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
- 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
We enjoyed our 2 night stay here despite having to change rooms to get one with better A/C. They handled the switch well and upgraded our room after a hot first night. The hotel has a great location with a nice rooftop terrace and is within easy walking distance of many good restaurants. The curtains don't completely seal out the summer light in the middle of the night so pack an eye mask!
Apart from location and the great team the hotel itself is lacklustre and a bit dated. The room which I had was a sky loft which was more form than function and very cramped. Stay here if you are there for a short stay. The breakfast was nice and staff were a helpful bunch.
I have been visiting Helsinki for over 12 years now. That maybe alone or with my wife. On most occasions I/We have stayed at Klaus K.
Some reviewers state that the decor is getting a little tired. With regard to the corridors I would agree however that does not distract from the overall experience of staying at the hotel.
The rooms are clean and vary on size so do your research carefully.
Staff are without exception friendly,efficient and accommodating .
Special shout out to Phillip for his help. Cant believe he has worked there for ten years and our paths have not met.
The breakfast is superb - some apparently do not agree. Bacon will be a welcome addition for my wife. I just love the fish,cheese and home baked bread.
Location superb for central business,railway station,shopping,dining and the ferry terminals.
Nicely centrally located and really friendly and service minded staff. Upper rooms with balcony are very nice, only their carpets needs to be renewed. One of the best breakfast if not the best in Helsinki.
The staple of every breakfast, BACON, is not included in the breakfast price! How can that be? I'm devastated. Removing two stars for that!
Hotel room (Envy king) was great, staff very friendly at the reception and in the bar. Location is spot on. This was my second visit and I wholeheartedly would recommend this hotel but without bacon I don't know...