If design is going to get away with being impractical, it better be really, really, really good... well, the Klaus K is over-designed, i.e. consicously full with design ideas, and the practicality of the place suffers, yet the design isn't so tremendous (and it also feels cluttered) as to make up for that. A quieter and/or more practical design would have been nicer.
In addition, the hotel already shows wear and tear, especially the designed stuff. Shimmering surfaces that are scratched and blotted and gentle fabrics that are dirty and dusty aren't really doing the job. A cool lamp in my room (retro 70s) was connected to, and only swicth on- and offable by, an extension cord, which really ruined the look, and the cord was really grimy, so one needed to wash one's hands after using it. The shower, just a curved swing door in the bathroom actually, kept swinging on the showeree during the act, and of course the bathroom always got wet. (Why do hotels keep doing that?) There was no shelf space whatsoever, little hanger space, and no place for shoes or luggage.
The breakfast was okay, the formal lunch we had in the Film Star café really excellent. The staff was moderately friendly and helpful. The location is quite good as well, although not as convenient as a few competitor hotels (depending on what one wants to do in Helsinki). The conference facilities were fine, but the hotel is a maze, due to being assembled from different houses, and there are long ways, different elevators (which may take very long to arrive), and so on.
Overall, a nice enough hotel, but I think very close to sliding to a ****. I would always prefer, if I had the choice, the substantially cheaper, extremely well Scandinavian-designed (if dated) Hilton Strand, directly by the Baltic Sea and with great vistas, better breakfast, and still downtown.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All 171 rooms including 30 Skylofts (of which 3 suites), 3 art rooms are provided with state-of-the-art equipment ranging from custom made beds and mattresses to laptop size safe to oversized robe and towels to LED television to free wireless high speed internet. Room categories playfully range from Mystical to Passion to Desire to Envy to Sky Lofts, all describing the emotions that are depicted from the mythical Finnish literature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Klaus k Helsinki
- Hotel Klaus k