Really beautiful hotel in a historic building with a tasteful modern high style interior design. The hotel is in a good location walking distance to restaurants, the west harbor, the antiques flea market, and the design district.
We were not aware the hotel offered the use of bicycles untill the weekend after we stayed the New York Times ran a 36 hours in Helsinki article which mentioned the hotel. It might of been nice if this was mentioned at check in.
The interior design of the room was really stunning, gave me ideas for remodeling at home.
I can thing of two minor downsides to the hotel neither of which seemed major to me but I mention them only in case other people might feel these issues are improtant to them.
1. The hotel has a sauna, but it is 18 euros per hour per person to use it. That seems a bit steep to me since other hotels we stayed in offerred use of the Sauna for free. I doubt the hotel is getting many takers on that and would suggest the management consider repricing the sauna.
2. The hotel combines a historic buidling witha new building which meant a bit of a confusing schlep down dark various corridors to get to ones room. The lights are automated so they turn on after you have entered the corridors which can be disorienting to people not accostomed to this. One has to pass through a number of doors, some of which open automatically and others you have to put your card key in to find your way. We had trouble finding the room at first and I noticed other guests did as well. The front desk staff did not get out from behind the desk to help guests find their way. I would suggest the management train the front desk staff to walk guests to their room one time upon initial check in so that guests feel more comfortable int he hotel and do not have the disorienting experience of getting lost in the dark.
This was not a problem for me, but I have good eyesight. I mention it only as it is an area with room for improvement in an otherwise excellent hotel. Also, if you are interested in contemporary interior design this hotel is not to be missed.
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- The new GLO Hotel Art is a unique combination of a 1903-built Art Nouveau castle, with its variety of charming meeting and event facilities, and a new modern hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Linna Hotel Helsinki