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“overdesigned and other problems, but good sides, too”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Klaus K Hotel

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Klaus K Hotel
Ranked #15 of 63 Hotels in Helsinki
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“overdesigned and other problems, but good sides, too”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2007

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.

  • Liked — lunch
  • Disliked — over-designed, faded
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2007

This hotel wonderfully captures the design rennaissance in Helsinki. Centraly located and painfully hip this spot is worth checking out. Stayed 2 nights in Helsinki, one in Kamp and the other here - Kamp is a generic luxury hotel, in which its easy to forget one's in Finland - and regretted not spending both here. Each guest receives a complementary copy of Wallpaper magazine, and the hotel decor mirrors the photo shoots in the mag.
Rooms are on the small side, but cleverly designed.

The main restaurant is well worth feasting in, with its playful haute menu subverting common perceptions of savoury and sweet - the crayfish ice cream will challenge and tickle any gourmond.
Super cool.

  • Stayed February 2007
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2007

I've been to Helsinki on several occations and it is truly a city were you find loads of good design bars and restaurants. I was for this reason a bit surprised that they call themselves a design hotel.
But in many ways they can claim they are.
The breakfast at the hotel is served in an open stylish area were you have a huge selection on offer. If you want the kitchen beware that it might take some time to get your omelette. But the quality is high and they also served several organic grown produces. Big plus.
They also have a really cool bar were a rather hip young crowd is found so make special attention to your outfit before departing your room. Great for a few cocktails before entering the nightlife.
The rooms looked good but were not big. But had nice features like a selection of magazines (Wallpaper for instance) and I saw some complaints about difficulty of watching TV but that was not a problem in my room.
New high quality furniture and nice bath. Wouldn't stay for a week, but for a cityweekend it is great and location is excellent.
A hotel for the young at heart.

  • Stayed December 2006, traveled on business
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2007

My husband and I travel to Helsinki quite frequently and normally stay at the 5*Kämp Hotel a stone's throw away from the Klaus K. On our last visit we wanted to try something else and opted for the Klaus K.

Although currently residing abroad, I used to be a native of Helsinki and I have to say the location is hard to beat; you are bang in the middle of all the shopping, restaurants and sights that might interest an occasional visitor.

We stayed in an Envy Plus room on the third floor. The room was spacious (more so than the Executive Rooms in Kämp, just to give an idea to those who know what I'm talking about), high ceilings, very swanky decor and large baywindows opening up to the Bulevardi and Erottaja streets.

Streetnoise was not a problem (Bulevardi isn't exactly the busiest street in Helsinki, rather the opposite and the double glazing doesn't hurt either) and I would recommend any tourist to choose a room on the streetside rather than one facing the inner court.

We found the service friendly and efficient. Table bookings were made as requested and we only needed to ask to have a two-hour extention to the check-out time.

Breakfast was very nice, like in most Finnish hotels, actually, a nice selection of freshly baked breads and pastries, salads and fruits.

The only complaint we had was the lack of hooks and hanger space in the room. But when we raised the issue at the reception , the housekeeping immediately provided us with a standing coat rack which took care of the problem.

We ate at the Filmitähti restaurant, accessible from the hotel lobby, on two occasions and can recommend it wholeheartedly. It's all very relaxed and the food uncomplicated but gorgeous (the crab burgers are to die for!). Also had lunch once in the Toscanini bistro next to the main entrance. I found the Toscanini slightly disappointing. It just wasn't anything special.

All in all, a very pleasant experience. I don't think we will be switching completely from the Kämp Hotel, but we will certainly visit the Klaus K again and will be happy to recommend it to our friends.

The Hilton Kalastajatorppa is a good alternative for those who are not put out by the fact that it's not in the city centre (ie. you have to take the tram or a taxi to town). Book a room at the Seaside Wing and enjoy the calming views of the Laajalahti bay. I've never liked Hilton's much, but this one was very pleasant. The decor of the rooms or the hotel in general cannot be compared with Klaus K or Kämp, but it's all fresh and pleasant to the eye and service is typically Finnish, efficient and friendly.

Stayed January 2007
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2007

I stayed for two nights in July 2006. We had some summer offer (120€) and the room price was lower than in normal busy periods of year. They say they are the first design hotel in Helsinki but I think Hilton Kalastajantorppa and Sokos Hotel Torni are just as nice design as this hotel.

Our room was in the third floor and facing busy street and I woke up at six in the morning to some noises from the street, I guess rooms that have no street view are better if you need silence to get sleep.

We wanted to watch a movie and realized that the tv is too far from the bed and only option is to watch the tv in very uncomfortable chairs.

Breakfast is very nice do not miss it.

Service was excellent and we had no broblems with the staff. Hotel is located in the very centre downtown of Helsinki.

I have stayed in most of the hotels in Helsinki and if you have a good deal in this hotel then it is great but 250 euros is far too much.

  • Liked — location and trendy atmosphere
  • Disliked — Noisy room and little bit impractical room design
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2007

We stayed here for 4 nights in January and I have to say that we were mightily disappointed. My partner who travels extensively for business went so far as to say it was the worst hotel he had ever stayed at in this price bracket. The only 2 things going for it are: a) the location is just about the best in the city and b) the public areas look fabulously designer chic.

We were allocated a room called Passion on the 3rd floor. The room itself was nice enough, it looked very hip and trendy and even the small bathroom was ok. The problem was with the noise levels. The hotel houses one of the hippest nightclubs in town which goes on until 4am on Saturday, pumping out hard core house music that builds up to a crescendo at the end of the night (which would have been great if I wasn’t 6 months pregnant and unable to shake my funky stuff on the dance floor). This meant that we got NO sleep until the club closed. When we called reception to complain, the night porter immediately apologised for the noise, but said nothing could be done. When we complained at check-out time, the receptionist acknowledged the noise problem saying that they didn't put any guests on the 2nd floor on Saturday nights, but that they had never had a complaint from the 3rd floor before. Not good enough, especially when the hotel was nowhere near full during our stay. If they knew that noise might be an issue, they should have placed us much higher up in the building.

Check-out time from the rooms is 1200 (decent enough), but in our case we had a knock on the door at 0800. As my partner opened the door the cleaner behind it said "oh, I thought you were going today" and trundled off. Great, thanks for the lie-in.

All in all the service in this hotel was very faulty towers. The only bonus points go out to the great waiting staff in the Filmitahti restaurant.

As a Finn living in London I had hugely high expectations of this "first boutique hotel" in Helsinki. Sadly, they were not met. I will never stay in this hotel again

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — noise levels
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2006

Klaus K hotel is about 10-15 minutes from the train station (where the airport bus arrive), and two minutes from one of the main boulevards, Esplanadi (where you will find restaurants, cafes, bars,...).
Klaus K is trendy with a bar/lounge/club where beautiful people come on weekend evenings, but it was quite empty at the beginning of the week when I came back to Helsinki.
The design of the rooms is warm, you will feel you're staying at home. I agree with a previous review, bathrooms are quite common, with nothing special (but the power shower is great!).

I've been to Klaus K two times already, it's really a nice and pleasant hotel where you feel good.

  • Liked — the lounge bar and the design
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled on business
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Property: Klaus K Hotel
Address: Bulevardi 2-4, Helsinki 00120, Finland
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Location: Finland > Uusimaa > Helsinki
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Helsinki
#8 Romantic Hotel in Helsinki
#14 Family Hotel in Helsinki
#15 Business Hotel in Helsinki
#15 Luxury Hotel in Helsinki
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Klaus K Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 171
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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