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
This hotel is a disgrace. Do not stay here. They advertise as a Category 5 hotel on the Marriott website. It's a college dorm room with a dead animal fur on the wall as a bed headboard. There is an air conditioning control but nothing happens so we had to sleep with the window open. There isn’t 24 hour room service — we couldn’t get ice at 1am. See the attached photo of the bathroom to get an idea of what you’re in for for a measley 200 Euros or 35,000 Marriott points.
I have stayed in this hotel a few times, I April I was here with my wife, this is my second stay during August 2019. My review reflects my overall experience with this hotel, not just my last stay. The rooms and their layout varies significantly, regular rooms are OK, some with limited space. I got twice upgraded to Sky Loft rooms, much nicer, kind of almost individual design. This hotel is a designer collection hotel, they are part of Marriott Bonvoy family, but do not offer (to Marriott elite members) extra perks. If you go for breakfast- it is good with variety of choices, big on the pricey side. Also try to avoid the breakfast rush hour 8-9 am, the place tends to be busy and some buffet items may not be replenished that quickly. They have Sky Terrace- nice view, but if you are used to M-club, you will be disappointed. There is generally nothing there just carafes with water and coffee machine. Often mo fresh cups or glasses and a bit of mess (used glasses, empty bottles, etc.), not a great attest to visiting customers, but neither to the hotel staff.
As it goes to customer service it is all over the place a strongly dependent on a particular employee (some of them would benefit from additional training).
He gym is small, air no air conditioning and a bit outdated equipment.
On the plus side - hood location.
I was delighted with this hotel. It is 2-3 blocks south west of the Esplanade. The room was small but every space was utilized in beautiful, stylish contemporary style making it feel fresh and spacious. All of the room amenities were wonderful. I only spent one night here and did not have any need to interact with the staff other than when I checked in. It was a smooth exchange and I was able to check into my room early. It is a easy and pleasant 10 minute walk to the train station, passing legendary Stockmann's department store. As a solo female traveler, I felt entirely at ease in the neighborhood and the hotel. I would definitely stay here again.