Klaus K, Helsinki
If you’re heading to Helsinki for their noted arts festival, the hotel should follow suite and itself be immersed in the local culture. In that case your Finnish address really should be Klaus K in Helsinki.
Inspired by the country’s treasured folklore – Kalevala – it has been created by some of the finest names in Finnish art and design. With art suites designed by cartoonists and movie rooms designed by revered designers, this hotel is the antidote to the legion of faceless five-star properties the world over.
We love the two restaurants, especially Toscanini, which sits outside the hotel entrance, looking all inviting and serving contemporary Tuscan dishes. It was inspired by Finnish national painter Akseli Gallen-Kaella who studied frescos in Florence, thereby retaining is national edge and Finnish-ness.
Whether you here for work or the festival, a couple of cocktails at the small but urbanely cool Anjo bar and club makes this a hotel that has all you could possibly need on a trip to Helsinki. And it offers it all in some considerable style, too.