Inside the grand building, partially designed by Finnish architect Onni Tarjanne of Finnish National Theatre fame, guests are greeted in the lobby by the multi-headed light sculpture Tianwu by contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei. Enjoy afternoon tea or cocktails in the Wintergarden Bar, or get some freshly baked cinnamon rolls from St. George Bakery & Bar. Tomi Björck, one of Finland’s most celebrated restaurateurs, runs modern Thai restaurant Boon Nam out of the hotel’s basement. Also make time in your schedule for a visit to St. George Care, a program that aims to bring mind, body, heart and soul together in harmony and balance through a range of consultations and treatments.
The hip downtown Kamppi district was named after the Swedish word ‘kampen’ – the battle – and refers to the military training field in the area. The area showcased some of the oldest wooden buildings in the entire city. The eastern side of the district includes, among other sights, the Amos Rex Museum, Kamppi Mall, the Tennispalatsi building, the Narinkkatori Market and the Tavastia Club. The western side, on the other hand, has the Alexander Theatre and the Hietalahti Square, known for its flea market and for its market hall, which nowadays houses many small restaurants.