Who we are

Haawe is its owner’s, Feng Liu’s, dream come true. Feng Liu spent a lot of time in the Haawe building in the late 90s and early 2000s. His parents owned a restaurant that is still active in the building, and they bought the entire building later on.

As years passed, Feng Liu’s studies and work took him abroad, but Rovaniemi and a certain white façade always remained close to his heart. In 2017, it was finally time to make the dream come true and breathe new life into the building, one of the oldest in central Rovaniemi. Haawe welcomed its first guests in December 2018.

Yolanda Xu is responsible for the customer service at Haawe. You will meet her at the reception of the hotel.

Story of Haawe

The stairwell of the Haawe buildingHaawe is housed in one of the few buildings in the Rovaniemi city centre to survive the devastations of World War II. It was originally built as business premises for a co-operative shop, and as it was completed in 1933, this building representing functionalist architecture was one of the first modern stone houses in central Rovaniemi. The building’s white-plastered, unassuming façade stood out from the surrounding wooden houses. The interior of the new co-operative shop was spacious and light. The townsfolk admired its functional facilities, glass shelves, and marble surfaces.

In the late 1930s, a number of other modern stone buildings were also erected in the town, but few of them remain today. In the final turmoil of World War II, Rovaniemi was burned to the ground, and 90% of its buildings were destroyed. The co-operative shop building survived, and it witnessed the town literally pick itself up from the ashes. Rovaniemi evolved from a countryside township into an international capital of Lapland, a centre of commerce and administration, and a tourist attraction. The old co-operative shop building evolved as well: first, it became a part of Lapland’s largest and finest department store, then a restaurant for a few decades.

This central building in the Rovaniemi cityscape was given a worthy new life as Haawe. Haawe, opened in 2018, offers its guests the magic of Lapland, aesthetic joy and functional details, just like the new co-operative shop once did for its customers.

We warmly welcome you to Haawe and to share your story with us!


Find out more about the functionalist building of Haawe dating back to 1933 and the gems of Finnish design in our rooms.

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What is Haawe? Haawe Boutique Apart Hotel is a design hotel in Finnish Lapland. We offer accommodation in individually decorated rooms in a historical building located right in the centre of Rovaniemi.

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Our story told by photographs

September 1933

“The capital of Lapland” – A view to the Maantiekatu street in Rovaniemi in 1935

September 1933

The new Rovaniemi co-operative shop opens its doors

Lapin Kansa newspaper 28 September 1933:
“Our representative had the opportunity to explore the shelters of the new house yesterday, guided by the managing director of the business, and as a result of this exploration, we may conclude that the Osuuskauppa co-operative organisation has now obtained the most modern and stylish business premises in the township.” … “you would look in vain for such a sensual, practical and clean apartment from other communities, even the ones that are larger than our township.”

October 1944

A view from the Valtakatu street after the devastations of the Lapland War. 1944

October 1944

The devastation of Rovaniemi.

The façade of the co-operative shop remained intact.

Summer 1957

The Rovaniemen Osuuskauppa co-operative shop from the entrance to Haawe in 1957

Summer 1957

Reconstruction nearing its end. Townsfolk enjoying the summer weather while shopping.

December 1962

Christmas lighting of the ROK department store (former Osuuskauppa) and the Leijona clothing store. 1962

December 1962

The SOK department store with new Christmas lights! Rovaniemi grew steadily throughout the 1960s.

Joulukuu 2018

Haawe, a view from the street in the morning

Joulukuu 2018

Boutique Apart Hotel Haawe was completed and opened its doors to guests.

All historical photos are from the photo collections of the Provincial Museum of Lapland.