Suite for my sweet: this hotel room has all-you-can-eat ice cream
Guests at a Helsinki hotel ensconce themselves in a very pink suite and guzzle bottomless tubs of the cold stuff
A Finnish dairy has opened the “world’s first” ice cream hotel room offering guests a freezer of all-you-can eat dessert.
The room, an association between Helsinki’s Klaus K design hotel and Finland’s largest dairy company, will be open from March 1 until the end of September. It was fully booked within two days.
The “sweet suite” is painted top to bottom in a sickly shade of strawberry pink. The bottomless ice cream flavours include carrot cake, apple and oat, salty liquorice and chilli, blue cheese and liquorice, passion fruit and coconut, and blueberry and rye.
The spring temperature in Finland on Monday was -1°C. But Klaus K hotel marketing manager Tero Thynell told Times Select that Finns eat ice cream “all year round”.
In the guest’s freezer there are 24 ice cream containers, with 12 different flavours, and each tub contains 0.48 litres. Other flavours include lemon curd, dreamy chocolate, super vanilla, strawberry and basil, macchiato, and chocolate.
“If the guest runs out, we will bring more,” said Thynell.
Asked how it could call itself the world’s first ice cream hotel, Thynell said: “At least we have not found in our research another one.”
He said in an e-mail they were considering continuing the room offer beyond September.
No one from SA had booked. As far as serving the ice cream was concerned, the hotel takes a relaxed approach: “You just need a spoon. Like at home.”
Explaining the thinking behind pairing a dairy company and a hotel, Valio’s ice cream business manager Tea Ijäs said: “To many, ice cream is a break from the daily grind.”
Helsinki was a natural choice for an ice cream-themed suite, since, Valio diary claimed, Finns consumed the most ice cream per person in Europe.
Valio, which is Finland’s largest dairy company and is owned by 5,000 farmers, has subsidiaries in China, Russia, Sweden and the US.