1. Hotel St George
Helsinki’s latest opening is something rather special. The St George opened in May, taking the style and finesse that the city’s hotels are known for, and adding things like a communal area for locals and some serious cultural chops — possibly a nod to the building’s past as home to the Finnish Literature Society. The hotel’s art collection is run in tandem with the National Gallery; works on display include an Ai Weiwei sculpture in the lobby, and a Pekka Jylhä in the winter garden (itself a spin on 19th-century meeting places). The look is slightly more sober than your typical Helsinki hotel room, with dabs of jewel-like colours rather than fun prints, and a palette of taupes and woody hues. The house bakery, meanwhile, doubles as a co-working space. Doubles from £156, B&B.
2. Myo Hostel
A ‘poshtel’ that set up in a 1940s apartment building last October, Myo has more private rooms than dorms, lending it a more intimate feel than a regular hostel. The decor is fun, with Marimekko-style feature wallpaper. Doubles from £66, B&B.
3. Klaus K
Finland’s first design hotel has rooms themed around the Finnish national epic poem, Kalevala. The light-flooded Sky Studios are worth springing for, as are the four ‘art rooms’ designed by well-known Finnish artists. Doubles from £61, room only.
4. Hotel F6
The family-owned F6 is a cosy 66-room hotel, converted from a 1939 government building in 2016. Rooms are plush, with thoughtful details such as heated bathroom floors and GHD hairdryers; and there’s even a dog, called Runar. Doubles from £137, B&B.
Published in the June 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)