What Finnish Hotels Are Like - a Finland Hotels Guide!

Are you travel-weary and in need of some shut-eye? Here's a Finland hotels guide with all the local hotels I have tried. See which ones you may want to visit!

Guide to hotel costs

Most hotels in Finland include a generous breakfast buffet as well as sauna and gym. Almost all Finnish hotels offer discounted rates on the weekends. On average, expect to pay 80-140 euros/night per person.

Hotel Kämp, a 5-star luxury hotel in Helsinki starts at 350 euros for a deluxe double room. A pleasant and quiet 4-star hotel such as the Boutique Hotel Fabian in Helsinki starts at 190 euros/night per person. A 3-star hotel like Sokos Flamingo will cost about 75 euros/night per person. Here, one can add some relaxing activities - swim at the water park, enjoy the spa, work out at a gym or unwind with a soothing massage.

If you stay for only one day at the Sokos or Cumulus chain 3-star hotels, expect to spend at least 120 euros/night. A budget Finnish hotel chain, the Omena Hotel charges around 45 euros/night. Breakfast is not included. The Omena Hotels has nine locations throughout Finland.

Typical breakfast at a 3-star hotel


Finnish hotel food - my evening meal is Mexican-style


5-star Finnish hotels

The Hilton hotels in Helsinki, like the Hilton Strand and Hilton Helsinki Airport have 5-star ratings. The Radisson Blu hotel is also top-rated.

Hotel Kämp (1887) is another 5-star hotel located in Helsinki where traditional European style meets the modern. It is the only Luxury Collection Hotel in Finland with rich red carpeting lining the staircase, grand marble pillars adorning the indoors and soft, luxuriant furnishing inside.

The hotel has accommodated famous celebrities like Bono of U2. Also, politicians have often gathered here reaching important official decisions.

Inside Hotel Kämp

The large Mannerheim suite has marble bathroom decor covering the floor and a marble bathtub. The deluxe guest room has large standing lamps, sturdy furniture and a walk-in closet. Suite beds are handmade by Relyon and known to be the best in the world.

The Kämp executive suite front room features a crystal chandelier in the center of the room, solid upholstered wood furniture, a work desk, long mirrors, and large framed pictures on the walls.

  • The Kämp Hotel Spa - receive facial treatment for men or women, manicure or pedicure, full body massages with warm rock treatment to relax your muscles, a full body aromatic massage or an Oriental head massage.
  • Kämp Hotel Gym - get personal training or work out. After your workout, use one of 3 different saunas: the traditional Finnish sauna, the aromatic eucalyptus scents of the grotto steam sauna, or the relaxing Turkish bath/hamman sauna.
  • Hotel Kämp restaurants serve Japanese, European brasserie-style menus, Finnish specialties, and much more.

Pictures of the Hotel Kämp in Helsinki. Go to the Hotel Kämp to make a booking.

4-star Finnish hotels

Some hotel chains in Finland which fall under this category are Scandic, Sokos, Radisson and Cumulus. A Finnish 4-star hotel with the highest ratings in 2011 is the Fabian Boutique Hotel.

Located on Fabiankatu 7, Helsinki, Hotel Fabian is conveniently situated within walking distance of the Market Square, Museum of Finnish Architecture, the Senate Square, Presidential Palace, Lutheran Cathedral and the Uspenski Cathedral. If you ever need to stay in downtown Helsinki, this hotel has the optimal location.

The hotel allows plenty of natural light to enter the rooms. You can choose to sleep in a room facing the quiet courtyard side, or sleep on the side with a view of the city.

  • rooms each have an unique design
  • close up mirror for makeup/shaving, iron and ironing boards
  • bathrobes and slippers
  • air-conditioning (optional)
  • beds available for children and infants

Super high-quality sleeping

Get the best sleep in Finland at this hotel. It has exceptionally comfortable, custom-made beds by the Finnish company Unikulma and the rooms provide a restful atmosphere with minimal noise.

Finland hotels guide tip: Unikulma custom makes the mattresses for the Hotel Fabian and for Hotel Haven. Here are other luxury hotels in Finland which use Unikulma beds.

  • The Hotel Fabian suites have a kitchen to prepare your own food
  • breakfast included in the booking
  • bar and lounge
  • staff help you with guided tours of the city
  • wired and wireless Internet
  • non-smoking hotel
  • reception is open for 24 hours

Near the hotel, you can eat fried Baltic herrings with potato at the Savoy world-class restaurant. This restaurant is also recognized for its beautifully designed interior by Alvar Aalto.

Pictures of Hotel Fabian in Helsinki. Go the Hotel Fabian Boutique to make a booking.

3-star Finnish hotels

The 3-star Finnish hotels can be classified as average to good. Whether you are on business or vacation, Cumulus hotels give you a choice of 25 comfortable places to spend the night across Finland.

The strength of Cumulus and Sokos hotel chains is that they are the most popular among local Finns and foreign visitors. The biggest benefit of these hotels is their location, usually near the town center with the exhibitions centers, theaters, shopping centers and concert halls right there.

Both Cumulus and Sokos Hotels chains offer...

  • Single, Double, Triple, Superior rooms, accommodating up to 4 people per room
  • special rooms for the disabled and people with allergies
  • saunas
  • gym
  • children's playrooms
  • winter plug-in sockets for warming your car
  • parking lots or parking garages
  • meeting and conference rooms

Here is a Finland hotels guide review of my stay at the Sokos Hotel Lahti.

Explore the Hotel Sokos brand hotels.

Brochures of the Cumulus Hotel chain.

Finland hotels guide - the Private Hotels brand in Finland

The Private Hotels of Finland offer a typically traditional Finnish setting. For example, the Hotel Arthur located in the middle of Helsinki claims to be the most traditional in Finland. The hotel has 25 rooms, plus the Sir Arthur Suite which offers designer furniture, high-quality textiles, a bedroom of your dreams, a spa room and a sauna with alder wood panels.

There are 18 Private Hotels in Finland and almost all contain meeting rooms or conference facilities. Private Hotels are found in the following towns in Finnish Lapland: Rovaniemi, Muonio, Saariselkä, Suomutunturi, and Ivalo. Some fall under the 3-stars hotel class. Get a taste of the Private Hotels in Finland.

A guide to Finnish spa hotels

There are spa hotels in most large towns in Finland. They are usually situated in a natural environment, usually by the lake or sea, where the air is clean. They offer high-quality facilities and activities around the spas. At such hotels, you can pamper yourself with a special therapy treatment.

There are over 12 Spa hotels in Finland. Unique Spa hotels include the Naantali Spa by the seaside which offers you a wide choice of accommodation options. You can order a suite on a yacht for over 200 euros/night. Some hotels also let you swim in an outdoor pool all year round which is heated to 30 degree Celsius - now, that's my reason to go there!

The average Finnish spa hotel offers:

  • indoor and outdoor pools. Not all Spa Hotels have outdoor pools heated in the wintertime, but if yours does, certainly try it - it's a great and exhilarating experience in the freezing cold
  • spa procedures like massages or rock treatment
  • accommodation in a double room includes a bathroom with bathrobes, a telephone, a TV set and a mini-bar
  • typical Scandinavian buffet-style breakfast
  • unlimited use of the saunas, pools and the gym

Two spa hotels in the Tampere Pirkkala area I have tried are the Ikaalinen Kylpylä Spa Hotel in Ikaalinen and the Holiday Club Tampere Spa Hotel. Try the Spa Hotel Sani which is located near a sandy beach in Kalajoki, Finland, and has a very good rating.

Economy hotels in Finland

The Omena Hotel Chain

A Finnish hotel that Finns consider inexpensive is the Omena Hotel. This chain operates without a receptionist, but offers the basics in each room - beds, a bathroom, a TV set, a microwave oven, a fridge, tea and coffee. Here is a review of our stay at the cheap Omena Hotel in Turku. Book a room at one of the cheapest hotels in Finland from the Omena Hotel website.

The Fontana Chain

The Fontana hotel chain has a handful of hotels in Finland which offers unique services. The Fontana Korpilampi hotel is a half-hour drive from the center of Helsinki. The hotel has 150 rooms, 16 of which are 4 person/room. The dining area/restaurant has 300 seats. You can enjoy live music and karaoke there.

With a pond next to the Korpilampi Hotel you can experience country life near Helsinki. The hotel has three different saunas, a jacuzzi, a 15-meter swimming pool, a baby pool, a squash court and gym. Go ice-swimming with a hot sauna in the winter time. There is an auditorium with 350 seats and a few meeting rooms available.

The Serena Water Park is only 400 meters from the hotel. If you like hiking, visit the Nuuksio National Park, 7 kilometers from the hotel. Another Fontana Hotel which is closer to the Nuuksio National Park is called Fontana Lepolampi.