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Visit Helsinki : Clarion airport hotel

May 27, 2017

How grandiose can be an airport hotel? I have always avoided staying at the airport hotels, unless that was the only optionย due to my flights either taking off too early or being canceled. Even with that, I have stayed at the airport hotels maybe 3 or 4 times. When I do travel abroad, I’m not your super cool “Airbnb” gal which scores big time some super cool place for the fraction of the price you’d pay for staying at 4 or 5 star hotels. When I travel, I do want to have everything ” top notch ” and feel like I’m treating myself every moment of the trip. Great hotel with the high standard services and policies is one of the major links of making the most of my trip and being 100% satisfied with the money spent on, as I like to say, pure hedonism.

I must say that I was hesitant when offered to stay at Clarion airport hotel in Vantaa, which is about 25-30 minutes car ride from the Helsinki city centre. Last year, a Norwegian chain – Nordic choice hotels, Clarion opened up 2 hotels in Helsinki, one of them being a “sky scraper” for Finnish standards, located 5 minutes away from the city centre with a beautiful sights over the city from it’s 16th floor’s Sky bar.

I don’t think that many people were that interested about the airport hotel, until it broke the news by being top rated hotel in Helsinki according to TripAdvisor! Say what?

Now, that got me very interested to pursue this collaboration and find out what made Clarion “the airport hotel” everything but an ordinary airport hotel.

Upon entering the hotel and facing the reception and lobby, I was already positively shocked. The looks, design, massive chandeliers, marble floors, big windows, upbeat vibe… It was something I have never expected to find here.

Check in was easy by the help of the genuinely cheerful staff which has accommodated me like a royalty. I got a suite which is one of their top rooms out of 250 in total. Clarion encourages “green stay” meaning that they care about the environment, recycling and being as community aware as possible. On a random day you can find these hard working people taking care of every little corner inside and outside of the hotel. That’s when it hit me! These people really want to give a whole new value to staying at the airport hotel. I must say that I forgot about the fact that I was staying at one.

After the quick check in, I got to my suite and that’s when I felt most welcomed guest ever! CLARION LOVES YOU! That’s what the balloons on my bed had written on them. Living room area was also a nice surprise as there was a handwritten note to me in Russian ( I’m half Russian ) and with a drawing of 3 flags caring about my Croatian roots and Finnish ties. To top off the whole experience, bottle of champagne, chocolate and candy treats were more than appreciated by me and my little travel companion, my daughter.

Before going downstairs for the dinner, we got a guided tour through the hotel by one of the most professional and fun guest relations managers I have ever encountered. Thank you Mr. Jad for showing us all of the beauty, from the President suite, family rooms, meeting rooms to the gym, relaxing zone and sauna. Everything was just impeccable and left me in awe!

Clarion airport hotel has 12 meeting rooms and for all of the business travellers who need to work in a quiet but super cool place or needs to have a meeting, those are the most stylish and cozy meeting rooms I’ve ever seen.

Our dinner was waiting at Kitchen and Table, concept restaurant by a famous Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson, serving us an international cuisine, strongly influenced by America with Nordic ingredients. We had a tasty dinner of 3 courses and have liked it! It wasn’t the fine dining experience or one of my favourite dishes which I ever ate, but the comfort food feeling and tastiness were there. ๐Ÿ™‚

We did love the dessert and the virgin cocktails the most! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Restaurant is very kid friendly, design is very industrial but intimate and the service was quick and accommodating.

Clarion hotels promote healthy lifestyle, therefore their breakfast buffet was full of healthy options and enough of them for even the pickiest or most sensitive eaters ( gluten, lactose, etc. intolerant ). After a good breakfast, we have decided to test Clarion’s sauna and get ready to leave our unforgettable “airport hotel” experience.

*Thank you Clarion airport hotel Vantaa for partnering up with me on this post!

*Thank you to Jad Lian and wonderful staff at the front desk for making my stay as amazing as it was!

*Photography by: Natali K. photography


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  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog May 27, 2017 at 11:39 AM

    Um, I am absolutely drooling after seeing the food pictures. And the hotel is total design goals!

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  • Reply jskseocompany May 27, 2017 at 11:49 AM

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  • Reply Veera Bianca May 27, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Oh wow the Clarion at the airport looks absolutely fabulous, have to try it on one of my adventures my oh my! I stayed at the Clarion in Arlanda recently and loved it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply natali karppinen May 28, 2017 at 8:12 PM

      Thank you my dear! Yes, def. can warmly recommend you to stay at either one of Clarion hotels in Helsinki.

  • Reply Olga May 27, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    This hotel looks amazing!

  • Reply Eva May 27, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    This looks like such a beautiful place to stay! I’ve never visited Helsinki, but would love to one day!

    • Reply natali karppinen May 28, 2017 at 8:13 PM

      Glad to read that you find Clarion hotel inviting! Please do fly over to Helsinki sometime soon, it’s a great place to visit!

  • Reply Eleanor May 27, 2017 at 7:42 PM

    Amazing design! I love it! Dreaming about a vacation!

  • Reply Suzy May 28, 2017 at 3:15 AM

    Super fancy! An absolute dream! Love it! โ™ฅ

    Happy Weekend!
    xoxo Suzy ( ห˜ ยณห˜)โ™ฅ

  • Reply Vale May 28, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    This hotel looks wonderful, it’s the kind of style I prefer when I travel and also the food looks amazing. I hope I can visit your town soon and I am already dreaming about my stay at this hotel and going out with you for shopping sprees, chats and laughters…ahhh, what a dream ๐Ÿ™‚ Kisses my friend!

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    • Reply natali karppinen May 28, 2017 at 8:14 PM

      Oh how I would that!! Sounds amazing and just thinking about it, makes me happy!
      Can’t wait to meet you someday!

  • Reply Toks May 28, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    I have never had to stay in an airport hotel but this certainly looks amazing. xoxoxo

  • Reply Rachel Cline May 28, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Wow! That hotel is absolutely beautiful!!

    OX Rachel

  • Reply Tiffany Lea Zimmermann May 28, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    This is amazing!!
    LOVE, TL

  • Reply Tiffany Lea Zimmermann May 28, 2017 at 7:21 PM

    This is amazing!!
    LOVE, TL

  • Reply Nada May 28, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Amazing photos ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply A Million Pinks May 28, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    looks amazing!

  • Reply Courtney May 29, 2017 at 4:00 AM

    Looks like a lovely hotel! Especially for being in an airport!!
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  • Reply Jennifer May 29, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    It look fabulous! Such beautiful photos!

    xo, Jennifer

  • Reply Abby May 29, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    This looks like a lavish place to stay for a vacation. I wouldn’t want to leave! haha

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  • Reply a trendy life May 29, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Wow! So cool place! Kisses

  • Reply Jessica May 29, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    I am loving all of the luxurious details on this hotel. Definitely would want to stay here!

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  • Reply Katie May 29, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    WOW! How stunning! I’m obsessed with all of the little pops of color! ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Katie
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  • Reply Adela May 29, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Such a beautiful hotel! Looks amazing !!


    • Reply natali karppinen June 2, 2017 at 9:06 AM

      Thank you Vera, it really surprised me how beautiful and special it was!

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  • Reply Carmelatte June 1, 2017 at 12:16 AM

    This hotel looks so super fancy! <3 love it!


  • Reply Julia June 1, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Wow, what can I say except that room/hotel looks absolutely incredible! The balloons are such a nice personal touch as well.

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    Love how they play with colors in the decoration, stunning!!

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