A growing chain of 17 hotels, most of them in Finnish Lapland, recently opened its first property in the capital city.
Lapland Hotels has opened its third “urban hotel” in the centre of Helsinki, with its first guests entering its doors last month.
The company runs 14 hotels in Lapland and now also three urban hotels, the others located in Tampere and Oulu.
The Lapland Hotel Bulevardi has 182 larger-than-average guest rooms decorated in dark shades with themes of nature and “northern mystique”.
One of the Bulevardi’s special features is a private sauna in more than half of the guest rooms, some of the saunas bigger than others but all of them separated from the bedroom by a glass wall.
Lappish art and decorative touches can be found in all of the rooms and public areas, including broad clay plates traditionally used for gold panning, reindeer antlers, mini log fires on the tables, restaurant menus covered in reindeer hides and ecological ingredients from Lapland in the dishes.
A meeting space in the basement can take up to 100 guests, with the hotel is able to arrange far-northern twists to corporate or private events such as the visit of a shaman.
Up on top is a “penthouse floor” with suites, each penthouse apartment coming with a terrace balcony overlooking the rooves of Helsinki.
It took almost two years to convert the property’s former bank offices into this upscale hotel. Now it is receiving both leisure and business travellers and is positioned in “the top quarter of the accommodation industry”, as the growing hotel chain puts it, and is presenting its strong Lappish character in “a sophisticated and experiential manner”.