Scandic Grand Central Helsinki: opening of a new hotel in the heart of Finland’s capital
Scandic Grand Central Helsinki: opening of a new hotel in the heart of Finland’s capital
Kirill Malyutin, 16 April 2021

Scandic Grand Central Helsinki opened its doors to the public on Thursday the 15th of April 2021, thus putting a new hotel in Finland on the map. The hotel truly is in the heart of the capital city as you cannot find more central location as at the Central Railway Station.

  • Name of the hotel: Scandic Grand Central Helsinki
  • Address: Vilhonkatu 13, 00100, Helsinki, Finland
  • District: Kluuvi
  • Date of opening: 15 April 2021

With Scandic Hotels being one of the largest hotel operators in the Nordics, the hotel chain is constantly seeking new exciting locations for its projects and giving the old historic buildings their new life. This helps to create a unique customer experience in each place that Scandic Hotels bring to the light.

The magnificent Art-Nouveau style building of Scandic Grand Central Helsinki was designed by Eliel Saarinen and aimed to represent the trends of that time. The original building was completed in 1909 with an addition finished in 1936, whereas the newest part was built in 2020.

During its life, the building served as the head office of the country’s railway company, main post office, and some other business entities, until it got its revival into a world-class hotel, the main entrance of which is from the railway square. However, the guests also have nearly direct access to commuter and long-distance trains in order to explore more of Finland and a possibility to enjoy the marvellous Finnish National Theatre or beautiful Kaisaniemi Park.

Fact sheet of Scandic Grand Central Helsinki

  • Operated by Scandic Hotels.
  • 491 rooms in total (373 in the original and 118 in the new building).
  • 37 accessible rooms.
  • Glass terrace in the courtyard.
  • Grand Ballroom (up to 500 persons).
  • 12 meeting rooms.
  • Brasserie Grand & Bar G.
  • Gym and yoga room.
  • Connected to the Central Railway Station.

The first thing that the hotel guests and visitors see at the main entrance is the beautiful wide staircase with the original wooden balustrades. It is one of those places where you can literally touch and feel history. The second floor keeps more of the historic discoveries, the two paintings with the list of office rooms were restored during the renovation.

The lobby is spacious and has enough desks to serve customers on hectic days. Only a few steps away from the reception, guests can relax and read a book, play chess or have a chat with friends with a view onto a nice fireplace, which became a focal point of the room.

One can notice that the hotel interior has predominantly dark colours with black and dark blue prevailing. The restaurant and the bar were created in the same style, which made them even more elegant, and restored original arches emphasize the uniqueness of the place.

The contemporary and welcoming Brasserie Grand combines the best traditions of European cuisine, whilst Bar G is ready to please its guests with popular cocktails and offer its signature drink.

The old part of the building has original doors, which are protected by the Finnish Heritage Agency; therefore, they were integrated into a new design having no functionality other than the aesthetics, which created that exceptional charm on each floor.

Guests can find the most suitable accommodation option, for example, relaxing view to the courtyard or park, upper floors with the breathtaking rooftops views, the vibrant station view, or the more classic views onto the square.

Beside the view, one can choose the room based on its design, for instance, Classic Double has beautiful round-shaped windows arches, while the Junior Suite has astonishing window shaped as semicircle and bathtub, or the Master Suite with its own sauna and memorable blue walls.

Scandic Grand Central Helsinki offers several meeting facilities with most of the salvaged original tables and chairs to bring the authentic ambiance of the epoch, as well as Grand Ballroom that can fit up to 500 people and ideal for big events or conferences.

The hotel is especially convenient for the travellers arriving from Saint Petersburg by Allegro train, but it is also a perfect getaway or so-called “staycation” for the locals. Scandic Grand Central Helsinki has become a new point of attraction and a new reason to explore the charm of Helsinki.

Book a stay on the official website of the Scandic Grand Central Helsinki hotel.


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