PICTURES (EXCEPT MAIN): MICHALLE ROWE also a library and ceramics museum. Hop on a No 6 or 8 tram to Arabianranta from the city centre and enjoy a scenic journey through Helsinki’s diverse neighbourhoods. More: arabia.fi; arabiahelsinki.fi. FOR handy locations, there could be few better than that occupied by Glo Hotel Kluuvi in the heart of the business, design and restaurant district. Around the corner from Marimekko’s flagship store, a weakling’s stone’s throw from Esplanade Park and, even better, directly opposite the historic Fazer cafe and bakery, this boutique bolthole has rooms to suit all budgets, from compact studios for those travelling light (a budget-friendly — $195 — a night) to spacious executive suites. A refurbishment this year resulted in a sleek new ground-floor lobby, bar and restaurant, plus an extra 70 or so rooms. More: glohotels.fi. Michelle Rowe was a guest of Finnair, 50 Degrees North and Visit Helsinki.
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