Flow 2015


Lodging in Helsinki ranges from cheap hostels to eco-friendly luxury hotels. Camping, bed and breakfasts, and apartment rentals are also readily available in the city, and their tourism website even has a list of gay-friendly accommodations. Our list has a bit of everything, with options for every price bracket and lodging preference.

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  • Klaus K

    Located in central Helsinki and established in 1938, Klaus K is convenient to many shops and dining options. The rooms at Klaus follow four distinct themes - mystical, passion, desire, and envy - along with other unique designer rooms. The rooms take their themes from Kalevala, Finland's national epic and one of the most significant pieces of Finnish literature. Each room is decorated in lush furnishings, making your stay in this storied hotel as comfortable as it is convenient.

    Amenities: Gym, Sauna, Spa, Free Wifi, Minibar

  • Scandic Marksi

    This modern hotel is located on Helsinki's Mannerheimintie, home to shopping, dining, and sight-seeing, the Esplanade Park, and the popular market square. If you'd like to explore further, the hotel will lend you a bicycle or walking poles for your adventures. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and simple, with Family and Junior Suites available for larger parties.

    Amenities: Safe Deposit Box, Air Conditioning, Minibar, a TV with movie channels, Free Wifi, Complimentary Breakfast

  • Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki

    Sokos is located near all of Helsinki's cultural points, so all you have to do is put on your walking shoes at the hotel and the rest will be history. Furnished with mixture of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Functionalist decor, this 14-story hotel will provide a comfortable experience. If you would like a bathtub rather than a shower stall (which is common feature of Finnish Hotels), be sure to request a room with one.

    Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, Sauna, Fitness Center, Six Business/Banquet Centers, Laundry/Dry-Cleaning Services, Shoeshine, Terrace, Pets Allowed On Request

  • Hotel Cumulus Olympia Helsinki

    Located a 15-minute tram ride from the center of Helsinki, Hotel Cumulus is convenient to the festival site as well as Kallio's cheap bars and restaurants. Although small, the rooms have hardwood floors and are uniquely decorated with bright photos and bold paint colors, making you feel at home even in a foreign country.

    Amenities: WiFi, Sauna, Language Services, Laundry Services, Business Center

  • CheapSleep Hostels Helsinki

    • Sturenkatu 27B 2nd floor
    • 00510 Helsinki, Finland
    • +358 45 845 6188

    With 118 dorm beds and 10 private rooms, CheapSleep Hostels provide visitors with a relaxed, social atmosphere and great access to local sights in the center of Helsinki. The hostel offers a free walking tour of the city each Saturday and Sunday so you can see the city on a budget, and check-in is available 24 hours a day. Free lockers are provided for the safekeeping of valuables, and there is a supermarket located just downstairs.

    Amenities: WiFi, Kitchen with microwave, oven, and refrigerators, Lounge/Common Area

  • Ava Hotel

    • Karstulantie 6
    • 00550 Helsinki, Finland
    • +358 09 774 751

    Located near Suvilahti, Ava Hotel's rooms have all been renovated within the past two years, and the beds replaced. Choose from a standard hotel room or opt for a two- or three-bedroom apartment if you're with a larger group. The rooms are basic, clean, and comfortable, and while the city center is about 30 minutes away from the city center by tram, the rates are much lower than comprable places in Helsinki.

    Amenities: Kitchen Facilities, Meeting Facilities, Sauna

  • Hilton Helsinki Strand Hotel

    A short tram ride to the center of Helsinki, the Hilton Helsinki Strand is located on the waterfront, offering views of the bay and lots of natural light with clean, simple rooms. The Helsinki Zoo is a ferry ride away, and there is a restaurant located just downstairs, as well as an Atrium Lounge and Bar that overlooks the water. The hotel is also located just 30 minutes from the Helsinki Vantaa Airport for easy arrival and departure.

    Amenities: Meeting Facilities, Top Floor Sauna, Pool, Gym Complex, Bicycle Rental