Although a new hotel, the St. George in Helsinki is set in a classic building completed in 1890 with parts going back to the 1840s. Designed by architect Onni Tarjanne, who was also responsible for the Finnish National Theatre, the building played host to the Finnish Literature Society and as printing house for the first Finnish newspaper, Suometar.
The hotel us home to an international as well as Finnish art collection which can be admired throughout the hotel, including guest rooms. Run in collaboration with such renowned institutions as the Helsinki Art Museum and the National Gallery, the program showcases a large-scale dragon sculpture by celebrated Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and a six-metre-long bird by Finnish sculptor Pekka Jylhä.
Hotel St. George is located right next to the Old Church Park in Helsinki’s city centre. The famous white Cathedral is a 1o-minute walk away, while Helsinki Vantaa Airport can be reached in a 30-minute ride.
The stylish contemporary rooms come with air-conditioning, luxurious king sized beds by Duxiana and a minibar with healthy refreshments. Bathrooms have rain shower and/or tubs and a variety of spacious suites feature a balcony or furnished terrace. There are courtyard, city, or park views.
Freshly in-house baked bread, salads, lunch boxes and coffee are served in St. George Bakery & Bar which offers a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant Andrea’s is an effort of Finnish-Turkish chef duo, Antto Melasniemi and Mehmet Gürsmenu and serves dishes based on fresh, healthy and locally sourced products. The glass-covered Wintergarden Bar, with its living room like setting is the heart of the hotel. Guests enjoy free access to the holistic, contemporary spa spa which has an indoor pool, a auna and a gym. Pampering treatments can also be booked.
Hotel St. George is operated by the Kämp Collection, which includes Helsinki’s grande dame Hotel Kämp, the Klaus K and GLO design hotels plus boutique-style favourites Haven, Fabian and Lilla Roberts.
• 153 rooms & suites (19-94m2)
• Hotel opened: May 2018
• Interiors: Nordic Light
• Bathroom amenities: L:A Bruket