Clarion Hotel Helsinki is the place for you, if you are looking for a hotel room with a view. Or a sauna and outdoor pool with a view. Or a bar with a view. In Helsinki, there are no real skyscraper hotels yet (although there are a few on the drawing board) but Clarion Hotel Helsinki comes quite close. Two 16-floor towers rise out of the Jätkäsaari neighborhood and dominate the scenery. The seafront location increases the variety of great views.
I stayed for two nights in a superior room on the 14th floor of Clarion Hotel Helsinki when the spring was still struggling to overcome the winter. Occasional snowfall and sunshine took turns, and the views were changing all the time. One morning, fog obscured everything. But I also saw the most beautiful rainbows over the city. When I was swimming in the outdoor pool, there was a snowfall.
The views are the thing at Clarion Hotel Helsinki. Of course, it’s a new hotel, and everything is shiny and modern, but there are other new hotels in Helsinki. Service level is average; you’ll choose a smaller hotel if you want a more personal level of service. The hotel breakfast room is very nice, but the breakfast itself is rather average.
Adjacent to Clarion Hotel Helsinki there is a huge conference center – one of the biggest in Helsinki. There are almost always a lot of conference attendees staying at the hotel. But there is room for everyone. Be careful about the rooms when making a booking. The cheapest standard rooms are quite small, and the views can be pretty lousy. Book at least a superior room, and ask for a room on an upper floor. Clarion Helsinki Hotel is located a bit outside the city, but there is a tram stop close by. To travel by tram is a very Helsinkian way to move around the city; you should try it.
Although this article is put into practice with Clarion Hotels, my opinions are always my own and can’t be bought.