Founded in 1550, Helsinki has been the Finnish capital since 1812. Helsinki pulls off the trick of being something of an international metropolis while retaining a small-town feel with a population of 620,000. The “capital area” including the two surrounding cities of Vantaa and Espoo, has a population of over 1.4 million, which is a fifth of the entire Finnish population.
Helsinki is a vibrant seaside city of beautiful islands and great green parks. The city’s rhythm is laid back yet at the same time refreshingly active in terms of both the number and quality of events, restaurants and nightclubs.
A combination of walking and public transportation might be most convenient to cover the sights in Helsinki. There are numerous beautiful churches, museums, parks, beaches, saunas, market places and even a fortress on an island (Suomenlinna) to see and visit.
Finlandia Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in Helsinki, designed by world-renowned Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto. In addition to his overall vision for the building, Aalto designed many of its details, such as the lights and door handles, creating something very unique in the process. The building complements the surrounding park and forms an almost unbroken link with the local landscape. The interior includes many typical Aalto features, such as asymmetrical forms and natural materials and colors.
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Set in a glass and concrete building, this contemporary hotel is a 3-minute walk from tram and bus stops and 2 km from the Market Square. Finladia Hall is a couple minute walk away.
The modern, muted rooms feature dramatic accents and offer free Wi-Fi, minibars and flat-screen TVs. Room service is available. Breakfast is free. There's also an indoor pool and a gym, as well as saunas and a solarium. A casual restaurant serves international cuisine, plus a chic bar offers pub-style fare. Bikes and walking sticks can be rented, and a rooftop hot tub can be reserved.
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This business hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Finlandia Hall, 2 km from art exhibits at Ateneum, and 2 km from shopping at harborfront Market Square.
Featuring dark wood furnishings, the modern rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and desks. Amenities include a lobby bar, and a warm restaurant serving buffet-style breakfast, as well as an a la carte menu. Additional perks consist of a spa, a gym, and an indoor pool. Parking is offered for a fee.
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Less than a 10-minute walk from the Finlandia Hall, this casual hotel in a modern building is located right next to the Helsinki railway station.
Straightforward rooms with Scandinavian-style decor offer free Wi-Fi and TVs; some add pull-out sofas, minifridges, and/or tea and coffeemaking facilities. Amenities include a fitness center and a children's play area. A bright restaurant with a terrace serves Scandinavian breakfast and lunch buffets.
Map of Finlandia Hall with Hotels Identified