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Hotel Arthur, Helsinki

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Hotel Arthur in August 2015

Hotel Arthur is a hotel located in Kaisaniemi, Helsinki, Finland. The hotel is owned by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), which founded it in 1907, when the association built its own office building at Vuorikatu 19.[1] The construction project committee included architects Eliel Saarinen and Vilho Penttilä, who drew up the house. YMCA's operations had included accommodation worldwide, so in addition to the premises, the building also included accommodation and dining rooms from the outset. At that time, the hotel was known as a Christian tourist home called Hospiz.[1]

In 1912, the building was expanded according to Vilho Pelttilä's drawings, bringing the number of rooms used for accommodation to 60. The next extension of the hotel was completed in 1957, after which the number of hotel rooms was over 100. The building was also extensively renovated in the 1980s to allow it to be used for meetings and conferences. In 1993, the hotel was renamed Hotel Arthur, according to Professor Arthur Hjelt, a founding member of the YMCA.[1] Between 2006 and 2007, the hotel completed 24 new rooms and suites. Additional rooms were further built between 2011 and 2012, bringing the total number of rooms in the hotel to 182. In 2017 and 2018, the hotel was further expanded with a total of 21 rooms and the number rose to more than 200 rooms.[1]

Many of the hotel's famous residents have included Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mathias Rust, among others.[1][2] The author Aino Kallas was known as a regular resident of the hotel, and she is dedicated to the hotel title room number 543.[1][3][4]


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