This boutique hotel sits right in the heart of Helsinki, steps away from the esplanade and the excitement of downtown. Most of the rooms look down onto a central courtyard and large windows throughout the hotel bring in an ample amount of sunlight, even on gloomy days. The entire hotel has complimentary wi-fi. Our room had stylish elements of old Hollywood, plus eco-friendly bath amenities. Some rooms even have their own entrance from the inner courtyard, those that are designed for longer staying guests.
Hotel Fabian’s lobby is exceptionally comfortable, with lots of plush seating options available. At night, the lobby desk transforms into a bar. A complimentary traditional Finnish breakfast happens in the adjoining kitchen and dining area, with adorable humorous maps of downtown Helsinki, offering language lessons like saying “my hovercraft is full of eels” and “that hat is incredibly ugly” in Finnish. Although the hotel doesn’t have a full-service restaurant, the staff up front will happily suggest some of their favorites for dinner.
Perhaps my favorite thing about Hotel Fabian was the personality of the staff. Everyone was incredibly nice and helpful. I was always greeted with a friendly smile, and they even offered to hold our luggage while we took a three-day side trip to the north of Finland—even though we weren’t staying at the hotel again when we got back.