Opposite the Esplanade Park stands this splendid, luxurious, late-19th-century cultural landmark, now a member of the Starwood group. In the past the hotel was the site of a theater and was the meeting point for Finland's most prominent politicians, artists, and celebrities, including Mannerheim, Saarinen, Gallen-Kallela, and former president Paasikivi, who became one of the hotel owners. Sibelius himself often visited the hotel and dedicated a song to it. Take the beautiful,
sweeping staircase up to the grand ballroom, known as the mirror room. When not unwinding in one of the spa's three different saunas or its 10 treatment rooms, guests can borrow iPods, stereos, and video game systems from the lobby.