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Finland is a remote and rugged country 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 a “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.
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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. One of the world’s best hotels for viewing the Northern Lights, 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 stylish rooms with an old-world feel, and guests can sample French cuisine at the Brasserie and European dishes at Restaurant Emo.
GLO Hotel Kluuvi 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 spa and on-site restaurant The Tray with an outdoor terrace. Spacious rooms boast down pillows, blackout curtains, flat-screen TVs and individual climate control. It is just a short walk from the central railway station, a stone’s throw from the University of Helsinki metro station and close to taxis and trams.
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 and bar with a summer terrace, 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 sleek rooms and suites in this hotel with super-sized flat-screen TVs, workspaces, and in upgraded rooms lounge areas, living rooms and Nespresso coffee machines.
Klaus K is a centrally located hotel that’s right downtown in the middle of all the action. There are stylish rooms to choose from, including special art-themed rooms, spacious suites and luxury Sky Lofts. Sky Loft guests get to enjoy the Sky Terrace on the 7th floor with its beautiful view over the rooftops of Helsinki. Visit Klaus Bar & Lounge for cocktails, Italian wines and Italian bar snacks or plan to dine at Toscanini, which features a menu of Italian classics.
Hotel Haven is a great accommodation pick in Helsinki’s Market Square. Guests enjoy lovely views of the South Harbor and can dine in the gourmet restaurants that specialize in Finnish and international dishes. In the elegant yet cozy foyer, you can relax by the fireplace and browse leisurely through the daily papers, while Bar Haven serves hot beverages and drinks in the evening. The lounge bar “Bar Haven” is a perfect place for meeting friends. 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.
Another great place to embrace this land of ice and snow is the Arctic Snow Hotel in Rovaniemi. This is a stunning place to stay for travelers looking for a unique and extreme experience in remote Finland. Artic glass igloos located next to the hotel are ideal for watching the Northern Lights. There’s even an onsite ice chapel during winter months with space and a banquet in one of property’s restaurants. Day trips often involve snowshoeing, snow sculpturing, and ice fishing, followed by a warm-up session in the hotel’s snow sauna and hot tub.
To experience the beauty of the Gulf of Finland, book a room at the Radisson Blu Hotel, which is just 30 minutes from the Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport. Choose from the stylish rooms and suites, which showcase the hotel’s Blu Dreams sleep experiences and amenities like free high-speed Wi-Fi. The on-site restaurant Ranta serves local and global cuisine and boasts a summer terrace. Espoo is just nine kilometers from Helsinki’s city center, but it feels like a world away with unspoiled nature. This is also a top pick of business travelers because the Keilaranta technology area and the Dipoli Conference Center are nearby.
Just a half-hour from Helsinki, Hotel Haikko Manor is located in the historic and picturesque town of Porvoo. The first reference to the Haikko Manor dates back to 1362 when the manor was owned by the Dominican priory to Vyborg. Offering a collection of luxury rooms, this is a great place for conferences, banquets, special events, and romantic getaways. Several shops, restaurants, concert and exhibition venues, and theaters are located just five kilometers away. You can also book a spa treatment during your stay. Visit the luxury spa for a day of pampering, as it features saunas, a pool area and hot tub.
Hotel Vanajanlinna in Hämeenlinna is the ideal destination for a truly relaxing and luxurious weekend. There is a long list of restaurants and bars to choose from, plus a spa, saunas, a garden and a golf course. Chic rooms and suites with old-world charm feature modern decor as well as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Upgraded rooms add beautiful Lake Katuma views, spacious living rooms, as well as kitchenettes, saunas and terraces. If you’re looking for a very elegant accommodation setting with plenty of amenities, this is an ideal pick.