Located on Pohjoisesplanadi, in the heart of Helsinki, Hotel Kämp is one of the city's most luxurious hotels. It was built in the late 19th century and has maintained its old world charm, albeit updated and renovated with modern amenities. A more modern annex is attached to the back of the building, but rooms here offer the same comfort as those in the older building. Hotel Kämp is the place to stay if money is not an issue, or if you are in Helsinki on business, as I was. All your needs are met by the excellent staff and service.
Traditionally this hotel has a reputation of best and most luxury in Finland and you cannot find similar experience elsewhere in Helsinki. It is popular amongst the businessmen, honeymooners, romantic travelers and unfortunately also people who want to show off their money like new rich and criminals - at least according to the tabloids. The service is excellent and all stuff -including the maids - are all speaking English. The concept is highly dictated by the American chain -Starwood, which makes the experience a bit blatant. Rooms are nice, but do not include a luxury or history you find elsewhere in best hotels. According to history book of hotel, the actual building has been rebuild over and over again, and only the facade is original. So the interior or rooms do not have original character of famous composers and artist who used to lodge in this building last century.
In worst case you will get a room in remote wing above of shopping mall, which does not have anything to do with the original hotel.
Restaurants are all fine and spa is very luxury, though extremely crowded in weekends. Breakfast is worth testing, however it is a typical English breakfast setup without frills, you would except more unique breakfast in Finland's "best hotel"
In the nightclub you can find amusing atmosphere of 70s
Unique Quality: Duck in bathroom is nice detail.
We have stayed here many times, as it's the best hotel in Finland in the traditional league. There are other interesting options in Helsinki, but none quite surpass Kamp if you're looking for the classic luxury experience. Restaurants and bars in the hotel offer fantastic food, and the prices are somewhat reasonable for this city. They may be a few euros more than in other classy places, but only a few euros. And usually the personal service and food & beverage quality are worth it.
There's no pool, and the gym/spa is stated "for members only, and if there's room, the hotel guests are also welcome" so it's not so good if it's crowded. The meeting rooms and party event spaces are great, though.
Unique Quality: Many standard rooms face the inner courtyard or side streets and not the Esplanade Park. The standard "luxury" rooms are sometimes a little worn (carpet, furniture) but overall way better than other finnish hotels. The suites and specialty rooms have upgraded amenities and are in overall a better option.
The hotel extremely rarely (or possibly never) have discount rates for less than EUR 150 / night, so it's always a bit steep. That's for weekend. The week rates are sky high.
Directions: It's definitely the best located hotel in the city. You won't regret choosing this location.
Arriving in Helsinki by cruise ship deprived us of the opportunity to experience the intense luxury of the Hotel Kamp and learn more of its interesting history and the part it played in the history of Finland. Carl Wilhelm Kamp, the hotel's namesake, was a successful Helsinki restauranteur. The world first glimpsed the hotel's luxurious spaces when it opened its door in 1887. Outfitted in plush carpets, draperies, and upholstered furniture reflected vividly in the sparkling Venetian & German chandeliers and spectacular mirrors. The hotel provided service as grand as the hotel itself with guests being transported from the railway station in horse-drawn carriages. The hotel played a significant role in historic events when it became the meeting place of a secret and covert movement named "Kagaali" during its Czarist overlords. It's hosted the famous such as Sibelius and perhaps the infamous over the years, and was transformed to other uses, and restored to its present day splendor as a member of the "Luxury Collection" of Starwood Hotels.
Unique Quality: There are 179 amazing rooms and several amazing lobbies and special areas in this great hotel. Not only is the Hotel Kamp's in a splendid location a good reason to choose to stay there, but its Neo-classical architecture is one more reason to visit the Esplanade!
Don't miss any of the hotels amenities, but word has it that the spa is a must!
Directions: On the Esplanade within walking distance of the harbor, shopping and other historical sights. Only 20 kilometers from the airport.
Hotel Kämp (or Kamp) is usually regarded at the most luxurious hotel in the five Nordic countries; Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
The reputation is well earned, as the hotel is quite something extra. Most guests are business people or international starts visiting Finland, while fewer ordinary tourists find their way here. As you could expect, it is also one of the most expensive hotels in Northern Europe.
Directions: Right in the centre
This hotel is absolutely fantastic. The rooms are nicely decorated, posh all the way, and the hotel could not be better located. Right by the Market Square, main shopping area, cruise ships, esplanade, etc.
It is reportedly the only 5 star hotel in Helsinki and the prices show. I paid for my night there with points (Hotel Kamp is part of the Starwood Hotel chain, spg.com) and I probably would not have felt any level of luxury worth it had I paid cash (rooms start at about $300USD). But if your cash is endless or you have points, I highly recommend it.
Unique Quality: A1 location.
The is probably the only real 5 star hotel in Finland. The famous renew hotel where the celebrities usually stay while visiting Helsinki. The Rolling Stones & Madonna where here as many others. Location is perfect, services and quality are good and actually not very expensive compare to such places in other countries.
Unique Quality: Location is just perfect for someone who come to visit Helsinki with a style. SPA in the hotel as well as nice Japanese restaurant.
This is the best and most luxurious hotel in Helsinki. If you have enough money, try those beautiful suites!
The hotel has been established in 1887 and it has a great history. The hotel has been "the place" for politicians, artists and business people through the times.
I think is quite popular to spend a wedding night in one of the beautiful rooms or suites.
Unique Quality: Situated in the heart of Helsinki city.
Directions: Near Stockmann and Kämp Gallery
Situated at the Northern Esplanad there are maybe the most expensive rooms in Helsinki and even the whole of Finland.
I actually had the chance to stay there one night - it was a birthday present I got last year from my girlfriend.
What a place! Luxury - Vanity - Arrogance, you name it. Greetings from Hollywood.
Unique Quality: Of course the hotel offers high standards in quality and service. On the other hand there is reason to be critic i.e. the personnel seem to live on a different planet. Once we entered the lobby we actually were not being noticed by them - too casual looks? Too young?
The huge room was ok. A massive, soft and large bed. The best was the bathroom. Very convenient and functional shower, vast bathtub with a blue duck!!! Check the pic.
Don't know the price - I didn't pay ; )
Directions: City-centre - between Aleksanterinkatu and Pohjoisesplanadi
The legendary Hotel Kämp reopened in Pohjoisesplanadi, after a hiatus of several decades, in spring 1999. Now a five-star hostelry, it still has the Mirror Hall for which the old Kämp was famous.
The Kämp Gallery is a very smart shopping centre under an enormous dome right next door to the hotel.
Unique Quality: The legends of the Kämp
The Hotel Kämp first opened its doors in Pohjoisesplanadi 1887, at a time when Finnish arts and culture were flourishing as never before and helping to power an upsurge of national consciousness and confidence. The hotel and its restaurant soon became a favourite meeting place for many persons whose names are now writ large in the cultural history of Finland: the poet Eino Leino, the writer Juhani Aho, the conductor Robert Kajanus, the painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela and the composer Jean Sibelius.
Legend has it that Kajanus once had to leave for a few days to conduct a concert in St. Petersburg. On his return he decided to pop into the Kämp and found the same party there as when he had left. When he noticed Kajanus arriving, Gallen-Kallela exclaimed: "Sit down, will you, and stop tramping in and out that door!"
Directions: Nearby Esplanad
The Kämp building, designed by the architect Theodor Höijer (1887). Up until the 1960s, it served as a hotel and a restaurant. In 1969 it was renovated to house the offices of the Board of Management of the Kansallis Banking Group.
Since its opening in 1887, the Hotel Kämp in Helsinki has always been a point of reference for the discerning travelers to this capital city as well as for the local residents. Over the years, the building has been the site of many cultural and social events, and was at one time used as a theatre for artistic events.
The Hotel KÄMP soon became the meeting point for many of Finland's politicians, artists and celebrities, including General Mannerheim, Eino Leino, Juhani Aho, Robert Kajanas, Eliel Saarinen, and the former Finnish President J.K.Paasikivi, who eventually became one of the owners of the hotel.
The hotel also proved to be an artistic inspiration for the great composer Jean Sibelius, who visited the Hotel Kämp many times and dedicated a song to the hotel.
I higly recommend a visit to the lobby and the restaurant!
Directions: Web Site: http://www.hotelkamp.fi/index_en.html
From appr. 400 EUR and the sky is limit(appr.10,000 EUR/suite)
Unique Quality: Most expensive hotel in Finland. If you have a lot of loose money, thats the place for you. If not, avoid this place and its restaurants(beer costs appr.8EUR 0,4Liter).
Unique Quality: This must be the finest hotel in Finland. For the first time it was opened in 1887 and after serving for other purposes it was re-opened as a hotel in 1999. All the world class guests sleep here and unfortunately I have never been able to go there myself. :) If you want luxury then this is your hotel!
Weekend: around €150. Weekday: forget it.
Unique Quality: A brand-new, incredibly lavish, well-appointed hotel with impeccable service. Did I mention it was well-appointed? It's only worth staying here if you -- or, more likely, your employer -- have buckets of money. Although weekend rates are almost reasonable.
Directions: On Pohjoisesplanadi, right in the middle of downtown Helsinki.
Hotel Kämp (Kamp) is the best (and the most expensive!) hotel in the whole Finland.
Hotel Kämp has been listed as one of the world's best hotels by many travel specialists:
-Condé Nast Traveller (UK): one of the "100 best hotels in the World" in 2003, 2004, 2005
-Condé Nast Traveler (US): "the World's Best Places to Stay", Gold List in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
-Starwood Luxury Collection: "Hotel of the Year" in 2005
-Travel+Leisure Magazine: "the World's Best Hotels for Value" or "500 Best Hotels in the World" in 2004, 2005, 2006
-European Business Magazine: one of the "Top 20 Business Hotels" in 2005
-Global Traveller Magazine: "the Best Hotel in Europe" in 2007
This hotel is also recommended by the bestseller book 1000 Places To See Before You Die.
If you are seeking for a cheaper accommodation see the accommodation guide of Finland Travel Club: http://sites.google.com/site/finlandtravelclub/accommodation.
Directions: In the city centre, near the Esplanade Park
Any info on hairdressers and beauty salons in Helsinki, info. badly needed for a wedding.
Thanks for your quick reply. Basically my brother is marrying a Finnish girl and we are flying over next Thursday (this day week) for their wedding on Sat. 30th July. If your wife knows of a hairdresser somewhere nearish to Hotel Kamp with the phone number that would be great. I say nearish because my mother isn't young and so don't want to travel very far from the hotel though I suppose we could get a taxi. Hair is just wash and blow dry really and stick a feather/hat thingy on our heads for the wedding (haven't bought the hat thingy yet!). As regards the beauty salon it's just to do our make up really i.e. face.
Thanks again for all your help and I see you've been to Tallin - my sister is going to go on a day trip while in Helsini - any advice on best sights etc.
Try the hairdresser department at Stockmann. They offer good quality (maybe not the cheapest, but they are really professional). Tel. +358-9-121 51 (this is with international country code. When you're in Helsinki, dial (09) 121 51).
They're really close to Kamp hotel and even if your mother is old, you'd be able to walk there.
In any case don't go to the WTC hairdresser (also close to Kamp) as they're only interested in cutting your hair as quick as possible.
There is a hairdresser in the same building as the hotel Kämp. It's called Taivas and this is thir web site:
The phone number is +358 9 672301
The do also make-ups and other wedding services.
The hairdresser in Stockmann is as well good one. It's within walking distance, four, five minutes.
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