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Royal Restaurants Signs Agreement with the Small Luxury Hotels of the
World Brand for the Hotel Haven, Helsinki, Finland,
Scheduled for Completion in 2009

Royal Restaurants has signed an agreement with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World brand concerning the Hotel Haven that will be completed in early 2009 at the address Unioninkatu 17; the hotel will be their first hotel in Finland. Helsinki’s hotel brand supply will become diversified when Small Luxury Hotels of the World established a beachhead in Finland. Co-operation with an internationally respected partner will form a solid base for the Hotel Haven domestically and internationally.

Unioninkatu 17
Small Luxury Hotels of the World is an internationally respected partner. Over the years, its hotels have frequently been the recipients of various quality and service awards. The latest, announced on 20 May 2008, concerns the entire brand; according to the annual Luxury Brand Status Index survey carried out by New York-based Luxury Institute, SLH was named as the world’s leading luxury hotel brand, surpassing such traditionally respected brand as, among others, Ritz-Carlton and Peninsula. Twenty-three luxury hotel brand around the world were compared in the survey. Additionally, based on customers’ comments, SLH was named as the best service provider in the “Best Customer Experience” category in which 15 hotel brands were evaluated.

"Hotel Haven has been chosen by Small Luxury Hotels of the World as the first in Finland because it is being created with our key values at its heart -attention to detail, individuality, exclusivity and personality. Helsinki is a city that our high net-worth travellers want to experience and now we can proudly offer this to them with the perfect 'home from home' hotel,” explains Daniel Luddington, Director of Development EMEA, Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

According to Royal Restaurants, SLH’s slogan “Caring Luxury” sums up what the Hotel Haven offers its guests. Firstclass service is backed up by high-quality ancillary services; the restaurant services already on the premesis at G.W.Sundmans, Sundmans Krog and Havis serve vacationers and well as business travellers. Additionally, conference services, three meeting rooms and an auditorium facilitate the arrangement of meetings for 120 persons in connection with the hotel. A superb addition to this diversified range of services will the Day Spa – featuring 9 treatment rooms – that will begin offering treatments for women and men when the hotel opens.

"We are highly gratified to have gained a partner like SLH that has references all over the world. Last year SLH substantially expanded its operations in Sweden and Estonia; I am convinced that the Hotel Haven, as their first hotel in Finland, will be a welcome addition to SLH’s supply. Helsinki’s growing popularity as a host city for international meetings and congresses, as well as growing tourist flows, are creating the demand for high-class hotels that can provide more of a home-like atmosphere,” says Royal Restaurants’ Managing Director Kasperi Saari. 

Royal Restaurants, Inc. (Royal Ravintolat Oy) is the largest private company in its field in Finland. Currently, the corporation consists of 25 restaurants in 19 locations. Altogether, they employ approximately 500 people in Helsinki year-round. This year, the company turnover will be about EUR 58 million. Our restaurants, all of which have their own look, customs and ways of operating, offer something for everyone looking for an enjoyable experience. 

With over 30 years’ expertise in the global luxury travel market, Small Luxury Hotels of the World has seen especially strong growth in the last five years. SLH now have over 440 hotels in more than 70 countries worldwide, including new hotels in Mozambique, Guatemala, Mongolia, Latvia, Istanbul, and Geneva. Small Luxury Hotels of the World is committed to promoting the most luxurious and exclusive independent hotels around the globe. The directors on the Small Luxury Hotels of the World Board are elected to represent the collective interests of all the hotels around the world. They work in tandem with Hill, Goodridge & Associates (SLH's global management company) to ensure the strict quality standards of the brand are adhered to. Each hotel commits toa single standard of excellence.


Kasperi Saari 
Managing Director, Royal Restaurants 
Tel. +358 50 5677557
Tel. +358 9 6128 5850
Daniel Luddington
Director of Development EMEA, 
Small Luxury Hotels of the World
Tel. +44 1372 224 631

Also See: Hotels’ Ability to Offer ‘Experiences’ Remains a Core Part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s Selection Process; Brand Expands to More than 440 Hotels in Over 70 Countries / February 2008
Membership Demand Continues For Small Luxury Hotels of the World; Smaller, Independent Hotels Seek the Extra Leverage Provided by SLH / March 2006


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