Helsinki Hotels and Accommodation
(Helsinki, Uusimaa, Southern Finland, Finland)
Where to stay in Helsinki depends very much on what you are looking to do during your holiday. Most visitors tend to choose accommodation in and around central Helsinki, since these hotels suit most needs and are extremely functional.
However, due to their proximity to the main sights around the fairly compact city centre, lodging in this part of Helsinki does tend to come at a price, a rather expensive one. However, that is not to say that cheaper hotels aren't here, they just aren't as readily available and don't usually offer the same quality of accommodation and facilities.
Where to Stay
Hotels in central Helsinki are extremely convenient for most business travellers, being just a stone's throw from many large companies and office blocks. For tourists, they have the added advantage of being just a short walk from the shops, restaurants, theatres and nightlife in general.
Still close to Helsinki city centre, but perhaps a little more Finnish in character, hotels in the Kamppi district are conveniently close to the famous pink-granite Central Train Station (Rautatieasema). A more variable selection of accommodation is on offer here, including the city's iconic Sokos Hotel Torni, which is amongst the tallest hotels in Helsinki and the whole of Finland, measuring some 70 metres / 230 feet, and dates back to 1931.
Further accommodation in Kamppi is scattered around the Lönnrotinkatu, a bustling street in close proximity to the Hietalahden Tori (Hietalahti Market Square) and its many shops, and also around the Kamppi metro station.
Another interesting part of Helsinki with much to offer in the way of hotels is the Töölö district, which is a large urban area with good connections to the public transport network. Accommodation here is generally reasonably priced and conveniently close to entertainment venues, such as the Finlandia Hall and also the Suomen Kansallisooppera (Finnish National Opera House) on the Helsinginkatu. Lying on the other side of central Helsinki, Kaisaniemi neighbourhood is considerably cheaper and features some good lodging options close to Kaisaniemen Puisto (Kaisaniemi Park) and the National Theatre.