For years I’ve heard so much about the sauna culture in Finland. But why is it that every hotel I am looking at doesn’t have a sauna?
I last visited Helsinki nearly a decade ago during the summer. It was before I began to appreciate the health benefits of saunas and I did not bother to seek any out during my weekend stay.
But 10 years later I love saunas and it is (was?) one of the things I was looking forward to most during my upcoming stay in Helsinki. The New York Times covers it. So does Travel & Leisure. So does GQ.
But it seems that most hotels actually don’t have saunas…
I’m a Hyatt guy, so was looking at the Hotel Lilla Roberts or Hotel Haven, both part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) portfolio. Neither property has a sauna. Ok, how about the Hilton? Nope. Radisson Blu? Nope.
I’ve read that most homes in Finland have a sauna (5.5 million people in Finland and 3.5 million saunas). I also know there are many nice public saunas. I’m considering visiting Yrjonkatu, Kulttuurisauna, Allas Sea Pools, or Löyly (or maybe all of them).
But are hotel saunas in Finland just not at thing?
One thing is certain, I am looking forward to using the sauna in the Finnair Platinum Wing…
I’m looking forward to a couple days in Helsinki, filled with great saunas and coffee…and hopefully plenty of good material for this blog.
To my Finnish readers, how would you guide me? What do you recommend?