Posts Tagged ‘Helsinki’
We’ve stayed in some pretty darn stylish hotels this year, from urban city retreats to ultra modern design hotels, to charming B&B’s, sleek boutique luxury hotels, swanky 5-star chains, and countryside manor houses. Out of all of them, here are our top 5 choices from 2012:
Staying in an Irish manor house in Ireland is an absolute must if you’re exploring the Irish countryside. One of the quintessential Irish experiences, they can be found speckled throughout the countryside and offer little pockets of homey luxury. I can’t begin to describe how truly beautiful this place is!
Recently team Culture Vixen boarded a high-speed train to St Petersburg, Russia from Helsinki, Finland. The journey was to take just 3.5 hours. I was really looking forward to visiting Russia and had a fully-sponsored 10 day press tour lined up with luxury hotels and all sorts of fancy gourmet Russian dinners. Alas, we never got there.
I guess Russia just wasn’t meant to be. An hour into the train ride, after changing our money into Russian Rubles on board may I add, we were denied entry into the country, turned away at the border and sent back to Helsinki on a slow train! Russia was a no go.
Helsinki is filled with cutting-edge modern art. Relaxed tree-lined streets. Hip bars and cafés. Colorful Finnish fabrics. Decorative buildings. Design hotels galore. Heck, even the trees are pretty in Helsinki.
Helsinki is one good looking city. Relaxed, clean, and hip, you’ll discover wide tree-lined boulevards filled with decorative buildings and countless stylish shops brimming with well-designed treasures. Voted the design capital of the world for 2012, this city is a design paradise, a visual art symphony.
Klaus K is a design hotel inspired by the Finnish national epic, the Kalevala, and “inspired” is definitely an apt description of the thoughtful aesthetic of this incredible hotel. Design details abound — in the lobby and the rooms, but also in unexpected places like the elevators, wallpaper, and carpet. Owners Mia and Marc Skvorc have incorporated literal and symbolic references to the Kalevala in almost every aspect of the hotel’s design, but for those unfamiliar with the epic Finnish poem, the masterful blend of textures and colors gives you plenty to look at while the soft lighting and modern elegance create a sense of richness throughout the establishment.