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
I wrote earlier this year a review with some critisism. We had a new try, and the experience was very nice. We upgraded from standard to Finlandia Suite. The bed was amazing, everything was cleaned spotless and service was top of the notch.
Recently opened, designed with great taste (minimalist but with nice works of art). The spa with swimming pool and sauna/steam room is really nice. Great breakfast ! Room is classy and classic. Good customer experience for checkin and checkout ...
I had only a short stay unfortunately. Reception were very friendly and helpful and fast. I got a great room overlooking the park. Went to Wintergarden for a drink and found the staff there very friendly as well.
Room was large by Euro Standards and well equipped. They even provided fresh milk for coffee!!! Bed was comfortable. The desk was small and wobbly. Maybe not many business travelers use this hotel?
The gym is tiny and hard to find. Part of the modern look and feel of the hotel is minimal signage. It has one treadmill, one elliptical and what looked like the most uncomfortable exercise bike ever made. Some dumbbells as well but that’s all. The machines are techno gym, so not very ergonomic but useable.
Location was great.
Overall I’ll go back!