Where to go when you’re a design loving shopaholic and you’re in need of a place to stay in Helsinki? Seek no further. Design Hotel Klaus K is located in Helsinki’s vibrant city center and even more important; just in the heart of the design district.
Are you as much in love with the city’s historical buildings as we are? When staying at Klaus K’s, you can consider yourself a happy camper. The hotel’s premises go back a 100 years and are a combination of two architecturally important buildings; the one on the Erottaja side is architect’s Frans Sjöström’s signature work, built in 1882. The building on the Bulevard street was built in 1912 and designed by Lars Sonck, one of the most important architects of the national-romantic movement.
Love for drama
A design hotel like Klaus K, residing in such a historical building wouldn’t be complete without a touch of drama. The hotel’s name is based on a story of passion, betrayal, lies and envy. Intrigued? So were we. The by Elias Lönnrot compiled Kanteletar, which is a collection of Finnish folk poetry published in 1840, includes the ballad “The Death of Elina”. Klaus Kurki is the main character in this story and he was a ferocious man. His name was carved into the granite of the entrance doorposts in 1938 and so it happened: way before the hotel was there, it already had it’s name.
It is hard to find anything in Finland that doesn’t honor its tradition and cultural background. So does this proud design hotel in the beautiful capital of the country. The soul of Klaus K breaths Kalevala: Finland’s dramatic national epic which continues to fascinate travelers from around the world. Almost all of the furniture, carpets and objects have been tailored specifically for Klaus K, where you can find the myths of the Kalevala in the smallest details and even the hotel’s original room categories are named after strong Kalevala emotions: Passion, Mystical, Desire and Envy.