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Draw a circle that extends three kilometers out from the centrally located GLO Hotel Kluuvi and you will have included every discovery, wonder and adventure the fascinating city of Helsinki has to offer. 

It is all there: every facet of Helsinki’s pocket-sized metropolis that the international press so loves to praise - the birthplace of cool and a never-ending origin of what’s trending, whether it’s fashion, design or a pleasant urban life. 

Within the diameter of the first kilometer, you will encounter postcard Helsinki: the glory of the central Esplanade walkway, the splash of the southern harbor, the colors and smells of the lively Market Square, the Neo-Classical grandeur of Senate Square and the Eastern Orthodox onion domes of the Uspenski Cathedral.

Once Finland’s bustling capital city has dazzled you for the day, GLO Hotel Kluuvi’s location in the heart of the city makes it easy to return to your own quiet oasis and unwind.

Left or right? At GLO Hotel Kluuvi you can win either way.

To the right is the official Helsinki: the spectacular Esplanadi Park and its shops where you can acquire such Finnish design as Artek, Marimekko, Iittala as well as Louis Vuitton. You might as well sit down at one of Espa's cafes and watch the city-dwellers.

Right by the Market Square, next to SkyWheel Helsinki is the latest craze in town, the AllasPool, in which you can swim outside throughout the year. One of the pools is filled with purified sea water at the correct temperature, always cold and almost icy during winter.

The archipelago is a stone's throw away from the Market Square. A ferry takes you to Suomenlinna where you can experience true archipelago atmosphere in about an hour and a half at best. For Pokémon hunters Suomenlinna is like a zoo of rare Pokémon.

To the left lies Aleksanterinkatu, the other big shopping street. If you are in need of a Stutterheim raincoat or Minna Parikka's Bunny sneakers, the direction is the right one. Aleksanterinkatu is dominated by Helsinki Cathedral and an Empire milieu designed by Johan Carl Ludvig Engel: Helsinki, the Palace of the Council of State, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library.

Move the circle out to two kilometers and things get even more exciting. Now the capital city’s personality-filled districts come into play. First there is the everyman’s Hakaniemi Square with its historic market hall. Then there’s the bourgeoisie charm of highbrow Ullanlinna. From there it’s on to the trendy, head-spinning district of Punavuori. And let’s not forget that each of these distinct city boroughs is within a stone’s throw of the glittering waters of the Gulf of Finland. Find it all within walking distance of GLO Hotel Kluuvi.

But move one more kilometer beyond this and you will find real adventure. The bohemian Kallio district provides plenty of opportunities to experience cutting-edge urban life, while a short ferry ride to the fortress island of Suomenlinna will prove something you will never forget. This UNESCO World Heritage site brings you back in time, to the era in which Sweden and then Russia held dominion over the Finnish state.

Once Finland’s bustling capital city has dazzled you for the day, GLO Hotel Kluuvi’s location in the heart of the city makes it easy to return to your own quiet oasis and unwind.

After all this urban exploration, it’s no wonder if your feet ache. The TRAY's bar draws you in to take a comfy seat and relax with a well-earned coffee or cocktail. After this, a cozy private room and a warm gentle shower await you. Time to rejuvenate. 

Helsinki’s finest eating establishments and bars are all located within one kilometer of GLO Hotel Kluuvi. But travel another kilometer, and you will be rewarded with the hippest, happening venues. And if you are feeling bold, go yet another. There you will find experimental, surprising and fun evening and nightlife adventures. 

"The city and nature meet in Löyly. I do hope that Löyly will become a round-the-year living room for Helsinkians."

- Antero Vartia, builder of Löyly sauna 

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