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
- 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
Very well designed hotel with eye for detail. Rooms are very nice, spa is amazing and also the gym is well equipped. Beds are fantastic. Besides all this, the location is perfect within the heart of the city
Decided to stay at the hotel for two nights for a good rest and pampering.
- Loved the Atelier Room #201. The palette (green / soft grey) used for the interior is soothing for your mind. Once we stepped we got in a relaxed frame of mind. Especially the TV set is hidden behind a screen that you can push up to expose the TV.
-Yamaha sound system, nice touches like possible to transmit my own tunes to the sound from the mobile device.
- Sleeping Experience. The DUX bed and generous number of pillows and duvet helped us to fall a sleep easily. The room is quiet and well sound proofed.
- Had some challenges with the temperature as we are used to 24 degree. Could not get the heating working in the room, even though the thermostat indicated 24 degrees.
- Nice touch to provide a Soda Stream fixture so we could enjoy sparkling city water.
- Bathing Experience: One of the best hotel bathrooms seen in Northern Europe, well lit, , fog free mirror, super shaving mirror revealed all the unwanted facial hair, generous shower and bath tub. Generous bottles of high quality shampoos, shower gel, hair conditioner and liquid soap. Wonder why the hotel did not provide in the bathroom the normal standard facial tissues (Kleenex). It was however available on request.
- The Duravit toilet remote functionality could not make it work. Thought this could be a Japanese toilet bidet,,, not sure, never found out.
THE DINING EXPERIENCE: Had a lovely dinner, however not memorable. What was however memorable was the breakfast. It had everything we enjoy in a high-quality breakfast from fresh juices to beautiful cereals and roasted nuts. However the breakfast cook go the top bill. A very personable character who proudly explained the sources of eggs and fine details of the organic wheat porridge.
- CHECK IN. I think the check in is perhaps the low point of the vast important arrival experience. In our case both chairs at the desk was occupied and we ended up waiting for awhile. In my opinion desk separating the guest from staff is an old school approach, considering the hotel talks about being modern hotel etc etc. Noticed during check out there was one of the staff with a tablet servicing the guest. What a great idea take advantage of the tablet technology and use the seating area to register the guest in comfort.
A final observation, there was no presence of management during the peak period in the hotel. Something we are accustomed in world class hotels... as mentioned this did not dilute our experience... and it would have been a pleasant surprise.
We took a citybreak with my wife, and decided to try this hotel instead of our regular place. And were really satisfied we did!
We were upgraded I guess one level up, to an Atelier room, it was just above the entrance, so nice views to the park next to hotel.
The room itself was very nice, not that big though, but enough for us. I do like to have a sofa or bench though, here the role was played by a bench at the foot end of the bed.
The bed was good to sleep, and the room extremely quiet, no noice from outside nor from the hallway.
The bathroom was excellent, very stylish, and everything worked. Two sinks, bath tub and separate shower. Funky toilet seat, with lights and remotely controlled washing ... 🙂 Interesting!
There was also a loud speaker on the sealing playing the sounds from the TV. I suppose it was possible to connect your own phone to TV as a source as well, did not try though.
Spa is nice with two saunas. We preferred the steam room, as have two finnish saunas back home. One thing to improve: Please put a sticker to steam room and sauna doors saying: "Please keep Quiet! Sauna is a place for silence and relaxing, not gossipping"
It was not very relaxing to listen other people stuff, which you here totally clear even if whispered. And, it was exactly my fellow finnish people who did not understood to keep quiet, shame on them, should know better.
I did read the previous negative feedback regarding the breakfast, but for us at least those issues were corrected!
The breakfast was very nice, not such a giant buffet having totally everything, but having more than enough, and of the finest quality! Ok, maybe a little scandinavian style, but suited for us very well!
We got freshly squeezed juices, two choices, and they left the full can, not just one glass, so did not need to order more. Coffees right away, no waiting. And a good thing was that the breakfast is everyday until 12, so no rush!
I very rarely give any place 5 stars, and here is the one thing that would have been needed for that:
At the entrance to breakfast they was an add saying you can order champagne or other sparkling to breakfast. Nono, nyt stylish. In this kind of a luxus hotel, I am used to that there is sparkling available at the breakfast for free.
It is not many even having that, myself with my wife, a glass is very nice. So not expensive, but kind of belongs to this level of place. Then would have given the fifth "star".
An amazing atmosphere here in this bar! Awesome visuals, and nice mystique bird flying there in the sealing! Cool place!
Each evening before dinner had drinks here!
Maybe one thing to improve: Service was sometimes pretty slow, and a little fluctuating, as one night even ordering drinks twice got no snacks, the other night got snacks.
Genuinely one of the best hotels we've been too - amazingly helpful & friendly staff, lovely rooms with all amenities, lovely products, breakfast was brilliant, gym is great and the spa is perfect!
Would 100% come back here :)
We spent one night in this exceptionally beautiful hotel and we were very satisfied. Room was rather small but the entire interior was carefully chosen to match and made the room very calm and pleasant. All furniture was Nordic design which I really like.
We ordered breakfast to our room and it was great. All items were high quality, fresh and tasty. I had heard bad experiences from the breafast served in the restaurant and that`s why we chose to order it to the room which was a good decision.
Only one minus was that there were some problems with our room door but it was nicely compensated for us.