Travel / Where to Stay

Where to Stay in … Finland


From boutique hotels to winter cabins, TIM BIRD shares his favourite places to stay

Hotel F6, Helsinki

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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,

Hotel Kämp, Helsinki

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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,

Ilves, Tempere

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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,

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.

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Rooms from €670 (£622) a night

00 358 40502 0409,

Björnhufvud Gästgård, Åland Islands

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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,

Nellim Wilderness Hotel, Nellim

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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,

TIM BIRD is a hotel critic.

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This article has also been published in The Telegraph.

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