In collaboration with Hotel Yöpuu
Boutique Hotel Yöpuu is a perfect choice for a traveller inclined towards a touch of luxury. And, as a Finnish hotel, this is the place to go if you want to enjoy your private sauna!
Hotel Yöpuu is located in the centre of Jyväskylä, in Central Finland. You will find the hotel and its restaurant Pöllöwaari in a yellow and stately stone building which was constructed for the goldsmith Emil Vehmas in 1928. The designer and constructor was a young, self-taught mason’s son Mauno Forselius. In the beginning, the ground floor was occupied by shops and offices and the upper floors were designed for living quarters.
The building has a long history in the Finnish hospitality business, as one of its inhabitants used to run a small bed & breakfast. Hotel Yöpuu was born in 1988 when the Arolas had renovated the building suitable for running a hotel with its own restaurant. As Jyväskylä is a prominent University city in Finland, the upscale hotel catered for the University’s and the city’s leadership.
After a few changes in the ownership, Katrina Pilppula and Ari Pärnänen took Hotel Yöpuu and Restaurant Pöllöwaari (“the Grandpa Owl”) under their wings, and recreated the hotel’s image: now, the 26-room boutique hotel is uniquely Finnish in spirit, yet aimed at international markets. If you are a fan of Finnish design, this is the place to go: you’ll find, to name a few name tags, Marimekko, Aalto and Iittala from Yöpuu.
The independently owned Hotel Yöpuu and Restaurant Pöllöwaari have, indeed, succeeded in creating a uniquely elegant yet strong brand amid the Finnish hotel world.
My visit was on mid-week, and as we have suffered from a historically rainy summer in Finland, I was happy to see the sun push through the clouds – this also meant that I could enjoy my welcome drink at the terrace! The small outdoor wine bar is decorated by green plants and herbs and the contrast with the surrounding, typically Finnish, somewhat esthetically harsh back yard created a charmingly urban yet exclusive feel. While sipping on my white wine, I felt simultaneously sad and lucky not to have known about this wine bar while I was studying in the city – but then again, had I known about its existence, I think my graduation would have postponed even more…
The small outdoor wine bar is decorated with green plants and herbs and the contrast with the surrounding, typically Finnish, somewhat esthetically harsh, back yard created a charmingly urban yet exclusive feel. While sipping on my white wine, I felt simultaneously sad and lucky not to have known about this wine bar while I was studying in the city – but then again, had I known about its existence, I think my graduation would have postponed even more…
Me and my eternal sidekick were meant to eat out that night but as the atmosphere in the hotel was so alluring, we found it impossible to leave. Instead, we had dinner at the bar inside (yes, it had already started raining…) with a couple more glasses of wine. While living in Finland, my Brazilian sidekick has grown to be a regular fish connoisseur, and after our meal, we both concluded that this was the best fish dish we had ever had in Finland.
Sunk in the wine bar’s comfy armchair, listening to the cheery chatter coming from the restaurant and rubbing my content stomach, I was already exalted by my latest discovery for the blog’s series on historic hotels. My room was super lovely, and I would have been happy just to stay there with a cup of the and a good book. But on top of the perfect room, I discovered a charming wine bar, so I exchanged the tea into wine and the book into chatting. The dinner finalised the perfection, and I thought that I had already reached the top level of contentedness, when…
Along came the sauna. And what a sauna!
In the shower room, you’ll find two rain showers and high-quality soaps and shampoos. One wall has a beautiful light panel which resembles of a crystal waterfall. The dimly lit sauna room was lightened with white sauna stone and a small area of glittering, white tiles.
Me and my sidekick are typical “15 minutes sauna goers”, which means, we go in when the temperature is relatively low (around +50 C) and we stay a maximum of fifteen minutes. This time, we took the whole hour that was reserved for us and we could have stayed even longer. I highly recommend using the opportunity of Yöpuu’s sauna oasis – especially as your private sauna is included in the price of the room!
Visiting the Boutique Hotel Yöpuu showed me the best parts of Finnish hotel life and threw me into a whole new kind of Finland. And this is Finland I am glad to know: relaxed yet professional, elegant – and even luxurious! – and especially, well, in the lack of better words; perfectly lovely!
P.S. I wish to thank Boutique Hotel Yöpuu for the opportunity to stay in this elegant and historic hotel. Jyväskylä’s Hotel Yöpuu is part of my series exploring Europe’s historic hotels and stylish stays. The collaboration does not affect the content of my writing, as I choose only culturally and/or historically significant hotels for the series. By this, I wish to ensure inspiring and atmospheric moments for my readers on their travels.
Rooms starting from c. 115€