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Scandic Helsinki Airport

Hold a meeting in a former airport jail cell

At the just-opened Scandic Helsinki Airport, the meeting rooms used to be cells for the airport police.

Scandic Helsinki Airport, the closest full-service hotel to the airport terminal, opened its doors last week next to Terminal 2.

With 150 rooms and nine conference rooms, a bar, restaurant, gym and sauna, the new Scandic “adds significantly to the accommodation capacity and service offering of the airport area,” says airport operator Finavia.

The hotel is “open for everyone,” stresses Meri Palletvuori, hotel manager. “You do not need to be staying with us, but all passengers, airport employees and other passes-by are welcome to stop by at Scandic.”

One aspect to the hotel that might attract them is the theme of some of the meeting rooms, which come in several different sizes.

“Our smaller meeting rooms have an interesting history, as they were renovated into rooms that previously served as jail cells for the airport police,” Palletvuori reveals.

“The rooms are decorated with different themes – one is a sauna, another has a Finnish forest theme and the third one has a jail theme and is, in fact, called ‘the cell’.”

Dry feet
The hotel’s location next to Terminal 2 is in the Operation Centre that also houses Finavia’s permit services, the airport police, a medical centre and private companies.

“It’s only a few hundred metres’ walk from the airport to the hotel,” Palletvuori says. “And the whole route is under a glass canopy, so you never have to get your feet wet.”

There is a special atmosphere to the property, Palletvuori adds, as it is located along the operation centre’s well-lit inner courtyard.

“Customers can enter through the beautifully lit courtyard and take the lift up to the third floor, where our modern facilities await.”

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