The hotel’s name, translating as ‘beach park’, describes the surroundings perfectly. Tucked away among tall pine trees, and with a pier leading up to a sandy beach, you would not guess that Hotel Rantapuisto is only a short metro ride away from the centre of Helsinki. Ideal for families and business guests alike, the hotel has 74 rooms, which are either forest-themed or come with a sea view. “The sea is visible throughout our hotel grounds, and there is a path leading up to the seashore and a sandy beach,” says Riitta Liikamaa, Hotel Rantapuisto’s general manager. “We truly are in the midst of nature here: there are foxes, rabbits and various bird species that occasionally drop by,” she continues.