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We found a hotel in Helsinki ... in the end

Happy Friday! This week we are happy that we were able to go to Helsinki and the travel fair Matka. We were even happier when we in the end, after our hotel booking was lost, found somewhere to stay in Helsinki.

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We booked a hotel ...

How difficult can it be to book a hotel in Helsinki? Back in Stockholm, Peter looked up an apartment hotel on Booking.com, booked and tried to pay with our regular credit card. Pretty soon we got a message telling us that we had to use a credit card. credit card instead of a "normal" credit card.

Peter repeated the procedure from the beginning but with a new card, and everything seemed ok. Until the next error message came, saying that something was wrong again. Had we entered the wrong numbers? We tried again, got no error message, and went ...

... but it didn't work

Once in Finland, the next error message came. The payment had not gone through. Why? We tried to call the hotel, but there was no answer. We were sitting in a café near Sveaborg and tried to pay again.

When we came ashore after the trip to Suomenlinna, it was clear that the apartment was cancelled. What should we do now? We found an address for a reception 40 minutes walk from the boat - now we just had to start walking! It was getting dark and really cold but at 16:45, a quarter of an hour before closing time, we were there.

"Are you Bergstrom?", the staff asked. And then: "Do you have Swedish Nordea?" And yes, we did ... Apparently the apartment hotel always (for some reason) has problems with payment with Swedish cards from Nordea banks ... And no, we still couldn't pay with that card, but had to solve the situation with a card from another bank.

Finally a place to live

From being annoyed, tired and cold, we were very happy to suddenly have access to an apartment. Now we just had to go on a 20-minute walk to the railway station to pick up our cabin bags, which we had locked in there... That's 22,000 steps on the pedometer that day, and walking is good for your health, right?

The apartment at Citykoti Downtown apartments is centrally located and fairly basic, but it's fresh and has everything you need including kitchenware and good WiFi. Of course, you have to buy breakfast yourself, but it works. And if you just don't have Nordea bank, it's easy and convenient to stay here! The price is currently about 500 SEK per night for a double room.

Two dinners in Helsinki

Burgers aren't usually our favourite, but after all the walking and looking for somewhere to stay, we needed food, and fast! It was a burger with St Agur blue cheese and sweet potato fries at Naughty Burger.

Naughty burger

The second evening we found a cosy sushi restaurant called Sushi and Wine, which seemed very popular. Many sushi pieces were sold two by two (for 5-7 euros) which we thought was expensive, but we found a menu with 22 pieces to share for 35 euros, which seemed a bit more reasonable.

Travelling is a bit of a hassle, but every time it works out, you're just as happy. What has been the best part of your week?

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Sushi and wine

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