Hotel Torni, a 70-metre-tall Helsinki landmark, will close at Christmas for renovation. Photo: Sokos Hotels

Helsinki hotels renovated and new ones built

The skyscraper hotel Torni, a 70-metre-tall Helsinki landmark, will close at Christmas for renovation. Nearly all hotel rooms, the lobby, the bars and the restaurants will be transformed. The original spirit of Torni will be restored in the renovated and rebuilt hotel building, scheduled to reopen in 2021. 

The accommodation services of Solo Sokos Hotel Torni will close on 16 December 2019, and the bars and restaurants Ateljee Bar, American Bar, O’Malley’s and Restaurant Torni will close on 20 December. Accommodation and catering services will operate as normal until these dates. 

Modelled after skyscrapers

Hotel Torni was opened on 19 March 1931, accompanied with a debate: not everybody in Helsinki had been impressed with the idea of a new skyscraper in the heart of the city. However, as the floors of the building were erected in a fast succession, many became proud of the tall building by the time it was finished. The bulky classical-style building was designed by the architect duo, brothers Jung & Jung, who modelled the building after American skycrapers of the 1920s. 

The hotel renovation project will commence with demolition and re-construction work in January 2020. The project will constitute the most extensive renovation in the hotel since it was opened. In addition to an interior transformation, the hotel will undergo a thorough structural transformation, with hotel room windows and doors, pipes, lighting, and ventilation and air conditioning rebuilt. Only the building exterior, apart from lighting, will remain the same. The business ideas of the hotel, the bars and the restaurants will be redefined. 

New hotel to open at Mall of Tripla in mid-January

A new hotel at the Mall of Tripla in Pasila will open doors on Monday, 13 January 2020. 

The hotel building, with its roof more than 90 metres above the sea level, has 14 floors, 430 rooms and 15 adjustable meeting and event spaces. 

Crowne Plaza Helsinki–Hesperia to transform during 2020

Hotel Crowne Plaza Helsinki–Hesperia will close on 15 December 2019, to reopen in May 2020 after a transition.

Space vacated by European Chemicals Agency to be a hotel, Railway Station hotel to open in 2021

The Scandic hotel chain will be the operator of a new conference and events hotel in Helsinki, to open in 2022. The 350-room Scandic Avenue will be located at the edge of the Old Church Park on Annankatu in the heart of Helsinki. 

Scandic Hotels will open a new 500-room hotel at Helsinki Railway Station in 2021. The hotel will have an extensive conference centre and a grand restaurant environment. 

Seurahuone hotel project to reinstate the building’s original uses

Some parts of the New Student House are being returned to hotel uses after many decades. The building housed Hotel Hansa in 1924–1968. A hotel has been operating in the Seurahuone building continuously since 1912. The upcoming renovation will combine the historic hotels.

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