The redesign of Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone in Savonlinna has been completed in time for the summer season 2023

The redesign of the rooms of Hotel Seurahuone in Savonlinna has been completed on June 1st, 2023, just in time for the city's busy summer season. The hotel's 55 rooms have received a beautiful, earthy design. The stylish selection of rooms, versatile restaurants and event spaces and magnificent sauna facilities make Hotel Seurahuone an attractive venue on the shores of Lake Saimaa.

With the redesign now completed, the hotel's room selection has been diversified. According to General Manager Kati Vihma, there is an increasing demand for large, multiple-occupancy rooms and luxurious suites. Guest needs have been considered.

"Today's travellers appreciate the feeling of space and a little luxury. The reform has resulted in more rooms equipped with saunas and additional Junior suites, as well as completely new family rooms with bunk beds. For those seeking luxury, we will be able to offer two suites and three Junior suites in the main building, as well as a luxurious Penthouse Suite and beautiful apartments in the Apartments building," Vihma adds.

"In addition to offering high-quality accommodation, our goal is to develop Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone into an even more attractive event venue. New ideas are awaiting implementation in our restaurants and event spaces – the latest being Luoto theme dinners and summery opera buffets. They will complement the popular roof-top terrace and Restaurant Perlina di Castello in a good way," Kati Vihma continues.

Sustainable operations as the cornerstone of the reform

The redesigned rooms represent a continuation of the sustainable approach applied in the reform which was completed in 2018. The sustainability perspective has been considered in choices of materials, energy efficiency and the use of local entrepreneurs. Savonlinna-based SSP Group has acted as main contractor.

"The building technology has also been updated in order to meet today's requirements. Our lighting control system generates energy savings of 20-30%, and our cooling air conditioning is also energy-efficient," says Vihma.

Last year Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone was awarded the Sustainable Travel Finland certificate in recognition of the hotel's sustainability work.

Savonlinna expects a busy summer season

According to General Manager Kati Vihma the Savonlinna area is looking forward to a busy tourist season and a higher share of foreign groups than earlier.

"This year charter flights from the Netherlands and Germany, in particular, will extend the travel season to August–September. The share of domestic groups has also been growing and the booking outlook is good. Naturally we still have room for visitors," Vihma says.

Summer in Savonlinna includes multiple interesting events. In addition to the Opera Festival, Olavinlinna Castle will host two unique gigs in July, featuring Samu Haber and British singer Katie Melua.

"You can book accommodation and concert packages for these events through us. Opera visitors will be able to enjoy the Luoto opera menu as well as the new antipasti buffet at Italian restaurant Perlina di Castello, available on opera nights from 10 pm," Vihma adds.

Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone, Savonlinna also offers long-term rentals in its Seurahuone Apartments.

The value of the soon to be completed redesign is just under EUR 2.5 million.

More information: Kati Vihma, General Manager, Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone, Savonlinna,, tel. +358 50 371 4530


Original Sokos Hotel Seurahuone is located in the heart of Savonlinna, next to the Market Square and the passenger harbour on the shore of Lake Saimaa. The hotel has 79 rooms and 48 Seurahuone Apartments. The pizzas of Restaurant Perlina di Castello are made in Finland's largest wood-fired oven, and in summer you can enjoy the popular roof-top terrace Muikkuterassi. The hotel also has comfortable CoWork and meeting rooms as well as roof-top sauna facilities with views of Lake Saimaa. The hotel is operated by Osuuskauppa Suur-Savo.