While Helsinki has long had its share of bland Scandinavian chain accommodation, designed mainly to appeal to business travellers, there are now a cluster of boutique hotels, though staying in these comes at a cost. Less bling are the ubiquitous “Scandinavian modern” rooms in a number of chain hotels, most of which retain some degree of charm (in contrast to similar chain places in other Finnish cities). The city does have a small handful of moderately priced, non-chain hotels, and while they lack some luxuries they can be a good-value alternative. Most have en-suite bathrooms and offer inexpensive meals. There are also half a dozen hostels spread all about the city, offering excellent facilities and free wi-fi. All but one have no evening curfew, and all are open all year unless otherwise stated.

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