Impressive restaurants, Finnish art and original details – Hotel Torni opens its doors on 12 April
A completely renewed Solo Sokos Hotel Torni, the landmark of central Helsinki, opens its doors on 12 April. During the project that has lasted more than two years, the hotel and its restaurants have been renovated from the kitchen to the rooftop bar. The stunning views, historical details and Torni's art collection, which has been complemented by top artworks from SOK's extensive collection, remain.
Torni's renovation project was initiated in late 2019 and the completely renovated hotel will welcome guests on 12 April at 12 noon. All 154 rooms, restaurants and lobby areas of the hotel have been fully renovated and the entire building has undergone a major overhaul.
The restaurants have had a particularly significant change. Restaurant OR, which opens on the corner of Yrjönkatu and Kalevankatu, is a wine bar and a modern brasserie, and its impressive raw bar serves oysters, appetizers and desserts. The interior of the restaurant has art deco influences and a colour scheme which is entirely unique in the Finnish restaurant world.
Torni serves high-quality food from early morning till late at night. You can order food from Torni's all-day menu to your rooms and to all the hotel restaurants. Torni's kitchen is run by Matias Nitovuori, who has previously worked in restaurants like the Palace and Carelia. For breakfast, Torni's guests are, among other things, served sourdough bread made after Matias' own recipe.
One of the most visible changes can be seen in the middle of the hotel, under a magnificent dome, to where the American Bar returns from Kalevankatu to its original place. The interior is crowned by wall lighting designed by Paavo Tynell, discovered in Torni's storage in connection with the renovation project.
Art for all senses
One highlight of the renovated Solo Sokos Hotel Torn is its extensive art collection. The diverse collection includes paintings, graphics, sculptures and fine art photography. The art display in the reception delights with a miniature version of The Whistling City-Dweller by Björn Weckström – the original can be found on Iso-Roobertinkatu, and in the elevator lobby guests are greeted by the sculpture Aino by Kaarlo Haltia, earlier located in one of the rooms on the Art Nouveau side. Artworks are displayed in all the hotel's facilities, including the rooms.
Torni's own art has been complemented with works from SOK's art collection. For almost 100 years, SOK has collected Finnish art, and these treasures can now be admired in Torni's public spaces. The music playing in Torni's hallways is the work of Finnish composer Petri Alanko. Torni's musical piece depicts a day at the hotel – everything that takes place in Torni, from the lingering hours of the morning to champagne toasts in the evening.
Torni's new hotel rooms have an atmosphere of serenity and bohemian luxury. The scenic rooms in the Torni side offer breathtaking views over Helsinki. On the Art Nouveau side, the magnificent tiled stoves and panel doors were restored, and the original staircase with stained glass and spectacular decorations has survived Torni's colourful history. On the Torni side, the old lift with a manual door and the main entrance from Yrjönkatu are originals and form part of the unique atmosphere.
- Over the decades, the hotel guests with their thousands of stories and the exquisite architecture have created Torni's unique spirit. Maintaining and enhancing the hotel's artistic, somewhat bohemian atmosphere has been one of the objectives of the renovation. I am happy to finally welcome guests to experience it with us, again", says General Manager Juha Maatala.
Solo Sokos Hotel Torni
Opens April 12, 2022
Address: Yrjönkatu 26, Helsinki
Property owner: Varma
Architectural design: Arkkitehdit Soini & Horto
Restaurant interior design: Fyra Oy
Room interior design: Studio Joanna Laajisto
Hotel Operator: Sokotel Oy
More information: https://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/helsinki/sokos-hotel-torni
OR Restaurant & Bar: modern fish and vegetarian brasserie, raw bar and wine bar
Ateljee Bar: champagne, breakfast and afternoon tea on the top floor of Torni
American Bar: classic and modern cocktails
O'Malley's: Whiskies and Beers in Finland's first Irish pub
Tornin Piha: An atmospheric summer oasis in Torni's courtyard. Opening in May 2022.
Solo Sokos Hotel Torni & Solo Sokos Hotel Helsinki
Tel. 050 477 8394
Hotel Torni is a building of great significance in terms of cityscape and cultural history, consisting of two properties: Torni, designed by the office Jung & Jung and completed in 1931, and Kyllikki, originally a residential building, completed in 1903. Kyllikki was designed by the architectural firm Polón & Georg Wasastjerna and was incorporated into Torni during its previous renovation in the 1980s.