Both Helsinki

Hietaniemenkatu 1400100HelsinkiFinland
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About Both Helsinki

Academica offers budget accommodations in the heart of Helsinki. After being used as a student dormitory for majority of the year, the building transforms into a hostel during the summer.

All rooms feature ensuite bathrooms and are simply furnished with a small kitchenette and a desk. Towels and linens are provided for all guests. Free wired internet is available in all rooms, and hair dryers are available upon request.

Guests can also use the shared kitchen, or borrow the cookware for use in their rooms. For added convenience, there is a 24-hour front desk, where guests can rent a safe deposit box or purchase small items. For added convenience, the hostel also offers some parking, a computer station, and a self-serve laundromat for guest use.

The onsite restaurant, Metropol, serves a breakfast buffet for a small fee.

Academica is located a short walk from the National Museum Finlandia Hall, Ateneum Art Museum, Helskinki Cathedral, and Hietaniemi Beach.


Hietaniemenkatu 14, 00100, Helsinki, Finland
Telephone: +358 913114334 | Fax: +358 9441201 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Car park
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Lift
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • PC with internet
  • Restaurant
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Room safe
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Wellness / Spa

  • Sauna


  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Child / Baby cot

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 15:00
  • Check-out: 11:00

Positive Reviews

City Central

The hotel is ideally located within walking or biking distance to the city centre. Guests appreciated the comforts of the local neighbourhood, with a supermarket, shopping centre, and a park all nearby. In addition, the area has good public transport connexions, so you can get around the city without a car.

Basic Necessities

Overall, guests were impressed with their accommodations at the hotel, describing the rooms as clean and comfortable. Though they are basic, the rooms are equipped with everything you need for a simple stay. Guests especially appreciated that the budget-catering accommodations feature kitchenettes, making this place perfect for a long-term stay as well.

Pleasant Personnel

The staff are described as warm and welcoming, friendly, and always helpful. If you’re unfamiliar with the city, they will gladly introduce you to all the major city points and give you many suggestions for fun activities.

Negative Reviews

Lacking Lobby

Guests weren’t too impressed with the common areas – there really isn’t a large lounge area available like you may expect from hostels. The shared kitchen, too, is a bit disappointing due to its lack of dishes and equipment, likely from other guests borrowing the items for their rooms.

Wi-Fi Woes

There is no Wi-Fi in the rooms, only free wired Internet. Guests recommend bringing your own Internet cable from home, else you rent one from the front desk for a small fee each day. The common area offers free Wi-Fi, but guests add that it’s quite weak, and that there isn’t much room in the lobby to comfortably sit and use it.


Make sure to bring your earplugs. Guests repeatedly complain about the poor soundproofing in the building. You can expect to hear your neighbours and possibly the next door nightclub.

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Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 2484 reviews across the web
7.6 /10
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    7.6 /10
7.6 out of 10 based on 2484 reviews