Hotel Lilla Roberts – Helsinki

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

So many things make Finland special to me: family, friends, nature, culture and good food. One might also add the Finnish minimalist fashion, sharp product design and interesting architecture. This weekend was particularly close to my heart because I got to spend it with good friends, making memories, dreaming of future apartments, admiring the sea views and even some wild Saturday night dancing. And the weekend took a luxury oozing turn when we decided to spend it in Hotel Lilla Roberts.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the art-deco styled Hotel Lilla Roberts is hidden away in a peaceful corner of Helsinki’s Design District.

The oldest part of the Jugend style building dates from the early 20th century, designed by one of Finland’s top architects, Selim A. Lindqvist. The building was originally designed to serve as an electric power station and the headquarters for Helsinki’s energy centre. Later, as many as three separate and variously-aged, but interconnected buildings turned into a Pikkuroba police station.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

Like most Finnish folks, the local police officers love the sauna, and the building had five saunas (yes, five!) during its years as the Pikku-Roba police station. Apparently, even the former Finnish president Urho Kekkonen has enjoyed the sauna heat and sea views there with the chief of police at the time. Psst… this famous sauna is now a hotel room number 536.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi 

Now, let us get back to today – the current makeover has been designed by Jaakko Puro, who has delivered hotel’s smart and elegant Scandinavian interiors, respecting the original art-deco features of the building.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

The facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre, meeting rooms, a stylish Krog Roba restaurant, and an elegant Bar Lilla e. cocktail bar. The hotel also offers a free use of very cool bicycles – a great way to see Helsinki!

Don’t miss trying Bar Lilla e’s cocktails by the fireplace.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina KaziHotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

Hotel Lilla Roberts’s 130 contemporary-style rooms are done up in a striking monochrome colour scheme with art deco accents create an elegant atmosphere.

The comfy king size bed in our room is covered in silky and luxurious linen – certainly my ideal scenario for proper princess’s dreams.

My best friend Tiina agrees from under the duvet!

All your needs are thought through – rooms come with free wi-fi, a Bluetooth soundbar, flat screen TV and a minibar. The only thing I really missed was a coffee machine, but you can always order a cuppa of goodness from the room service, of course.

The bathroom products are by Neil’s Yard, and after a shower, you can relax in the soft and fluffy bathrobe and slippers.


We have previously stayed in Hotel Haven, which is part of the same group, and I have to say, this group has the most amazing staff and service. You are always greeted with a friendly and professional manner and made feel right at home. The spirit of the hotel has been described as embodying “Hygge”, a Nordic word which means “creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.” Couldn’t have said it better.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

When you’re ready to explore the city, this creative quarter boasts trendy cafés and restaurants. An ideal way to spend a day in Helsinki is to stroll around the Design District, visiting the galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

And don’t forget that you can borrow one of the hotel’s bicycles to see the city like a local.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

We loved Hotel Lilla Robert’s breakfast! Let me tell you; the best way to start your morning is with some local Sima, a honey flavoured sparkling drink.

Hotel Lilla Roberts Breakfast

The breakfast layout was plentiful, fresh and everything nicely presented. There was organic porridge, few options for hot food, good bread, granolas and yoghurts, fruits… Traditional Finnish Karelian pies with egg butter, locally sourced ham and cheese, smoked salmon. And the coffee was nice and strong, just the way I like it – in a big mug.

For those who love sweet stuff, there was traditional Finnish Rhubarb tart, croissants and biscuits. They also had many gluten-free options.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina KaziHotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

On Saturday we had lunch at the restaurant linked to the hotel, Krog Roba. Their menu is focused on Nordic flavours and most ingredients actually come from around Helsinki; meat and seasonal veggies from local farmers and fish from the Baltic Sea.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, HelsinkiRestaurant Krog Roba, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi 

Tiina and I have been friends since we were 7 years old and she also is the mother of my handsome godson. We had not seen each other since Christmas holidays (unless you count Skype), so it was time to celebrate – some bubbles, please!

Krog Roba Restaurant, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

Eventually, we made our choices. What to eat is always a big decision when you suffer from acute food envy.

Krog Roba Restaurant, Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

Luckily it was easy this time because we both chose Krog’s salad – crisp salad with Arctic char and baby potatoes. Delicious.

Hotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina KaziHotel Lilla Roberts, Helsinki | Karoliina Kazi

Our warmest recommendation for Hotel Lilla Roberts. We will definitely be back!

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  1. 2nd June 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Your photographs and recommendations certainly show Hotel Lilla Roberts’ appeal. I wonder, did you choose your shoes to go with the floor, or was that serendipitous? 😉

      3rd June 2016 / 9:45 am

      Serendipity all the way 🙂

  2. 2nd September 2016 / 5:05 pm

    Super gorge and the detail is EVERYTHING!

    • 2nd September 2016 / 7:11 pm

      I agree Sebastien – they really nailed it at Lilla Roberts.

  3. ontherytepaige
    2nd September 2016 / 6:21 pm

    Love the design!

  4. 2nd September 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Lovely post Karoliina. Finland is a country I would love to visit for holidays at some point so your post is quite handy. Lovely the pictures as well, Well done!

    • 2nd September 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Thank Adetunji – Finland is a beautiful country and Helsinki such a cool city. Lapland is also pretty spectacular, especially during the winter months.

  5. 2nd September 2016 / 7:09 pm

    Your hotel photos are gorgeous and Finland is one of the places that my boyfriend and I REALLY want to visit!


    • 2nd September 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Thank you Michenn. Do get in touch when you are going to go and I’ll be happy to help out with travel tips 🙂

  6. 2nd September 2016 / 8:56 pm

    Your photos are amazing. Finland is somewhere I really want to visit. The hotel would be right up there on my list of places to stay. Thanks for sharing x

    • 2nd September 2016 / 9:16 pm

      I’m so happy to hear so many people are excited to visit Finland. It’s so special to me for obvious reasons ❤️ I highly recommend Lilla Roberts – it ticks all the boxes for a Helsinki visit.

  7. 2nd September 2016 / 9:04 pm

    I must say you have done an amazing work with the pictures. Perfectly put up.

    • 2nd September 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Thank you Laveena 🙂 very sweet of you.

  8. 3rd September 2016 / 2:04 am

    I’m so jealous!😊😊 These photos are beautiful! One day I’ll be able to travel abroad. Thanks for sharing!😊

  9. 3rd September 2016 / 2:38 pm

    Your pics are so beautiful! The hotel’s interior design is so friendly and cozy! I’d definitely love to stay there!

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