Helsinki Writing Retreat

Hotel Rantapuisto

 

The beautiful Hotel Rantapuisto in east Helsinki is our summer venue. This remarkable building was constructed in 1963 for use as a bank's training center, with architectural inspirations drawn from Alvar Aalto and the Danish Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Now an independent and unique hotel, the spacious buildings are all clean lines of wood and glass; the rooms are filled with natural light and gorgeous views of the surrounding forest.

Being on the hotel grounds feels like you're in another world — but it's well connected to Helsinki city center by metro and bus.

To really immerse yourself in the retreat, accommodation packages are available.

And if you felt like staying for the weekend, the hotel offers plenty of other activities, including sauna, sea kayaking, workshops and more.

Come for the retreat, stay for the venue!

Hotel Rantapuisto

Furuborginkatu 3, 00980 Helsinki

Events

2019 May 29–31

2018 August 15–17

HOW TO GET THERE

Public Transport
Option 1: Take the metro from Helsinki center to Vuosaari metro station, then take bus 816 to the hotel door (stop 4914) (leaves approximately every 30 min). Journey time approx 45 min.

Option 2: Take the metro from Helsinki center to Rastila metro station, then take bus 560 to Ramsinniementie (stop 4557) (leaves approximately every ten to fifteen minutes). Walk down Ramsinniementie road for approx 600m to Hotel Rantapuisto. Journey time approx 40 min.

Pickups from the Rastila metro station can be arranged with advance notice.

See Reittiopas for public transport info.

 

Private Car
There is free parking available if you wish to drive.

 
 
 

Hotel Katajanokka 

 

Hotel Katajanokka is our winter venue. Inside the red brick walls you will find a magic world of contrasts — serene comfort, stylish design and a hint of Nordic luxury. Located on one of Helsinki's connected islands, it is just a brief tram ride from the city center.

Parts of Hotel Katajanokka date back to 1837 and 1888 — the building originally served as a county prison and pre-trial detention center. Following extensive restoration work, it re-opened its doors as a hotel in 2007. The open central corridor, red brick outer walls and the high perimeter wall around the park are protected by the National Board of Antiquities and remain as a reminder of the building’s long and colourful history.

To really immerse yourself in the retreat, accommodation packages are available.

And if you felt like staying for the weekend, the hotel offers other activities, including sauna, escape rooms and more.

Escape the ordinary.

Hotel Katajanokka

Merikasarminkatu 1a, 00160 Helsinki

Events

2019 February 13–15

2018 November 21–23

HOW TO GET THERE

Public transport

From the city center, take Tram 4 to stop 'Vyökatu'. The journey takes approximately 15 minutes, and there is approx 200 metres to walk from the tram stop to the hotel.

See Reittiopas for public transport info.

Private car

There are limited parking spots available, which cost 21€ for a full day, or 3,50€/hour.