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From cultural heritage to a world-class hotel - Scandic Grand Central Helsinki opens its doors for business

Press release   •   Apr 15, 2021 09:17 BST

Junoir Suite at Scandic Grand Central Helsinki

April 15 marks the day when Scandic Grand Central Helsinki opens its doors after two years of a meticulous restoration process. Scandic Grand Central Helsinki offers a global, unique hotel experience in the stunning historic Art Nouveau building, formerly known as the head office of Finland´s railway company, designed by Eliel Saarinen.

The hotel interior has an old-fashioned charm which meets a modern style in an inspirational way and will be a unique event and meeting place in the heart of Helsinki.

- We have in a very successful way completed the planning and construction processes in one of the most historical and well-known buildings in Helsinki and Finland and it feels fantastic that we have opened this unique hotel today, says Aki Käyhkö, Head of Finland.

- Even though the covid-19 pandemic affects events, conferences and traveling, we believe that the magnificent location, the history of the building and the first-class hotel experience will be appreciated by future travelers, tourists and the local community, continues Käyhkö.

Urban oasis with a relaxed local twist
Eliel Saarinen's Art Nouveau office building has been transformed into a hotel, with 491 rooms together with meeting and banquet facilities. The restoration and transformation process has paid great respect to the protected, highly valued building and was done in co-operation with the Finnish Heritage Agency. The northern wings of the original building are now connected by a modern new building, that utilizes Saarinen's architecture and design language.

- The hotel will be a lively meeting point, the beating heart of the city. Entering from the hustle and bustle of Helsinki city center, the guests move from one epoch and atmosphere to another, a fantastic time travelling experience, says Satu Järvelä, General Manager of Scandic Grand Central Helsinki.

The soulful building reveals its original restored elements, layers of different eras, as well as surprising details. A memorable and stylish decor, fun details and a colorful world create a warm environment for the visitor, designed by Interior Design Architect Jaakko Puro. In addition to modern hotel décor, the guest encounters original details, original refurbished furniture, and light fixtures from different decades.

A place where classic and modern styles meet
The magnificently tall and wide corridors take hotel guests to timeless, elegant rooms with warm colors and a touch of trendy details. The soft, wide beds are the central point of the room. The rooms in the original building offer nostalgia with mullioned windows and thick walls. The hotel guests can also sit on the wide window niches and enjoy the views towards the Ateneum Art Gallery, the National Theatre, the railway station platforms, Kaisaniemi Park and Töölönlahti outdoor recreation area. The large spaces of the original building are balanced by the modern rooms of the new-build. Some rooms offer great views of Kaisaniemi Park with wall-to-wall windows.

Favorite dishes of European cuisine
The stylish restaurant, Brasserie Grand, offers classic flavors that are inspired by French and European cuisine. There is an element of surprise and a touch of luxury in the restaurant and its menu. Brasserie Grand and Bar G are comfortable places to drop by, for example after work or when visiting the theater.

Festive elegance for the parties
The impressive Grand Ballroom banquet hall offers an unique setting with modern functionalities for dinners, parties, galas or cocktail parties for up to 500 people. The restored Supervisory Boardroom with its original Eliel Saarinen furniture gives flashbacks to 1910´s, while at the same time, mix together with modern technology.

Scandic Grand Central Helsinki
Original building 1909 and 1936
Design of the original building: Eliel Saarinen
Restoration and new build 2020: NCC
Design of the new build: Futudesign
Interior design: Jaakko Puro, Puroplan
491 rooms, 373 in the original building and 118 in the new build
37 accessible rooms with motor beds
Brasserie Grand and Bar G 400 seats
Glass terrace in the courtyard: 70 seats
Grand Ballroom up to 500 persons
12 meeting rooms
Gym, yoga room and saunas

More information about Scandic Grand Central Helsinki, please visit: Scandic Hotels

For more information, please contact:
Johanna Uimonen, Communication Manager, Scandic Finland
Email: johanna.uimonen@scandichotels.comPhone: +358 40 7134120

Scandic is the largest hotel company in the Nordic countries with more than 280 hotels, in operation and under development, in more than 130 destinations. The company is the leader when it comes to integrating sustainability in all operations and its award-winning Design for All concept ensures that Scandic hotels are accessible to everyone. Well loved by guests and employees, the Scandic Friends loyalty program is the largest in the Nordic hotel industry and the company is one of the most attractive employers in the region. Scandic Hotels is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm.