Arriving in Helsinki: Hotel Klaus K

July 13, 2015

I'm the overly-coordinated sort - the type who matches the metals on her purse to her jewellery (for this reason I have two versions of my favourite handbags, i.e. two Chanel 2.55s - one with silver hardware, the other in gold) - so when it comes to travel, you know I'll have planned a theme for an entire trip. 

In Helsinki, I was a normcore hipster (although I failed to get a proper outfit shot of myself rocking ripped boyfriend jeans) stomping about the Design District in search of what makes the Nordic cities the catalyst of all things destined for Pinterest's trending page. It seemed only appropriate that I'd go for the 'boutique' experience, one I duly found smack bang in the middle of the city centre on a leafy, narrow boulevard where the sight-seeing trams ramble by. Klaus K is Helsinki's first design hotel whose aesthetics are inspired by Finland's national epic, Kalevala. Allusions to the hotel's history is woven among the modern details of the hotel's decor - you'd just as easily spot a giant sculpture made from silkworm cocoons as you will find framed embroidered verses from ancient poems. The rooms and interior express four emotional themes; Mystical, Passion, Desire, and Envy - and it was in our Desire King room that Henry and I had to fight, on a daily basis, the overwhelming want to stay in our ridiculously comfortable beds to watch TV all day. 


Three up, one right from Hotel Klaus K's entrance - that's my window from where I may have inadvertently flashed half the city. I try to convince myself that the trees provided cover... 



Lobby of Hotel Klaus K, Helsinki, Finland






Desire King Room, Hotel Klaus K, Helsinki, Finland



A care package from the tourism board, Visit Helsinki, who kindly welcomed me with a press kit including Helsinki Cards ie. the Golden Ticket that grants you free access to the city's museums and sights, privileges, and free public transport including the ferries that take you to Helsinki's many islands.



2, 3, 4, 7 : Hotel Klaus K

While our Desire King Room paled in comparison to Klaus K's swish Sky Suites, Henry and I were well-stocked with everything we could need for a short city break. I took full advantage of the Malin + Goetz toiletries - shamelessly slathering myself in lotions that smelt of coriander, mint, and rum which made me smell like a cocktail, shoved my daily mess into the many ingenious storage spaces (especially the leather ottoman and hidden wardrobe behind the mirror) while marvelling at Klaus K's ability to make minimalism and modernism so desirable - again, they're preaching to a woman who buys five of everything 'just in case' and aspires to live in a crumbling medieval castle with bats for lodgers. Mine and Henry's stay was very pleasant - not even the selfish actions of certain 'VIP guests' on our floor (the entourage of a very well-known American rapper) who drove us all out into the Finnish night with their setting off the fire alarms could sour our proverbial grapes (although I'm definitely not going to be buying his records anytime soon). I'd definitely recommend Klaus K as a city base whose desirable location (in the middle of the Design District, walking distance to the ports) is matched by its style-credentials and amenities. Find Klaus K Helsinki at Bulevardi 2, 00120 Helsinki, Finland. x

*Our stay in Helsinki is partially sponsored by Hotel Klaus K Helsinki and Visit Helsinki, but all opinions are as always, mine and mine only.

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15 comments:

  1. Catherine LuxJuly 13, 2015

    The hotel looks SO gorgeous! Scandinavian hotels are the best. When I went to Copenhagen I loved the design of our hotel, it was so swish and 'cool'.

    C x | Lux Life

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  2. Whoa, this place looks amazing!
    thebeautybloss.com

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  3. What a beautiful design hotel, I the funky wall paper and the big over-sized head board!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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  4. Isn't that head board brilliant Angie? Its so delightfully comfortable too - I think I've left a Jasiminne-shaped indent in it from all the times I've tried to 'sink' into it! x

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  5. Definitely worth checking out when you're next in Helsinki! x

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  6. Finland isn't Scandinavian though (I found out when annoyed Scandic corrected me on it haha) it's Nordic! But yeah I know what you mean - those Nordics really do cool design! x

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  7. Catherine LuxJuly 13, 2015

    Noooo way! Well you learn something new every day ;) haha! I always thought it was part of Scandinavia!


    C x

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  8. Ooh I've not heard of this one. Looks nice, even if bed space is a bit tight! (I am a believer that the bed should be the absolute focus in a hotel because...of obvious reasons, and less space should be wasted on complimentary furniture)
    If you do ever decide to go to Vilnius, may I suggest three very different options?
    Ramada for the sophisticated luxury (if a bit boring 16th century-everything), but slap bang in the centre.
    Moon Garden Hotel for something artsy and unusual. A bit of a walk/taxi.
    and finally, Vilnius Grand Resort. The weirdest, most curious and certainly puts the 'fun' in funny. They think they're Bora Bora. It's outside the city, and mostly recommended for a nature/spa/detox getaway rather than a city break.

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  9. Me too! And here I've been walking around Helsinki shouting I LOVE SCANDINAVIA (oops) x

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  10. The bed was actually huge and the tight space made it feel more cozy (but then again, in London one side of my bed is pushed right up to a console table). Vilnius Grand Resort sounds AMAZING - I just had a look and they're OTT in all the best ways possible! Meet you there?! x

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  11. I can see why you wouldn't want to leave the hotel, love those gold velvet tones and how thoughtful of Visit Helsinki to provide you with a Helsinki Card

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  12. yeah, unfortunately the flight from Australia is a bit of a killer lols. What I wouldn't give to be based in Europe, you guys can just hop, skip and jump from amazing country to country x

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  13. Visit Helsinki provided me TWO! Aren't they so lovely? x

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  14. That's true BUT you're well placed to travel to Fiji, South East Asia, everywhere in the Oceania really! ;) x

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