Hotel Rantapuisto offers luxurious rooms, buffet breakfasts, fine dining, saunas & more… right on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Find out why it’s the perfect choice for a tranquil getaway, just 15km from the centre of Helsinki, Finland.
History of Hotel Rantapuisto
Hotel Rantapuisto was built in 1963 as a training centre for Suomen Yhdyspankki, the 1st commercial bank in Finland.
It’s a large complex, with an auditorium, ball game halls & conference wings. Glass-covered corridors connect the different sections, bringing the light & nature outside, indoors.
Today, Hotel Rantapuisto is largely a conference hotel, welcoming all guests travelling for business or pleasure.
Hotel Rantapuisto is located on the shores of the Baltic Sea, 15km from Helsinki city centre & easily accessible by car or public transport.
It is surrounded by nature, with a beach & walking trails at your doorstep. In the summer, kayak rentals are available as well as sailing & fishing charters.
At all times of the years, Hotel Rantapuisto is a tranquil retreat from the stresses of everyday life. And at the end of my 1.5 year around the world travels, that was exactly what I was looking for.
When you check-in to Hotel Rantapuisto, you don’t close the door on the natural world outside – instead, it simply follows you inside.
With the use of different glass & wood materials, the hotel takes full advantage of its scenic setting. It is built on a grassy slope on the seashore, with panoramic views of the woods & the sea.
Much of the original 1960’s architectural features have been retained & modernized with contemporary furniture, artwork & lighting.
The lobby bar & lounge is a wonderful showcase of this style. Leather & wood feature in the chairs, lounges, tables & bookcases, enhancing the retro look of the wooden ceiling & panelling. After all, classic Finnish design is timeless.
The lobby lounge area is not only stylish but it’s also a very functional space, for work or relaxation.
You can order drinks including wine & coffee, as well as a selection of sweet & savoury snacks.
The unique architecture at Hotel Rantapuisto connects the surrounding natural environment with an interior design that works together in perfect harmony.
Superior King Room
I stayed in a Superior King Room at Hotel Rantapuisto & it was simply wonderful.
What struck me first was the amazing panoramic view of the woods & sea through the huge wall-length windows. I was in awe of the frozen Finnish seascape during my whole stay, especially during sunset.
And the king-sized bed was very luxurious!
It had 6 pillows of different sizes, as well as high quality bedding and a side table & lamp on both sides.
With fluffy robes & slippers provided, there was little reason to leave the bed!
Opposite the bed was a wall-mounted flat-screen TV, with cable channels in English & Finnish. There was also a large lounge chair & coffee table in the corner.
The room also featured a long desk & chair, with a telephone & minibar. Coffee & tea was provided, together with a kettle & glasses.
There was plenty of closet shelving & storage in the hallway…. which led into the very spacious bathroom!
The design was contemporary & spotlessly clean, with under-floor & towel rack heating.
The toilet, enclosed shower & sink lined the edges, with a lot of dressing space in the rest of the bathroom. A hairdryer, toiletries & multiple towels were provided – I couldn’t have asked for anything more!
A dining experience at Hotel Rantapuisto is impeccable from start to finish. From the lobby, a candle-lit aisle leads to a beautiful restaurant with a view.
Floor to ceiling windows overlook the woods & ocean, still frozen in the early spring.
But the ambience in the room is warm & cozy, with the glow of flames from the large, curved brick fireplace in the centre. It’s the spark for a promising night ahead, indeed. Guests can relax or have a drink before the meal, by the fire.
And looking up, the ceiling is finished with a quirky, abstract wooden design. Without even tasting a single dish, the restaurant is already a winner on style alone.
Yet you can’t have style without substance, especially when you’re hungry!
The a la carte menu at the Hotel Rantapuisto restaurant offers International & Finnish cuisine, with produce sourced locally from small farms & herbs from its own garden.
The wine list was very good, with selections of sparkling, white, red & dessert wine. I started with a Pinor Noir from Chile, which was fragrant with hints of dark cherries & spices.
It was a lovely complement to the selection of complimentary breads: house bread with wheat & barley, pumpkin seeds & 2 types of rye. This was accompanied with salt & butter, in a lovely rustic presentation.
For the appetizer, I chose the Slightly salted Whitefish with Cauliflower, Brioche & Fennel.
The plate had a generous portion of fish, which was fresh & chilled. The cauliflower puree was light & fluffy, and the garnishes provided extra texture to the dish. I really enjoyed it.
There were 6 choices of mains, which all sounded very tasty: fish, lamb, duck, burger, steak & vegetarian risotto.
I went with the waitress’s recommendation of Braised Entrecote of Lambkin with a Ragout of Root Vegetables & Potato Puree – it didn’t disappoint.
The lamb was very tender, falling off the knife as I cut it – again it was a very generous portion.
The meat sat on a wispy mash of potatoes, topped with a mix of roasted potatoes, carrot, squash & onion cubes. It was sprinkled with crispy potato & beetroot chips.
The black sauce was a demi-glace red wine vinaigrette, boiled for many hours. It was strong & salty, but not overpowering.
I was very full but there’s always room for dessert!
I ordered the Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sorbet & the presentation was beautiful, especially the chocolate-dipped rose petals. And it tasted even better than it looked – the perfect end to a very satisfying dining experience.
Having a top quality restaurant at a hotel makes life easy and the wonderful food & ambiance here at Hotel Rantapuisto was the cherry on top!
* Hotel Rantapuisto offers a seasonal menu throughout the year as well as a Sunday Brunch.
A plentiful buffet breakfast is offered in the mornings from 7:00-10:00am & included in the room rate.
As a guest in a superior room, a window table was reserved for me every morning, which was a gesture I really appreciated.
The breakfast buffet selection included:
- Bread, croissant
- Muesli, cereal, porridge
- Natural yoghurt, berries, dried fruit, nuts, seeds
- Eggs, sausages, bacon
- Pancakes, fruits
- Smoked salmon, herring
- Ham, turkey, salad, cheese
- Coffee, tea, juice.
There’s certainly plenty of choice, with vegetarians, lactose & gluton free guests well-catered for.
When you’re on holiday, there’s no better way to start each morning!
The sauna is an important part of Finnish culture, a place to relax alone or with family & friends.
Hotel Rantapuisto offers 2 difference sauna experiences: one by the seaside & one indoors:
- The seaside sauna is an outdoor hot tub right on the beach, with a nearby fireplace. After warming up, the Finnish Tradition calls for a dip in the icy sea… refreshing to say the least, especially when it’s still snowing! I didn’t get the chance to try either but it sounds like an amazing experience!
- I did however try out the indoor sauna, which was complimentary for guests of Superior Rooms. It features a modern kiuas, a special type of stove that is heated by hot stones.
The Finnish like to sauna nude, with separate sessions for men & women. At Hotel Rantapuisto, the sauna area also includes showers, a dressing room & a private relaxation room with sofa chairs.
Saunas allow you to indulge in a bit of culture & relaxation, that’s also beneficial for your health & wellbeing – it was one of my favourite aspects of staying at Hotel Rantapuisto!
- High-speed WiFi connection
- Business center
- Art exhibitions
- Childrens playroom
- Escape room
How to Get to/from Hotel Rantapuisto
Hotel Rantapuisto is easily reached by car or public transport.
It is connected to Helsinki centre by the Rastila metro station. From the hotel, it’s a 20 minute walk or you catch buses #560 or #816.
Know Before You Go
Address: Furuborginkatu 3, 00980 Helsinki
Prices: Superior King Room from €125.00, Standard Twin Room from €105.00
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*** The Final Word: Spoil yourself & enjoy nature in comfort & style at Hotel Rantapuisto ***
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* I was a guest at Hotel Rantapuisto for the purposes of this review. Creating partnerships is one of the ways we make this blog sustainable; we only recommend fantastic value accommodation we believe our readers would enjoy. As always, all opinions & photos are our own.
Visited in March 2017