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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Indulge Your Inner Design Hawk in Helsinki

Explore the city’s thriving Design District and dine on modern Nordic cuisine as Finland’s creative hub gears up to become World Design Capital in 2012.


1. Where to Stay

Hotel Glo Kluuvi's award-winning beds are located in the leafy center of town.  

Pick your room according to your mood at Klaus K (from $317), a design hotel inspired by the Kalevala, a nineteenth-century epic poem. All 137 units feature artwork with quotes from the poem and showcase playful contemporary décor based on its themes of passion, envy, mysticism, and desire. Unwind in the basement sauna before a night at in-house club Ahjo, where savvy locals head for the resident D.J.'s on Fridays and Saturdays.

Soak up the Art Deco vibe of Sokos Hotel Torni (from $170), a classic 1928 property in a fourteen-floor tower that houses 152 recently refurbished rooms and suites. Units come in two signature styles: Functionalism, with clean lines and splashes of red, and Jugend, featuring antique Art Nouveau candelabras and ball-shaped lamps by W. Brand. Have an Aalto cocktail ($16) of cranberry vodka and Cointreau at top-floor Ateljee Bar, renowned for its panoramic views of Helsinki rooftops and the Baltic.

Sleep in style at Hotel Glo Kluuvi (from $267), right off the leafy Esplanadi at the heart of Helsinki, where 144 rooms and suites tout modern Scandinavian style with functionality and flair: cherry wood floors, award-winning Unikulma beds, heated bathroom floors, and a sleep menu offering a warm oats pillow, among other accessories.

Published on Jun 29, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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