Anniversaries are the very best kind of sittnings, or seated meals, celebrated in academia. Good criteria for a sittning include a venue that is close to the university, good transportation connections, a central location, one of the best and most traditional event venues in Helsinki, delicious food, friendly service and years of experience, and you can find all this at Hotel Arthur. Completed in 1907, our beautiful art nouveau-style Ballroom with its crystal chandeliers, stained glass and ornaments is simply made for hosting annual celebrations.
At academic sittnings, participants eat well, sing drinking songs, listen to music performances and speeches, and dance classic dances. Men dress in evening dress or business suits and women wear full-length evening dresses. Academic honours decorate the array of suits and dresses.
Annual celebrations are often preceded by a cocktail party, during which the organisation celebrating its anniversary receives its guests. Light refreshments are served during the event, and are enjoyed standing. Of our function rooms, the Hjelt hall, Aurola hall or one of our private restaurant rooms are all excellent choices for cocktail events. You can find suggestions for cocktail buffet menus here, or we can plan a menu according to the customer organisation's wishes.
During the annual celebration itself, guests usually enjoy a sit-down three-course meal including starter, main course and dessert. These are accompanied by wine, schnapps and water. Later on, these are followed by coffee and punch or cognac. Contact our sales personnel and we're bound to find you a suitable menu option and drinks for your annual celebration. Set suggestions can be found here.
Dinner is followed by dancing and great time with old friends and colleagues, to guarantee a successful night. Our function rooms are open until 2.00 as needed (last orders 1:30) but due to our central location, there are plenty of venues for an afterparty nearby.
Contact Hotel Arthur's sales services as soon as you know the date for your next annual celebration and come and have a look at our facilities in person! You can contact us by telephone on +358 (0)9 173 441 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org weekdays Mon-Fri from 8.00 – 17.00 and Sat 8.00 – 16:00.