Helsinki Travel Blog› entry 30 of 37 › view all entries
i got to helsinki about midday, and i was having a hell of a time finding a room. for a while it looked like i might be sleeping in the airport/trainstation for the first time on my trip.
i found one single room for 40 euros at a huge hostel.. but it really looked more like a mental hospital. i couldnt even get my door open, the key just kept turning and there wasnt even a door handle. i checked out five minutes later and kept looking for something better.
i must have looked for another bed for a 3-4 hours before i decided to just plop myself down at one of the larger hostels and wait for a cancellation. sure enough one came in, but the price was 50 euros for a double room all to myself. certainly more than i wanted to spend, but it ended up working out great - the receptionist had four people on the other end looking for two rooms, but offered it to me first because i had been waiting.
i said i would take it - he told the people on the phone that he could only put three of them into a double, i asked him to put the fourth guy into my room to cut the cost in half. infact, it couldnt have worked out better, because i guess it was actually two couples travelling together who didnt want to be split up, so they all just squeezed into the other double anyways - i ended up with a double room to myself for half price, not a bad deal at all.
helsinki itself was very nice - it was much more fashion concious than i had anticipated - it really felt like a western european capital - it was also very expensive.. much moreso than denmark or sweden, as finland uses the euro. lots of clubs and bars, as well as plenty of cafes to have a coffee in (granted, a very expensive coffee).