In 2000, the beautiful capitol of Finland, Helsinki, was named a European City of Culture and was then chosen to be a World Design Capital in 2012. Clearly this is a city of distinction. Hotel visitors can choose from inexpensive hostels, bed and breakfasts, apartment hotels, luxury hotels, or even hotels that are environmentally friendly.
Helsinki prides itself on being a conference center and offers large venues like Finlandia Hall to smaller restaurants like Event Arena Bank in the center of the city. In between are conference halls and hotels that offer conference centers as well as catering and other amenities.
The dining choices for the hotel visitor are quite varied, from Michelin guide restaurant Alia, to Italian restaurants like La Famiglia.
One place that most hotel visitors should see is the Esplanade Park, which sits near the center of the city and often hosts events such as concerts but is always a place to relax and people watch.
Visitors to Helsinki hotels will find that there are open-air markets and vintage stores and fashion stores such as Beamhill, EDEL City. Helsinki is known for its design, and is also known as a fashionable city; its shopping reflects that.
Helsinki is host to several professional sports teams, including two American Football teams, the Wolverines and the Roosters. Many teams play at Olympic stadium, which was built in the late 1930s.