After our weekend in Levi, Finland, we flew south to Finland’s capital city, Helsinki, where we’d be spending about a day and a half. Our “home base” during our stop in Helsinki was Hotel Lilla Roberts!
Hotel Lilla Roberts is located in the on a quiet street in the design district of Helsinki, just a few blocks from the busy business district (filled with tons of great restaurants and shops) and right near the city’s most prestigious residential area. We loved that it wasn’t in an overly touristy area, and that we got a bit of a feel of local life in Helsinki.
If you’re traveling from Helsinki’s airport, the hotel (and city center) is about a 30 minute drive.
One of my favorite features the hotel had was on the way to our room. After getting off the elevator on our floor, we had to scan our room key to confirm that we were indeed guests staying on that floor. Gotta love the extra layer of security!
As for the room itself, we stayed in a cozy king room, filled with plenty of spaces to store our luggage and souvenirs. And after adventuring nonstop for a week or so, this was the perfect place to kick back in the hotel-provided bathrobes at night. And while flipping through TV channels for something to watch before bed, we even got to see the big finale of The X Factor, where a contestant from Finland was in the final two!
The bathroom was also spacious, accommodating both my mom and I at the bathroom counter getting ready in the mornings. I also appreciated having such a big shower to stretch out in after having much smaller quarters in the days prior.
Service + Amenities
Breakfast was served in the hotel’s restaurant, which is actually located in the building next door. There was a fantastic spread of fresh fruit, yogurt, cheese, meats, cereal – you name it. Plus, they had a special section for gluten-free options (so if you’re GF you don’t have to ask for a separate menu) AND to my great pleasure, an area filled with desserts at breakfast! *Insert emoji praise hands*
I was also pretty intrigued by this platter near the restaurant’s entrance/exit. My mom gave it a try first and couldn’t finish it and made a face similar to the one the sign promised. I tried it next and my face also probably looked like that (since I didn’t know what to expect), but it kind of tasted like the sour Warhead candy I ate growing up, so I felt well prepared for it. It’d definitely be helpful to have this in the a.m. if coffee wasn’t an option (or in addition to if you’re feeling extra tired)!
My favorite of all was hotel’s lobby, which featured a bar next to a cozy fireplace, perfect for warming up in the winter! We definitely took advantage of it! I mean how perfect is this setting?!