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Clarion Hotel - A New and Fresh Place to Stay Before Flying From Helsinki Airport
Helsinki Airport is located in Vantaa area about 20 kilometers away from Helsinki City center. For connecting passengers there is no point to travel to Helsinki center if you just need a place to stay overnight. You can select where to stay from the different good quality airport hotels located closely to Helsinki Airport.
Clarion Hotel is one of the newest airport hotel. It is located less than 2 kilometers from the terminal buildings but it is still really easily reachable. There are about 10 airport hotels in the vicinity of Helsinki Airport and Clarion Hotel is surely one of the best.
The hotel was opened in 2016. Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport is a 4 star hotel with moderate prices. The hotel belongs to a Norwegian hotel chain called Nordic Choice Hotels.
We made this review by visiting the hotel ourselves and collected also opinions from a customer. We have stayed in other airport hotels too so we know a baseline to where to compare.
No Shuttle Bus but Easily Reachable from the Terminals
Clarion Hotel is located less than two kilometers from the airport terminals. The distance is easily walkable but if you have heavy luggage we do recommend to use public transport because unfortunately there is no shuttle bus to the hotel.
A lucky thing is that there is a train station next to Clarion Hotel. A train from Helsinki Airport to Aviapolis train station takes just 2 minutes replacing the need of a shuttle bus. If you plan also to visit Helsinki center from the hotel, it takes less than 30 minutes by train. So the location of the hotel is great.
Good Quality Airport Hotel Rated with Four Stars
The hotel is modern and it is still in a great condition because it has just been opened in 2016. There is international atmosphere since majority of the customers are tourists and airlines' crew. For example Finnair's overseas crew seem to be using this hotel.
If you prefer a trendy hotel, this is the place for you. Everything is clean and modern.
The hotel has 258 rooms. There are rooms from Standard Roooms to Suites.
In Finland hotel room prices normally include the breakfast and it seems that the breakfast is included in majority of Clarion Hotel rooms too. On many hotel booking sites the customers of Clarion Airport Hotel have rated the breakfast excellent. However we give a very good rating rather than excellent for the hotel's good buffet style breakfast.
An International Restaurant and a Cosy Bar
In the lobby there is a cosy restaurant called Kitchen & Table and a bar called Clarion Living Room. The lobby is so comfortable that spending the whole evening there goes quickly. Food and drinks are moderately priced.
Sauna and Other Services
The hotel has a Finnish Sauna that is included to the room price. Unfortunately the sauna is really basic without any dedicated premises to unwind. There is no swimming pool but just a basic sauna. If you have never tried a Finnish sauna, this may still be an exotic experience for you. Many other hotel saunas, however, are much better.
There is also a free gym so exercising between flights is possible. The gym looked to be well-equipped.
Moderately Priced with Cheap Offers
During the weekends standard room prices start from 90 euros. The price includes the room for 2 people, free WiFi and a free breakfast.
On weekdays the prices seem to be much more expensive. However, there may be great offers and members of Nordic Choice Club may get the room cheaper. This hotel is not the cheapest airport hotel, but you may find a good deal that is worth the money.
Comparison to Other Airport Hotels
GLO Hotel Aiport is located inside the airport terminal and Hilton Helsinki Airport is just next to the terminals. All other hotels are in a few kilometers distance from the Helsinki Airport.
Of course, staying inside the terminal is the best location. If you prefer staying outside the airport or you feel integrated airport hotels too expensive, then Clarion Airport Hotel may be your choice. It is still really near to the terminal and well accessible from the airport and also from the Helsinki center. Many other airport hotels have free airport buses too but they are more difficult to reach from the Helsinki center.
Hotels in Finland are usually quite good quality but not luxury. All Helsinki airport hotels are good enough for a short stay but some of them are getting old. For example Airport Hotel Pilotti has already seen its best days. If you prefer a new and modern hotel, Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport is a better choice and good value for the money.
The Best Sites to Make a Booking
We recommend you to compare the prices of airport hotels carefully. Booking the hotel on its own web page is always wise if the price is cheap enough there. You will get bonus points and possibly some extra benefits.
Our favourite tool to compare hotel prices is HotelsCombined.com. The tool shows prices on many hotel booking sites and often also the price on hotel's own web page. By this tool you will easily find the cheapest price.
Is Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport Worth the Money?
The answer depends on the price you finally pay. If you get the hotel room for less than 100 euros / night we would say you have a good deal. Paying more may be worth the money too if you prefer a modern and really new hotel.
If you just need a cheap airport hotel near Helsinki area, we recommend you to check all airport hotels prices. The cheapest airport hotels cost about 70 euros / night in Helsinki Airport Area.