Five reasons to stay at Hotel Clarion Helsinki Jätkäsaari
Helsinki This Week went to test Hotel Clarion Helsinki Jätkäsaari. Here are five reasons why you should consider this hotel as your next place to stay.
The views are so unique that they, alone, are five ways worth staying. The glass windows of the rooms, the glass lifts, the glass lift lobby, the Sky Bar and the sauna section on the roof floor – they all come with magnificent, far-off views. From the hotel windows, you can see the Hietalahti shipyard, the West Harbour and the new Jätkäsaari residential area. The urban, slightly industrial atmosphere of all these areas creates a fine contrast to the nearby sea. How an elegant, versatile city Helsinki is! On the other hand, somebody may not want stay at Clarion because of the views: the hotel is not the right place for those suffering from a fear of heights. However, at least they can enjoy the hotel’s beautiful lobby and the nice bar and restaurant.
2. The sauna section and swimming pool
It is always nice to stay in a hotel where you can go to the sauna in the morning. It is even nicer if there is also a swimming pool close to the sauna. Yet the nicest thing of all is to have the sauna and the swimming pool on the roof at a height of 70 metres, as in Clarion. The sauna is cosy and available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., offering a fine view over the roofs as far as Espoo. Although the swimming pool is heated, we suggest wearing a knitted hat in cold weather. The terrace is not covered so it may be cold and windy on the roof. A specialty in the swimming pool is a glass-bottomed ledge extending outside the hotel wall. The saunas are also heated in the evenings, and the sauna section also has a well-equipped gym.
Clarion is located in Jätkäsaari beside the Western Harbour, with excellent connections to the city centre. There is a tram stop right in front of the hotel, so you can easily take a tram to the centre and further away. There are also two city bike stations nearby from where you can take a bike in summer time. The location is also nice for those who like to walk, because there is an easy route from the hotel to the Hietalahti market hall, Hietalahti flea market and the Bulevardi street along the shoreline.
On an evening walk, you may want to take a closer look at the harbour area and Jätkäsaari, which showcases the latest innovations in housing construction. The large Verkkokauppa.com store with the much argued Bad Bad Boy statue in front of it is located close to the hotel. Verkkokauppa also has a 24 h kiosk shop where you can buy a new cord for your computer if you happened to leave your own cord at home. There is also a nice bridge leading from Jätkäsaari to Ruoholahti. One place worth visiting in Ruoholahti is the Museum of Photographic Art at Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory). Ruoholahti with its European-type canals is also a nice destination for a walk.
4. Comfortable beds and other amenities
As the hotel is fairly new, all the rooms and public premises are clean and shiny. The rooms have a plain, modern appearance, and especially the bathroom materials are beautiful. The bath tubs in the Superior King rooms are a luxurious extra. Especially worth mentioning are the beds, of course, which represent the Jensen range. The beds are perfectly soft and sturdy at the same time. Together with airy, super-soft bedding, they guarantee a good night’s sleep for even the most discriminating visitor. An amusing detail in the rooms is the coat hangers that have the encouraging text ”You look good in this”.
Breakfast is served in the Kitchen & Table restaurant at the street level, which is also the hotel’s main restaurant. It’s refreshing, fresh and good. Especially worth mentioning are the warm dishes, which taste slightly better than average. Roslund’s fresh sausages served instead of basic frankfurters are delicious, and the scrambled eggs super-delicious. The chef will prepare the omelette exactly as you want it. It is great that the hotel has a restaurant, because Jätkäsaari, which is still under construction, does not yet have many dining alternatives available. Especially on Sundays, it may be difficult to find a restaurant that is open.