The 10 Best Hotels in Helsinki City Centre
The deep rooted luxury of Lapland Hotels Bulevardi comes from Finland’s north. Guest accommodation celebrates Lapland life, with deluxe fabrics in muted dark shades creating a rustic cocoon in a resolutely modern setting. Finnish cuisine featuring reindeer, mushrooms, game and lichen is served in the hotel’s top rated Kulta Kitchen and Bar. A full range of Nordic treatments is offered in the hotel’s spa. Best of Helsinki hotels for a top of the line Lapland experience, close to Central Station.
The location in Helsinki’s uber-cool Kaartinkaupunki neighbourhood sets the scene for Hotel Lilla Roberts unique approach. Interiors combine 1930s Art Deco with Finnish modernity with accommodation featuring deluxe fabrics and quirky design pieces. Krog Roba, the hotel’s restaurant, is in a former police station and serves a wide range of Nordic cuisine. The hotel’s bar Lilla e. celebrates what the hotel calls “Nordic madness”. It’s the best of Helsinki hotels for hip, luxury design.
Classic Finnish luxury from another era is the timeless appeal of Hotel Kämp, for 130 years a landmark Helsinki destination. Service is impeccable and the grandeur of marble lined public areas is matched by deluxe pastels in the traditionally styled guest accommodation. The Kämp Brasserie serves French inspired cuisine, signature cocktails are served in the Kämp Bar while the Upper Lounge is a serene hideaway to unwind, with views over the city’s Esplanade Park. One of Helsinki finest hotels for historic, traditional luxury.
The setting is one of the oldest buildings in Helsinki, the location is in the city’s desirable Market Square. Within Hotel Haven, guest accommodation in 137 luxurious rooms features gold and silver accents and distinctly Finnish designs. Among the dining options is the hotel’s revolutionary Ultima restaurant, where many ingredients are grown on site using futuristic techniques. The hotel’s Bar Haven is the place to relax in front of a roaring fire. One of Helsinki prime hotels for on-trend dining in a perfect location.
With an enviable location right on the Helsinki waterfront, Hilton Helsinki Strand offers guest accommodation in 190 contemporary, deluxe guest rooms, many with views over the water. An indoor rooftop pool and spa is a major attraction while the hotel’s Restaurant Bro, with panoramic views, offers a wide choice of international cuisine. Many of Helsinki’s main attractions are within easy walking distance. Perfect Helsinki hotel for efficient luxury.
The excellence of Finnish design is celebrated in all 302 rooms of this landmark central Helsinki hotel. Eero Aarnio’s Double Bubble lamp was designed specifically for the hotel, while furniture classics by Alvar Aalto feature in some accommodation. Colours are bright and welcoming, with a choice of a modern approach in the hotel’s new building and more traditional in the original historic hotel. Best of Helsinki hotels for the best of Finnish design.
A unique hotel in every way, set in a redbrick converted Helsinki prison that’s been lovingly transformed into a deluxe guest experience. Hotel Katajanokka revels in the contrast between the soaring open plan dining hall, left virtually untouched, and the deluxe Nordic appointments of the guest rooms, some of which are in former cells, which create cosy, cosseting environments. Best of Helsinki hotels for creating joy in an unlikely setting.
Elegant and comfortable in the finest Scandinavian design tradition, Hotel Indigo Helsinki-Boulevard is very much at home in a modern building close to the city’s renowned design district. Guest accommodation merges the clean lines of Finnish design with some characteristic quirky colourful touches, such as specially commissioned wallpaper. There’s a gym and fitness centre available to all guests. Low key property with typically Finnish luxury.
The initially forbidding exterior tells the story of Hotel Helka’s proud history of initially being the local refuge of the YWCA since the 1920s. Converted to a hotel in 1969, guests now enjoy accommodation with both cheerful and classic Finnish design as well as its film star history in movies such as ‘Gorky Park’. Characteristically Finnish saunas for men and women are located on the hotel’s top floor, while the hotel’s ground level bar is a magnet for locals. Best of Helsinki hotels for a proudly independent spirit.
Two ultra modern, 16 floor towers on the Helsinki waterfront house the award winning Clarion Hotel Helsinki, with a heated outdoor pool and terrace at the top of one of the towers a star of the show. Top quality Finnish and European contemporary design features in 425 guest rooms with bright or dark accents depending on which tower you stay in. The hotel’s Kitchen & Table Restaurant blends Finnish ingredients with Manhattan flavours. Best of Helsinki hotels for top of the world living.
The 3 Best Boutique Hotels in Helsinki
A family run boutique hotel that prides itself on personal service and a distinctly Finnish approach to style and functional design in 66 elegant guest rooms. Hotel F6’s approach is exemplified by a large hidden courtyard with its own greenhouse where the owners grow their own herbs and by hotel dog Runar who gives his name to Hotel F6’s stylish bar. Sustainability is key and breakfast, celebrating local ingredients, is prepared in front of guests.
Hotel Fabian aims to create a luxury home away from home for its guests, while offering a perfect location in the city centre, close to the major attractions and to tram stops. Light, bright accommodation features typically Finnish functional design, punctuated by quirky fabrics. Hotel Fabian is built around a secluded courtyard, flooded with sunlight in the summer months and has won awards for both ambience and service.
With a central, yet secluded, location handy for main Helsinki attractions and for ferry departures to Stockholm and Tallinn, Hotel Rivoli Jardin promises a low key yet quietly deluxe stay. Accommodation features a variety of decor themes from classically Finnish to Oriental. A roof terrace offers a Helsinki cityscape. There’s the essential Finnish sauna and a dedicated breakfast room.
The Best Hotel with Spa & Pool
The heart of Hotel St George is St George Care, a calming urban retreat which features an elegant heated indoor pool and offers a range of treatments aimed at using traditional Finnish methods to enhance inner equilibrium. Accommodation is equally calming with parquet floors offset by classic Finnish design pieces and a relaxed lobby area centred around a warming wood fire. The hotel also celebrates its famous past as home of the Finnish Literature Society.
The Best Cheap / Affordable Hotel in Helsinki
Perfectly located in the Kamppi neighbourhood, Forenom Aparthotel Helsinki Kamppi offers affordable accommodation in rooms ranging from those aimed at single occupancy to rooms with a kitchenette suitable for four people. The style is homely in the Finnish manner with wood floors throughout. Many of Helsinki’s main attractions are nearby as are numerous cafes, bars and fashionable restaurants.