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GLO Hotel Art
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lonnrotinkatu 29, Helsinki 00180, Finland (Formerly Hotel Linna)   |  
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Ranked #14 of 66 hotels in Helsinki
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“Nice hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Nice comfy bed, stylish room, clean, quiet, good location, but didn't appreciate the hotel trying to sell everything in the room - cuddly tiger, overpriced water etc. The bathroom is glass so not ideal for privacy.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

The outside of the hotel that you will see in photo's is extremely misleading as once inside and checked in you have to make your way through a myriad of corridors, having to stop and use your hotel key card at every door, to what can only be described as an office block style accommodation. Actually it's not dissimilar to university halls. The entrance lobby looks old and appealing and then bizarrely you end up in a very business-esq room, overlooking a busy street, with dismal coloured furniture and a chair that looks like it should belong in an old peoples home. As a business stay perhaps this would do, it looks like so many of the four star homogenous rooms one can find, but as a tourist it's an extremely uninspiring setting. Also, despite having to travel along corridors balancing your bags whilst you fiddle around with the key card for opening the doors there was no offer of a porter.

The room was fine, clean and well maintained yet there was no bath, no fridge, no opening window, no hair conditioner, no kettle and tea, no free water and the shower is bizarrely a semi-see though block facing the bed. This of course is an enjoyable feature on some occasions, but I doubt as much when you have requested twin beds and therefore are traveling with someone who you would prefer not to share a bed with, nevermind for them to see you completely naked whilst you bathe. Luckily my friend and I booked separate rooms. There was also a small toy tiger on the bed that had a tag saying, "For 23 € I'm yours forever! Just bring me to the reception to bail me out." Ah, thanks, just what I've always wanted, an over priced tiger as a reminder of my stay in Finland. You also have to pay for wifi if you would like a limit of over 541MB.

Hotel parking is expensive at 3.50 € per hour, but is at least in a secure underground parking lot.

The hotel itself is a short distance from the main attractions of Helsinki so you can walk or take the tram number 10.

So, overall for 107 GBP I would not say this hotel was worth the money, especially since I've just been staying at the Radisson Blu in Turku for less, which was of a much higher standard.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

Really liked this hotel - after a few standard business hotels it was a refreshing change to have a weekend in Helsinki and at the hotel. Really good breakfast mix of healthy and unhealthy for whatever takes your fancy. Coffee is 6/10.

The hotel is located on the line between city and residential and that's great for a nice walk in to see all the sights and then back.

Also for those night owls, there is a great bar located in the same street and plays lounge music with an 80s twist.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The location is a little away from the active center of town (Stockmann's, Mannerheimintie, Esplanadi) but still convenient by tram line 6 a block away on Boulevardi and only a block from the Hietalahden market hall and flea market. The main building on Lönnrotinkatu is a Jugendstil castle built in 1903 that has been carefully maintained (or restored), and the breakfast room/restaurant is in a barrel-vaulted cellar. If you're into the style, you'll revel in the forms and decoration. However, the sleeping rooms are in other buildings attached by walkways. Our room, and the rooms of our fellow travelers in another wing, were comfortable and well-appointed, though compact (this is Europe, after all). Our biggest surprise and disappointment was the lack of acceptable wifi service, especially considering the hype we had heard about Finland's superiority in internet and mobile technology. Our room was a total blind spot, and the service available in the lobby and our relative's rooms was dreadfully inadequate. We paid an up charge for one day and borrowed another room to Skype home, but this deficiency alone would probably keep me from a return stay.

Service otherwise was adequate and friendly. The breakfast was varied, plentiful and of high quality, and the restaurant, though with a limited menu, was quite good. No room service, though, and limited dinner hours. A small bar in the lobby did offer snacks and sandwiches in the evening. Fortunately there are several good cafes and restaurants within a few blocks walk.

Room Tip: Rooms on the east side can be a little noisy on the street side. Our room on the courtyard was quie...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I stayed here for one night. The location was a bit far and hard to find from the bus terminal, and you're dragging your luggage across bricks that will damage your wheels. But once at the hotel, you are about 15-20 minutes walking distance from a lot of attractions. However, Helsinki is small and most hotels will be 20 minutes within walking distance.

The hotel room was big (stayed alone), but no bath. There is an air of trying to squeeze a little more money out of you -- slow wi-fi, if you want to upgrade, pay more. Stuffed animal not worth more than $5 on the bed, they will charge you 25 euros or something outrageous, with 1 euro going to charity. TV menu designed so that you'll order more of their services.

This place had the cheapest rate for the night I was staying. I would stay here again, but a more convenient hotel would be my top choice (see my review on Scandic Passi)

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Glo Art turned out to be a slight disappointment. We chose the hotel partly because of the bikes: we had learned that in Glo-hotels one can lend them for free. We checked and the hotel site says "you can ask for a bike":
(GLO konseptiin kuuluvan ’Experience the GLO’ -palvelutarjonnan avulla asiakas voi toteuttaa omaa elämäntyyliään pyytämällä käyttöönsä esim. kuntoiluvälineitä, polkupyörän, maalaustarvikkeita tai musiikkia.)
Well, asking turned out to mean paying. So we did feel a bit betrayed.

The hotel itself then: the main lobby is unique, but the rooms are in different building. If I remember correctly, we needed the key three times on our way to our room. LONG walk. Part of the way is basic corridor that does not seem hotel at all.
The room was ok, nothing special to mention.

Breakfast was ok, also gluten free diet was catered fine. Breakfast room is in the basement, so no windows. Not so nice.

Room Tip: As close to lobby as possible, if you want to avoid walkig in corridors.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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palacekamp, Guest Relations at GLO Hotel Art, responded to this review, September 25, 2013
Dear ElinaS,

Many thanks for your review and comments about our hotel. My apologies you felt betrayed when it comes to our bicycle renting service and the information given on our websites. We have immediately corrected the information that you found misleading. Once again, thank you for your feedback.

With Best Regards,
Enni Asikainen
Guest Relations
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

The location of the Glo was excellent for walking in Helsinki's City Center. We were kind of put off at first because of all the sliding glass doors and remembering to carry your room key everywhere because you need it for the elevator, getting back on your floor and walking to the lobby. We had breakfast included and it was very nice. The old building is unique and very beautiful.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lonnrotinkatu 29, Helsinki 00180, Finland (Formerly Hotel Linna)
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#12 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#15 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#20 Family Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — GLO Hotel Art 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Linna Hotel Helsinki

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