Tampere in southern Finland is Helsinki’s naughty little brother. Edgy, bohemian and a vibrant city of culture, Tampere also has plenty of accommodation choices, whether you want to enjoy a sundowner in a rooftop bar or stay in a wooden house surrounded by apple trees.
Located in a typically Finnish wooden-house neighbourhood, Lillan Hotel Cafe Butik offers home-style accommodation close to Tampere’s city centre. All 14 roomsin this yellow villa, dating from 1928, are decorated with high-quality Finnish linen and designer items. The hotel is surrounded by a garden, so if the weather is warm, you can enjoy brunch under the apple trees.
This tall hotel, with old locomotive depots on the ground level, embodies Tampere’s bold working-class heritage. The simply decorated rooms span 24 floors, and as a cherry on top, you will find the best views in Tampere’s at the hotel’s rooftop bar, Moro Sky Bar. Enjoy a local craft beer and take in the views of Finland’s second-largest city.
Inspired by Lappish lifestyle and myths, Lapland Hotels Tampere is located in the bustling centre of Tampere. The hotel’s sombre colour palette, reindeer furs and decorative antlers create a welcome contrast to the surrounding red-brick houses and modern blocks. Chill out in the hotel’s restaurant Dabbal, where modern-European fine dining mingles with Lapland’s flavours.
Original Sokos Hotel Villa is a stylish conversion of a former granary, built in 1926. Its red-brick walls, wicker chair swings and other design details, such as eco-friendly Kola rocking chairs, have been complimented in international design competitions. Located in the city centre, this hotel is a handy base from which to explore Tampere’s tourist attractions and legendary music scene, with Telakka concert venue just around the corner.
If chandeliers, hefty stone staircases and dark wooden decor intrigue you, Hotel Tammer might be the one for you. A fixture next to the River Tammer since 1929, the building is one of Finland’s oldest continuously functioning hotels, fit for presidents, celebrities and glamorous travellers alike. The rooms’ light-blue walls and wooden art deco items create an elegant ambience for your stay in Tampere.
The heart of this hotel is its atrium, a spacious inner courtyard hosting a restaurant. Decorated with high bar stools, low-hanging lamps and a herringbone wooden floor, the lounge and lobby areas are a welcome sanctum of cool calm after a day exploring the city. The sauna is available for guests every day, and you can borrow walking poles and bicycles.
On the shores of Näsinjärvi lake, Holiday Club Tampere Spa is built into a century-old cotton mill. The rooms are simply decorated, and there’s a spa to help you unwind. If the pools, jacuzzis, saunas and massaging waterfalls don’t do the trick, relax with a Guinot facial and top it off with a cocktail at the pool bar.
Budget travellers will appreciate this hostel in the vibrant Tulli district of Tampere. There are private rooms for couples, family rooms with bunk beds and shared dorms. Families will love the games and books on offer, and high chairs are provided. Make use of the shared kitchen to prepare your own meals, or opt for the continental breakfast for a small fee. For a slightly more upscale stay, book a modern apartment, some over which even have their own sauna.