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As Helsinki’s only five star luxury accommodation the Hotel Kämp blends heritage and sophistication with its choice location to deliver a world class yet very Finnish product.

While the hotel has the look of a preserved landmark it’s façade is a 1965 replica of the original 1887 hotel which was demolished to make way for a modern office block. A 3 year conversion was completed in 1999 converting the office block back into a hotel which while currently locally owned is a member of Starwood Hotel’s Luxury Collection.

The Hotel Kämp is ensconced in a prime location along the elegant pedestrian avenue or Esplanadi and a few short blocks to both the harbour front Market Square and Senate Square with its centerpiece white cathedral. It’s 179 rooms range from the newly renovated Deluxe rooms to larger Executive, Junior Suites and Suites including the Mannerheim Suite named for famed Finnish military and independence hero Carl Mannerheim. All rooms are similarly well appointed with deep grey marble accented tubs and separate shower stalls, heated bathroom floors, writing desks and work from  the Imprimo Collection of contemporary Finnish graphic art.

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The signature green rubber ducky may be found in every bath and have become a huge hit with children and the inner child in all guests.

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The suites all feature large window that overlook the Esplanadi. In touring the various room categories all had a similarly warm design with comfortable furnishings but without the stuffy old hotel feel.

The Brasserie Kämp offers both indoor and terrace seating, weather permitting, for breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon snacks with coffee.

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The Kämp Bar was the preferred gathering spot for a number of late 19th century artists and intellectuals including Jean Sibelius, Finland’s most famous composer. Japanese Restaurant YUME just off the stunning circular main lobby is another dining venue worth visiting for its authentic cuisine. A full service spa, Kämp Spa,  a gym and requisite sauna round out the luxury hotel amenities but an adjacent shopping arcade is definitely worth a peek especially in the evening with live musicians and an intimate, cozy ambiance with casual mood lighting.

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Prices for the hotel start at EUR300 per room per night for the lead-in Deluxe room category and rise from there however promotional rates do appear at times but watch the fine print on these offers as the low rate may be prepaid and highly inflexible.

The Hotel Kämp’s rich history lends an air of an old world palace that pampers guest like aristocrats but is secretly a  a contemporary hotel in the very heart of a very modern city.

The staff of the Hotel Kämp were gracious enough to conduct me on a  guided tour of this landmark for which I am grateful.