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
Stayed for 4 nights. I was not happy because I was not recognized as Mariott Gold Elite member. I had to pay for a room upgrade, even though I have it as a benefit of Gold Elite membership. My first room was very small. With an upgrade, I got a bigger room.
Rooms are not spacious. TV is weird & charged.
Staff is friendly. Breakfast is good. Rooms are clean. Location is good. Just 5 mins walk to the city center. There is a nice hotel restaurant. A bit pricey but great steak.
I will prefer other Mariott hotels in Helsinki for my next stay.
We arrived late in the evening, checked in to our rooms w/o any problems.
Rooms were nicely designed, comfortable bed and very clean.
My problem started the next morning at the buffett. We checked in with this mean women JASMINE who greeted me with nasty look on her face. She told us we would have to wait 20 mins bc their wasn’t any availability- buffet was full. But looking around at 7.30 am i saw a bunch of empy tables in the back which I pointed out her...
So she lied and said they were ‘reserved ‘ but would seat us there.
Then she started bothering us the entire time were there: taking my plate away while I was still eatting; pacing around my table; continuously asking if we were done.... following me around the buffett w the nasty look on her face. Clearly harassing me.
Next morning same damn thing; she started removing our plates when they were half full w/o asking. So I started yelling at her. I went downstairs and talked to manager & told him she was bothering us and wouldn’t stop. He said he would be right up to speak to her which he did.
When i went back to join my husband she asked my name & room number AGAIN to bother me.
If it hadn’t been for her I probably would have stayed at the hotel a few extra nights but i was so angry; we checked out early and stayed next door.
Very friendly staff, excellant and Healthy breakfest! Room was small but spotles clean and quiet. Designe is Very Finnish but no Sauna? I was looking forward to that! I have great memories from 1970, I am not disapointed!
I will be back.
Friendly, helpful staff, good breakfast, well appointed rooms. I took a street view room, which was a mistake - tram & construction noise from 5am - but they did offer me a quieter, rear-facing room, so I can’t mark them down on that. The curtains did not cover the window however - something I discovered when going to bed at 1am. And with dawn at 4am in Helsinki in the summer, that is just unforgivable...
Very comfortable room, excellent service! We had an issue with our minibar, but it was corrected within a reasonable time. Breakfast was one of the best we've had anywhere, and the bed one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in. The terrace with great Helsinki view and complimentary coffee included for the sky rooms residents was a very nice extra.