Hotels in Finland

Smack dab in the center of Helsinki, the new-millennium Simonkenttä is a gleaming example of what a big urban hotel can do for the environment.

In the vast Lapland wilderness, towering pines loom above 40 fireplace-equipped log cabins and 20 domed “igloos” of thermal glass. From December through April, you can also stay in one of eight real igloos built from snow and equipped with down sleeping bags.

For visiting artists, royalty, and romantics, this modernized 19th-century hotel is the address to commit to memory. Opulence reigns, from the Venetian chandeliers in the banquet hall and the mahogany and cut-glass entrance of the dining room right down to the Karl Fazer chocolates at turndown.

The Palace Hotel Linna, a 1903 Finnish Art Nouveau fortress, was originally the local university’s student union building.