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
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
My wife and I booked the Fabian for two nights in mid-July during a “heat wave,” which is a relative term since daytime highs were in the mid-80 F range, laughably low for someone from Texas. We prefer a hotel room that is sub 68 F (20 C) for sleeping. Our room, a two room suite, was on the ground floor with no exterior windows. The AC, which ran on full power our entire stay, is located in the entryway of our suite. The sleeping area is around the corner with the bed in the back. Consequently, the entryway is noticeably cooler than the bedroom. No air moves in the bedroom and, with no windows it is stuffy. I travel with a clock that has an accurate thermometer which I placed by the bed. For 48 hours the room temperature near the bed ranged between 76 F to 74 F, never getting below 74 F (23.5 C), even early in the morning when it was much cooler (66 F) outside. I complained to the front desk the morning after our arrival, and the receptionist came with me back to our room to investigate. She insisted that the AC was working as good as one should expect in Finland because “it never gets this hot here.” I pointed out that even at night the unit didn’t work well, but she continued to insist we had to lower our expectations and live with it. I asked for a fan to see if we could get air moving in the bedroom, which she provided but helped only a little. My wife and I had two miserable nights and were treated shabbily when we complained after the first night. I heard one other couple complain the night of our arrival about the AC not working in their balcony suit. They were offered another smaller room to sleep in, but elected to stay put and open the balcony windows. We were not offered another room and had no window to open. I don’t buy the claim that AC units in Finland can’t cool a room at night. The AC worked great in the shopping centers and museums we visited. If an AC unit doesn’t work on a hot day, what is the point of saying you have AC? I mentioned again on checkout that our AC had performed poorly, and we did receive an apology and were comped a 10 euro glass of wine I had purchased from the bar. She also promised to send maintenance to check. Why wasn’t maintenance sent after the first complaint? I didn’t ask for it, but would have felt better if a large portion of our bill had been comped. We left Helsinki exhausted from two sleepless nights. But for this AC issue I would have given a five star rating. The hotel is well located, cute, and the breakfast is decent.
This was our second stay here, and can’t imagine ever booking anywhere else.
After I foolishly left my phone in the room, the staff cheerfully helped me out, getting it couriered on to London urgently. Given the service here is so polite and friendly I was never in any doubt they would excel in going the extra mile - thanks again.
We are a family of 4 and took two rooms (410 and 412) which were behind a single door so essentially a lovely big family suite. One room has a little kitchenette as well as a lounge area so really ideal for a longer stay.
Rooms are delightful and quiet and the location is very central, walkable to most of the sights in town. Breakfast buffet is nice and simple - good porridge!
The overall style of the hotel is boutique, simple and elegant, and hasn’t changed a bit in 4 years... because they have got it just right.
We loved the Fabian. It is centrally located, within easy walking distance to restaurants, the waterfront, the city market, etc. The room was very comfortable, clean, and quiet.
Where the Fabian most excelled was in its service. We had an issue with our room (some water leakage), they came to inspect immediately, and then quickly moved us into an upgraded room! They also were very helpful in booking our ferry to Tallinn.
Would highly recommend Hotel Fabian!
This hotel is very central. Located near Market hall, the Esplande beautiful avenue, and many other attractions. Many "little things"😊 , made us enjoy our stay very much . The staff was kind and helpfull. Breakfast was delicious and the room was luxurious and cosy. All in all we had a great weekend in Helsinki and we would love to come back.
Really quite a small hotel, just two streets back from the harbour in the old town.
An automatic door opens as you approach - fine in summer, but I imagine a cold wind blows in in winter, unless this is disabled.
The only small lift is unusually right beside the front door. However, we never had a problem waiting, though did sometimes obstruct guests coming and going.
The reception area doubles as a lounge and bar, the receptionist as barmaid. There is a selection of complimentary newspapers, and a small seating area. Right beside all this is the breakfast area, where there is an excellent spread of practically anything you could want, open from 7-11am.
The luxury room was splendid, quite large, with a table, chairs, and settees, plus a king size double bed. Bathroom was well equipped, but only has a shower, for those preferring a bath. Indeed, no room in the Hotel, apparently, has a bath.
The staff were all pleasant and helpful.