What would it feel like to spend a night at one of Alvar Aalto’s masterpieces? Now it is possible to find out: two of the apartments in the Säynätsalo Town Hall, completed in 1952, as well as its two guestrooms are available for accommodation.
The apartments are named after the maestro whose complete name was Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto. The two-bedroom apartment Hugo lodges four people while the studio apartment Henrik has two single beds. The guestrooms carrying the names of Alvar and his wife Elissa Aalto open towards the famous patio and are for one person each with a shared bathroom in the corridor. The architect couple themselves used to stay in these rooms when visiting Säynätsalo.
The services of the town hall include a cafeteria, which is open every weekday from noon and on weekends from 2 pm until 6 pm, as well as visits to the building itself and a small museum shop. The building is open to the public during the opening hours of the café. Additionally, visits outside the opening hours may be requested by telephone.
“There is a growing interest in accommodation at Säynätsalo Town Hall and the word of the possibility is spreading”, tells entrepreneur Harri Taskinen who runs the operation. “To sleep over at this modern icon a unique experience to architecture lovers but also, thanks to its peacefulness, to researchers and other people seeking for tranquillity and inspiration.”