Scandic Paasi
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Sleeping under the big top
Helsinki's Scandic Paasi hotel sits on the former site of the Siltasaari Circus. This popular 19th century show was home to dancing horses, bicycle riding lions and more than 100 performers. The circus even had an orchestra. Today the stars of the Siltasaari are honored in the decorations of the Scandic Paasi hotel. Sword swallowers hide in the wallpaper. Acrobats walk tightropes strung next to room numbers. The lobby is illuminated by a red chandelier shaped like an upside down top hat. The hotel bar even serves circus-themed drinks (try the Ballerina!)
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