And happy to help if you need more info.
Summer would be no doubt to best time to visit Helsinki, but perhaps the global warming brings a sunny Oct again...


User currently offlineZakHH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1387 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 12):
The area is called Ruoholahti

In knew that place looked familiar...
We used to have an appartment in Kellosaarenkatu.


User currently offlineOkAY From Finland, joined Dec 2006, 669 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Really nice picture from Ruoholahti. I like the area too, it is modern, has nice architecture (especially when you think it is next/close to such areas as Kamppi, Punavuori and Ullanlinna, which represent very different eras in architecture. It is interesting to walk through these areas and see the times change in buildings). Funnily, by the way you can see right in the centre of the picture the Radisson SAS Seaside Hotel that Infodesk suggested in reply 3! Just something I noticed lol

With regards, okAY


User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

Quoting Andaman (Reply 12):

Yes, sounds familiar. I'd love to have a flat in one of those two buildings on each side of the canal Big grin


User currently offlineFlySwiss From Switzerland, joined Jul 2003, 443 posts, RR: 43
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1325 times:

If I am not staying with friends in Helsinki I always stay in the Sokos Hotel Helsinki.
Weekend tariff about € 90 to € 100 incl. Breakfast. It's in the middle of centre.

At least I am once a year in HEL and sometimes it was expensive, mostly in the evenings in the bars...
(after I feel the rappula in the next morning)

Enjoy your stopp over in HEL(L)

Cya
FlySwiss



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User currently offlineInfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1461 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1316 times:

Andaman, that is one lovely picture. And the flowers! In October!

Quoting OkAY (Reply 14):
Funnily, by the way you can see right in the centre of the picture the Radisson SAS Seaside Hotel

Yes, so it is! I could have waved to Andaman if I'd known  wave 

Greetings
Infodesk



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