Where to Stay in Helsinki: Your Best Home Away from Home - SATO Hotel Home

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Your Best Home Away from Home - SATO Hotel Home
I still consider myself as a caveman when it comes to adapting to the travel style of using airbnbs and apartment rentals. For some reason, I still feel more reassured hiding in places like hotels, hostels, and friend’s extra rooms. Nonetheless, I am a complete convert when I serendipitously chanced upon the SATO Asunnot Apartments in Helsinki, Finland.

bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Finland :: Where to Stay in Helsinki: Your Best Home Away from Home - SATO Hotel Home
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Finland :: Where to Stay in Helsinki: Your Best Home Away from Home - SATO Hotel Home
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Finland :: Where to Stay in Helsinki: Your Best Home Away from Home - SATO Hotel Home

Tipped off by some distant friends who have also visited Helsinki, we managed to find this Kristianinkatu 11-13, Helsinki place, which is located in the central Kruununhaka district of Helsinki. I’ll have to admit, we were completely uneducated as to how to proceed and go inside the apartment at first, and us being Asians, all we wanted to do was just ask for help and not try to figure things out. Lol. Luckily, the apartments have 3 door entrances so it gave us more options as to where to go and ask for help. The building, from the outside, looks very plain and renovated – there are also communal areas like a sauna, laundry, drying room, and an outdoor equipment storage room for guests.

Once inside though, the amazement begins. There are actually large studios for 2 - 4 persons, 1 bedroom apartment, a studio for 1 – 2 persons, and an attic studio with balcony or suite – each stylishly designed to be clean, comfortable, and most importantly, complete. The best part for me was the fact that the bathroom was the COOLEST and MOST HIGH TECH I have ever seen in my entire traveling escapades. Can you imagine a floor that automatically heats itself so you won’t feel cold? Or a hanger for clothes that also heats itself to dry your wet garments? So genius! It was so impressive even with its very minimalist interior design, so much so that I wanted to take a bath always even if it’s winter season. Lol. True story.

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bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Finland :: Where to Stay in Helsinki: Your Best Home Away from Home - SATO Hotel Home

Needless to say, the fresh decors and functional floor plans of the studio we stayed at was just absolutely suitable. The living room has a sofa that converts as an additional bed. Likewise, the alcove opening that can be seen here is dressed with curtains to give the place easy privacy. Also worth highlighting are the home electronics available in the studio apartment – TV set, mini stereo system, DVD player, all fully functioning. Not to mention, the kitchen area? Just perfect for DIY breakfasts with the gang and family. The easy-to-use dishwasher is all sorts of incredible that we decided to wash the dishes twice, as if they weren’t too clean enough! LOL. Still complete, see? The only slight downside I would say, but only if you intend to stay longer is the fact that the free laundry area is outside and at the Floor 0 Door A. #FirstWorldProblems #NotReallyADownside #StillGood #NoComplainsReally #OKNoProbs

My SATO stint marks my first of hopefully many recommendations of worth-stays like this one. I’ve thoroughly maximized my Helsinki experience most factually because SATO was also part of it.  The fact that the place is really comforting, not only when staying inside, but also when trying to reach the outside places, makes the whole Helsinki travel a nice familiarity. If only I had more time, I would have stayed longer – over than 14 nights, because the cool thing about it is that they allow such arrangements too! Maybe next time? How about you - do you have any similar apartment experiences in Finland that you would like to recommend?

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 54 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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