Both Helsinki, Helsinki

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Both Helsinki Reviews

Well equipped hostel

renewed dorm with a nice pantry & interior supplied with many kinds of cooking utensils. However, each room has only one key so it is quite inconvenient to get into a shared dorm.

hong kong

Value for money but if you expect Sauna, don't come

We stayed for 3 nights and lived in 7 floor private room. The place was clean, the room was big with a nice kitchen. The staffs were very nice and helpful. The only problem was no wi-fi in the room and the common room's wifi were so weak that my mobile phone were not able to compete for internet services. The location was nice though difficult to find at the beginning. Major problem was the Sauna service, for female, we were asked to use it before 8:30am. It is ridiculous! How could people use it?

Hong Kong

HI - Helsinki - Hostel Academica seems to be a student residence that converts to a hostel. Considering its price, it should (and does) offer more quality than regular hostels.

The Location

The location is not really central, but it's close to a tram and a metro stations, although in a quiet street. The directions given by the hostel's website are clear.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are comfortable, the matresses and the linen are in good state, there are wardrobes for storing things, and since no room is for more than three people, you can feel safe storing your things in them. All the rooms have equipment for cooking, such as an oven and a fridge, so you can save some money cooking yourself instead of eating in the expensive restaurants of Helsinki. Also, each room has its own bathroom, and there's space for placing shampoo and soap, clothes, and towels. The cleanliness of the place is good, and it'll be cleaned again in case you stay four or more days.

Common Spaces

Given that all the facilities you could need are in the room, you won't see people very often. There's a common room in the ground floor with TV, some books, and tables for seating and talking, but you won't see so many people around there. Wi-Fi is available only in this room, but it's not provided for free, so people don't have many reasons to go there. It's more of a high-level hostel, so you'll see older people and mature couples. It will be quiet most of the time, but there are pubs right in front of the entrance and in the same block, so there are other options.


The service is better than you'd expect from a hostel, so if you want to spend a little more for better accommodation, this place is recommended.

Vinicius Tragante


This hostel was very clean with a cooker with oven and four hobs! Luxury! The down side was that whilst we were staying there they were doing building work just behind and it was very noisy. In our room there was no plates/saucepans provided (I think it's luck of the draw!) We went out and equipped our room for about 20 euros at a nearby 1 euro shop. Other than this I can't fault it. It is a stones throw from the beach too and the tram stops just round the back. It is also very secure here -- you wouldn't be able to break the doors down in a hurry! Very good.

Alison Brindley

Clean and Comfortable

I think this hostel was great. so much better than the one we stayed in before (Satakuntatalo). We had a modern twin room, which was very clean, spacious, and nicely furnished. We had our own bathroom with a modern shower, a clean toilet, sink, big mirror, and so on. The kitchen was also great, it included a huge fridge, a sink, an oven, and numerous cupboards to store stuff. Plates, glasses and cups were included as well as spoons, knives, and forks. The cupboards were also very spacious, we had two shelves as well as a table for eating and two chairs. The beds were comfortable and the room was also air conditioned.

Usage of the sauna and the swimming pool is included in the price. At the gound floor there is a meeting room with computers, TV, another kitchen, and even stuff for ironing clothes. Very cosy place to meet other travelers. All in all I think this hostel is the best choice for staying at Helsinki.


what can i say? My friend and I had a really good experience here. However, I understand that the private rooms and the dorm experiences are very different. i can only speak on the private rooms, of which we stayed in for six nights in late July. It is a fairly good location -- walkable distance from town, and fairly easy to find (once you get your head around Finnish street names). Whilst it seems to have more of a "youth hostel" kind of vibe than other places in europe that we stayed at (more young people), the hotel-ish nature of the private rooms (which i think make most of the accommodation) don't make for as much of a social place. The rooms are clean and beds are comfortable, with a stove and fridge for cooking, which is nice. however you'll need all your own cooking utensils and saucepans, so you are a bit limited. But at least you can hit supermarkets a bit more and save on food. The down side was certainly the bathroom -- not so much that it was small but rather that it smelt really bad. It was somewhat clean but still, could be better. But friendly, helpful staff was certainly a good thing -- as well as location makes for a decent stay.


This hostel is about a twenty minute walk west of the train station, but is quite easy to find with the help of the map. Although it looks like a big tenement block from the outside it is quite comfortable on the inside. The building is used as student accommodation during the winter months so it is quite well kept but not to the modern standards of some other hostels.

The reception is right at the front door and there is usually a couple of staff on hand who speak quite a few languages to help speed up check in. Just in front of the reception is a common room with cable TV and internet point. There are three computers with a fast internet connection, and time can be bought from the reception from one euro. There is also a kitchen in this area if you are in need of an alternative to eating out.

Our twin room with unsuite was on the second floor but there is a lift to take you to the higher floors if you have a lot of baggage. The room was quite spacious with two single beds at either end of the room, a desk, and some shelving on the walls. Also included in the room was a small kitchenette, equipped with a sink, a hob, and a fridge. The bathroom was to the same standard as the room and all in all it was very clean when we arrived. There was never a problem with hot water at any point of the day either.

Academia was quite a cheap alternative to some of the other hostels in Helsinki. It is a bit out of the way for most of the sights of the city though, and is even a good forty-five minute walk to the Olympic stadium. There was not much of an atmosphere to this hostel, which is partly due to the fact that there is no bar and the only real place to meet people is in front of the TV in the common area. We would recommend if you are only staying a short period of time in Helsinki to look for somewhere a bit closer to all the main attractions, but if you don't mind a little walk every morning then Academia is an ideal place to stay.

Mark McKeag
Northern Ireland

We have stayed at this hostel for three nights, at the beggining of july. For me and my boyfriend has been the best hostel we have stayed in. We had a private room with bathroom, not a dorm. The room included linen, towel and breakfast for 32 each, it's not cheap but for such a clean and confortable place in Helsinki I can say it's very fair. I dont know about the dorms but for a private room it's quite worthy. The staff was also quite helpful and the location was quite good, too. If you look for a twin room with private bathroom, I will strongly recommend you Academica.

Spanish visitors

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A summer hostel in the city center. All rooms with privat facilities (bathroom, shower, kitchenette), morning sauna and swimming included in all the prices. Breakfast and bed linen included in the room prices, not in the dorm prices. Reception is open 24h.

Hostel Academica has a lot of rooms, but yet the athmosphere is friendly and the staff welcomes every one to stay with us.

Location and Contact




Address: Hietaniemenkatu 14, Helsinki, Southern Finland (Uudenmaa), Finland

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Website Both Helsinki Helsinki
Phone Number: +358 9 13114334
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Groups (10+ people)

Solo Traveller



Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby


Board Games

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments




Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool


Wheelchair Accessible

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 12:00 (12 Noon)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: June 1st - September 1st

Reception Hours: 24 h.

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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