Hotel St. George
What We Love
- Fresh-baked pastries at George’s, the hotel’s bakery-grocery store
- Sleep consultants at the onsite spa
- Soda Streams in all guest rooms
- The Wintergarden, the property’s dramatic, glass-encased courtyard
What To Know
- For the best Old Church Park views, book an attic studio room
- The 1840 building was once the printing house for Finland’s first national newspaper
- The spacious wine room is styled after a 20th-century Parisian salon
- Renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei created the bamboo and silk sculpture by reception
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Pet Friendly
- Room Service
Converted 19th-century office building full of abstract and modern art—an ode to its Design District nabe
What happens when you fuse remnants of the Neo-Renaissance with Finnish modernism? It’s a question this Helsinki hotel, the result of a three-year overhaul of an original building design by local architect Onni Tarjane, answers with great panache. From the arresting brass bird sculpture in the property’s glass-roofed lounge to the intricate Haapaniemi fabrics in each of the 153 guest rooms, the shout-outs to homegrown talent (thanks to a partnership with the Helsinki Art Museum and National Gallery) are apparent. A national obsession for wellness steers the onsite Care spa, where you’ll find a mosaic-encased cold plunge pool, a pair of saunas, and a range of treatments that utilize luxury products by local brand Lumene inspired by fresh spring water and Arctic light. Subtle references to local traditions continue at Andrea, an elegant showcase for Nordic and Anatolian flavors (Sumac-marinated Baltic herring; pide with smoked salmon) including a jaw-dropping breakfast buffet.
In the Area
Located on the northern periphery of Helsinki’s Design District, an award-winning neighborhood that’s home to creative hubs like The Design Museum and the newer Amos Rex, the hotel is a natural extension of its artsy surroundings. The city’s main shopping stretch is also just a short walk away—a 25-block expanse packed with both internationally-recognized names like Marimekko and Artek in addition to independent home décor and jewelry boutiques. Also worth a visit is Löyly, a stratospheric pyramid that houses a solar-powered sauna. If you enjoy a side of art with your coffee, duck into Lokal, where you can browse through handcrafted souvenirs as you sip on aromatic brews by area roaster Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo.
How to Get There
Stayed her for 3 nights
It is a new hotel in an old building. It’s part of the same hotel group as the Hotel Kamp (traditionally viewed the best hotel in Helsinki).
Where as the Hotel Kamp is a much more traditional palace hotel style the St George is much more modern / contemporary.
The hotel looks new and the room was great although the view across the rooftops was mainly of satellite dishes.
Excellent reception staff and the spa was lovely. The only central Helsinki hotel with a pool.
Breakfast however was terrible. Very Finish / German. If nuts, granola, museli, dried meat, cheese, filter coffee and untoasted bread are your thing then you are in luck.
For an international standard hotel it was odd not to offer:
pastries, croissants, toast (they tried to toast some on the bottom of a pizza oven with predictable results), cornflakes, rice crispies, Wheetabix, muffins, eggs Benedict, espresso coffee, Americano coffee.
Oddly the bread shop in the hotel did sell croissants at 3.6euro each and americano coffee.
So I paid for breakfast there on the other 2 mornings despite being on a bed and breakfast rate.
So the hotel is good but the breakfast in my view is very poor.
I’ve been lucky enough to stay at St George a number of times since its opening. From the Spa services to the Winter Garden cocktails, Grade A service across the board. The bed was next level comfort, matched by the kindness of the hotel staff.
The hotel is centrally located within walking distance to everything: shopping malls, cathedrals, monuments, the harbor, restaurants. My first experience in Marriott Design hotels was nothing less than a jaw-dropping. Every corner of the hotel was designed well. All staff were very friendly. The room was marvelous and bigger than most European hotel rooms. There is a lovely park right across the street. The only draw back was they would not provide complimentary breakfast to titanium or platinum members.