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Reviews of Hostel Suomenlinna

Hostel | Suomenlinna C 9, Helsinki, Finland 00190

88.8% Overall Rating

301 out of 329 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (01/09/2014)

"The location, the history of the building, the authentic feeling of staying in a schoolhouse, the best shower I've ever had in a hostel, and you and get postcards at the reception desk."

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Facilities

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Laundry service
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 9.99
  • Towel USD 2.53

What's Included

  • Linen

Important Information

PLEASE NOTE: The Hostel Suomenlinna reseption is open Mon – Sat 08.00-15.30 and Sun (and holy days) 8.00-12.15. When you make a reservation we will automatically send you an instruction e-mail, which will give you further information how to enter the hostel outside the opening times. Welcome to Hostel Suomenlinna!

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88.8%

Overall Rating

301 out of 329 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Hostel Suomenlinna'

Atmosphere
85.6%
Location
91.2%
Facilities
83.2%
Cleanliness
93.6%
Staff
87.2%
Value
88.0%
Safety
92.8%
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91.4%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

01 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location, the history of the building, the authentic feeling of staying in a schoolhouse, the best shower I've ever had in a hostel, and you and get postcards at the reception desk.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Heather Blake

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

12 August 2014 Heather would recommend this property

Liked: The novelty factor that it was a school is great. It'd clean and the staff was helpful. It's not too far via ferry.

Disliked: None

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Events / festivals

11 August 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The easy access from the ferry and the surroundings.

Disliked: The dorm was very very warm.

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

17 July 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: In an old school building with huge windows and high ceiling. Near the landing point of the ferry to mainland Helsinki and the only supermarket of the island. Very, very quiet in the evening. Wonderful place to relax and/or explore Suomenlinna early or late in the day, when the tourists are gone. Can also be a good place to discover Helsinki from if you don't mind not staying there late.

Disliked: Limited number of showers, and they lack proper ventilation. You may not meet many people there. Reception has limited working hours.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

17 March 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic location

Disliked: -

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

YU-AN CHIANG

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

19 December 2013 YU-AN would recommend this property

Liked: The location is pretty special.

Disliked: YU-AN left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Peter Burgess

With my spouse / partner

City break
Romantic getaway
Sightseeing & culture

03 November 2013 Peter would recommend this property

Liked: This was our first time in Helsinki, and, not being very regular international travellers, it may be our only time visiting. It's an unorthodox place to stay, but for setting, there probably isn't a more special place in the city, so I'm glad we chose it. Facilities are basic but all in perfect working order, so (location and all) you get more than your money's worth by staying here. The regular ferry service means the city centre is easily accessible, and the sunrise over the old fortress walls (20 mins walk) isn't to be missed if the weather and season are right. We'd recommend.

Disliked: Nothing - all good! But, if you were planning on coming to Helsinki for a wild party, you'd be wise to stay in the centre as long as possible and only come back on the last ferry (around 2am) - the island is extremely quiet.

80.0%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Marian Corbet

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

29 October 2013 Marian would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel was really clean with good facilities. It's really easy to access on the ferry, even with the more limited winter timetable.

Disliked: If you wanted to meet people I wouldn't recommend this place at this time of year because there were so few guests. Perfect if you want somewhere quiet though!

100.0%
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Fabio Orlando

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 August 2013 Fabio would recommend this property

Liked: the guy at the Reception is Very nice and Kind. The Hostel is pretty, very organizzed.. Nice Kitchen - confy beds, huge common area, free computers and wi-fi

Disliked: i get lost to find the Hostel because i arrived late..after midnight... in the direction they dont explain where the hostel is sistuated. so if you arrive late make sure u send a e-mail and ask how to get there... but is very easy because is 2 minuts from the port... may be check on google map first..is very very easy.... bathroom a little bit small but is ok...

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Amelia Geary

With my spouse / partner

Visiting friends or family

18 July 2013 Amelia would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, nice staff, good location

Disliked: Short office hours so limited opportunity for last minute questions

85.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Claire Parkinson

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

14 May 2013 Claire would recommend this property

Liked: This hostel was really quiet when we were there but could easily accommodate large groups. It's very close to the ferry dock and next to the little supermarket on the island. Breakfast is provided and coffee is always available! There's a small lounge area with free internet and the staff were helpful in showing us around. The island itself is great to explore and there's lots of places to have a picnic by the sea.

Disliked: The hostel is on an island (obviously) so is a 15min trip by boat from Helsinki, which runs regularly but less frequently in the evenings. Just takes planning to get the right boat there and back, and a Helsinki card is definitely a good idea to cover this cost (5 euros each way). The restaurant next tot he hostel is expensive (cheaper pizza places further inland) but the location is good.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Tobias Ehrler

With my spouse / partner

City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

18 March 2013 Tobias would recommend this property

Liked: While the hostel building has stood there for some 100 years the inside is all clean and renovated. I liked staying on an island with all the history around me. The islands offer some quiet walks and you can learn about Finnish history and culture while enjoying beautiful views of the sea. The island has some cafes and restaurants as well as a grocery store, so you can choose whether you want to eat out of use the kitchen. It is still reasonably quick to get to the town centre and the ferry ride is part of the experience.

Disliked: To have only a single toilet and shower per gender for some 5 or 6 rooms is fairly limited if you happen to get up at the same time as everybody else. It's important to be aware that there are no ferries, i.e. no way to get to or from the island (except swimming), between 2 am and 6 am. To further cultivate the atmosphere if staying in a historic building the white walls could do with some decoration. As it is the place does have the feel of a school.

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Customer review

Alone

City break

17 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: it's a normal hostel, but in an amazing location, the island of suommenlinna. in the evening after the tourists go back to helsinki you almos have the island for yourself. you can see rabbits running around the hostel from your window...

Disliked: nothing

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

23 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: everything, location, cleanness, nice building, nice rooms, friendly atmosphere

Disliked: nothing

82.9%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Visiting friends or family

21 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The mood.

Disliked: The location. Very secluded.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

City break

23 September 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Close to Helsinki city centre and a chance to be distant too

Disliked: Lounge area could be more comfortable, also not used to mixed dormitories

100.0%
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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

22 August 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location was really unique being away from the mainland but the ferry service was so frequent that it wasnt an inconvenience.

Disliked: Nothing!

71.4%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Alexandr Iscenco

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

17 August 2012 Alexandr would recommend this property

Liked: + Interesting location. + Good and clean rooms and beds. + Internet.

Disliked: - Not open 24h. - Registration closes at 16.45 and opens at 09.00. It's challenging if you need to catch the plane early in the morning.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Robert Niemann

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

15 August 2012 Robert would recommend this property

Liked: The hostel is located on an island in front of Helsinki about 1 minute walking distance from the ferry. It is clean and bright and the staff is very friendly and helpfull. The beds are comfortable. The atmosphere is friendly.

Disliked: The kitchen is very small and their is only a very tiny selection of cutlery. Also, some sofas would be nice somewhere in the large hall. The bunk beds crackly extremely loud.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Events / festivals

09 July 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: quiet, clean

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Elizabeth O'Connell-Thompson

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

28 May 2012 Elizabeth would recommend this property

Liked: The surrounding area is gorgeous, but it's still very easy to get back to Helsinki proper.

Disliked: Rooms aren't really sound-proof.

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Bartlomiej Biezanski

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

27 May 2012 Bartlomiej would recommend this property

Liked: - unique location (an island in Helsinki located 15 minutes from city center by a ferry), - "friendly" room, - clean and spacy rest rooms, - big and well-equipped dining room, - helpfull staff.

Disliked: I cannot complain even if I would like to do so - everything in the hostel meet my expectations.

100.0%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Events / festivals
Sightseeing & culture

02 May 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: clealiness location!!!! facilities

Disliked: nothnig

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 40% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

City break
Partying / nightlife
Romantic getaway
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

10 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: We liked the location on the Island of Sveaborg - remote but jet close to Helsinki. The Hostel offered a quiet retreat in a cold gray easter in Helsinki.

Disliked: The hostel was partime without staff 9-14 every day. Our room was located just side by side with the kitchen and common room. sometimes it got to loud from people that used the facilities and make it less private.

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Romantic getaway

04 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It's a really nice hostel with wonderful staff.

Disliked: Everything was perfect.