Hotel Maria Helsinki: An Ensemble of Heritage and Opulence

ByAndrea Thompson

April 1, 2024

Nestled in the heart of Helsinki’s historic district, Hotel Maria stands as a beacon of Nordic elegance and a testament to the city’s rich cultural tapestry.

Since its grand opening in 2023, this luxury hotel has rapidly established itself as a landmark for travellers looking for an experience that blends the elegance of history with modern-day comforts.

Constructed around four historic structures, the estate was a popular gathering place for renowned Finnish poets such as Johan Ludvig Runeberg and Fredrik Cygnaeus, along with their intellectual circle, who passionately engaged in discussions about literature, philosophy, and art.

Over the years, these buildings have served various roles for government and military purposes, and more recently, they have been utilized by The Arts Council of Finland. The original architectural elements of these structures have been meticulously maintained, and their historical significance is celebrated and accentuated throughout the hotel.

The hotel’s name is rich in history, drawing inspiration from Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna, the Princess Dagmar of Denmark, who frequently sought refuge in Finland to escape the pressures of royal life. Samppa Lajunen, a three-time Olympic gold medallist, is the visionary behind this establishment, which is renowned for its sophisticated design, attention to detail, and the impeccable service provided by the staff.

Visitors are welcomed into a lobby that radiates historical charm and sophistication, a space co-designed by Jana Sasko and Puroplan. This design harmoniously blends traditional Finnish elements with the expansive feel of American interiors, featuring a colour scheme of white accented with natural woods, forged metal, and a touch of timeless elegance. Scattered throughout the hotel, the Lily of the Valley, Finland’s national flower, symbolizes the sincerity and happiness that the hotel aspires to impart upon its guests.

The hotel boasts 117 distinctive guest rooms, among which are 38 opulent suites, each an enclave of luxury. Many rooms include a quintessential Finnish amenity: a sauna. The marble bathrooms are equipped with either a walk-in shower or a bathtub. The signature suites represent the pinnacle of luxury, suitable for royalty.

Hotel Maria’s amenities are meticulously crafted to address every facet of guest wellness. The offerings range from the spa and fitness centre to the personalized attention provided by the wellness concierge, culminating in the gastronomic pleasures at Lilja restaurant for an elegant and engaging dining experience.

The hotel also boasts a garden terrace for casual dining and drinks, and a stylish bar with live music from a grand piano—perfect for indulging in caviar and champagne. Located in the heart of Helsinki, in the esteemed Kruununhaka district, it is conveniently close to the Presidential Palace and Senate Square, making it an ideal base for exploring this renowned pedestrian-friendly city.

Opting for Hotel Maria is an invitation to indulge in an environment meticulously crafted for luxury and comfort. It’s a realm where the heritage of regal elegance elevates the hospitality experience, transforming each stay into an exploration of historical opulence and grandeur.