The Most Central Hotel in Helsinki

Helsinki is a European destination that has grown quite rapidly in popularity over the years. Being a city full of friendly faces and delicious coffee I can understand why everyone wants to head up north! Planning to go north too? Here's the most central hotel you can stay in in Helsinki. It's literally positioned a 1 to 10 minute walk away from everything! 

Glo Hotels is a business travel friendly hotel chain that operates in Finland. They have 2 locations in Helsinki, the Glo Hotel Art and the Glo Hotel Kluuvi. Although I didn't get the chance yet to check out the Glo Hotel Art, I think I'll be sticking with the Glo Hotel Kluuvi when I'm in Helsinki. 

Why Stay at the Glo Hotel Kluuvi 

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

So what makes this hotel so awesome? I have a laundry list of things. First, being a 4 star hotel it's quite affordable for those willing to go above hostel prices. Depending on what room you choose, what time of year and what day you stay prices range from about 130 euros to above 200 euros. But the price tag is well worth it.

Staying here you'll be so close to everything there is to see in Helsinki. It's a 5 minute walk to the Senate Square, Market Square, and even the central train station. 

Breakfast

Breakfast

A rarity in Europe, this hotel offers rooms that can fit up to 4 to 6 people. Now that's extremely hard to find anywhere else! This would be a great place to stay if you're traveling with a larger group. The rooms aren't small either. They range from a 13 squared meter room for 2 to a 68 squared meter room for 6. 

Hungry in the morning? Your reservation will come with a mouthwatering breakfast buffet complete with continental and Finnish choices. Hungry any other time? The hotel has a restaurant on its ground floor and offers room service as well. But if you're itching to get out of the hotel (which you should be!), the famed Frazer Café is right across the street. 

Kämp Spa

Kämp Spa

If you haven't burned enough calories walking around town you can burn more with the hotel! Glo Hotel Kluuvi partners with 5 star Hotel Kämp next door. So with your reservation at Glo Hotel Kluuvi you can also use the Kämp Spa and Gym. In addition, the property partners with the sports store next door, XXL, to provide their guests with free bike rentals! It's a great way to see the city like a local. 

Lastly, if you're in town for business or are a digital nomad too, Glo Hotel Kluuvi is the perfect hub for you to mix business and pleasure. The hotel and all its rooms are equipped with high speed wifi. I can personally vouch that their wifi is on point. It's super fast with internet, downloads, and uploads! You can also book meetings in couple of their spaces. Each space is designed for specific clientele. You'll have your pick between a more creative casual space or a more professional business space. 

So what are you waiting for? Make a reservation! 

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Glo Hotel Kluuvi

Helsinki, Finland


Glo Hotel Kluuvi Glo Luxe Double Room Review

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Glo Hotel Kluuvi: "Glo Luxe Double" room | Hotel Room Review

THE OVERVIEW

Name: Glo Hotel Kluuvi

Location: Helsinki, Finland
Kluuvikatu 4, 00100 Helsinki, Finland
Hotel Rating: 4 Star

Phone: +358 10 3444400
Email: sales@glohotels.fi

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MY EXPERIENCE

My Room: Superior Room on the 3rd Floor with a river view
Stay: July 18-19, 2017

Glo Luxe Double Room 

I arrived at the Glo Hotel Kluuvi pretty late at night so I was beyond thrilled to hear that my room had been upgraded. When I opened my door I couldn't believe how large my room was! It's definitely bigger than my flat in London. The first thing I noticed was the cute little stuffed animal on the bed. What a great marketing tactic! I seriously debated buying the cute little thing. Alright so let's get into this review. 

First. Amenities. 

There are so many amenities you get with a reservation at the Glo Hotel Kluuvi. All guests are provided with a 24 hour front desk staff, room service, free bike rentals, a breakfast buffet, and Kämp spa and gym access. 

A Glo Luxe Double room comes with all of the above and 26 squared meter of space that fits 4 people, high speed internet, a double bed, a minibar, a couch area, ironing board, umbrella, bath amenities including bath salts and a scrubber, bath robe and slippers, tea and coffee set, blackout curtains, a desk and workspace, and a tv. 

Second. Space. 

The room is huge! There was so much space in my hotel room it was unbelievable. I absolutely didn't feel cramped at all. I also liked how the toilet was completely separate from the shower area. This would be so convenient when traveling with multiple people. I also want to point out that I was on the 8th floor so I had a great view! 

Third. Safety. 

I felt extremely safe here. Not that Helsinki is a dangerous place at all. Actually it's one of the safest cities you could travel to! But the hotel does keep its guests safe anyways! You need a key card to enter any of the floors of the hotel so random people can't just walk up to your door. 

Fourth. Service. 

Although this is a 4 star hotel the service was up to par with 5 star hotels. There is a 24 hour front desk/concierge that can help you with all your needs. I needed to ship a package and the front desk staff was so helpful. I was also able to get a late checkout no problem! Everyone was always smiling and so friendly. I definitely felt at home here and would come back with no hesitations! 

Final Thoughts 

100% I'll be back at the Glo Hotel Kluuvi. It has the most perfect location, right in the center of Helsinki. Getting there is so easy. You can ride the Finnair bus from the airport which drops you off at the main train station. Then from there it's only about a 5 minute walk to the hotel. I absolutely loved and appreciated that the hotel had amazingly fast wifi. It's the worst trying to do work with awful wifi. If you're a business person or a digital nomad you'll know my struggle. So this made my stay that much more pleasant. Lastly, it's hard to find a space so big in Europe. Usually rooms are quite small. But the Glo Hotel Kluuvi offers rooms ranging from 13 squared meters to an impressive 68 squared meters. It's a great hotel for traveling in groups or business travel! 

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Helsinki, Finland


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A Look Inside the "Museum of Ice Cream"

The Museum of Ice Cream has made it's way from New York to Los Angeles and it's next stop, recently announced, is San Francisco! 

This teeny tiny pop up exhibit has been splattered all over Instagram. If you haven't seen a photo of someone in the sprinkle pool on your feed then I'm really not sure if you're using Instagram correctly. Although some may say the vibrantly instaworthy spot is overrated, overgrammed, and overpriced, I beg to differ. 

Now disclaimer. I didn't pay for my ticket. And no this is not a sponsored post. My bestie, Celina, bought me tickets for my birthday! Her approach was are you doing anything on July 28th and I'm like...I have no clue. She asked me in May haha or maybe April. Just really ahead of time. And so July 28th Museum of Ice Cream I penned into my planner. Yes, literally penned. I use a paper planner not Google Cal or iCal. Technology sometimes really bothers me. 

Before I knew July 27th came, I was 23, and then July 28th came and I was somewhere east of Downtown near the Arts District standing next to a pink building playing corn hole in the backlot of Soylent. 

For $30, here's what we got! 

1. Entrance in the Museum - DUH 

We got there way too early. So they stuck us in an almost literal playpen. It was Soylent's backlot that had some hula hoops, connect 4, and corn hole to keep us entertained. Then 15 minutes before our time slot of 9pm we got to check in. Following check in, everyone ticketed for our time slot had to pick a team name together. Celina decided to just kind of takeover and yell out "BIG STICKS". So Big Sticks it was. 

The museum staff uses team names to coordinate with each other where each group was inside the museum.  

2. All the Instagrammable Rooms 

You move through the museum by moving through different rooms. You're allowed to spend all the time you want in each room AND use flash in your photos, which is pretty awesome. But, the caveat is you can't go backwards. The staff warns you about this and reminds you to get all your shots in each room before heading to the next. 

The only room that had a time limit was the Sprinkle Pool room. Here you have about (I want to say) 5 minutes. Maybe a little more. I just know it was more than enough time to get some good snaps. They give you a 2 minute warning too. 

 

3. Sugar Overload

Yes, you do get fed at the Museum of Ice Cream. We got to have Dove Chocolate, Coolhaus Smore's Ice Cream, MyMo Mint Chocolate Mochi Ice Cream, Gummy Bears, Black Licorice, Sour Cherry Balls, Malt Chocolate Balls, and a Frozen Custard Pancake Sandwich. Although, I was a little mad because the museum is also sponsored by famed Salt & Straw and McConnell's, which are 2 of my favorite ice cream places. We didn't get scoops that night from either of these places and other people who went on other dates did! 

I'm so glad that Celina got me these tickets for my birthday. I would've never seen the museum if she didn't. So wooo shoutout to her. I genuinely had a great time there. The only thing is it was a little bit underwhelming. But I think that's only the case because I've seen so many photos of it on Instagram so nothing in there really surprised me. So overall I think the museum was pretty worth it. We were definitely full on sugar and photos by the end of it.


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5 Things To Do In Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is often overlooked as a European destination. But, this little city has a lot to offer! Most of the sights are easily done in a day, so it makes for the perfect day trip destination from neighboring cities, like Vienna. If you ever find yourself in this historical center here's 5 things you can do in one day there. 


1. See the City Walls 

The Bratislava City Walls date all the way back to the 13th century, when its construction first started. The Medieval structure is hard to miss if you're making your way towards Old Town from the Bratislava Hlavná Stanica train station. They're an easy first sight to see and a perfect signifier that you've reached the start of Old Town. Once you're in Old town you have to also see Michael's Gate . It's the only one of the four original city gates remains standing today. You can also head to the top of Michael's Gate through the Museum of Arms for a great view of Old Town!

Michael's Gate

Michael's Gate


2. Discover Old Town

Naturally your next step is to discover the rest of Old Town Bratislava. There's so much to do and see here in the historical center of the city. You can marvel at beautiful old buildings like the Old Town Hall, which is home to the Bratislava City Museum, and the Primatial Palace, one of the most gorgeous buildings in all of Slovakia. You can stroll through the lively streets like the one that starts at the Historical building of the Slovak National Theatre

Old Town Hall in the Main Square 

Old Town Hall in the Main Square 

Hviezdoslavovo Námestie Promenade

Hviezdoslavovo Námestie Promenade


3. Grab a Charcoal Gelato

If you're there in the summer, boy it get hot. So give yourself a little break and grab some ice cream! Now if you want a completely Insta-worthy and delicious cone, Arthur Ice Cream is the stop to make. They serve delectable gelato creations with a favorite being their Charcoal Gelato in a black cone. #ICECREAMGOALS

Charcoal Gelato

Charcoal Gelato


4. Visit the Man at Work - Čumil

There are a ton of bronze statues all around Bratislava. But see if you can spot Cumil, the man at work. You can find him taking a peek at passer-byers from an unsuspecting manhole near the center of Old Town. Don't blink because you might just miss him! 

Tourist taking photos of Cumil

Tourist taking photos of Cumil


5. Hike up to the Bratislava Castle

Last but certainly not least on this list is the Bratislava or Hrad Castle. Once you're done exploring Old Town head on over to the other side of the road to get an awesome aerial view of it. The way up is clearly marked, so all you have to do is follow the street signs that say "Hrad Castle". The hike up to the castle is not so much an actual hike but more of a slightly steep incline. In the summer you'll definitely break a sweat. In the winter it might keep you a little warmer. The castle features a variety of cool features like the gleaming white castle itself, its perfectly maintained gardens, the Slovak National History Museum, and a breathtaking views of Old Town, the Danube, and the Most SNP or UFO Bridge.

PS. There's an observation deck and a restaurant you can eat at that sits on top of the UFO Bridge if you craving more aerial views of the city.  

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle

View of Old Town

View of Old Town

View of UFO Bridge

View of UFO Bridge


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