What new hotels are in Helsinki?

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Violetta Teetor

A hop and a skip up from the downtown Esplanade is Hotel Fabian which, although it's located within a few minutes' walk from the harbor and downtown, is quiet beyond belief and will afford you an excellent night’s rest. The courtyard is an especially nice feature; here, you can have breakfast or enjoy a drink from the lobby bar, if the weather allows. There’s no real restaurant, but there are plenty in the vicinity. The rooms are spacious and restfully elegant with some quirky touches in fabric and lighting selection. The greys go with the beiges, which go with the browns, and they all come together in a harmonious whole. If you’re travelling with children or perhaps for a long period of time, some of the rooms have kitchenettes and there’s a supermarket nearby. The staff will bend over backwards to make your stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

Newly renovated Glo Hotel Art has a classic vaulted ceiling and Art Nouveau-style lobby with a comfy lounge area that's replete with leather sofas and a fire in winter. The frescoes on the walls are charming and add stacks of atmosphere to the place. Rooms are on the small side, but they're brand new and well appointed. The showers are a little quirky in that the walls consist of smoked glazing but it has been so designed so that certain parts are hidden from view. Soft, cuddly toys on the beds gives you a home-away-from-home feeling. Glo Art Kitchen in the atmospheric ‘crypt’ uses the best of local and imported ingredients. Aberdeen Angus steaks are prepared on a grill, as is the Finnish whitefish. Step outside, and you’re in the middle of the Design District, close to the city centre.

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