The design capital of Finland welcomes Hotel Indigo® Helsinki – Boulevard

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    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) debuts its first boutique Hotel Indigo property in Scandinavia with the opening of Hotel Indigo® Helsinki – Boulevard. Opening on Bulevardi, the hotel is situated on one of the city’s most elegant, historic and diverse streets, connecting two contrasting worlds of design.As IHG’s boutique brand, every Hotel Indigo property is designed to reflect the local neighbourhood. From the hotel’s design and artwork, to the locally inspired menus, every Hotel Indigo is unique to its surroundings and so no two hotels are the same. Hotel Indigo Helsinki – Boulevard truly reflects the fabric of this design orientated neighbourhood right down to the murals on the walls – two of which were created by young Finnish graphic designers, Linda Linko and Pietari Posti.

    To the east of the hotel, guests will find themselves immersed in the heart of the design district, Esplanadi — a community of galleries, Finnish designers such as Marimekko and Vuokko, and jewellery makers. To the west lies the Baltic Sea and the Hietalahti Shipyard, the core area for industrial design which has been responsible for developing the design of icebreaker ships for the last 150 years. Bulevardi, a Parisian-esque Boulevard lined with trees, shops and cafes lies in the middle of these two distinct areas and provides the perfect inspiration for the hotel’s premium aesthetic.

    After a day of exploring the city’s charms, guests can head back to the hotel for a drink or bite to eat. The hotel will play host to two dining offers; Bröd, an 80-seater restaurant serving a selection of Finnish specialities, and Soup & Juice, a deli that will sit just inside the hotel providing a place for guests and locals to enjoy a fresh salad, sandwich or soup. Soup & Juice is the perfect example of Hotel Indigo’s new food and beverage philosophy that aims to create a local landmark by bringing the best food and drink artisans from the community into the hotels.

    The 120 room hotel is very well connected with tram six, one of the oldest electrified tram networks in the world built in 1900, just outside the hotel and the airport and just a 30 minute drive away. All guestrooms have a complimentary minibar, Nespresso coffee machine maker and WiFi included in the room rate. What’s more, there is a 24/7 Body, Soul & Mind studio with gym, yoga room and Finnish Sauna & Steam Bath. For those travelling on business, the hotel offers a boardroom and 24/7 Business Corner.

    Daniel Fountain / 16.03.2015

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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