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“Still wearing the slippers” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel GLO Helsinki Kluuvi
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kluuvikatu 4, Helsinki 00100, Finland (Formerly Palace Kamp Hotel Glo) (Vironniemi)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 64 Hotels in Helsinki
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“Still wearing the slippers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Having zipped across the Baltic sea on the seacat I took a leisurely stroll up from the harbour and was at the reception desk in minutes. Helsinki is so beautiful from the water.
I booked the hotel thru a consolidator so got a fabulous suite/executive room for a steal. Stumping up a little more brings a whole load of benefits; full bathroom, full acess to the spa, unlimited wifi, full breakfast buffet, and of course the room itself.
Bed was a joy. Pity I couldn't spend more time in it! The Kamp spa (an unfortunate name) had many different ways to get hot and sweaty in a gorgeous setting. The Turkish bath was especially nice.
Maybe things have changed since I was there but brought back a guest for the night and no problems whatsoever. Even joined me for breakfast. How sociable the Finns are.
Did not try the hotel for dinner as there are so many choices nearby. Lunch on the harbour is a must if you care for fish or reindeer.
And the slippers? Huge padded beauties that are so comfy I glad I took them back home. Go. Do it.

Room Tip: Ah go on. Try the suite. You'll love it
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

BEWARE!!! They have a ridiculous "guest" policy and if you try to bring any friends or family to your room be prepared for a 50euro charge! They video and watch every person coming and going completely invading your privacy. I simply brought back a few local friends to my room for a drink and a game of cards before we went to dinner. Noting loud at all and left after about an hour. The next morning I was informed of this "guest" charge while eating at their pathetic breakfast service. They threated to kick me out of the hotel if I dared brough over any other guests. COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS! The hotel staff is very rude and unaccommodating. Avoid this hotel at all costs.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

Excellent location! Meters from the esplanade, relatively cheap rooms (for Helsinki!) Free Wifi if you need it! Booking with online hotel booker actually gave us a better deal, breakfast included and cancellation options. Friendly staff, good gym and sauna. They're updating the restaurant at the moment so didn't try it.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I picked this hotel because of the easy walking distance to the core of Helsinki, and the reasonable (for Helsinki) prices. The hotel is on a pedestrian mall with no vehicle traffic.
I stayed in room with a king size bed on the fourth floor. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom (with only a shower) was roomy and had copious hot water, there was plenty of closet space, a safe, a desk, and a sitting area with TV. Everything was pretty new and nicely designed. 256 kbps internet is free, but you can get 2 Mbps for only 3 euros per day. An unexciting basic breakfast was included (continental bf + scrambled eggs).
It's a block's walk from the public parking garage to the hotel, but I think you can pull up to the front door at certain hours. Parking is expensive, but you can get a slight discount by buying a ticket from the hotel.
The exercise room and spa are shared with the Hotel Kämp next door. The exercise room is modern and better than average, with the usual cardio machines, plus free weights, a Smith machine, and a few specific machines, exercise balls, etc. The spa is full service and pretty luxurious: I used the sauna, and got a massage. Use of the exercise room and locker room is included in the price, but unfortunately the sauna is not.
There is a well-stocked bar on premises. I didn't have lunch or dinner in the restaurant, with so many other great places within walking distance.
The only downsides were the view from the room window (basically an air shaft), the lack of washcloths (ah, Finland!), the cheap closets (formica and pressboard with a curtain), and the somewhat dingy hallways. But in the end, I got a good deal on a stylish, well-equipped hotel in the middle of the city.

Room Tip: The street has no traffic, so all of the rooms are quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

Stayed just the one night. Room comfortable, clean and in a pleasing, functional style. Bed was super comfy!
Bar area nice and the bar staff know what they are talking about.
Service friendly and breakfast was good.
Did not eat in the restaurant as this is closed Monday pm.
A good choice (but, must admit the 5euros for a small bottle of still water from the mini bar was a bit excessive!)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Spent three nights in GLO Kluuvi. Found a great offer during browsing on the homepage of the hotel: 3 nights 30 % off. So spent 90€ without parking per night. Thats almost unbeatable for a hotel in Helsinki of this quality and location. You can walk everywhere by foot.

Very nice interiour, very small room, but I like that comfortable. Beds are good. Very comfortable blankets. Kettle and Teabags in the room. Stylish bathromm, as everywhere, finnish folks love to set their bathroom under water while taking a shower. Slow connection wlan for free. SPA in the hotel but costs 25€, with a treatment befor or after it's free.

Some minusses:
Cleanness good but- some stains of cleaning solution on the metallic parts on the floor, some stains at the glass wall of the bathroom, the mirror and some limescale. Not cleaned tray of the kettle with some fatty spots. Well, not that bad, but fact.

Breakfast good, but - as in other Hotels too terrible scrambled eggs (laktoosefree milk or cream?) tastes sweet and rather royale than scrambled. Slightly overcharged service on Saturday and sunday morning. First no eggs, than rare, tables are cleared away just after asking for that.... but a little bit tributed I think to the finnish kind of service understanding.

Now thats it, like that hotel recommend it. Look for some special offers onine

Room Tip: 719 - high level, low traffic noise from the tram, little bit dark
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Stayed here for one night last summer after hearing all the hype about this new and modern-style hotel in the heart of Helsinki. Our room was only a standard, but it was very spacious, with a big bathroom and walk-in shower, a little 'living room' area with a settee, television and coffee table, plus then the 'bedroom' with one of the biggest and comfiest beds I have slept in!

With regards to the location, it couldn't get any better being right along of one of Helsinki's busiest streets, with lots of nice bars, shops and restaurants very close by. We also enjoyed the complimentary tea and Fazer hot chocolate provided in the room while winding down after a busy day out and about town. The breakfast is a buffet-style continental breakfast, which we found was pretty average but the breakfast room was rather nice to sit around in and enjoy some people-watching if you manage to get a spot by the window (and assuming you manage to get out of those super-comfy beds with enough time before check-out as well!)

The only downside was that there wasn't much of a view from our room window, which was facing the walls and windows of the rest of the hotel building... So we kept our blinds closed in the room which didn't matter too much seeing as we only stayed for the one night, but might have gotten a bit claustrophobic had we stayed for longer... The sauna/spa was also not included in the price but cost extra, which was a slight disappointment.

Overall however, have to say that we were impressed, especially with it being only a four-star hotel, it lived up to our expectations and was comparable, if not even nicer to many 5-star hotels! Definitely one to be recommended for anyone planning a visit to Helsinki.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kluuvikatu 4, Helsinki 00100, Finland (Formerly Palace Kamp Hotel Glo)
Location: Finland > Southern Finland > Helsinki > Vironniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#7 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#8 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#8 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
#9 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel GLO Helsinki Kluuvi 4*
Number of rooms: 184
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The most important idea behind the hotel is customizing the stay at the hotel to meet the needs of each individual guest. Hotel GLO Helsinki Kluuvi offers its guests a variety of recreational opportunities including sports, culture, dining, and health services in the hotel itself and outside its walls. The vast collection of services is something never before seen in a hotel in Helsinki. ... more   less 
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