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Welcome to the design hotels of Helsinki

30.7.2015 Text: Helsinki This Week Photos: Visit Finland
Hotel Torni

Downing a drink or two at the bar or enjoying a great meal in the house restaurant is a good way to check out the hotels of Helsinki. You can also step in for a walk around the hotel lobby, which gives you a feel for the ambience and might give you ideas about where to book a room for your next trip to Helsinki.

Hotel Torni

Hotel Torni is a Helsinki landmark. Its light-brown tower rises to almost 70 metres and is illuminated at night, making it readily visible over the very centre of the city, near the Forum shopping centre and the Mannerheimintie thoroughfare. At the top of the tower is one of Helsinki’s finest vantage points and one of our city’s few scenic bars, the AteljeeAtelje Bar The atmosphere and view over the city are truly unique in this tiny drinking establishment. Ateljee Bar also houses a Helsinki curiosity, the scenic loo. The ladies’ room, which is almost all window, often divides opinions, but is worth a visit for sure.

Hotel Torni opened for business in 1931, making it one of the oldest hotels in Helsinki. Ever since its opening, it has been both a centre for culinary pursuits and the setting of significant historical and cultural events. Royals, statesmen, captains of industry and prominent artists have all stayed here. Notable Finns like the composer Jean Sibelius and author Mika Waltari were regular guests at Torni. 

The interior decoration of the hotel rooms represents three different styles: classical, Art Deco and Jugendstil. All rooms are full of fascinating details like ceramic stoves or clawfoot bathtubs. Torni also owns an impressive art collection, which is on display in the rooms and common spaces of the hotel.

The ground floor of the hotel contains an international cocktail lounge called the American Bar, the classic restaurant Torni (in operation since 1931) as well as O’Malley’s Irish pub. The courtyard, Tornin Piha, shelters a charming summer terrace.

Klaus K Hotel

Klaus K Hotel, the city’s established design hotel, awaits visitors at the start of the Bulevardi street. The ground-floor eatery Toscanini and Ahjo Bar spread into the street to entice passers-by to step in for a closer look.

The spirit of Finland’s national epic the Kalevala is alive and well at Klaus K. It is, in fact, evident all over the building. The corridor carpets, for example, depict the creation myth recounted in the Kalevala. The egg, which the Earth is created from, is represented magnificently by the white oval reception desk in the hotel lobby. Hotel rooms like Passion, Mystical, Desire and Envy are named according to powerful emotional states associated with the epic tale.

Klaus K’s design is comprehensive, understated and elegant. The hotel’s newest Sky Loft rooms are prime examples of this approach. They were inspired by the idea of staying at a stylish private home. The skylights and private balconies of these loft-like rooms add something special to hotel accommodation.

Klaus K
(c) Jussi Hellsten

The hotel’s tasty Saturday brunch, for example, provides a convenient opportunity for checking out the stylish Klaus K.

Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard

The newest addition to Helsinki’s lineup of design accommodation establishments is Hotel IndigoIndigoHotel Indigoat the far end of Bulevardi. Its design leans on modernity, clarity and fresh Scandinavian forms. Indigo’s idea is to exist in an interactive relationship with its neighbourhood, allowing the hotel milieu to blend smoothly with the local. The hotel restaurant Bröd has made a name for itself as a high-standard neighbourhood bistro.

The nearby Hietalahti market hall and its adjacent outdoor flea market, the Alexander Theatre and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum all add something unique to the selection of available services. The hotel itself also provides modern amenities like a fitness studio and a yoga trapeze. The rooms showcase Finnish design products, such as Minna Parikka shoes and Iittala glassware. Environment-friendliness is another strong theme at the Indigo.

These hotels are part of Design District Helsinki.

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