What We Love
- Free perks such as daily breakfast, bicycles (on a first-come, first-served basis) and WiFi
- Near Market Square, the Esplanadi gardens and the Museum of Finnish Architecture
- Lux Rooms have kitchens and some have private courtyard entrances
What To Know
- There’s no spa, gym or restaurant; breakfast is served on the terrace and a lobby bar serves up drinks
- Pets are allowed, but fees and restrictions apply
- With only 58 rooms, the hotel is a good fit for those who want an intimate atmosphere
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Designed around a leafy inner courtyard, the Hotel Fabian hotel feels like your very own luxury apartment in the Finnish capital. The 58 loft-style rooms are flooded with natural light and feature a mostly black-and-white color scheme, but retro-inspired yellow armchairs and lime-green throw pillows add occasional splashes of color. The hotel is located on a quiet street, but is near Helsinki ‘s best draws such as Esplanade Park, where you can catch folk-dancing or the Marimekko Fashion Show, and Market Square.
In the Area
Scandinavian architecture buffs should make a beeline to the nearby Museum of Finnish Architecture, which showcases exhibitions and drawings of Finland’s greatest design stars such as Eero Saarinen and Alvar Aalto. Snag your very own piece of Finnish design at well-curated department store Stockmann, where you can pick up anything from Georg Jensen wine decanters to kitschy-cool lobster print tablecloths. Check out the soaring lobby of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, designed by American architect Steven Holl, then snag a table at Savoy, a classic restaurant where you can taste local specialties like crayfish and cloudberries. Chilly? Shed your inhibitions (and your clothes) in a traditional Finnish sauna, like the 1950s-era Sauna Hermanni.
How to Get There
All my communication with hotel regarding not having a ground floor room with courtyard access over a number of months was ignored. Given a horrible room on ground floor in full view of breakfast room. NB.There is no security to go thru to enter the inner courtyard and therefore you might not want to leave window open etc. I have added a photo of said LUXE room which looks like a garage. No curtains between room and bathroom???. I was quite distressed about this. Staff just kept repeating that it was a communication problem. I got one “sorry”.
We moved to a cheaper room and I asked for a refund of the difference in rate. The hotel made a big song and dance about it and said as I’d used booking.com they couldn’t do that but they’d try. I rang booking,com..explained what had happened and that I had it in writing regarding room allocation. They dealt with everything immediately and sent email showing refund required and hotel did indeed refund us but I could have done without the stress.
Breakfast was ok with nice staff...I’d have liked some hot vegetarian savoury food like eggs. Good coffee..self service.
NB no corkscrews in kitchenettes or Luxe rooms and hotel will not lend you one as they said against the law in Finland to encourage drinking. Supermarket at end of road!
Poor communication leading up to our stay with emails taking days to be answered. If they order a car for you they add 25euros to the price. Cheaper to book direct with Helsinki Limo (75 euros)if you want help with bags and comfortable car. Took Uber back (49 euros) to airport.
Lots of positives: quiet backstreet location close to city centre and quayside market; a number of good restaurants within a few hundred metres; small scale, plus friendly and helpful staff, made for good atmosphere; lovely breakfasts. The only negative was the lack of effective heating controls in our room (608): the radiator didn't work at all (and couldn't be fixed during our 4-night stay), and the noisy air con was unresponsive. When we were cold we had to use an electric heater (provided very quickly by the staff); and when we were hot we had to open the window. Didn't spoil our stay - but, even so, not quite what you expect....
I come to Helsinki every quarter for business and usually, I stay at Lila Roberts and wanted a change this time. However, I regretted making such a decision as my room was facing the street and the construction began very early, with the thin curtain in the room, I could barely enjoy any quality sleep.
No toothpaste was provided in the room and when calling reception, the receptionist asked me to pick it on my own. I found this quite rude and not professional.
Although the room claims to have a double bed it was actually two beds combined together which I can not accept at all. Why not putting a real double bed? It was uncomfortable as you always feel the crack in between the two beds. The pillows are very tiny and the blankets are not thick enough for April in Helsinki. ( It was -1 outside)
I would not recommend the comfort room as it's quite pricy for its value and will return to Lila Roberts next time.
The staff at Hotel Fabian were just so friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. We stayed there for two nights, travelled to Tallinn for two nights and returned again for another night. We stored our suitcases at the hotel for the two days we were away. On our return from Tallinn our bags had already been delivered to our room. There was also a lovely card signed personally by the staff and chocolates left in our room welcoming us back. A lovely touch.
We have been travelling throughout Europe for six weeks and our room at Hotel Fabian was by far the best room we stayed in. It was very modern, spacious and spotlessly clean. Loved the black and white decor and lighting.
The home style kitchen and wonderful food prepared there was so fresh and nutritious. A lovely fresh breakfast was prepared daily.
Also there suggestions on what to do and where to visit while in Helsinki were fabulous. We had a wonderful time time.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wanting accommodation in Helsinki.
Joseph & Carol Raises
Hotel Fabian is a very special place to stay - rooms are beautifully appointed. The staff are friendly and very helpful and we couldn't have asked for more. We loved our stay here. The beds were so comfortable and we had a very specious room. The breakfasts were excellent - great selection of cereals, fruits etc. We stayed for three nights and then came back for another one after returning from Savonlinna. This is an excellent place to stay - very central and within walking distance of the main square and most attractions. The staff were very helpful when I got a chest infection and they were able to guide us to a doctor who saw us straight away - for that thank you so much. Hotel Fabian is the place to stay in Helsinki - small, personable and very welcoming.