Wednesday, 23 December 2015
Finland is a remote and rugged land filled with extremes and expansive natural beauty. How you spend your days in Finland is greatly determined by the season you visit since summers are marked by warm long days and winter by cold long nights. There are many authentic festivals and feasts to attend in mid-summer, while conditions for skiing and snowmobiling are excellent in the winter.
But no matter what time you visit Finland, your journey will be more comfortable with a great place to sleep and relax after days and nights of sightseeing. Helsinki has a buzzing city center and serves as “home base” for most travelers; however, there are many other intriguing cities and towns to explore in Finland as well. From regions all across the country, these are some of the best hotels and resorts in Finland to consider reserving for your trip.
However, it should be noted that not all of the great hotels and resorts are located in the capital city. One highly recommended place to stay in Finland is the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, which is a family-owned hotel about 250 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle. You can catch a quick flight from Helsinki to the Ivalo International Airport to get here. This is a great place to disconnect from your everyday life and reconnect with nature, especially since the Urho Kekkonen National Park is so close by. Guests can choose between a glass igloo, snow igloo, suite, cabin, or even the wedding chamber. The friendly staff can arrange all sorts of winter and summer activities for you to do, including safaris via horse, snowmobile, reindeer, ATV, and cross-country skis.
Another great hotel in Helsinki is Hotel Kämp. It brings a certain 19th century-style class and refinement that only a restored landmark can truly have. This is a great place for shopping enthusiasts to stay because it’s right in the middle of the shopping district and also by Esplanade Park. You can walk to many of the city’s top sights and attractions while staying here too. Guests are less than a half mile’s walk from the Helsinki City Museum Hotel, the Museum of Art & Design, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and the Museum of Modern Art. Kämp has 179 rooms with an old-world feel, and guests can sample local and Asian cuisine at the hotel’s restaurants.
Hotel GLO is a spin-off accommodation property of Hotel Kämp that was converted into a hotel from a 1920s bank building. Guests staying here can also take advantage of the luxurious Palace Kämp Day Spa. If you’re worried about the short daylight hours of a Finland winter, never fear because Hotel GLO provides bedside lights that fight seasonal affective disorder! There are lots of cafes nearby to grab dinner and drinks too.
One of the best places to stay in Helsinki is in the design district, and Hotel Lilla Roberts features eclectic Scandinavian décor and style. There’s a restaurant, gym, sauna, and steam room onsite, and although it’s near the city’s nightlife scene, it’s peacefully situated on a quiet side street. If you’re looking for a chic, boutique experience, this is a great option. There are six floors and 130 rooms in this hotel and several room and suite options available.
Klaus K is a centrally located hotel that’s right downtown in the middle of all the action. There are 137 rooms here, as well as a late-night bar and stocked minibars in the rooms. Stop by the Helsinki Day Spa next door for a rejuvenating treatment or plan to dine at one of the three onsite restaurants to sample traditional cuisine, like the reindeer burger and rabbit pappardelle.
Hotel Haven is a great accommodation pick in Helsinki’s Market Square. Guests enjoy lovely views of the South Harbor and can dine in three gourmet restaurants that specialize in Finnish and international dishes. This is a good hotel to stay at if you’re looking to book a spa treatment. It’s also near the cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the Rock Church. The hotel has eight floors and 77 rooms and suites available for guests.