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HI - Helsinki - Stadion Hostel

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HI - Helsinki - Stadion Hostel is the closest to "Babel Tower" you can get. Because of its size and the fact that Helsinki doesn't offer many options of hostels, you'll see people from all around the world. And by being "in" a stadium you may feel like an athlete, with some of the good and the bad things that come with it.

The Location

Its location is not central. You have to take a tram, and the directions the hostel provides don't inform which stop you should leave the tram (it's Auroran sairaala [Aurora Hospital]) -- one tram driver confused this with Eira Hospital stop, and a lot of time was wasted). Also, there are two directions for the same tram, one takes much longer than the other to reach the stop.You should cross the street in front of the train station and take the tram on the other side. Once you arrive, it won't be so easy to walk around -- besides the stadiums there's not much in that region. You'll have to walk at least five hundred meters to find the closest restaurant.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are big, for many people. There are no lockers in the rooms, only a few in the corridors that lead you to the rooms. All of them were taken at some point, and the people who arrived later had to leave luggage in the room. It seems the rooms hosted athletes before, they look like so. The matresses are really old and thin, you can feel the base of the bed, but the linen and towels are ok.

The bathrooms can be quite far from the rooms, since there are only a few for many rooms (there are around thirty). The bathrooms don't have space for putting your clothes, only a bench that is supposed to be common for all three showers. On the other hand, cleaning is done regularly, and the drains don't flood.

Common Spaces

There are several common spaces, such as a small library, a TV room, a kitchen, and a cafeteria (that is open only for breakfast -- which is not included -- something for dinner could also be thought of). Wi-Fi is provided for free, but you can only access it in the lobby or the cafeteria (and this can be more than one hundred meters from your room). With all these options there's always someone willing to chat, and his/her nationality can range from India to Netherlands, from Chile to Russia. So there's plenty of room for knowing different people, and finding colleagues for party in the night, although clubs are not close to the hostel.

Summary

It seems Stadion Hostel is the cheapest option in the expensive Helsinki, because of its not central location and its "old" furniture and spaces. But if you wanna meet people from all over, you can hardly find some other place with such an opportunity.

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HI - Helsinki - Stadion Hostel Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
3   Ok You probably want to take the tram if you're coming from the train station or harbor. And I would take the tram too if you're going to city center (market square and the three smiths). I stayed in a twelve-bed dorm. The room is ok, except my room doesn't seem to require a key card to go in, unlike other rooms in the hostel. There are lockers outside my room, though some of them seem somewhat broken. Bathroom is fine (looks like they recently put shower curtains on the guys showers). They have two machines for free internet (a short wait most of the time). Overall, it's probably not the best hostel there is, but I guess it's an ok place to stay.  , USA ()
3  I guess I would stay here again, and recommend it but with some comments. The staff were polite enough but seemed like they had worked there too long. The showers/bathrooms were clean enough. The ladies toilets were a little off putting as they didn't have closed sanitary disposal bins. It seems to lack character and is a bit sterile here, but most HIs I've found are like this. It is definitely removed from the city centre, sorry but I don't agree that it's centrally located. It's a good hike and especially with your packs on even more so. I would recommend being a fit person or expect to take some breaks along the way to/from ferry or train terminals.  ()
2  My friend and I decided to resolve the great "How long to walk there from the station debate". Allowing for time to get our bearings and assuming you don't stop for pedestrian lights it took two fit boys 25 minutes to walk there at a medium-fast pace with 15kg packs. So now we know. The hostel itself is a large HI hostel built around the old olympic stadium. It's about as clean as most HI hostels are, I spotted the same unidentified body product in a sink two mornings in a row. I also get a sense the they are poor at maintaining this hostel. For example three out of four urinals in the mens toilets had black plastic over them to stop you using them, I am assuming they were broken! On the up side the breakfast is good and the staff friendly. Watch out for that 3AM lockout though, Helsinki tends to close at 4AM and we got trapped. All in all there are better options in Helsinki if you look around, my friend moved to another HI closer to the city which he said was better, although I didn't go there myself. Andy Hall 26/9/06  ()
5  We stayed here 15-16 JUL 2004. This was an excellent hostel for myself and my two children (daughter, 13; son, 15). I had made the reservation for this hostel less than 48 hours prior, and I think I was lucky to get in here. All of the other hostels were full. We had just arrived from St. Petersburg on the train, and it was extremely easy for us to find Stadion. The directions are simple, the tram is effecient, and food (McDonalds--accepted my charge card) is not too far away if you're starving. The downside was no readily evident, easy use sauna, which is a plus at the other hostels. Regardless, I found this a wonderful place for us to stay! I recommend it to anybody else with family. (In fact, I met another family motor/camping throughout Scandinavia, who are going all the way to North Cape and the islands!)  ()
4  Fantastic location. An Olympic stadium! The facilities were excellent. It was a quiet place but I can imagine that it can get very busy. Trams stop nearby so it is very handy for the city center.  ()

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