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This summer we nipped into Helsinki’s Klaus K hotel, part of Design Hotels, for a look at this delightfully well-designed hotel.
To best describe the hotel, we’ll start with the ethereal premise on which the hotel’s design is based. Do your best to try to stay with us.
Klaus K is inspired by Finland’s national epic, the Kalevala--a 19th-century work of epic poetry compiled from Finnish and Karelian oral folklore and mythology. Each of the 139 guestrooms represents a theme from the myth’s primary emotional elements: namely desire, passion, mysticism and envy. The room categories are broken down by these themes, so when you book a room, you book a Desire room, a Passion room and so on and so on. You can also book specialty rooms including the Passion for Mini room, art rooms and the Urban Nature rooms, all designed in collaboration with creative-type partners.
While you’re digesting that, here are some of the hotel’s other deets. It opened in 2004 in a late-19th-century building, and is the only Design Hotel in Helsinki. Located in the city’s hip Design District, it’s close to the Design Museum and plenty of great shops and cafes. Next door to the hotel (which you can enter directly from Klaus K) is the city’s first urban day spa, with various beautifying treatments, a gym and a sauna.
Don't miss the pics below!
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What would you say to an all-expenses-paid 35-day sojourn in Helsinki? Well, we know what we'd say: kyllä! (that's 'yes' in Finnish, at least according to Google translator…)
This summer, the Hotel Finn is offering one intrepid, bilingual blogger the chance to stay at the hotel for free (fun!), sleep in a different room each night (not so fun), and write about his or her experiences.
According to the Daily Mail, hotel manager Tio Tikka came up with the idea as a way to promote the renovations that were just completed on the hotel's 35 guest rooms.
Evidently, he was onto something. So far, over 600 people have applied for the role of 'professional sleeper', though we hope they all managed to read the fine print before sending off their writing samples. As per the guidelines, the winning 'sleeper' needs to be fluent in Finnish and English (there go our chances), with some knowledge of Russian as well. On top of that, the blogger will be required to "share his thoughts, adventures, and experiences of living in summery Helsinki."
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Hotel Kamp in Helsinki is owned by Starwood
The New York Daily News is reporting on a lawsuit between Wall Street banker Alison Fournier and Starwood Hotels, who gave an unknown man the key to Fournier's Helsinki hotel room, after he explained to the Front Desk that he was her husband. Creepy! And kinda unbelievable.
The surveillance video depicts an American man showing up at the Hotel Kamp's Front Desk, drunkenly explaining he had been locked out from his wife's room, and walking away with the key. Minutes later, he entered Fournier's room, took his clothes off and got into bed with her. Creepy again! Though half-asleep, and alone, Fournier immediately realized what was going on and ran straight out of the room. Starwood has called the event "very unfortunate" and is looking into the facts before taking any further action.
Like, um, an apology?
Helsinki: perhaps not the first city that comes to mind for an urban getaway, but you’d be missing out if you went with your instincts. Helsinki in the summer is magical, and it’s also exceedingly trendy (not for nothing is it called “the design capital of Europe”, don’t you know).
The Klaus K is one of the trendiest hotels in town and, having stayed there last year, we can see why. It’s super themed around the Finnish national epic poem with great decor and the best hotel breakfast we’ve ever been party to.
To encourage you to come this summer, they have an Urban Getaway Package which includes a double room, glass of champagne on arrival, dinner for two, movie tickets (nice thought, even if you won’t use those), drinks vouchers at the inhouse Ahko Club, and a shopping discount card.
Needless to say, the package also includes breakfast. They call it The Best of Finland and believe us, they’re not joking. We’re still dreaming about the smoked reindeer meat.
The Urban Getaway starts at €250 (around $350) and is valid Friday to Sunday until August 2nd. Book three days ahead. Standard rooms start at €125 (about $175).