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Where to stay in Helsinki

Helsinki boasts plenty of hip and happening neighbourhoods if you’re hoping to enjoy a holiday with a vibe. Of course, if you’d prefer something calm, collected and quiet, there are places to satisfy this kind of stay too. With so many hotels in Helsinki, it’s always a good idea to compare prices and check out reviews before making a booking.

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  • Punavuori

    First-timers will love the atmosphere of Punavuori, situated just south of the city centre. It’s home to plenty of bars and restaurants and a part of the city where art and creativity reign supreme. There’s a gallery, theatre or museum on every corner! If you’re looking for views of the Design District and the convenience of being stationed within walking distance of the bus station, then the modern, apartment-style Helsinki home by Johanna Gullichsen should be top of the list. Hotel Lilla Roberts is another top pick, promising 5-star luxury.

  • Kamppi

    Kampii, situated in the heart of the city, is a great area to stay in if vibrant entertainment is on your radar. It’s where you’ll find Helsinki’s best shopping centres and an unstinting dose of energetic nightlife. Wowing guests for well over a century, Hotel Kämp is one of the most popular 5-star hotels for both business and leisure travellers, featuring an onsite bar, restaurant and spa. However, if you’re looking for something less frilly and to mingle (and party) with other travellers, the YARD Hostel, with its private rooms and cosy guest lounge is the way to go.

  • Etu-Töölö

    Feeling a bit disillusioned with urban living? Etu-Töölö is a fantastic escape, just northwest of the city centre, offering green spaces galore! Located along Seurasaarenselkä Bay, it’s a residential area where you’ll find the family-friendly Hesperian park and Hietaranta Beach, both with their own kiddies’ play areas. Stay at the lavish workation hotspot, Aallonkoti Apartments, for gorgeous views of another local green space, Finlandia Park. Alternatively, opt to settle in at the eco-certified Hotel Helka.

Frequently asked questions

When packing for a trip to Helsinki, don't forget the essentials like your visa, passport, chargers, camera, some euro and the correct power adaptor. Clothing wise, check out the seasonality guides and pack to suit the conditions - aka plenty of layers for winter and lighter options for summer. Other necessities include a walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and a good pair of jeans. Heading over for Christmas? Don’t forget to practice your penmenship and prepare your list for Santa.


Helsinki is an incredibly walkable city that is best explored on foot. With this in mind, travellers generally opt to stay in Kluuvi, Kamppi and Kaartinkaupunki.


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Helsinki offers travellers the chance to experience all four seasons, with mild spring temperatures from March until May, endless warm days from June to August, pleasant but overcast weather between September and November, and a cold winter from December until March. When you choose to go depends on what you’re hoping to experience. It’s also worth remembering that winter months do have limited daylight, with the sun setting around 3:30 pm.


Helsinki is a travellers haven, with plenty of activities and experiences to keep you occupied for days. While you’re there, don’t forget to explore the history of Suomenlonna Sea Fortress, appreciate the Nordic architecture of Temppleiaukion Church, pay Santa a visit during Christmas and explore the surrounding Baltic islands.


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