What is Helsinki Casino now, used to be ... many ventures - and names! - in the past.
Built in 1899, it was first called Hotel Fennia (from Latin: Finland), then in 1910 it became Grand Hotel Fennia, followed by Fennia Restaurant in the 1960s, then by Metropol Cafe ... Now it is The Casino Grand Helsinki. I went in (security on duty is at the entrance, inside), just to have a look at the interior - there are over 300 slot machines there, a separate poker room, function rooms for social events and shows. I didn't have much time to gamble.
Casino Helsinki is very particular - in a sense that it gives its profit to charities. For that only, it deserves respect and recognition.
What struck me especially was the exquisite, Viennese Baroque design of the Fennia part of the site by architects Grahn, Hedman and Wasastjerna. It is just such a gorgeous building, with a stunning, lavishly decorated facade that gives you a strong sense of history and architectural finesse. I took a number of photos - it all looks fantastic and very memorable.
Casino Helsinki is located in the very center of the city , next to Helsinki Train Station Square (Rautatientori). It's a very beautiful, popular, and very historic area of the city.