Scuffed rooms and corridors. Room located behind little bit complicated halls and hallways. Shabby feeling doesn't support the image of quality of Glo/Kämp concept. Friendly and helpful staff. They didn't have restaurant, only breakfast hall. Basic breakfast without any stars
We had a very relaxing start for a weekend in Helsinki in Glo Art hotel. We've been there earlier so we knew what to expect, however our expectations were exceeded! Personnel took care of fulfilling our small wishes and overall our stay was very comfortable.
Beautiful and mystique designed art deco building. The impressing stonebuilding looks like a castle from a fairytale or straight from Kalevala, the agent snd epic Finnish old stories. The location and the neighbourghood is exellent, close to the Boulevard. We did not try the restaurant byt breakfast was good and plentyful. A minus for the slightly shaggy rooms.
Honest Helsinki Hotel Reviews Glo Hotel Art When we came to Glo hotel art we were greeted by beautiful castle like lobby area. My wife told me it looked like something from harry potter movie. Beautiful Art Nouveau building is from the early 1900's and has an interesting history as it was originally built as the student clubhouse for the technical university. 1990 it was converted to a hotel and has been hotel ever since. Kamp group renovated it 2005 and opened in its new glory as a castle hotel and 2012 was time for the latest and last change as then it became Glo Hotel Art. Queue was not long but still took us a while to finally check in as people before us had some problems with their room. If I understood right they had found used towels from their bed and wanted to change their room. Well finally when it was our time to check in, staff was very friendly and everything went quick and smoothly. Well first impressions when were walking endless office like corridors searching our room were not good as corridor walls were full of scratches and loud pop music reminded us more of coming to some shady dance place than grandiose old art nouveau style castle. Such a big contrast and illusion breaker after what we had just witnessed minutes ago. Rooms of the hotel were in the separate building and I think scratches on the walls are reminder of the past as I heard that part has been office building before. Still I don't understand why they haven't changed the wallpapers as it really gives very uninviting feeling when you are walking to your room. We had to walk thru countless of corridors and doors until we finally found our home for the night. Comfort room - 543 When we came to our room i noticed ugly scratches on light switch too which gave us really bad first impression. There was some scratches also on the bed wall. Even though we upgraded our room it was still pretty small compared to the other hotels we've been here in Helsinki. There was cute lynx on the bed waiting for us which was a nice touch and you can adopt it with just 19 euros. Otherwise room was clean and modern. Sadly tv didn't have chromecast so you couldn't stream netflix from your phone. This time there was no gym in the hotel which was surprising as usually i expect four star hotels to have at least some kind of a gym but this time it was not the case. Still if you really need some exercise and lift some weights you can pay 5 euros and use near by gym. There was no minibar but you had your usual complementary coffee sachets and tea bags. Bathroom was small as the room itself and the shower was right next to the bed with a glass wall even though there a black panel running around the middle to give you a little privacy but still I wouldn't recommend it if you are sharing a room with your work buddy. Even though room was small the bed was big and comfy and we slept our night well. Main star of the hotel Well castle like lobby area is really the main star of the hotel. Hotel bar which is just step away from the lobby is nice to spend some time and marvel the interior design of this old art nouveau style castle like building. I recommend you also see the stairwell and other floors which are as instagramamble as the lobby area. We enjoyed our drinks in beautiful library room. Coffee selection in the lounge bar was very limited. They had only plain finnish coffee and espresso. I took finnish coffee and my wife took hot chocolate. Coffee was fine and my wife liked her hot chocolate too. By the way receptionist also did take care of the lounge bar so I can I guess that it can get bit hectic for one person to take care of both especially when hotel is bustling with people. By the way when she did bring our hot drinks she also did bring bowl of marshmallows which was a nice surprise. She was such a lovely lady and if anything she was another star of this hotel. Always so friendly and helpful. For a good and bad I think castle part of the hotel is much more inviting and cozy than the rooms and we did spend more time in the lounge than in a room itself. If you want to go Sauna it costs 15 euros per person. Bit pricy if you think in other hotels Sauna has been usually included with room price. Still for the price we got the room I think it was a good deal and I can't really recommend enough people to see the old part of the hotel as it's so beautiful. I'm just disappointed how different the room was compared to grand lobby area. I sound bit negative and I shouldn't expect kämp, st george kind of experience but still this is said to be 4 star hotel and that it's not. This is at best nice three star hotel with beautiful old part and great service. Breakfast Breakfast was at the cellar of the old building and it was cozy and pretty place to start a day. From the video you can see the selection but in my opinion selection was pretty good and better than in st george. My wife was pleased also that there was crepes and in her opinion hotel breakfast is good only when there is pancakes or crepes. Once again your choices were pretty limited if you wanted hot beverages as there was finnish coffee and tea and well that's about it. There are lots of reasonable priced restaurants and old market hall near by if you get hungry later in the day. Final thoughts Well like I already said before old part of the building is stunning and something to marvel at. That alone gives this hotel character and personality of its own. That's a huge advantage but I can't deny it's problems I mentioned before. Especially ugly scratches on the corridor wall of the modern building and our room. It's a good budget choice if you want to spend more time outside looking Helsinki than staying in your room. If you are a tourist and visiting first time here in Helsinki i think it's a good choice as the old part of the hotel itself is already your first tourist attraction. If you want more space you should forget first two room classes right away and consider to book yourself a luxe room or suite. If you are older person or have problems with walking then there is similar priced options closer to the city center. Highlights of the hotel +++ Stunningly beautiful castle like main building +++ Helpful and friendly staff + Good breakfast Room for improvement --- Ugly scratches in corridor walls and room. -- Really small room (smart and comfort level) - Limited coffee selection in lounge bar and breakfast - Can take time to find your room. - No Gym…
We visited in new year so there were lot of clients. There was a chaos in check-in and most slow procedure I’ve ever seen. We waited about 30 minutes in queue even 15 minutes outside in the rain. No one was telling people to organize in different queues. There were no signposts about social distance etc so I felt unsafe because of covid-19 risks. Our room was next to barking dog and below us there was party in room until 3am. Couldn’t sleep before that. Urine was smelling in our bathroom. There was lot of dust on the floor. Breakfast was classic, tasty and they organized it nicely. Although there still were to many people in a small room taking food. A bit dissapointed. Luckily staff was friendly.