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Legendary Hotel Vaakuna

10.5.2019 Text: Helsinki This Week

The functionalist Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna opened its doors in 1952 for the Summer Olympic Games. Centrally located next to the Central Railway Station, it is a landmark of Finnish functionalism.

This functionalist hotel opened its doors in 1952 for the Summer Olympic Games, and it’s one of the landmarks in Finnish functionalism in the centre of Helsinki. You can feel the 1950s atmosphere the moment when you step into the hotel lobby with the grand armchairs! The armchairs, and actually the whole building, is designed by architecture Erkki Huttunen and the lightning is by the renowned Finnish designer Paavo Tynell. Both in the hotel lobby and the rooms you’ll find many pieces of the original furniture and design objects. On the tenth floor there’s more to discover: Restaurant Loiste serves the hotel quests and other diners alike with amazing views towards Mannerheimintie street, Lasipalatsi and Kamppi. Check out the old 1950s phonebooths in the restaurant lobby!

Upgrading to the modern age in a 1950’s style

Now the hotel has renovated to upgrade their rooms, all 270 of them, to the modern age with respect to the hotel’s long history. When staying at Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, you can choose a spacious apartment on the top floor of the hotel with a balcony or a cosy and peaceful single or double room with a view to Helsinki Cathedral. Renovated rooms feature details and colour schemes that represent a classic 1950s style. In some of the rooms, the interior design includes original armchairs designed by Erkki Huttunen and lighting designed by Paavo Tynell. In all rooms you’ll find decorative cushions emblazoned with the hotel’s classic logo, and in some even peace doves flying on the walls! Did you know that this hotel has seen many famous guests, for example Henry Kissinger, Gregory Peck, Jawaharlal Nehru and Juri Gagarin.

Restaurant Loiste with views over the rooftops of Helsinki

You should also head to the tenth floor and Loiste Restaurant, above the busy streets of Helsinki. Sit down and enjoy a great lunch or dinner, always made with fresh and seasonal produce and with loving care. The décor and the surroundings give a genuine atmosphere of the 1950s and the menu includes both modern dishes as well as Finnish classics. Breakfast is also served here, over the rooftops of the city. Tasty and healthy, with options to those who want to enjoy gluten-free or vegan products. Breakfast is included in the room price.

And hey, during summertime the restaurant has an amazing 150-place panoramic terrace! So enjoy a sparkling or a drink there as the magnificent views over the rooftops of Helsinki are to die for!

One more tip before you go: There’s a huge Sokos department store downstairs. It’s never been so easy to go shopping from your hotel room!

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Asema-Aukio 2
www.sokoshotels.fi/en/helsinki/sokos-hotel-vaakuna

Restaurant Loiste
www.raflaamo.fi/en/helsinki/restaurant-loiste

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