The extensive renewal of Scandic Continental hotel, situated near the Helsinki city centre, has reached a stage where the hotel is opening half of its rooms with a completely new look. The hotel will also change its name to Scandic Park. The renovation of the biggest hotel in Finland will be complete by the beginning of 2015.
The design of Scandic Park is based on a new hotel concept recently created by Scandic. The renewal draws its inspiration from the urban park surrounding the hotel, and the hotel’s cosy and relaxed atmosphere and services invite all kinds of visitors, on business or leisure.
- Continental in Helsinki is steeped in tradition, but the renewal proved a change of name necessary. Scandic Park is a modern and fresh hotel, so we wanted the name to reflect these attributes and the hotel’s close proximity to Central Park, says General Manager Kari Kurppa.
Urban park extends into the hotel
Scandic Park is located close to the city centre, opposite to a beautiful park. The rooms have been furnished according to three different color schemes with a touch of surprise.
- The Scandic Park hotel now offers a completely new conceptual experience from the moment the guest gets out of the taxi all the way through the hotel to their rooms. This core identity is reflected in the choice of materials, furniture, lighting and delightful details. Guests experience subtle references to the parks and nearby nature, says Bronwynn Welsh, Interior Architect SIR/MSA at Doos Architects.
First stage of the multi-phase renewal will present reception, parking facilities and 232 renovated rooms, which is half of the hotel capacity. In March 2014, new conference facilities will open, providing meeting guests flexible and inspiring surroundings for events up to 500 people, even with stunning park view. In May 2014 the new restaurant will be ready. The last phase of the renewal will cover the remaining rooms, ready to accommodate guests in January 2015.
The owner of the Scandic Park real estate is Pandox and the building contractor is Consti.
Kari Kurppa, General Manager, Scandic Park, ph. +358 50 050 8277
Kati Puukko, Marketing and Communications Manager, Scandic Hotels Oyph.+358 40 563 7049, email@example.com
Doos Architects is a boutique design practice based in Stockholm. We specialise in interior design concepts for hotels and restaurants and we are one of the leading firms in the hospitality sector in Scandinavia. Our experience is thorough and we have completed major - as well as small scale - projects throughout Europe. www.doos.se
Every day, Scandic’s 7,500 team members work with one single goal in mind – to make you feel welcome. As the Nordic region’s most sustainable hotel chain we’re always focused on the environment, social responsibility and accessibility. With around 160 hotels in eight countries, 30,000 hotel rooms and a turnover of EUR 923 million, Scandic is the leading hotel chain in the Nordic countries. We want to be more than just a hotel – Scandic is a place where people meet, work and get inspired.