Hotel Kämp, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Helsinki

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This is part of the Trip Report Welcome to the Cold where I went from NYC to:

If you’re just tuning in now be sure to read how I ended up with this unique itinerary by checking out The Original Plan: The $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World, the subsequent Change Up: Riga, Latvia? and the Mongolia angle: IGLOO-GER: The Helsinki-Ulaanbaatar Trip Report.


Getting There: Take the bus to the city center and wander around till you find the main street or make it easy on yourself and take a taxi from the city center. The hotel is located at Pohjoisesplanadi, 29 right in the middle of the Esplanadi.


I’ve always wanted to go to Helsinki for reasons I cannot articulate. I believe a lot of it has to do with the name of the city which has a coolness factor all on its own. Following my rock-star flight on Finnair I was excited to check in to the Hotel Kämp, a legendary, iconic hotel that is known to all in Finland. Celebrities, dignitaries, and now TPOL are among its prior guests.

The rotunda lobby has an elegant feel reminding one of hotels from Hollywood movies. The bellman is courteous and the front-desk staff is proper. Given my platinum SPG status I was upgraded to The Ville Vallgren Suite and offered the option of complimentary breakfast or points. Usually I take the points because I’m rarely awake for breakfast but Helsinki is so expensive that I couldn’t pass up a free meal. Additionally, the reviews said the breakfast spread was not to be missed. They were right.

Delicious
Delicious
Fresh
Fresh
More breakfast
More breakfast
Eggs to enjoy
Eggs to enjoy

The elevator dinged and I was escorted to my room which had two entrances: one for the guest and one for the staff. Though I will be posting pictures, I’m hoping my words illustrate the grand and splendor of this one of a kind hotel.

After placing my bags in the spacious closet, the bellman proceeded to give me a tour of the room. There were large windows with a view overlooking the main street that had to be drawn tight in the summer to give the guest a chance to sleep. The bed was showered with soft pillows tempting me to succumb to the myth of jet-lag. To the right was an impressive bookshelf filled with fancy, rustic texts. Though it would’ve been peaceful to read one from the privacy of my own marble bathtub, alas I had to pass as the collection was in Finnish. Amusingly, the A/C was not working that well since it is barely in use throughout the year. The engineer promptly came to fix it.

The Hotel Kämp is part of SPG’s luxury collection and it is apparent to see why. Its name is known throughout Helsinki and for good reason.

Style outside Hotel Kämp
Style outside Hotel Kämp
The Hotel Kämp
The Hotel Kämp
Look for #29
Look for #29
The rotunda
The rotunda
Historic photos
Historic pictures
The Ville Vallgren Suite, but of course
The Ville Vallgren Suite, but of course
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The comforts of home
The bed
The bed
The books
The books
The bath
The bath
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The spectacular room
hotel kamp
The small details
hotel kamp
The guest’s entrance
A nice touch of water
A nice touch of water
hotel kamp
More of the room
hotel kamp
Sophisticated luxury
The chandelier
The chandelier
The duck!
The duck!
How great is this duck?
How great is this duck?
Obsessed with the library
Obsessed with the library
More library
More library
A thoughtful painting
A thoughtful painting
View from the bed
View from the bed
The little things make the luxury
The little things make the luxury
Hotel Kämp
Hotel Kämp
Grand Stairway
Grand Stairway
Unlike any other hotel I've stayed at.
Unlike any other hotel I’ve stayed at.
The Ville Vallgren Suite, but of course
The Ville Vallgren Suite

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I stayed in this hotel back in December and was upgraded to junior suite even as a Gold Member. Fantastic hotel in a great city

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