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
The bed is two steps higher than the bathroom. When you walk into the room there is a entry/desk and the bathroom off to the side of it. The bed area is two steps up from the entry area. In the middle of the night, the steps bugged me. I’m not used to stairs from a bed area to a bathroom. I did not want to fall in the night.
The bathroom was very nice, however if you stepped down into that room the bright bathroom lights come on. That’s a problem because you can’t turn them off from your bed, you have to step back down to the bathroom to turn them off. The bakery had good cinnamon rolls, and staff was nice.
This is a very modern and classy hotel in the center of Helsinki. My room was not the largest but it was nicely appointed. I would have liked a desk to do some work and a coffee maker would have been nice, but for the rest this was really very comfy. The bed was the stuff dreams are made of. Staff is really efficient and friendly. Check in was fast. Breakfast was very, very tasty. The only thing is the price. Given the size of the room, this is some serious money.
Hotel St. George is situated next to Old Church Park (Vanha kirkkopuisto) in the city center of Helsinki. However, the location is very quiet and my room was noiseless.
The oldest sections of the hotel date back to the 1840s. The Renaissance Revival stone building was completed in 1890. Hotel St. George was opened in this historical building in 2018.
Service is excellent. Their even have free turndown service. My bed was very comfortable. Air-conditioning was self-adjustable between 19 and 25 degrees Celsius.
There was a remote-controlled skylight in my room. It was possible to get a curtain over it. I also had a sparkling water maker and a gymnastic rubber band in my room.
The bathroom of my room was very big, especially the shower area. The rain shower was very nice but water pressure could be a bit higher. I appreciate that both soap, shampoo, conditioner and body lotion were available in big pump bottles. They haven't any small plastic bottles. This is very environment friendly. There was also a nozzle washing toilet seat in the bathroom. I haven't seen this anywhere else in Finland.
You also find nice restaurants, a gym and a spa with a small swimming-pool in Hotel St. George. The gym is open 24/7.
The selection of the breakfast buffet isn't very big. However, everything is fresh and very high-quality. I especially loved freshly squeezed juice, omelettes and fresh fruits and berries.
+ really nice spa area with soothing music, large pool, cold bath, wet and dry sauna
+ smells nice throughout the hotel
+ customer service at the desk is great, overall the staff is really nice
+ bathroom and room lighting most indirect and configurable, good shower
+ comfortable bed
- curtains don’t hold the light well, quite bright in the morning
- aircon does not go lower than 21C. But windows can be opened with special key upon request
- room size is medium to small
I stayed at St George Helsinki for 4 days at the end of May 2019. I stayed in a Serenity Studio room and it was perfect - the room design was beautiful and I loved all the thoughtful touches like outlets and USB charging stations on the bedside tables, unique art and homemade chocolates with a handwritten welcome note. The location of the hotel is very central and easily walked to and from the train station after catching the train from the airport.
All the staff at St George were friendly and very helpful - I felt very welcome and greatly enjoyed my first visit to Helsinki.
The breakfast on offer each morning in the restaurant was absolutely delicious - it was easily the best hotel breakfast I have had in years. There was a wide range of food on offer, with delicious fresh bread, smoked salmon, meats, cheeses, egg dishes cooked to order, pastries, yoghurt, cereal and a number of different juices. It was so good!