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The Yard Concept Hostel: Helsinki’s 1st 5 Star Hostel

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Stay in style & on budget at The Yard Concept Hostel in Helsinki, Finland – take a look around this chic showcase of Finnish design & find out what makes it a 5 star hostel!

What’s a 5 Star Hostel?

5 Star Hostel ratings are given out by the team behind Hostelgeeks, who review some of the most outstanding hostels around the world. From rooftop swimming pools to in-house cafes, the standard of hostels just keeps going up & up – what’s not to love about traveling to Europe alone?!

So what does it take to be a 5 Star Hostel? Here’s the checklist:

  1. Sustainable-conscious travel at its best
  2. Stunning interior desingn
  3. Unique concept
  4. Social ambiance & feel good
  5. Top-rated staff

The Yard Concept Hostel in Helsinki ticks all the boxes & more. If you’re still  feeling a little unsure, check out these awesome hostel travel tips and keep reading to find out why The Yard is the the 1st & only 5 Star Hostel in Finland!

Yard Hostel Helsinki

The Yard Concept Hostel – 100% Finnish design

Location of The Yard Concept Hostel

The Yard Concept Hostel is the most central hostel in Helsinki.

It’s located in a historic 1902 building, right next to the Forum shopping complex. Across the street, you’ll find the iconic Stockman department store & Aleksanterinkatu pedestrianized shopping street.

If you’re more of a foodie or party animal, fear not as The Yard Concept Hostel is also surrounded by cafes, restaurants & bars.

I indulged in a little bit of everything. So whether you’re interested in shopping, nightlife, eating out or sightseeing in Helsinki, you’ll find it all on your doorstep at The Yard Concept Hostel!

If you’re travelling on a budget, check out this awesome post on how to save money in Finland.

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Welcome to The Yard Concept Hostel!

Living Room at The Yard Concept Hostel

The huge living room is the hub of The Yard Concept Hostel & it’s where you can see Finnish design at its finest.

From the locally crafted furniture to the rainbow LED ceiling, everything is chic & sophisticated, bold & cutting edge.

But Finnish design isn’t just about pretty things to look at – it’s a way of living. At The Yard Concept Hostel, you get to experience all the style in a homely environment, with travellers from around the world.

A long orange sofa lies against the wall in the middle of the room, under the bright lights of a very cool “the yard” sign.

Bean bags, floor stools & coffee tables of different shapes, sizes & colours sit on a large black & white striped rug.

There’s a massive flat-screen TV with a Playstation console, as well as lots of magazines & coffee table books.

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The living room at The Yard Concept Hostel is sensational!

In one of the corners of the living room, you’ll find 2 large armchairs surrounded by plants & a funky table setting.

There are 2 rustic, wooden bench-style tables for eating at, which are also perfect for catching up on work or surfing the web.

Finnish design is all about reinvention. The style of The Yard Concept Hostel is a modern take on the retro look & it pulls it off with flying colours – after all, good style is timeless.

Social common room Yard Hostel

The Yard Concept Hostel showcases the best in Finnish design

Rooms at The Yard Concept Hostel

The Yard Concept Hostel offers a mix of dorm & private rooms – just like any 5 star hostel should!

I stayed in a 6-bed female dorm & it was simply wonderful.

The Finnish style bunk beds were stylish & practical, with deep under-bed drawers that could fit your whole backpack or suitcase. I had good roomies but this explains why the room was always so neat!

The mattress was firm, with quality bedding. I really liked how every bed had its own reading light & the huge mirror on one of the walls.

There was also a large sofa in the room, which felt like such a luxury. It was nice to be able to relax in the comfort of the room, without being in bed. It’s also a fantastic option for some work or down time, especially if you need a bit of quiet away from the main living room.

A large window let in plenty of natural sunlight into the room, with scattered pot plants bringing in some nature indoors too.

Stylish, spacious & functional, my dorm at The Yard Concept Hostel was definitely one of the best I’ve stayed in.

Dorm room Yard Hostel

Dorms at The Yard Concept Hostel are stylish & spacious

For a little more privacy, The Yard Concept Hostel also offers private twin & quadruples rooms.

The twin rooms have 2 twin beds that can be separated or put together.

Quadruple rooms have either twin beds + a bunkbed or 2 bunkbeds.

The private rooms are an economical option if you’re travelling with a partner, friends or family.

Twin room Yard Hostel

Private twin room at The Yard Concept Hostel

Bathrooms at The Yard Concept Hostel

The Yard Concept Hostel offers shared bathroom facilities, with 4 separate toilets & showers each (one of the bathrooms has 3 shower blocks, the other is a stand alone).

They are kept spotlessly clean & all the fixtures are all stainless steel.

Most importantly, there are shower hooks! It’s these little things that many hostels overlook that makes The Yard Concept Hostel a cut above the rest.

Bathroom The Yard Hostel

Spotless showers at The Yard Concept Hostel

Toilet The Yard Hostel

The separate toilets are equally clean & modern

Kitchen at The Yard Concept Hostel

Cook with style in the kitchen at The Yard Concept Hostel!

From a microwave & oven to pots & pans, it’s well-equipped with everything you need to make a great meal. As you’d expect, the crockery & cutlery is very stylish, especially the cute Marimekko mugs.

There are also 2 large fridges & a coffee maker.

You don’t even need to do the dishes, just pop them in the dishwasher!

Kitchen at Yard Concept Hostel

The well-stocked kitchen has a dishwasher, coffee maker & 2 fridges

A complimentary light breakfast is provided every morning between 7:30-10:00am. They’re pretty flexible with the time so don’t stress if you sleep-in – I saw the staff go out of their way to make sure all guests were offered breakfast, even close to noon… that’s pretty awesome.

Breakfast includes:

  • Toast
  • Jam/Butter
  • Cereal
  • Muesli
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Orange Juice

The coffee came from a micro roastery, all the rage now in trendy Helsinki. The Yard Concept Hostel hopes to start producing its own coffee soon too so look out!

Free breakfast at The Yard Hostel

Complimentary breakfast is served every morning

Other Features at The Yard Concept Hostel

  • WiFi – fast, reliable connection throughout the hostel
  • Security – 2 door codes to get in the building after hours + swipe cards for rooms
  • Maps – brochures with all the info on what to see & do in Helsinki
  • Board Games – Cards Against Humanity, say no more!
Board games at Yard Hostel

It’s all fun & games at The Yard Concept Hostel!

Things to See & Do in Helsinki

  • Churches – Rock Church, Helsinki Cathedral, Uspenski Cathedral, Chapel of Silence
  • Museums – Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Ateneum Art Museum, National History Museum, Helsinki Art Museum (HAM)
  • Market Halls – Old Market Hall, Hakaniemi,
  • Parks – Esplanadi Park, Sibelius Park & Monument
  • Islands – Suomenlinna, Seurasaari
  • Squares – Senate Square, Market Square
  • Escape Room – Labyrinth Games Room Escape
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With so much to see & do, own your visit to Helsinki!

Know Before You Go

Address: Kalevankatu 3, Helsinki (between Bar U. Kaleva and Kosmos restaurant, 3rd floor)

Prices: Dorms from €36.00, Private rooms from €79.00

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Read The Yard Concept Hostel’s Tripadvisor reviews here

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Stay in style & on budget at The Yard Concept Hostel! It is the most central hostel in Helsinki, with dorm & private rooms. Shops, cafes, bars & restaurants are all on your doorstep. From the furniture to the accessories, the hostel has a strong focus on Finnish design. Everything is stylish yet functional – the kitchen even has a dishwasher! Read more to find out why The Yard Concept Hostel is the 1st & only 5 star hostel in Finland!

*** The Final Word: The Yard Concept Hostel is hands-down the best hostel I’ve ever stayed in! ***

What makes a 5 Star Hostel to you? Let us know in the comments!

* We received a complimentary stay at The Yard Concept Hostel, thank you to Matilda for hosting us. Creating partnerships is one of the ways we make this blog sustainable & we only recommend fantastic value accommodation we believe our readers would enjoy. As always, all opinions & photos are our own!

Visited in March 2017


  1. The central location of this hostel is seemingly a great feature but becoming a 5 star rated hostel should make it highly desired.

  2. I have yet to stay in a hostel, but if I could find one like this while I am traveling, I would definitely stay there! No plans to go to Helsinki, though. I really enjoyed your post. It was fun to read, the pictures were great, and you gave all the information anyone would need in a clear and concise way. Thanks!

  3. Great to see hostels that offer quad room that families can stay in . The interior looks great warm and welcoming. As for Helsinki onee of the most hum drum cities in Europe.

  4. A 5 Star Hostel?! How unique. The interior decorations are just impeccable. I also love the fact that they provide boards games! What a lovely place to stay, thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. I am such a fan of Finnish design! This place is just so cool – I would 100% stay here. Love the board games!! Thanks for putting this on my radar:)

  6. Wow, this certainly looks different to many hostels I have looked at in the past. I do think that the expectations of travellers has grown and therefore the standard and fixtures and fittings has also had to improve over recent years. I do find however, that the cost of a hostel has also increase recently often meaning that a hotel room is cheaper.

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