Scandic Julia renovation

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Scandic Julia will undergo a full-scale renovation and extension, during which the hotel will be closed for 18 months starting from 1 December 2009. The result will be a hotel catering for the modern lifestyle and the conscious guest seeking smart solutions.

Following the renovation, a modern hotel will open in central Turku during the spring of 2011. According to a press release the new Scandic Julia will feature 155 inspiring and air-conditioned rooms, state-of-the-art conference facilities, and a restaurant. The hotel guests will also have a Scandic gym, two saunas and a garage at their disposal.

“It is important that we strengthen our position in Turku, one of Finland’s top three hotel destinations, to enhance Scandic’s market position and brand in Finland. I’m certain that the renovation of Scandic Julia, turning it into a smart and modern hotel, is one thing that will do just that,” says Frank Fiskers, President and CEO of Scandic in the press release.

Operated at Eerikinkatu 4 by Scandic, the property is mainly owned by Ilmarinen Mutual Pension Insurance Company. The main contractor in the renovation project is Palmberg Turku Oy, while Haroma & Partners Oy from Turku is the main architect. The hotel’s interior will follow Scandic’s design and environmental concepts. The value of the investment is approximately EUR 14 million.

“It is very positive that we are able to bring Scandic Julia’s standards to the present-day level by expanding the hotel with 37 rooms and by updating the hotel’s technology and service options. The renewed Scandic Julia will make an excellent addition to our offerings in Turku, where we already operate Scandic Plaza with 117 rooms, opened in 2000,” says Aarne Hallama, Vice President of Scandic Finland.

During the renovation, Scandics guests in Turku will be served by Scandic Plaza.

Photo: Frank Fiskers, President & Chief Executive Officer, Scandic Hotels. Photographer: bsmart