What are the best luxury hotels in Helsinki?

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Violetta Teetor

Step right into the Living Room of Klaus K boutique hotel in the heart of Helsinki and you'll find a new meaning for the word "service." The staff greet you with smiles, and even leave their posts from behind the counter to come and talk to you personally. The Living Room was designed in such a fashion that the business person can make a phone call, even while the music is playing; the tired traveller can sink into a soft sofa; and the computer geek can sit at a table banging away on his or her computer, all in perfect harmony. Surprise, playfulness, imagination and magic all come in to play in this amazing hotel where you can even book a room specially created by some of Finland's well-known designers. For an oasis of tranquility, try the Urban Nature Room by Harri Koskinen. Food comes in the form of Tuscany at the Toscanini Restaurant, while delicious sliders with a Finnish twist (like reindeer) are served in the Living Room and the Ahjo Bar. To take extra care of their executive travellers, special options are available, as are weekend and summer deals.

Every bit of praise bestowed upon the Kämp Hotel is well deserved. Sip a glass of champagne in the glassed-in outdoor café and dining area, rub shoulders with the throngs of punters in the stylish elegance of the bar on a Friday night, pamper yourself in the luxurious spa with a Finnish cloudberry nectar body treatment and treat yourself to a suite, some of which will make your jaw drop. The Mannerheim Suite drips with heavy brocade curtains and wall-hangings, offers a private sauna and space to swing on the chandeliers. Even the most modest of rooms is an indulgent experience in this hotel. Highly recommended comes the Asian street and finger cuisine in Yume Restaurant, where you can also choose to cook your raw food on an exotic hot Japanese stone. Bicycles are provided, and they prove to be the most fun way to get around Helsinki.

It's cozy, snug, really pleasant with a fireplace and huge, non-matching comfy chairs in the bar and lobby area. It's luxurious, but it also makes you feel at home. It's Hotel Haven, one of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Colours in all the rooms are muted and relaxing here, and the attention to detail is astonishing from the choice of Elemis spa products to the Bang and Olufsen entertainment equipment to the Egyptian cotton bath robes. A fabulous atrium where smokers can indulge their habits separates the hotel from the three excellent onsite dining facilities, including Havis with their three-course Helsinki Menu featuring fried Finnish whitefish with Jerusalem artichokes and dill; Sundman's Krog, with its reasonably-priced Helsinki Menu featuring local lamb; and upmarket GW Sundmans, a fine dining extravaganza. All kinds of packages including room, dinners, shows have been put together for your convenience. 

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