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.
- 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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