Klaus K Hotel
What We Love
- Buffet breakfast and use of the gym are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Great location at the corner of Bulevardi and Erottaja
- Direct access to the Helsinki Day Spa, located next door
- Dine on contemporary on Tuscan comfort food at restaurant Toscanini
What To Know
- The day spa is closed on Sundays
- Some street noise can be heard in the guestrooms
- Rooms focus on high design, not space
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In a 19th-century building in the heart of Helsinki’s buzzing design district, Klaus K draws travelers with a predilection for the arts. Finland is renowned for innovative design — Marimekko, Nokia, Artek and Iittala were born here — and Klaus K is high on style without being pretentious. Its contemporary restaurants, hip bar and spa seal the deal. The brainchild of Mia and Mark Skvorc, married hoteliers who trained at some of the world’s grandest resorts, Klaus K presented an opportunity to put the best of their collective experience to the test. Blending modern design with functionalism, the interiors are awash with chilly white and accented by frozen blues, and the lobby delights guests with showstoppers like a dazzling chandelier and glass box tables filled with split birch logs. The entire place has a dreamy feel.
Bed and Bath
Driven by a desire to root Klaus K in something uniquely Finnish, the design takes inspiration from the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic; its themes of nature, magic, life and love served as cues for the guestroom design. All have different textures, color schemes and creature comforts, with Passion Rooms dressed in dark chocolate-browns with splashes of rich burgundy, Desire Rooms in clean whites, and Mystical Rooms in earth tones.
At any time of the day, this is a see-and-be-seen hotel, and the lobby is always buzzing. Many guests wear voluminous fur coats and trendy snow boots as they check in at the curved white reception desk, and the interiors can be likened only to an abstract interpretation of Narnia. Flop on a designer chair or retro sofa in the Livingroom, which serves everything from cappuccinos through to cocktails and a hearty brunch on weekends, or pop into restaurant Toscanini for Tuscan comfort food served from a country-style kitchen. The Helsinki Day Spa is in a separate building next door, but there’s direct access from the hotel; the gym is open 24 hours a day.
In the Area
The aesthetically minded should make a beeline for the Design Museum. This ode to Scandinavian design is full of fashion, architecture, gadgets and more. Walk the design district, an established group of streets loaded with galleries, ateliers, shops, cafés and more. For contemporary Scandinavian cuisine, eat at Ravintola Kappeli, in a historic building overlooking a busy city square. Sibelius Park is a large green space that honors famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius; the monument is one of the city’s most photographed icons. Once you’ve had your Finnish fix, hop the ferry to Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, just two hours away.
How to Get There
I really enjoyed my stay here. The desk clerks can be rather unobservant. I waited for 15 minutes while two ladies spoke, drank water, looked at their personal phones, and ignored me. I was finally served by the male attendant who had been working on something else. I fear he offered help because he saw others coming in and waiting. Overall, great clean room, good service (other than the one mentioned), and fabulously friendly.
I have to travel to Helsinki several times a year, due to work but also for social reasons. This is my favourite hotel in Helsinki, due to the stylish but still relaxed and comfortable athmosphere, great breakfast, beautiful rooms and convenient location. The staff is always friendly and accommodating. Last time they even upgraded me to Sky Loft! :)
A good hotel at a great location. Trying to be a bit more upscale than it manage to pull off. Meeting venue are well equipped but the old building makes for rather small rooms with low amount of possible daylight. (Small windows)
Food is good and meet expectations, not more. Nice rooms of a good enough size.