From boutique hotels to winter cabins, TIM BIRD shares his favourite places to stay
Hotel F6, Helsinki
When Hotel f6 opened, central Helsinki gained a refreshingly informal addition to its boutique hotel scene, featuring stylish décor and peaceful, comfortable rooms. Cheerful greetings on arrival include an introduction to Runar the hotel dog.
Rooms from €144 (£129) a night
00 358 96899 9666, hotelf6.fi
Hotel Kämp, Helsinki
The Kämp offers late-19th-century classical luxury in an authentically historic and central setting. Known to host visiting celebrities, such as the Stones and Springsteen, this is Finland’s top five-star hotel.
Rooms from €213 (£190) a night
00 358 91345 6715, hotelkamp.com
An attractive landmark in the heart of the city. Ilves offers modern and luxurious comfort and true Tampere experiences with warm-spirited service. The entire city is right at your feet – you can even go shopping within the same building.
Rooms from €143 (£128) a night
00 358 20123 4631, sokoshotels.fi
Javri Lodge, Lapland
Once a winter retreat for Finland’s president, this log cabin on the outskirts of Saariselka in Lapland has been transformed into a ten-room boutique hotel. Here sumptuous local specialities are served up in a serene Arctic setting, with a sauna and indoor pool offering added comfort.
Rooms from €670 (£622) a night
00 358 40502 0409, javri.fi
Björnhufvud Gästgård, Åland Islands
A beautifully restored farmhouse set on the tip of a peninsula lapped by the Ålandian Sea. Overlooking fields and pine trees, it’s a peaceful spot with plenty of rustic charm. Guests have use of a rowing boat to explore (and picnic on) nearby islands and there’s a traditional wood-fired sauna too.
Rooms from €108 (£98) a night
00 358 457344 7727, bjornhufvud.com
Nellim Wilderness Hotel, Nellim
Furnished in typical Finnish Lapland style – think lots of pine wood and stuffed animals. Nellim Wilderness Lodge is located deep within a pine forest and its splendid isolation adds a frontier living vibe. The lack of light pollution also means this is a great spot from which to view the Northern Lights.
Rooms from €98 (£88) a night
00 358 40041 5989, nellim.fi/destinations/nellim-wilderness-hotel
TIM BIRD is a hotel critic.
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