This hotel was not a bad at all, and checked most of the boxes. However, given the hype on this website and the price I paid, it did not live up to my expectations. Having said that, I have noticed that Helsinki is an expensive city in general, so perhaps standards should be lowered all around.
The location is great. It is walking distance from Senate Square, the market, and the ferry port to Tallinn in Estonia. There are loads of restaurants and cafes nearby, plus a little convenience store.
The breakfast buffet was included and excellent, with a large selection of meats, cheeses, eggs, bacon, eggs, cereal and fruit.
The room had a TV with two English news channels and on-demand films (payable) and wifi. The hotel staff were helpful and spoke excellent English.
The spa is also notable- three different types of sauna plus some lounge chairs. There is a 20 EUR fee (not worth it, but when I went one of the saunas was broken so the price was a more reasonable 10 EUR). The use of the spa is free with a massage booking, which I did make and it was awesome. There was also a little gym.
Now, the disadvantages: The room was absolutely tiny. I know that European standards are a little smaller, I have stayed in hotels of similar standard in Tallinn, Oslo and Riga and these were not like Hotel Glo Kluuvi. There was just enough room for the bed and the desk was tucked into a little corner out of sight. This was also far more expensive than hotels in Tallinn and Riga (which I felt were far superior to this) by a factor of around 1.5.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Glo Helsinki
- Glo Hotel Helsinki