A very tightly run organization, but an incredibly friendly staff. The accomodations were quite cheap, compared to the rest of Scandinavia. I survied quite nicely in a single room for around $35 US, including my own shower. Internet was not included but available. Breakfast included. As you can tell, maid service was not part of the deal....
Set in a quiet part of town, some 15 minutes away on foot from the Helsinki bus station, the Hostel Academica is a large farily large student appartment complex that converts into a summer hostel from June 1 to September 1.
The accommodations are first-rate for such a budget-friendly place. We had a small fridge, a cooktop and a sink at our disposal. Included in the price are vouchers for a buffet breakfast at a nearby restaurant, whose name I forget. However, we found the food at this restaurant to be pretty bland: the (canned) fruit and, on some mornings, the orange juice tasted like water. We stuck to the pourridge and toast and got our fix of vitamin C elsewhere during the day.
Directions: At the corner of Mechelininkatu.
Hostel Academica is used as hostel during summer, they have a 'modern' building and a 'traditional' building. I stayed in the 'traditional' building as it was cheaper than the modern building (which can sometimes cost up to 20€ more). The people who work at the reception are very helpful and nice, they'll help you with any questions about Helsinki that you've got.
My room was spacious enough, it was a 3 bed dorm, had a kitchenette (with fridge and stove) and a bathroom ensuite. The mattresses on the bed were a little thin, but comfortable enough. From the hostel it was only a 15-20min walk into the city centre.
The only problem I had was that there was only one key to my rooms door, so it had to stay at reception, which was a bit annoying when sometimes I was coming and going a bit.
My stay was good, I have experienced better hostels than this, but if you're just after somewhere to sleep at night, then this place will suite you fine.
Unique Quality: They have free luggage storage (although it is not monitored), a room with TV and internet (you pay for) and a large kitchen in which the facilities are free to use. You are also welcome to use the sauna and swimming pool. They are an environmentally friendly hostel.
There also supermarkets, restaurants and many shops in the area.
Directions: If coming from the main railway station, take the metro to 'Kamppi' and exit onto Runeberginkatu, turn right, walk for about a block and Hietaniemenk will be on your left.
Student lodgings for Helsinki University during the year and it's a tourist hostel from June to August. Cafeteria in the basement and there is a sauna and pool in another building in the grouds.
Unique Quality: The sauna and pool are a great selling point and ones that I definitely made the most of :)
Directions: 15 mins walk from Mannerheimitie street
~18 EUROS for a bed in dorms.
Unique Quality: Just great place! Very nice rooms.
It is the students house during the whole year, and in summer time it becomes a summer hostel.
Very nice people (again), very clean, and very nice rooms.
I think all rooms have private bathrooms and refrigerators.
Probably the best place I had stayed in Helsinki during summer time.
Directions: Not very far from city center (in fact almost nowhere in Helsinki is far from center). But quite at the oposite from the ferries terminals.
PRICES - SUMMER 2002
Single room € 41.00
Twin room € 58.00
Triple room € 71.00
4 bedded room €84.00
Single room € 53.00 (In July € 49)
Twin room € 75.00 (In July € 66)
(for families with children under 12 years old)
Traditional triple room € 58.00
Modern triple room € 75.00
Traditional 4 bedded room € 71.00
Bedlinen, buffet breakfast, morning sauna & swimming pool, service, and taxes are included in the price.
bed in a twin room € 21.00/person
bed in a triple room € 18.00/person
bed in a 4 bedded room € 16.00/person
Morning sauna & swimming pool, service, and taxes are included in the price. (Breakfast € 5.00, bedlinen € 4.50)
A discount of € 2.50 for all members of Hostelling International and students with an international student card (excepting the family room rate).
Sauna and swimming pool for 1-20 persons € 150 (6 p.m.-12 a.m.). The price includes towels.
Unique Quality: Open 1.6. - 1.9.
Directions: Hietaniemenkatu 14, 00100 Helsinki
Tel +358 (9) 1311 4334
fax +358 (9) 441 201
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Address: Hietaniemenk. 14, Helsinki, Southern Finland, 00100, Finland