The hotel has a great Italian restaurant, Toscanini, where we grabbed a yummy lunch of Buffalo mozzarella, caramelized tomato, roasted aubergine and barrel-aged balsamico for 13 EUR ($18); Risotto Primavera and Taleggio cheese for 17 EUR ($23); and a lush dessert of Passion fruit and white chocolate mousse with fresh berries and Muscovado sugar for 10 EUR ($14). There are also two set menus for 49 EUR ($67) each, which we find to be quite reasonable compared to other nice European restaurants.
Also to be found at Klaus K is the LIVINGROOM (yes it’s all capped), which opened this February. The LIVINGROOM consists of three floors of lobby/lounge space with individual nooks that beckon you to just stay put and hang out. The free WiFi is also a plus. And one of the nifty things about the LIVINGROOM is how it was designed. The US-born GM and owner, Marc (along with his Finnish wife, Mia) called for design entries via an open Facebook invitation to transform the original lobby and bar into an informal hangout space. The couple received entries ranging from sketches on a cocktail napkin to fully rendered 3D CAD designs. It’s all so “Power to the People,” isn’t it? Breakfast, local delicacies such as elk, crab or salmon sliders, and the hotel’s house wine label are all to be had here.
In the rooms, you’ll find custom-made beds by Finnish company Unikulma; toiletries by NYC-based Malin+Goetz (the hotel also uses a combination of Malin+Goetz fragrances to scent the lobby which, when we were there, was Mojito and Cannabis); and pristine clean white bathrooms with cedar ceilings that make you think you’re in a Finnish sauna. Rooms range in size from the 15 m2 (161 sq ft) Passion for Mini room (pics in the attached photo gallery) to the 55 m2 (592 sq ft) Envy Suite. In the works are 30 additional skyloft rooms expected to be completed in May of 2014.
Rates in November range from 137 EUR ($186) for the Passion for Mini room to 199 EUR ($270) for the Envy Plus room (call the hotel for rates for the Envy Suite) when you book the Early Bird Promotion which includes breakfast.