Finland: Hyatt has entered into a franchise agreement with Primehotels Oy for the 224-room Grand Hansa Hotel, expected to open in 2022.
Prior to the opening, the hotel – located opposite the Central Railway Station – will undergo a renovation leading to the development of rooms and a newly built entrance.
The ground floor space will allow for food and beverage offerings, as well as conference and meeting facilities.
Guido Fredrich, Hyatt’s regional vice president of development for Europe, said: “We are thrilled to see the development of Grand Hansa Hotel in the Nordics as Finland is an important market for us. 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”.
Grand Hansa Hotel will be the eighth addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio in Europe.
It will join the Hôtel du Louvre in Paris, Párisi Udvar Hotel in Budapest, Hôtel Martinez in Cannes, Nish Palas in Istanbul, Sofia Barcelona in Spain, Hôtel du Palais, Biarritz and the recently opened Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London.
“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”.
Primehotels Oy is a private Finnish company that owns, builds and operates hotels in multiple locations across Finland.
Ylva is the owning company of Grand Hansa Hotel, which in turn is owned by the Student Union of the University of Helsinki. Its profits are used to promote student activities.