Review of the LGBTQ+ & gay-friendly Klaus K Design Hotel in Helsinki. Before we start with our review of the Klaus K Hotel Helsinki, we want to warn you, it will be a very sexy gay-friendly hotel article. Not only because of all the sexy and intimidating paintings by Touko Valio Laaksonen, much better known as Tom of Finland. A must-do for LGBT travelers coming to Helsinki is to learn more about Tom of Finland and the open mindset of the Finnish people. After all, Finland legalized same-sex marriage in 2017. The erotic artwork of the Finnish artist aka Tom of Finland has a huge fan community. He is known especially in the USA, but also in Germany and other parts of Europe.
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But the design hotel located in the heart of Helsinki at the west end of the Park Esplanadi is something to remember. Suitable for single gay & LGBTQ+ travelers as much as for gay couples exploring the Finnish capital city. So, we were invited to try the Tom of Finland Package during our stay at one of the Sky Balcony Rooms with a city view. Time to test the Finnish design hotel for its LGBTQ+ and gay-friendliness. Join us on our trip through Tom of Finland’s Helsinki and enjoy our hotel review “LGBTQ-friendly Klaus K Hotel in Helsinki” with photos and stories through a couple of men‘s eyes.
Gay-friendly Stay with Tom of Finland at the Klaus K Hotel
The moment we set foot in the Klaus K Hotel Helsinki we got in touch with the erotic art of Tom of Finland. Signs of the Tom of Finland Experience city tour and the small Tom of Finland shop corner right next to the reception were just the beginning. The check-in was straightforward with all the details, we needed to know for our gay city trip Helsinki weekend. Our room was on the 7th floor, which was easily accessible by the hotel’s elevator. By entering the room, a hip and modern music mix started to play and the remarkable black and white Tom of Finland sheets struck our eyes. But there was more to discover and to enjoy.
The elevated bed area, the generous private balcony with a city view, and the spacious bathroom with a double shower made the hotel package complete. Before we left the room again to start our Tom of Finland city tour, we took the time for some sexy, sunny photos of us drinking the Tom of Finland red wine from our Goody bag! After a wonderful night with all the sexy and handsome Tom of Finland men in our bed, we were ready for another day in Helsinki.
In a word, the Klaus K Hotel kept every single promise giving on the website and all the positive reviews lifting the expectations of an LGBTQ+ friendly city hotel to a new level.
Sky Balcony Room at Klaus K Hotel Helsinki
We stayed at Sky Room number 702 on the highest floor with a balcony and exactly the right welcome music when we entered the room. The bed area with a generous king-size bed was elevated and connected to the rest of the spacious Sky Room by a little stairway. So, there was so much to discover, from the Tom of Finland Goody bag to the generously equipped minibar and coffee maker corner to the private balcony with a view over Helsinki.
The low-keyed colors of the room and the right light installations, combined with the black and white bedding, could not have been better matched. Another highlight of the Sky Room at Klaus K Hotel Helsinki was the spacious bathroom with a huge (!) double shower. As you can imagine, we had a lot of fun doing a photo shooting in the showers. The high-end quality features of the room created a special, sexy, and luxurious feeling. So, long story short: We loved our hotel room!
Dinner at Restaurant Toscanini & Breakfast Buffet
Our culinary adventure started with dinner at the hotel restaurant Toscanini after our Tom of Finland experience. We decided to have a four-course dinner, a vegetarian one for Daan, and a meat version for Karl. Furthermore, we paired the delicious menus with typical Finnish beverages, an apple cider, and an alcoholic ginger beer. Our table was located right at the window with a view over the terrace and busy Bulevardi Street. Our recommendations: the Antipasti platter, the vegetarian Risotto with purple cauliflower, and one of the outstanding pasta, pizza, or meat main dishes. Although it took quite a while until we received all of our courses, it was worth the waiting in the end.
The next morning, we enjoyed a rich breakfast with local ingredients at the breakfast area next to the reception. Afterward, the coffee at the sky bar while watching the sunrise over the Helsinki Cathedral was just the cherry on top of a successful stay in Helsinki.
Happy Guide Helsinki: Tom of Finland Experience
As part of the Tom of Finland Package of the Klaus K Hotel, we attended the Tom of Finland Helsinki City Tour together with our tour guide Karri from Happy Guide Helsinki. Finally, our tour started at the Klaus K Hotel with a short talk about Touko Valio Laaksonen, his Erotic-art, and a short but impressive presentation of his life in pictures and a video. Then it was time for our city walk through Tom of Finland’s life in Helsinki. So, we visited various places where Tom’s art became a popular part of the Finnish culture. Did you know that Tom of Finland creator Touko Valio Laaksonen was a talented pianist, earning his living through his art? Check rates & availability here >
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Kept as a secret, the citizens of Helsinki are more than proud to live in their wonderful city, closely connected to nature and the Baltic Sea. Moreover, Finland recently has been elected to be the world’s most socially progressive country, as it is also legalized gay marriage officially in spring 2017.
LGBTQ+ & gay-friendly Klaus K Hotel Helsinki
Good to know: The Klaus K Hotel is everything but shy about their LGBTQ+ friendliness and about being a public supporter of the Tom of Finland Foundation. The Klaus K Hotel donates 10% of the revenue of the Tom of Finland Package to the Tom of Finland Foundation. So, by doing that, they aim to support the Foundation’s efforts of educating the public to the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.
Klaus K Design Hotel
00120 Helsinki, Finnland
Please note: This review post was made possible in partnership with Klaus K Hotel Helsinki to promote its gay-friendliness. Anyhow, our photos, texts, and opinions are 100% our own, as usual.
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