Hotel Kämp, Pohjoisesplanadi 29, Helsinki (tel. 09/57-61-11; www.hotelkamp.fi): One of the most luxurious hotels in the north of Europe, the Kämp brings five-star comforts to the Finnish capital. It was constructed in 1887, but has been dramatically and beautifully restored. A great deal of Finnish history took place under its roof, and the politics of the country, a blend of east and west, continue to thrive on its dramatic premises.
Palace Hotel, Eteläranta 10, Helsinki (tel. 09/13-45-66-60; www.palacekamp.fi): On the south harbor, this glamorous hotel -- known for its scenic 10th-floor dining room -- is the city's finest. The accommodations are spacious, with sleek Finnish styling such as dark-wood paneling and built-in furniture. The Palace offers the highest level of personal service, and amenities include three saunas on the 11th floor.
Hilton Hotel Kalastajatorppa, Kalastajatorpantie 1, Helsinki (tel. 09/458-11; www.hilton.com): In a bucolic park on the sea, this is a tranquil and luxurious choice. Comprising three buildings with two restaurants, plus two modern glass wings linked by tunnels, it's a cozy retreat. In summer, amenities include a beach with watersports equipment.
Hilton Helsinki Strand, John Stenbergin Ranta 4, Helsinki (tel. 800/445-8667 or 09/393-51; www.hilton.com): Opening onto a bay, this deluxe chain member boasts the most dramatic atrium in Helsinki. Some of Finland's top designers were called in to create some of the capital's most tasteful and comfortable guest rooms, often using deluxe construction materials such as marble from Lapland.
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