Swellegant Stays: NH Collection Helsinki Grand Hansa – Helsinki, Finland


NH Collection Helsinki Grand Hansa

Helsinki, Finland

It is always fun to be the first one through the door of a brand new hotel, and as the NH Collection Helsinki Grand Hansa opened only in May 2024, all of the hotel’s guests this summer will feel like pioneers. Grand Hansa is the latest 5-star hotel in Finland’s attractive, design-oriented capital. It brings together two of the city’s historic properties, the Kaleva building and New Student House, and complements them with a thoughtful modern extension.

The new hotel has 224 well equipped guest rooms and suites, which remind us why Scandinavian design is always in vogue. Accents of blue and gold stand out strikingly from the more muted gray tones of the walls, and the variety of textures in the furniture and furnishings has clearly been carefully thought through. The mattresses are firm, the white linens thick and stiff, and the tall windows are dressed with long curtains which hang just so. There is a fair amount of sparkle in the dark marble bathrooms, which give them a luxurious Art Deco feel.

The iconic dome which tops the hotel’s roof and is visible from the street crowns one of the many versatile meeting rooms. Across the property, including in the fabulous ballroom, the hotel’s architects and interior designers have worked hard to keep the building’s original features such as the interior balconies, glittering chandeliers, and decorative plasterwork.

There are plenty of more contemporary public spaces at Grand Hansa, too. The rejuvenating spa is a serene oasis, a spot to recoup your energy after a stressful working week. Completely revived, you will then have the energy to make the most of the hotel’s rooftop bar with its 360-degree view of Helsinki, which is a photogenic city in any weather. Toast your Finnish adventure with a cocktail or glass of Champagne, and once it is time for dinner, descend to the Hansa Café Bar & Brasserie, a culinary hotspot which has been welcoming discerning diners for a century.





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