What We Love
- The hotel has 21st century conveniences, but retains Old World style
- Sipping cocktails al fresco during the summer at Kämp Bar
- Hotel Kämp's fun, Asian-focused menu at Yume restaurant
What To Know
- WiFi and breakfast are not included in the rate
- Some rooms have views of the Esplanadi
- Pets are not permitted
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Just steps from the stately Esplanadi, the historic Hotel Kämp has been welcoming glitterati past and present since its doors opened in 1887. And even though this Helsinki hotel is over 125 years old, recent facelifts (including one in 2012) brought interiors into the 21st century while still staying true to its Old World roots. Some guestrooms have muted yellow and peach walls with white bed linens and sage and violet throw pillows, as well as Molton Brown toiletries in marble bathrooms. For some indulgence, visit the spa for Nordic-inspired treatments such as cloudberry facials and Arctic heather foot rituals or try the duck breast and rice pancakes with Hoi Sin sauce at spice market-style Asian restaurant, Yume. And during the summer months, make reservations for Brasserie Kämp & Bar’s hearty Sunday brunch scene, which flows out onto a terrace on the Esplanadi.
In the Area
Catch an opera or pop concert at the lauded Alexander Theatre, where you can expect anything from Don Giovanni to a reprise of Legally Blonde or visit one of Helsinki’s most curious attractions, the Temppeliaukio Church (known as the Rock Church), which was designed by architects Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen in 1969 and quarried out of the bedrock; the stone walls and copper tread ceiling create a strange, but beautiful effect. Further afield, the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is a UNESCO-listed 18th century maritime fortress that still houses 850 residents, and ferries leave every half hour from Market Square during the summer (you can even take your bike onboard).
How to Get There
Although I didn't know it while I was there, I later discovered this hotel is listed in my 1,000 places to visit before you die book. I can understand why. The location is stellar right on the Esplanade. The room was lovely and our bathroom was outstanding. But our favorite part of this hotel was the breakfast room. While on our tour we visited many gorgeous hotels and had fabulous breakfasts but none had the atmosphere of this one and the food selections were outstanding. We loved this hotel.
A beautiful and super clean room and very friendly and corteous service. I recommend visiting the gym and spa. The breakfast was excellent, I ordered an omelette and it was definitely the fluffiest I have ever had, cooked to perfection!
We stayed here for one weekend to relax and pamper ourselves with a package option that included several special features. The timings, service, facilities and room were nothing less than we expected and the punctuality could not be faulted. On the 8th floor is a spa area where one can sit and relax in what was described as a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. Unfortunately for us, some other guests were not able to decipher the meaning of peace and it was with some disgust that we left a noisy and crowded environment. Staff in this facility could be more attentive and do more to maintain peacefulness. The choice of food in the Brasserie was a little disappointing, but for wine connoisseurs the extensive list is impressive. Checking in and out was very pleasant and as I have already noted, staff are most pleasant and accommodating. I would recommend this hotel to any visitors to Helsinki but with so many options for dining would suggest eating elsewhere would be more rewarding.
As a long-term, top-level member of another hotel group, we decided to try something else this time ;). No regrets at all!!!
Excellent experience throughout the stay. Every one of the staff is very friendly (although this is very much a Finn thing). We had a very, nice dinner at Brasserie Kamp. Excellent food, wines and cocktails. Location is good too. Highly recommended!
Hotel Kamp is a gorgeous boutique hotel well situated in the center of Helsinki. The rooms and en suites are beautiful. The lobby is lovely with a gorgeous huge fresh flower display in the center. The bar is quaint. The breakfast is delicious. The service is friendly and knowledgeable. The Spa is an oasis, especially in winter with a great functional gym and wonderful stream and dry saunas. I'd highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a five star experience in Helsinki.