Sleep Here: Helsinki’s “Passion for MINI” Hotel Rooms
Pack your bags! The Finnish capital of Helsinki is home to the type of accommodation every MINIac should catch forty winks at.
MINI owners are experts at exploring uncharted territory. While that indescribable go-kart feeling is always an incentive to head out of bounds, the elusive MINI spirit also inspires those in the know to think outside the box. Case in point: Klaus K Hotel's "Passion for MINI" rooms.
What began as a simple idea from two Helsinki hoteliers with a love of the original British small car has materialized into an entire set of hotel rooms fit for the most die-hard of MINI admirers. Klaus K Hotel owners Marc and Mia Skvorc have decked out their one-of-a-kind automotive accommodation with a host of MINI merchandise - from MINI-themed curtains and linen to bedside copies of The MINI International.
And what would an authentic MINI hotel room be without a signature mascot? Every "Passion for MINI" guest is greeted with a plush Spike to make your stay in Helsinki that much more adorable.
The "Passion for MINI" hotel rooms synthesize the rambunctious spirit of MINI into a relaxing space to put up your feet after a long day behind the wheel. And when it's time to get back on the road, choose the scenic route out from Helsinki's city limits - take the one-hour drive to the historic city of Porvoo. Or head west for the small town of Hanko and partake in an array of beachside activities to fill those famously long Finnish summer nights. While you're in the area, scoop up handcrafted souvenir from Fiskars Village, the Finnish center of art and design.
Klaus K Hotel's passion for MINI isn't just confined to four-walls. Their most recent endeavor transformed a MINI Countryman into a four-door hotel experience! Imagine cozying up in your camper-ready MINI Countryman while you gaze up at the Nordic region's famed Northern Lights.
Perfect for lazing about at a roadside stop off, this ultra-comfortable MINI Countryman recently sat pride of place at the MINI Helsinki pop-up store. While the mobile hotel room is unfortunately no longer on display, you can scope it out in the gallery below.
The wealth of ideas from these bona fide MINIacs is yet to be exhausted. Next up on the Klaus K Hotel radar is a campervan conversion destined for one lucky MINI Clubvan! Keep your eyes peeled as the project starts to take shape over the coming year. To reserve your very own "Passion for MINI" room, make a pit stop at Klaus K Hotel's website here.
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The MINI International Vol. 41
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