More (9) Fine Places To Stay: Helsinki

The Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti opened in 1980 as the Ramada and has been renovated by Paola Suhonen in a typically Finnish fashion. Rooms are themed around Finnish Sisu, Midsummer, a Fairytale Forest, the Tranquility or Winter storm.

Design by Stylt Trampoli. Scandic Paasi design hotel is located on the doostep of Helsinki’s traditionally working class districts of Hakaniemi and trendy Kallio. Its bold, colourful and whimsical interiors are inspired by the hotel’s neighbourhood from Finnish boxing to 19th-century circus. The hotel is part of the Paasitorni (“Workers’ House”) complex, with the oldest part dating back to 1908. The Art Nouveau-style building has a granite clad tower which is a city landmark. Scandic Paasi is located next to the Hakaniemi Food Market which also has a metro station, giving easy access to the central train station.

Bearing the stamp of Finland’s finest architectural and literary traditions combined with Nordic modernity, Hotel Klaus K is an extraordinary design hotel in the city centre of Helsinki, 400m from the main boulevard “Esplanadi”. The late 19th-century landmark hotel was transformed in 2005 by award winning architects (SARC) and designers (Stylt Trampoli) and features interiors inspired by the primary emotional elements (desire, passions, mystic, envy) of the Kalevala, Finland’s national epic. Luxurious rooms and suites come with airconditioning, signature beds and an LCD TV. The hotel offers a popular night club, fitness centre, Italian restaurant, Finlandia vodka bar and a living room/lounge which serves an organic breakfast, coffee and cocktails.

When you enter Hotel Helka, you get a strong sense of being in Finland: a hotel that offers an elegant combination of Nordic design and Finnish culture. The hotel’s building in the heart of Helsinki dates to 1928 (orignally a YWCA and still owned by the Finnish organisation) and was recently renovated. Bright and spacious interiors are furnished with top Finnish designer products.

The F6 hotel sets a new standard for independent boutique hotels in Helsinki and Finland. The reception area, tastefully furnished and spacious, has an instantly breezy feel that puts you at ease on arrival in this converted government ministry building. It’s only a pity that the outdoor terrace area in the hexagonal courtyard, decked out in Moroccan riad style, can’t be enjoyed through the brisk Finnish winter.

Hotel F6 Helsinki
Hotel F6 Helsinki

Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard’s interiors, housed in an unassumingly modern block, have been designed to identify strongly with its Helsinki neighbourhood, where the industrial area of the docks and shipyards meets the trendy retail district to the east. Murals in the rooms and corridors, conceived by young Finn Pietari Posti, present colourful images of local landmarks, aiming to delight the guest. Colour schemes are bright, clean and fresh.

Hotel Katajanokka has a refreshingly authentic, welcoming character, belying its historic function as a jail dating from the 19th century. Now a Tribute Portfolio hotel, it offers a secluded location in addition to peace and quiet amongst its thick prison walls. The prison theme and block layout, with bars across the room windows and original stairways, is maintained without comprimising on comfort.

Solo Sokos Hotel Torni (‘tower”) was built in 1931 as Helsinki’s tallest building (albeit a modest 12 storeys), and exudes character. The Hotel retains its charming Art Nouveau details including an original ‘cage’ lift, a rotunda skylight in reception and a tight spiral staircase to the tower-top Atelier bar and terrace. It’s also proud of its notorious history as a base for spies during the Second World War and as a magnet for Finnish cultural characters such as Sibelius and Nobel literature prize winner F.E. Sillanpää.

*** the hotel is currently closed for renovations, reopening 2021 ***

As Helsinki continues to top travel lovers’ lists of can’t-miss destinations, the recently opened Original Sokos Hotel Tripla in the Pasila district—a quick train or car ride from the capital—makes the case for staying outside the city and exploring this lesser-known Finnish neighborhood. While the expansive hotel, which is situated inside the Mall of Tripla, features 430 guestrooms, local design firm Fyra strived to create a feeling of intimacy. “It is a big hotel that will surprise you with its cozy, home-like atmosphere,” says interior architect Eva-Marie Eriksson, cofounder of Fyra. “The hotel offers a peaceful haven to the hustle and bustle outside.”

✅ free Wi-Fi • 430 rooms • hotel opened: 2020 • interior design: Fyra (Helsinki) • parking possible on-site (charged) • pets allowed • 24-hour front desk

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