I spent a week in this hotel for a conference at the Finlandia, and it was just plain wonderful. My room was very spacious (I wasn't expecting that!), and decorated with understated modern design vibe. The sheets were very soft and the bed was comfortable. The only shortcoming to the room was that it had a view of the courtyard, which is to say no view at all - worth asking for a view when you make the reservation. I especially loved the bathroom, which had no bath but a large shower with a big shower head, excellent water pressure and temperature management. The bathroom was a bit dark for things like putting on make-up, I found.
The breakfast was delicious - smoked salmon, hearty bread and pastry, fresh fruit, well-prepared hot oatmeal, well-brewed coffee, served on Finnish Design plates and cutlery, with a large window looking out at the pedestrian street outside the hotel. A great way to start the day.
The hotel is in the heart of the mainstream shopping district (around the corner from Stockman, the big department store, H&M, etc. as well as the flagship stores for marimekko and littalla), and a 10-minute walk from the Helsinki Design District, filled with little boutiques of smaller designers. A tram stops 3 minutes from the front door, direct to all of the rest of the central attractions, museums, and such. The Esplanade Park ("Helsinki's Living Room") is at the end of the block, and the harbor is at the end of the Esplanade.
The staff all spoke perfect English, and were very friendly and competently helpful. I was in and out throughout the day, and NEVER had problems with housekeeping pestering me to clean my room when it wasn't good for me, nor a day when the room went unclean.
I can't imagine a better location or hotel experience.
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- 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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- Also Known As:
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