Alicja McCarthy

Hotel Onni

  • Where:Porvoo
  • Why:To meet chef Antto Melasniemi at his Solar Kitchen and to hang out with friends at Movies By The River.
  • When:August 2013
  • Who:Moi and a few friends.
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The main entrance to Hotel Onni doesn’t quite do the boutique hotel justice. Interiors and service are far superior to the old and uninspiring signage.

The bedroom was spacious, feminine and airy. Wooden floors and ceiling set against delicate hues of pink and cream.

My living room kitted out with antique pieces and regency chairs.

Don’t mind if I do! Charles Smith award winning Pink Bubbles, macaroons & fresh flowers were a nice touch.

The apple tree! Just outside my suite window abuzz with bees and butterflies. Lovely!

I love this reception. Four of the ‘main house’ rooms are off it. Lovingly designed with easy chairs, chenille rugs and old cabinets.

Lovely upstairs dining area just off the regency-style reception. Quite fancy, that orange sofa.

The spread for Sunday brunch at SicaPelle was delightful. With shrimp, salmon, pastries, salads and fresh juices, brunch here is a must!

My fairy-tale cabin that I called my ‘dolls house’ on account of its cuteness.

Highs & Lows

  • Service is impeccable, personal and genuinely helpful.

  • Quality is of the highest in terms of food, toiletries, bedding, etc etc.

  • The location is great for wandering around Porvoo’s old Town. Plenty of boutiques, cafes, bars to explore as well as all the nature!

  • Onni is such a charming place, you feel like you’re in a fairy tale.

  • No WiFi in the suite at the moment.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 46/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Quirky, luxury, boutique, guest house.

  • Vibe

    Finnish, designy - elegant... makes you feel happy.

  • Location

    In Porvoo’s Old Town, 50km from Helsinki.

  • Rooms

    Four plus one suite.

  • Music

    Not really.

  • Designed By

    The 19th Century manor house was decorated by the owners Riku & Johanna Stenros.

  • Pool/Gym

    No.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, the fantastic SicaPelle serving local inventive food.

  • Bar

    Yes.

  • Children

    Sure!

  • Price

    Expensive.

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Timbaali

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