In line with the new, international approach of the Crowne Plaza® brand, hotel guests and urban dwellers will be provided with a novel place to meet in street-level facilities. The versatile hotel lobby opens up an area where one can easily work and relax, whether you are alone or with friends. The conference facilities and technology will be redesigned and renewed to fulfil the needs of today's modern meeting guests. A new restaurant, lobby bar and Marketplace shop will provide guests with food and beverages at all times of the day or night. Also the hotel guest rooms will be extensively refurbished, to create a more individual, entertaining and luxurious experience.
Crowne Plaza Helsinki - Hesperia will close on 15 December 2019 and the renovated hotel will re-open in May 2020. During the refurbishment, the nearest IHG® hotels will be in Pasila, City Centre; Elielinaukio, Ruoholahti and Bulevardi; Hotel Indigo Helsinki - Boulevard, Holiday Inn Helsinki City Centre, Holiday Inn Helsinki - Expo, Holiday Inn Helsinki West - Ruoholahti.
The historic Hesperia hotel
- Hotel Hesperia, which first opened on May 20th 1972, has a long history. It played a major role in the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) held in Helsinki.
- Prior to the hotel, the Töölö Library was located on the site from 1937 to 1970.
- The hotel also housed the legendary Hesperia nightclub. In addition to well-loved Finnish singers, international stars such as Frank Zappa, Abba, James Brown and Sammy Davies Jr. performed at the hotel.
- The legendary Winter Carnival event was arranged in mid-winter 1979–1998. International samba and salsa events brought orchestras to Helsinki from as far afield as Latin America.
- In 1982, Finland's first Black Jack casino table was opened in Hesperia.
- Crowne Plaza Helsinki - Hesperia was opened in 2005. The hotel has 349 luxuriously furnished rooms and Junior Suites. Additional comfort is available in the Club rooms, Club Lounge and Suites, all on the top floor.
- The Sleep Advantage™ programme, which helps guests to get a good night's sleep, the popular Forever Töölö Health Club and the RM Beauty Room salon offer excellent opportunities to relax and unwind.
- The Crowne Plaza Meetings offer 15 multifunctional, comfortable meeting rooms, and a banquet restaurant which can accommodate events with up to 1,500 guests.
- Crowne Plaza® is one of the biggest upscale hotel chains in the world. It has over 420 hotels in more than 60 countries, and almost a hundred hotels under construction.