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Where to stay and eat in Helsinki between late night flight and ferry to Tallinn?

Our flight from London lands at 11:30pm this Friday and we have to get a ferry to Tallinn (not yet booked) on Saturday, to arrive by mid-afternoon or earlier. although it seems that some earlier ones may be cheaper.

We are looking for a hotel for the night and if possible a very late night or 24 hour restaurant rather than survive on budget airline food!

Where is it best to look for a hotel preferably close to restaurants? Near the airport? Or near the harbour? Or in the city centre? We can't walk very far with our luggage as we are carrying heavy equipment for the event we are going to as well as our normal luggage so we have two cases each. (So it's cheaper to go via Helsinki). Once we've left our luggage at the hotel we can walk a few minutes to the restaurant.

Also, does much public transport still run at that time of night or do we have to pay out for a taxi from the airport? And is it West Harbour for all ferries to Tallinn or does it depend on the operator?

And do I need to book both outward and return ferries now or will there still be room at this time of year if I leave it a bit? (And perhaps decide once we'm there whether to spend more time in Helsinki or Tallinn before we fly back 9 days later.)

Thanks for your help.

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