A Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Primehotels Oy for the first Hyatt property in Finland. Expected to open in 2022, the 224-key Grand Hansa Hotel will be the first The Unbound Collection by Hyatt property in the Nordics and the eighth addition to the expanding brand.
“We are thrilled to see the development of Grand Hansa Hotel in the Nordics as Finland is an important market for us,” said Guido Fredrich, Hyatt’s regional vice-president of development for Europe. “We are excited by the growth we have seen in Helsinki’s tourism sector in recent years. The region’s rich history and distinct culture make The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand a natural fit for Grand Hansa Hotel, as we grow our brand presence in the European luxury market.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Hyatt for their first hotel in Finland,” said Tomi Peitsalo, CEO of Primehotels Oy. “As an internationally trusted brand, we believe Hyatt represents the perfect fit with Primehotel’s growth strategy. Together with our expertise and great reputation we will successfully bring this historic building to life.”
Fascinating past, Unbound future
A major renovation is planned for the property. Elements of the revamp include preservation of the building’s historic facade which incorporates references to Finnish folklore and mythology as well as the development of 224 upscale guestrooms, a new entrance, a ground floor with significant food and beverage offerings, and extensive conference and meeting facilities.
Located opposite the city’s Central Railway Station, the Grand Hansa Hotel is 30 minutes by train or taxi from the award-winning Helsinki Airport. It is also within easy walking distance of tourist attractions such as the Helsinki Market Square and Finnish National Theatre, the University of Helsinki‘s central campus, and key corporate and government buildings.
“We are committed to building a sustainable Helsinki today, for tomorrow,” said Antti Kerppola, CEO of Ylva, the company that owns the property. “Together with Hyatt and Primehotels Oy we will be able to deliver a prestigious development with the high-quality services that our city deserves.”