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Helsinki, Finland

The 15 best boutique and luxury hotels in Helsinki

Helsinki’s most stylish and personal hotel stays

Ask a dozen people about their favourite hotel, and you’ll likely get a dozen different responses. A favourite hotel is as much of a personal preference as your favourite movie, book or singer. But in our opinion, the best hotels have a few things in common: they feel intimate and personal (regardless of size or number of rooms), they have a distinctive vibe, the staff offers superb service and the architecture and interior design are unique and full of character. We love them even more when they are deeply ingrained in the local neighbourhood and culture. Here’s our list of ten carefully crafted Helsinki boutique and luxury hotels that tell a strong story.

Overview: Helsinki’s top 15 hotels

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Hotel St. George

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The Hotel Maria

03

Radisson Red Helsinki

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Hotel Mestari

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Solo Sokos Hotel Torni

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Hotel Kämp

07

Noli Katajanokka II

08

Hobo Helsinki

09

Noli Katajanokka

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Hotel Haven

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Hotel Lilla Roberts

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Glo Hotel Art

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Hotel Fabian

Hotel St George Helsinki Finland

What part of Helsinki is best to stay in to get the most out of my stay?

For design lovers visiting Helsinki and looking to make the most of their stay, the best area to choose is arguably the Design District, located primarily in the neighbourhood of Punavuori. This district is a creative hub with many design shops, galleries and studios. It’s centrally located between the grand boulevards and marina, making it a convenient spot for exploring the city’s design offerings.

Staying in the city center near Kauppatori (Market Square) or Esplanadi Park is also ideal. This area is not only at the heart of Helsinki’s cultural and historical landmarks but also offers easy access to a variety of design-centric locations. The compact nature of Helsinki’s city centre makes it easy to explore on foot or by public transport, allowing you to immerse yourself in the city’s design culture easily.

Another great area we recommend is Katajanokka, known for its fascinating mix of historical and modernist architecture. This neighbourhood offers a tranquil yet culturally rich experience, perfect for design enthusiasts who appreciate a blend of styles.

Hotel St George Helsinki Finland
Hotel St George Helsinki Finland

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Hotel St. George

Although beige is the colour of choice both for its facade and in its rooms, Helsinki’s Hotel St. George is anything but, well, beige. A sophisticated, grown-up yet never boring bolthole, this luxury property, housed in a former printing and publishing house from the 1920s, captures the Finnish capital’s stylish side. Teaming up with Finnish doctor and coach Aki Hintsa, it offers St. George Care, a range of holistic services that centre around wellbeing.

Read the full article on Hotel St. George.

Hotel St. George
Yrjönkatu 13 C
Helsinki
Finland

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The Hotel Maria

The Hotel Maria in Helsinki, conceived by Samppa Lajunen, an illustrious former Nordic combined skier and Olympic champion, stands as a testament to luxury and elegance. Located within four historic buildings, the hotel showcases a fusion of Finnish and American design. It features 117 rooms, including 38 suites, each a sanctuary of sophistication. The culinary experiences range from the French-inspired finesse of Lilja to the relaxed ambience of the Garden Terrace. Bar Maria adds a swish of sophistication with its curated cocktails and live music. At the heart of the hotel, the Maria Spa, rooted in Finnish wellness culture, offers bespoke treatments, exemplifying Lajunen‘s commitment to excellence in every aspect of luxury hospitality​​​​​​.

The Hotel Maria
Mariankatu 23
Helsinki
Finland

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Radisson Red Helsinki Finland hotel review

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Radisson Red Helsinki

Radisson Red Helsinki, a collaboration between Fyra design team and Anttinen Oiva Architects, brings a fresh narrative to Helsinki‘s design scene. Situated at the edge of Kaisaniemi Park, this architectural gem marries nature‘s tranquillity with urban flair. Its modernist exterior by Anttinen Oiva Architects is a standout feature, complemented by Fyra‘s masterful interior design, blending Nordic elements with the Radisson Red brand‘s global identity. The hotel‘s raw elegance is balanced with warm, dark woods, creating an inviting atmosphere. Each guest room reflects this design ethos, offering a unique blend of style and functionality; this hotel is truly a fusion of bold architecture and understated Nordic elegance​​.

Radisson Red Helsinki
Vuorikatu 24
Helsinki
Finland

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Hotel Mestari Helsinki Finland
Hotel Mestari Helsinki Finland

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Mestari Hotel

Enjoy a masterful stay at the hip Mestari Hotel (‘mestari’ is Finnish for master) housed in the former Finnish Builders Foundations’ building in downtown Helsinki. Since its opening in 2022, the entire block has sprung to life thanks to this 237-room property and Maestro 51, its lively Latin-inspired restaurant and bar, located in the glass atrium. As this is Finland, one of the hotel’s main draws is the sauna, which can be booked for groups of six to eight people.

Mestari Hotel
Fredrikinkatu 51
Helsinki
Finland

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Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Helsinki Finland
Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Helsinki Finland

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Solo Sokos Hotel Torni

Solo Sokos Hotel Torni, built in 1931, was a pioneering hotel in many aspects. Housed in Helsinki’s first skyscraper, a rooftop bar, as well as an American-style cocktail bar with round bar counters, the hotel was a happening spot. In 2022, Hotel Torni completed a two-year revamp and enlisted the help of design studios Joanna Laajisto and Fyra to restore some of the historic property’s former pizzas and understated luxury.

Read the full article on Solo Sokos Hotel Torni.

Solo Sokos Hotel Torni
Yrjönkatu 26
Helsinki
Finland

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Hotel Kämp Helsinki Finland

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Hotel Kämp

To live out your wildest princess (or prince) fantasies, check yourself into Hotel Kämp, located on Helsinki’s chicest street alongside Esplanadi park. Established in 1887, the hotel is Finland’s first and only Grand Hôtel and was originally designed by Finnish architect Carl Theodor Höijer. Hotel Kämp quickly established itself as the centre stage of the political and cultural scene of Helsinki, and historical figures such as Gustaf Mannerheim and Jean Sibelius would frequent the hotel. In 1996, the hotel went through a major restoration project to dust the hotel off and bring it back to its former glory.

Read the full article on Hotel Kämp.

Hotel Kämp
Pohjoisesplanadi 29
Helsinki
Finland

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Photography courtesy of Hotel Kämp

Noli Katajanokka II Helsinki Finland hotel review
Noli Katajanokka II Helsinki Finland hotel review

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Noli Katajanokka II

In the heart of Helsinki, Noli Katajanokka II, a chic aparthotel housed in a revitalised 1929 warehouse, redefines urban hospitality. Its 226 studios, elegantly crafted by Studio Joanna Laajisto, span seven floors, each radiating contemporary style. The rooftop boasts a sauna and a terrace with captivating city views. Culinary adventures await with Mikko and Andrea‘s Noli Icons Coffee, showcasing sustainable, Finnish-Colombian coffee expertise. The wine bar, managed by the discerning Czech connoisseur Radim, features select wines from boutique producers. This spot, steps away from Helsinki‘s lively centre, merges luxury with the vibrancy of local culture, making it an unmissable destination for discerning travellers.

Noli Katajanokka II
Kanavakatu 3
Helsinki
Finland

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Photography courtesy of Noli Katajanokka

Hobo Helsinki Finland hotel review

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Hobo Helsinki

Hobo Helsinki, located in the heart of Helsinki, offers a unique blend of community, culture and urban design. Crafted by the innovative Studio Aisslinger, the hotel stands out with its edgy and vibrant interiors, reflecting the city’s dynamic spirit. With 184 rooms, each space in Hobo Helsinki is a canvas of local creativity and style. The hotel’s restaurant and bar pulse with energy, serving as a gathering spot for both guests and locals. Live concerts and pop-up clubs replace traditional hotel amenities, transforming the space into an urban cultural arena. Hobo Helsinki is a lively, ever-evolving hub of creativity and connection in the heart of the city.

Hobo Helsinki
Kluuvikatu 4
Helsinki
Finland

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Noli Katajanokka

Enjoy the comforts of home with the services of a hotel. A stylish alternative for both short and long-term stays, Noli Katajanokka lets you decide how you’d like your stay: choose a fully furnished studio or customise a lightly furnished studio with a few favourite things. Onsite, there are shared spaces for coworking, cooking, lounging, working out and even gaming. With an unbeatable location close to the waterfront and downtown Helsinki, Noli is located in a historically significant modernist and Art Nouveau building that was once the former headquarters of grocery giant Kesko.

Noli Katajanokka
Kanavakatu 1
Helsinki
Finland

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Photography courtesy of Noli Studios

Hotel F6 Helsinki Finland
Hotel F6 Helsinki Finland

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Hotel F6

Designed by Finnish designer Jaakko Puro, Hotel F6 is a family-owned 76-room boutique hotel that is casual, fun and eclectic in style. The hotel bar Runar was awarded ‘best bar in Finland’ on multiple occasions and is named after Finnish architect Runar Finnilä. The herbs in the cocktails are grown by hotel owner Mia Saari in the small greenhouse found in the hotel’s courtyard. Guests are invited to use the hotel’s four bicycles free of charge during their stay.

Hotel F6
Fabianinkatu 6
Helsinki
Finland

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Hotel Haven Helsinki Finland

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Hotel Haven

Set in the Sundman building, the second oldest stone building in Helsinki is Hotel Haven. As its name implied, the elegant 137-room boutique property takes great pride in offering warm and relaxed service to make guests feel right at home, estimating that 30 per cent of them are returning guests. There are two restaurants in the hotel’s courtyard, Ultima and Sue Ellen, and at Bar Haven the cocktails can be enjoyed in front of the fireplace. Hotel Haven was designed by Finnish designer Jaakko Puro.

Hotel Haven
Unioninkatu 17
Helsinki
Finland

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Hotel Lilla Roberts

You would never guess that Hotel Lilla Roberts occupies the premises of a former police station and an electrical substation. Named after its Swedish street name, the boutique hotel’s Art Deco decor is stylish, modern and sometimes a tad bit gaudy. The hotel lobby attracts a young clientele, while the restaurant Krog Roba is a bit more grownup and serves up casual Nordic fare.

Hotel Lilla Roberts
Pieni Roobertinkatu 1
Helsinki
Finland

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Hotel Ax Helsinki Finland
Hotel Ax Helsinki Finland

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Hotel Ax

Hotel Ax stepping into a piece of street art – lounging in it, dining in it and sleeping in it. In fact, Ax is short for ‘art experience’, and the hotel has worked closely with a number of Finnish modern artists: Stefan Lindfors, who’s been the head honcho, and Jarmo Mäkilä and Hanna Vihriälä, to name but a few. The result is bold, colourful and slightly moody and, as with any piece of expressive art, you’re bound to either love it or hate it.

Hotel Ax
Välimerenkatu 18
Helsinki
Finland

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Glo Hotel Art Helsinki Finland

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Glo Hotel Art

Set in a dramatic 1900s Art Nouveau castle is Glo Hotel Art, a property with 171 rooms. If it weren’t for the contemporary furniture, Glo feels like walking onto the set of an episode of House of the Dragon with its granite walls, arches and columns. This is a prime example of the Finnish National Romantic style during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The hotel is located in the heart of Helsinki’s Design District, and the bar is a hangout for its creatives.

Glo Hotel Art
Lönnrotinkatu 29
Helsinki
Finland

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Hotel Fabian Helsinki Finland hotel review

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Hotel Fabian

Hotel Fabian in Helsinki, a boutique gem with 58 rooms, stands as a paragon of understated, contemporary elegance. The hotel’s design ethos marries Scandic-chic minimalism with striking, bold accents, creating a milieu that is both modern and inviting. The room categories – Comfort, Style and Lux – cater to diverse needs, with Lux rooms offering kitchenettes for extended stays. The lobby doubles as Bar Fabian, serving an array of drinks and snacks, while the Fabbarium offers a creative space for meetings. Emphasising sustainability, Hotel Fabian proudly bears the Green Key eco-label, showcasing its commitment to the environment.

Hotel Fabian
Fabianinkatu 7
Helsinki
Finland

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Photography courtesy of Hotel Fabian

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