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Helsinki - hotels and attractions

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Hi everyone!
We will be in Helsinki for 4 nights in late August and would love to get some advice re the must see sites and clean / central accomodation - hotel or B and B. I have read past threads but most are from quite a while ago.

Thanks for any help

Cathy

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    i had the same problem
    we were looking for accommodation in late may
    seems there are conferences on so the good value accommodation was already booked

    we did tentatively book the eurohostel - they sort of book you in even if youre just enquiring! but with no obligation

    anyway
    when it came down to making the decision a search on trip advisor made it pretty clear that the euro hostel as central and cheap as it may be was in fact too noisy to risk the couple of nights we needed to recover from our long flight.

    someone recommended gasthaus omapohja but noone was answering the number and i think i read that it was no longer operating

    hotel helka is a popular place- it has good reviews so i rang it directly but it had no vacancies
    the receptionist kindly gave me the number of a finnish hotel booking agency and the lady there was most helpful with suggestions
    she also confirmed that hotel helka would have been her first choice for us but said that hotel helsinki was good too ( the sokos chain)

    i ahve read that it is a good central location but to avoid the 2nd floor as there is supposedly a childrens playroom and to ask for a room that is away from the nightclub noise ( the agent said that all quality rooms were far away from noise but she noted our request) it is in kluuvikatu 8 ( street) which is a short walk to katajonnoka where we are hoping to catch the ferry to tallinn for a daytrip

    it ended up costing us 170 euro for the first night and then 169 for the next
    yep it is dear but we are expecting this
    the dearest we have paid in europe was 120 euros back in 2006


    anyway just in case you have trouble with finding something on the net heres the number of the helsinki agents ( first you use your own code to dial out of your country)
    358 9 2288 1400

    other places we considered were grand marina for 204 euro and the katajonnoka hotel for 228 euros - i think thats the ex-prison

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    Yes, that is an ex prison, but where on earth did you get that price? All those prices seem unreal. I just checked the Katajanokka hotel´s pages, and they have single rooms 79 €, and doubles 89-99 € (breakfast buffet included). I have never payed more that 100 € for a hotel room in Finland, and they have been nice enough hotels.

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