CENTRAL HELSINKI Matkakoti MargaritaItainen Teatterikuja 3, 00100 Tel 09-622 4261 Rooms 15.
This guesthouse is placed just behind the train station and a block from a verdant park great for a stroll. The rooms are quite small but completely adequate, and most have shared facilities. Rooms can be rented for the afternoon if you want to rest for a few hours before an evening train journey.
CENTRAL HELSINKI Sokos VaakunaAsema-Aukio 2, 00100 Tel 020-1234 610 Rooms 270.
Centrally located by the Central Railway Station, this lovely building, built in 1952, is one of the most stylish chain hotels in Finland. Rooms are furnished in dark woods and have very comfortable beds. The op floor restaurant, where breakfast is served, has great views of Helsinki's rooftops.
CENTRAL HELSINKI KampPohjoisesplanadi 29, 00100 Tel 09-675 111 Rooms 179.
Founded in 1887 and recently renovated, this Belle Epoque property is one of Helsinki's most outstanding hotels, and only one of two in the city with five stars. Many of the rooms are 19th-century style but with modern amenities and opulent marble bathrooms with separate bath and walk-in shower. The breakfasts here are divine.
SAVONLINNA SeurahuoneKauppatori 4-6, 57130 Tel 015 5731 Rooms 84.
The modern establishment has rooms spread across two wings - one traditional, one more modern. The decor is a little bland but the hotel is reliable and the staff friendly and cuorteous. Rooms in the new wing have views over Lake Saimaa.
TURKU Omena HotelliHumalistonkatu 7, 20100 Tel 020-7716 555 Rooms 75.
Finland's new chain of self-service hotels has finally arrived in Turku. This unique establishment has no receptionist: bookings are made either online or at the kiosk downstairs. The ultra-modern rooms have all the necessary amenities and very comfortable beds. Easily the best hotel deal in the city.