The St George Hotel exudes calm and modern elegance, while its central location affords guests the ease of wandering around Helsinki’s stylish streets before being welcomed back to the restaurants, spa and bakery.
Housed in a former 19th century printworks, this elegant hotel is glamorously refined, with striking pieces of modern art by Ai Wei Wei and a pared back, sophisticated styling
Two restaurants, bars and a bakery offer a fusion of Turkish and Finnish cuisines, light dishes, freshly baked breads and creative cocktails
The spa and gym are sleek, minimalist and serene, with innovative practices such as sleep and nutritional consultations creating a holistic approach to wellness
Though the amenities may tempt you to stay inside, the hotel’s central location brings Helsinki’s sights to your doorstep with much of the city accessible on foot
The grand facade of the St George reveals an equally refined interior where quirky touches such as an Ai Wei Wei floating sculpture in the lobby and pieces of Finnish abstract art add colour to an otherwise muted and pared-back design. Two restaurants, a spa, saunas and bakery make this a place to enjoy for its own merits, though its central location does much to recommend it as a city bolthole within easy reach of Helsinki’s cultural attractions.
The 153 rooms and suites are individually designed, with pastels, off-whites and earthy tones creating an impossibly sophisticated ambience where cloud-like Dux beds, bespoke furniture, customised minibars and marble bathrooms add to the sense of a sanctuary in the heart of the city. Flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and EU, UK and US sockets make life refreshingly uncomplicated.
Two restaurants and a bakery offer an array of tempting culinary choices, in addition to the wealth of eateries within walking distance. With recipes created by the Turkish/Finnish chef, Mehmet Gürs, mezze style dining and fresh Finnish ingredients come together with delicious results at Restaurant Andrea for lunch and dinner. Dining under the glass roof in the inner courtyard of Wintergarden perfectly complements the light farm-to-table dishes and artisan cocktails, while the St George Bakery provides a cosy spot for everything from morning coffee to early evening wine and provides the freshly baked bread that accompanies breakfast.
The Spa offers tailored massages, exercise and treatments in a holistic approach that harnesses the healing powers of Finland’s water in its methods. The minimalist, sleek sauna, steam room and pool are an oasis of calm, a tranquil retreat from the energy of the city.
When not luxuriating in the spa or feasting on cinnamon buns in the bakery, the sights of Helsinki are on your doorstep. Stepping out from the hotel into the serenity of the park provides a moment of calm before reaching the city streets, where many of the sights are within walking distance. From the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art to the smart boutiques and the vibrant Market Square, the city has a cornucopia of shopping, eating and cultural outlets to enjoy.
This sleekly sophisticated property is a stylish city bolthole, ideal for couples looking to combine the sights of Helsinki with upmarket amenities.
When to visit
St George Hotel is located at the heart of Helsinki, just a minute’s walk from Mannerheimintie, the city’s main street. From here it is a short tram journey to the galleries, museums and railway station.