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Accommodation in Finland

Introduction
Whether you are looking for a good place to stay at your Finnish holiday destination, or a temporary home during your short-medium term employment contract in Finland, there are a multitude of hotels, holiday cottages and cabins, spas, holiday villages, hostels, bed & breakfasts, camping sites, and more throughout the country. Rates and availability at seasonal destinations, whether it be a log cabin in Lapland or a lakeside cottage in summer, are considerably affected by the time of your visit. Some destinations are virtually closed in the off-season. Accommodation in central Helsinki is generally 30-50% more expensive than other destinations in Finland.

Holiday Homes, Serviced Apartments & Aparthotels

If you'd prefer a temporary home rather than a hotel, an often overlooked possibility is a short-term apartment or holiday home rental. Apartments and aparthotels are somewhere between hotels and long-term rentals, both in style of living and price. They are generally available immediately, in good condition, furnished and decorated, with internet access, modern appliances and full kitchens. In the cities they are centrally located. Utilities such as electricity and water are included in the price. They may also offer, for example, cleaning and linen services. Unlike hotels, short-term apartments do not usually have reception desks, restaurants etcetera. Prices depend on factors such as location, length of stay, and level of services required.

If you are visiting Helsinki for a couple of weeks, for example, a short-term apartment will probably be significantly cheaper than a hotel and, to my mind, much more comfortable.

Short-term Apartments & Holiday Homes

Forenom: From a night to a year, for guests or businesses, Forenom offers many types of accommodation throughout Finland. Furnished apartments, hostels, and aparthotels, through to houses suitable for whole families. Most accommodation is fully equipped, and additional services such as cleaning and linen are available. Online search and booking. Check the About Forenom page for more info!
Helsinki Office: Mannerheimintie 113, 00280 Helsinki Finland Map
Tel: +358 20 1983420
Web: www.forenom.com Site in English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish

Gella: With over 20 years' experience, Gella offers a full range of quality serviced apartments in Helsinki and Espoo, from studios to large apartments and a selection of luxury apartments in prime locations such as Eiranranta and Kamppi Center. All are well equipped and have free Internet. Gella aims for exceptional service, providing for example free biweekly cleaning and '24-7' assistance in case of trouble. Rated Excellent at booking.com
Helsinki Office: Armfeltintie 18, 00150 Helsinki Finland Map
Tel: +358 9 661612
Web: www.huoneistohotelli.com Site in English, Finnish

Citykoti www.citykoti.com: Fully equipped one-bedroom serviced apartments in Helsinki city centre, from 17 - 101 m². Economy to luxury standard, for 1-6 people. - En, Fi

Kotimaailma www.kotimaailma.com: This company uses Expat Finland's name and keyphrases within its site, and can therefore be misleading. Kotimaailma has no affiliation with Expat Finland.

Comodo www.comodo.fi: Long and short term furnished apartments in Helsinki and Tampere, all equipped with cooking equipment, tableware, flat screen television and Wireless Internet. Most have a washing machine - En, Fi

Cottages & Cabins in Finland

For a truly Finnish experience you have to try taking a break in a kesämökki (summer cottage) during the hot months, and if you are very lucky a log cabin in winter. Both experiences are fantastic! Summer cottages are usually only a few metres from a lake, and have wood-burning saunas. As a newly arrived foreigner in Finland, don't be shocked to see a bunch of naked Finns come running out of the sauna and jumping into the lake! Also omnipresent are Finnish vegetables (sausages) and beer.

In winter, villages like Luosto and Pyhä in Lapland are postcard-perfect and something truly remarkable to those of us from hotter climates, There are no apartment buildings or other eyesores, just log cabins in snowy forest settings. The small village centres have restaurants, hotels, a few shops and "activity centres" (ex. snowmobile safaris). Plus of course the ski slopes! At the end of the day, it's magical to sit by a roaring fire in your cabin and drink a hot chocolate (perhaps with some Minttu liqueur - an excellent local tradition). The cabins usually also have saunas, and instead of jumping in the lake you can roll in the snow! And if you are very fortunate indeed you can see the Northern Lights. Other winter destinations with log cabins for rent include Levi, Ruka, and Kuusamo.

Cottage & Cabin Rental
The key to getting a cottage or cabin is to book WELL in advance!

Bed & Breakfasts

By comparison with many countries, bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) are not common in Finland. Helsinki Bed and Breakfast (HBB) is an exception. Tapani Koskela has been running HBB since 2007, not as a big commercial operation but more as a friendly organiser to help guests and hosts alike. He's got together a number of hosts with whom you can enjoy a 'homestay' in a room of your own in Helsinki or Turku - there are also some entire apartments / homes available. HBB lists over 20 B&Bs. The rates are very reasonable, the accommodations cosy and the hosts friendly!

A new version of HBB's site has been launched; it has lots of info and photos for each B&B and is a pleasure to use. HBB has a Trustworthiness reputation of excellent at WOT.
Helsinki Bed and Breakfast: en.hbb.fi En, Fi
Facebook: Helsinki Bed and Breakfast

Hotels

Along with hotel chains, there are many cosy and charming privately run hotels throughout the country which will give you a true experience of 'Finnish style' in terms of both décor and cuisine. The majority of hotel websites have English versions, with many also offering Swedish, Russian, German and other languages. The bigger hotel groups, including Scandic, Sokos, Radisson and Cumulus, have hotels throughout Finland.

As a rough guide, a good three-star hotel room for two adults in Finland costs about €90 per night (2016), with the exception of Helsinki which is about 30% more expensive. Of course there is a lot of variation, particularly with the seasons.
See also Finland Insider: The Accommodation section includes What Finnish Hotels Are Like - a Finland Hotels Guide!

Finding a hotel in Finland is easy!

Rantapallo Hotel Search: Rantapallo's hotel search provides details and offers from hotels within Finland and abroad. Enter your destination and duration of stay and Rantapallo's hotel engine will offer you a wide array of accommodation options to choose from, ranging from budget to luxury. Rantapallo has a strong reputation and is Finland's most-visited travel-focused media.
Web: www.rantapallo.fi/hotellit/

Matkapörssi Hotel Listings and Search: Matkapörssi provides hotel offers from within Finland and worldwide, ranging from budget to five-star accommodation. Online search and booking is available in English for hotels, as well as flights and flight+hotel packages. Contacts for assistance by telephone or email are available on the Yhteystiedot page.
Web: www.matkaporssi.fi/accommodation/

Finland Holidays www.finland-holidays.com - En, De, Ru: Finland-wide accommodation search engine, including articles on Finnish activities and culture.

The following sites show very general results; Searching hotels in Naantali, for example, includes hotels in Turku - another city entirely. However, some searches probably generate useful results ex. Helsinki

Hostels

Finnish Hostel Association www.hostellit.fi - En, Fi, Ge
Forget crowded, dirty hostels - Finnish hostels are nice! Some countryside hostels are cottages, there are a couple of manor houses, and in Turku you can stay on board the S/S Borea - a historic vessel moored on the Aura River close by Turku Castle. Finnish hostels are operated by the Finnish Hostel Association, member of Hostelling International (HI).
Hostels include:

They are open to all; individuals, families, groups, holidaymakers and business travellers alike. Accommodation ranges from basic shared dormitories to large hotel-style rooms. Attention is paid to guest reception, security and cleanliness at all hostels.

Rates vary significantly, starting from about €15/person per night. Additional facilities and services like bicycle hire may be available; check individual hostels for details. Hostelling International members get a 10 % discount on accommodation in Finnish Hostel Association hostels.
Finnish Hostel Association: www.hostellit.fi - En, Fi, Ge

Camping & Camp sites in Finland

Sauna Tents!
A sauna in a tent? Of course - it's Finland! This must be one of the greatest camping experiences ever... Here are a couple of Finnish manufacturers with pages in English:
Savotta: www.finn-savotta.fi/en/kategoriat/saunatents/
Nexi: www.nexi.fi  November 2017: Site being rebuilt. Temporary link www.aaropeltoniemi.fi/18391

Sauna tents - very Finnish!

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