As one of Europe’s smaller capital cities, navigating the main sites of Helsinki is doable in just a few hours. The city offers a sleek blend of stylish modern architecture – a legacy of Helsinki’s reign as the World Design Capital in 2012 – and elegant classical design. Furthermore, being part of the Oneworld airline alliance – which includes British Airways – Finnair offers stopovers of up to five days in Helsinki for round trips between Europe and Asia.
Hotel St George offers guests understated luxury; minimalist, spacious, airy rooms create a moment of tranquillity before the chaos of travelling resumes
Located in the heart of the city, Hotel St George – a newly opened, five-star establishment – is set within the walls of the 19th-century former home of the Finnish Literature Society, and boasts a trademark design created by the celebrated Finnish architect Onni Tarjanne. In typical Nordic fashion, Hotel St George offers guests understated luxury; minimalist, spacious, airy rooms create a moment of tranquillity before the chaos of travelling resumes.
With three restaurants, the hotel appeals to all taste buds. Restaurant Andrea and Wintergarden source all their ingredients locally, guaranteeing an authentic Finnish culinary experience, while St George Bakery serves freshly made bread and pastries for a perfect start to the day. Unwind in the Roman-style spa featuring a pool and sauna.
Guests at Hotel St George can also book skin treatments and massages, or make use of the 24-hour gym. The hotel’s prime location means you are never further than a short walk from Helsinki’s most famous sights – the city’s cathedral, for example, is just a 12-minute walk away.