I did have a quick read of the other review of this hostel and I have to admit I am shocked! How anyone could like this hostel I don't understand, maybe I just went there on a couple of off days?
I stayed at this hostel with a friend in June for 2 nights, staying in a 12 bed dorm and I really wish that I hadn't. I would first of all like to say that I am not a negative person, or one who has overly too high expectations of things. This was a cheap hostel at about 20 euros a night, but i think this was very overpriced!
The location is unusual and it took us quite some time to find this hostel. Once we had found it we lumped our luggage up the stairs and headed for reception. We were met with a cold receptionist (which i found unusual because almost all finns i have met are friendly) who gave us our towels/sheets/room keys. On opening the door I wasn't impressed, mess everywhere, girls who looked really out of it - but of course this is no reflection on the hostel itself it just didn't add to how I felt about it.
The hostel itself has dorms, and private rooms for both genders separately, showers and toilets, a kitchen and a large shared communal area.
My main complaint with this hostel is the cleanliness. I am by no means a clean freak but I do expect some level of hygiene, particularly in bathroom and kitchen areas. The shower room was disgusting and looked like it had not been cleaned in quite some time, in fact during the 2 nights I stayed I saw no sign of any cleaner. I refused to shower during my stay as I felt I would probably come out dirtier! The kitchen was also disgusting although I suppose this could also be down to the people using it. My friend filled up her water bottle and told me not to look as she could see things moving in the sink! gross!
On the plus side the hostel does have wi-fi in the eating area which i did find useful. Even though the hostel is a little outside of the city it was easily reachable by tram. I wish that I had not stayed here and paid more to stay somewhere niced. It was certainly cheap, but considering how dirty it was I think it was overpriced.
I stayed at this hostel while doing a stopover between Tokyo and London last Christmas, on Christmas Day, in fact.
I payed about 20 Euros (can't find my booking details now) for a regular dorm room. Even on Xmas Day it was busy, and my room was pretty much full. I'm not a big fan of staying in dorms, but shelling out 50 odd euros for a private room seemed a little excessive for just a stopover. Still, I lumped it and it had all the usual things that I don't like about dorms, such as piles of other people's clothes everywhere, including on my bed, someone sleeping at 7pm for whatever reason meaning you had to go through a guilt trip every time you switched the light on, people coming and going at all hours once I started to sleep. These are not gripes about the hostel itself though, because I know these are regular things you have to put up with whenever you stay at a youth hostel. Some people find them charming and part of the experience. I don't. I'm just a cheapskate so I put up with it sometimes.
The hostel's factilities were pretty good. There were several big common areas with sofas and armchairs where you could read or relax, and a dining area which also had several computers with internet access. The lobby had a vending machine selling drinks and snacks, while the toilets and showers were pretty good, hot and relatively clean. There was no sauna that I could see, unfortunately!
I was staying on Xmas Day so they weren't serving food. It said "every day" on the website I booked on so I was a little disappointed, but luckily I found a little take out shop not far away from the hostel to get a pizza, otherwise I would have had to settle for a couple of packets of crisps and a can of coke.
The girl on reception seemed a little cold on arrival, but after talking to her for a while I found out her computer had just broken down so she wasn't in the best of moods. When I asked about the area later she was pretty friendly. While I didn't do any sightseeing because I was barely in the city 20 hours, there were a lot of posters and advertisements for trips or onward travel that could be arranged at the hostel.
The hostel itself is in a really interesting location, actually built into the back of Helsinki's old Olympic Stadium (from 1952 if my Wikipedia memory is working...!). In the surrounding area there were several sports grounds and a big lake, while I also passed an opera house not far away. From the train station it took me close to an hour to walk there, but it was about -10C and the roads were covered in ice and fresh snow, plus I was walking in regular (as in non-gripping) office work shoes. I'd guess it would have taken about 30mins on a regular, snow-less day, or much less if you took a bus along the main street nearby (I'm a bit of a walker, I don't take buses unless I have to).
I would definitely stay there again if I found myself back in Helsinki sometime. The city as a whole seemed charming in the couple of hours I spent wandering around it, and the hostel seemed to have everything a budget traveler would want, while being fairly reasonably priced for Northern Europe.
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I first stayed at Stadion Hostel in June 2007; I was looking somewhere relatively cheap to stay but also close to Helsinki city centre as I was heading there each day for a festival. Stadion Hostel seemed to fit the bill perfectly at around £12 a night for a dorm bed and a twenty minute walk from the central railway station and for those who don't feel like the walk, there are two nearby tram stops.
The hostel itself has various room sizes, from 12 bed dorm rooms (Euro17.50 per night), 4 or 5 bed group rooms (Euro22.50 per person) to single (Euro38) and twin rooms (Euro23.50). Over the past three years I have used the dorm rooms and twin rooms and both have been more than satisfactory.
Firstly the hostel staff, in my experience, are very friendly and welcoming. They are able to give useful directions to all the local amenities and are efficient at solving any problem you may have, my own experience being a problem with my card key, which was sorted for me instantly.
The beds are simple bunk beds and you are provided with sheets when you first arrive. They are comfortable enough, the sort of thing you would expect from a hostel, easy enough to get a good nights sleep on.
The dorm rooms are bright, spacious and airy. Pleasant to stay in and very energising to wake up in with the morning light shining in to the room. There are medium sized lockers in the room, for which you provide your own padlock, to lock away your valuables and in the corridors there are much larger lockers for hire to lock away your luggage if you choose to. The smaller rooms don't quite have the same airy feel, but they are quieter and more private.
The hostel also has several social areas including a TV Lounge, sofas by the reception, a dining room and shared kitchen both of which contain fridges if you choose to self cater, a quiet reading room/library and a cafeteria which serves a buffet breakfast for Euro6 between 7.30am-10am, offering a variety of breakfast food from sausages, bacon and eggs to toast, fruit and cereal - definitely a good way to start the day! Also worth noting is that free Wi-Fi is available in all the social areas and for those who haven't bought along a laptop, there are two computers with free internet access (15 minutes at a time) in the cafeteria.
The bathrooms and toilets are clean and well stocked with toilet roll. Though when the hostel is busy in the mornings it can seem like there aren't enough sinks and showers.
Overall my experiences of this hostel have been fantastic. The only downsides would that you have an uphill walk to reach it and the fact that it is a bit of a walk to the city centre, which whilst very pleasant in the summer, is not quite as leisurely in the winter and nor is waiting for the tram in such chilly temperatures!