LGBTQ FRIENDLY HOTELS
Traveling as a LGBTQ person or couple is not always easy. Especially important is the feeling of safety and acceptance.
Being LGBTQ friendly is of course more than just the feeling. It is real and concrete actions, communication and representation. All these hotels are committed to diversity and inclusion and are working for LGBTQ tourism in Finland as members of the We Speak Gay Community.
If you are looking for hostels, B&B, cottages and villas you can find them listed here.
Hotel Klaus K / Helsinki
We spent a wonderful Tom of Finland weekend in the hotel in winter 2017.
You can check more pictures and stories from our stay here.
This is what hotel Klaus K says on their web page.
“We have always spoken many languages. And now We Speak Gay. “
“We are proud to call Klaus K Hotel a gay friendly hotel. We have a zero-tolerance to any discrimination and we want to take into consideration all kinds of guests. It is our honor to make you feel welcome and provide you with a high-quality service.”
And this is exactly how we felt when checking in to the hotel as well as during our whole visit.
Klaus K is also one of the first design hotels in Finland. You can experience the design in the rooms as well as in the public areas. The hotel is located in the heart of Helsinki, just a few hundred meters from the Helsinki railway station. The beat of Helsinki is right here. And if you want to visit some of the gay bars or clubs in Helsinki, they are all within a walking distance. From the roof terrace you have a nice view over the Helsinki skyline.
We highly recommend the Klaus K for all visitors in Helsinki and especially to all LGBTQ people.
Hotel Helka / Helsinki
Hotel Helka is for sure equal and welcoming hotel for LGBTQ people in Finland. Helka is very active in social media and expressing its opinion in equality issues, not just about sexuality but also when it comes to women’s rights or other matters concerning diversity and inclusivity in Finland and in the world. More information can be found from their blog.
They just won the responsibility category in the Pro 2020 praise awards, arranged by the Aromi magazine.
The hotel was founded by one of the oldest women’s organizations in Finland (YWCA of Finland) and the building, which the YWCA’s women build in the late 1920’s, offered safe place for women to live or visit. The 100 years old building is situated close to Kamppi mall and bus station.
We spent our wedding night in the hotel when we got married as the first gay couple in Finland on the fist of March 2017. We really felt the support and excitement of the Helka personnel and we definitely feel that Helka is a gay friendly hotel.
Hotel Arthur / Helsinki
Hotel Arthur is a privately owned, cozy 3-star hotel in the heart of Helsinki – only 200 meters from the main railway station. All the main sights and shopping streets are in walking distance. The hotel has 203 rooms in different size and price level, everything to suit the needs of solo travelers to bigger families and groups. Guests can enjoy the Finnish sauna in two private saunas. The atmospheric Restaurant Bistro Arthur serves buffet breakfast, versatile buffet lunch and delicious dinners for hotel guests and other travelers and locals as well.
Hotel Arthur was one of the first hotels in the gay friendly Helsinki community.
Vuorikatu 19, Helsinki
09 173 441
Hotel Clarion Helsinki
Clarion hotel chain has been an official partner of Scandinavian Pride events for many years. In 2017 Clarion Helsinki was the main partner of Helsinki Pride and the hotel also celebrated the same-sex marriage law with rainbow lights on March 1st 2017. Promoting human rights and LGBTQ rights has always been in the focus of the whole Clarion hotel chain. This includes both employees and customers.
Clarion Helsinki has been a landmark in the Helsinki skyline since 2016 when it was built. It is located in Jätkäsaari very close to the West Terminal where all the big cruise liners dock. Even though the hotel is not in the city centre it is within a walking distance. You can also take the tram to downtown. The view over Helsinki from the top floor restaurant is something special.
Overall the hotel is very gay friendly and definitely a good choice for LGBTQ travellers.
Hotel Clarion Aviapolis / Helsinki
If you are stopping in Helsinki for one or just a few days hotel Clarion Helsinki Airport is a perfect choice. This gay friendly hotel is one of the newest hotels in Helsinki area and of course located close to the Helsinki-Vantaa airport. The hotel welcomes you with a cosy and warm atmosphere. You don’t feel any reason to leave the hotel. Anyway there is also a direct local train connection to Helsinki. The station is next to the hotel and the trip takes around 30 minutes. There is also a big shopping mall Jumbo and Flamingo Spa in the neighborhood.
Hotel Katajanokka / Helsinki
Hotel Katajanokka is a true experience! This privately owned lifestyle hotel is renovated into the historic premises of former Helsinki county prison. You can feel the historical atmosphere inside the red brick walls in contrast to the stylish Nordic design. The personnel and the management are very open minded. This is what they say about diversity and service:
Every guest is an individual, so we have no manual on how to serve individuals. We want you to feel free to be who you are, and will serve you accordingly. We are here to make you happy.
A thing that defines them is love.
I recommend reading their story and history, which makes the visit even more exiting!
Hotel Punkaharju / Lakeland
The historic Hotel Punkaharju, located in Finland’s national landscape, is a phenomenon experienced by all senses, a place where love for the forest and lake nature combine with art and culture. The hotel run by Saimi Hoyer offers magnificent exhibitions, top artist shows, themed events and of course the rewarded local cuisine created by the hotel kitchen. Not to forget the unique settings for top meetings and the most important celebrations of your life!
Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel / Lakeland
Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel offers unique accommodation with Karelian heart and hospitality in the city center of Joensuu, Eastern Finland. You will experience Karelian culture and delicacies the moment you enter the hotel. The central location along the River Pielisjoki, charming facilities and tasty Karelian breakfast ensure a memorable experience. Each of the 31 rooms has a unique design and is equipped to a high standard.
Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel embraces the UN Sustainable Development goals as every choice has an impact. They care for the nature and they care for their fellow humans. Come and rejoice together!
Rantakatu 26, Joensuu
+358 44 7520 500
Hotel Kalevala / Lakeland
Welcome to Kuhmo, a small town in north east Finland. Surrounded by ancient forests and crystal clear lakes, this is a wonderland with nothing but unspoilt nature as far as the eye can see. Kuhmo is perfect for wilderness and activity adventures. Hotel Kalevala provides a unique experience from beginning to end for any holiday. As soon as you arrive you are invited into a mythical world and the adventures of the Wild Taiga.
Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa / Coast & Archipelago
The modern and extraordinary Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa has 196 rooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar, a gym and two saunas. Hotel is the ideal location to eat, meet and spend time. It is the new and vibrant heart of Kupittaa, a fast growing area in Turku. There is a direct connection from the hotel to the train station or you can drive from the main streets in to our parking facility. Enjoy a hearty breakfast or lunch, pop in for a drink after work or spend a leisurely evening in the atmospheric Bistro Elli. Companies, universities, the largest city park in Finland, an adventure park and sports centers are all just a short distance away.
Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund / Coast & Archipelago
The relaxed choice for the independent traveler in a laid-back, urban hotel in Turku.
Looking for a spot of privacy in the heart of Turku, close to all activities on offer in the city? An oasis to return to after a day of work or a sensory adventure overload? Book a room at Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund! A completely renewed urban hotel. An ideal choice for solo travelers enjoying life, couples on staycation, groups of friends, as well as families with children. A variety of restaurants serving coffees and pastries on the ground floor, burgers and Italian flavors on the second, and on the roof top panoramic cocktails and beers.
Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone / Coast & Archipelago
Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone is an elegant and lively boutique hotel in the centre of Turku. A classic that’s full of surprises, brought from the 1920s into the modern age (renovated in 2019). The walls of our hotels capture a piece of the history – After all, Seurahuone has hosted guests for nearly a century. Each room is unique in size and details of decor. Get ready for a stay in our atmospheric hotel that will please the senses. Pop into the nearby market hall, take part in a restaurant walk, admire art or go to a concert. Find the best shopping locations, cafés and restaurants in Turku – right next to us. Enjoy the best parts of the urban culture of Turku.
Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel / Coast & Archipelago
The Finnish city of Turku is often called “the little Paris” for its beautiful river, restaurants, cafés and stylish boutiques. Enjoy lovely views of the Aurajoki River when you stay at the Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel in Turku city center. We’re within walking distance of Market Square and the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, and Turku City Theatre.
In addition to its prime location overlooking the boats on the river, our Turku hotel offers 184 stylish rooms and suites with a range of high-end comfortable amenities. Our hotel’s ideal location and excellent architecture have drawn noteworthy attention and a significant guest list since it opened in 1974. Our guests will stay at just a 15-minute walk from bus and train transport.
Hotel Hyppeis Värdshus / Coast & Archipelago
Family-owned hotel Hyppeis Värdshus is located in the beautiful archipelago near Turku and by the sea in the peaceful village of Hyppeis. Hyppeis värdshus is a place where you can enjoy nature – either by just relaxing or taking on some activities. During the day you can take hikes in the woods and explore the cliffs or visit Näsby village or you can take a tour with the kayak. Menu in the restaurant is designed based on the best seasonal ingredients using local produce whenever possible. All rooms are decorated honoring achipelago traditions and style, and of course all rooms have a sea view. Welcome to the beautiful Finnish Archipelago.
Hyppeisvägen 540, FI – 21760 Houtskär
+358 40 175 7538
Luotsihotelli / Arctic Lighthouse Hotel / Coast & Archipelago
Sound of Silence. The Arctic Lighthouse Hotel is located on Hailuoto, the largest island in the Gulf of Bothnia. It is nestled at the foot of a still functional lighthouse. This location offers exceptional and expansive sea views across the gulf. This truly unique and utterly fascinating venue once served as a maritime pilot station.
Thanks to its truly one-of-a-kind natural setting, Hailuoto island has achieved an iconic status in Finland. Hailuoto is the third largest Finnish sea island and the only one in the Gulf of Bothnia that remains permanently inhabited despite the absence of allyear-round access by road.
Marjaniementie 789, Hailuoto
+358 40 1923464
Wilderness Hotel Liminka Bay / Coast & Archipelago
Liminka Bay is a perfect place for nature lovers, birdwatchers and everyone who is searching for peacefulness and silence. Liminka Bay is one of Europe’s most important bird wetlands. Wilderness Hotel offers accommodation and cafeteria-, restaurant- and conference services. The hotel is situated in the same building as the Metsähallitus managed Liminka Bay Visitor Centre.
Hotel Korpikartano / Lapland
Hotel Korpikartano invites you to enjoy authentic facilities and wild nature in a tiny reindeer herder village far from busy life and stress in Northern Lapland. As a former Sami village school, nowadays an easy going nature hotel, locating next to Lake Menesjärvi and legendary Lemmenjoki National Park gives you private space to relax. The hotels is only 30 min. from Inari village centre, the centre for Sami culture of Finland and ca. one hour from Ivalo Airport. See you soon!
Hotel Hullu Poro / Lapland
Hotel Hullu Poro is located in the heart of Levi village, only 15 kilometres away from Kittilä airport. All the services Levi centre has to offer can be reached by foot. Hotel Hullu Poro has rooms to suit all tastes. Choose your favourite from the range of 157 beautifully decorated rooms: 130 double rooms equipped with private saunas, bath tubs or steam showers, 16 family rooms which sleep up to four people and 11 two-storey apartments with capacity for up to six persons.
If you are looking for hostels, B&B, cottages and villas you can find them listed here.
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