You will doubtless choose this hotel more for its numerous original restaurants and convivial common areas than for its rooms and studios, even if some have a sauna!
The hotel is located in the mountain village of Levi, a stone's throw away from the chairlifts' departure point and just 10 mi from Kittilä airport.
Some of the studios are set a little too far away from the reception area.
A kitchen in the dining room is available for guests accommodated in studios, so that they don't have to sleep with cooking odours.
The hotel is a sort of village within the resort, as it consists of numerous buildings spread out over the village, sometimes several hundred feet away from one another. The main building is a U-shaped chalet. It holds a reception, lounge areas, a spa, a restaurant, a bar and 81 standard rooms. The colourful common areas are full of charm, while remaining modern, and their convivial atmosphere brightens up the place. This, unfortunately is not the case for the common areas located in the studio buildings - a small lounge, a kitchen area and a little dining room, with no character and in great need of redecorating.
As far as sports and spas are concerned, the hotel has a large gym equipped with fifteen apparatus that guests can use for free, two whirlpool baths (one cold, one hot) and saunas, one for men, one for women. The nice, albeit, unexceptional spa can boast having a hair-dresser's, a physiotherapist and massage rooms.
The hotel offers two types of accommodation: 81 standard rooms and 76 studios. The rooms are located in the main building, whereas the studios are spread out over two one-floor buildings, quite far from the reception.
The standard rooms lack originality but at least they are spacious. You will find carpets, pale pastel colours on the walls, two single beds, a television and a telephone. The marble bathrooms all have a bathtub and a hair-dryer.
As for the studios, which can accommodate up to 4 guests, they are equipped with a plainly fitted kitchen (micro-wave oven, small oven, kettle and a cooker), a dining table and a mezzanine with two single beds, a television, a telephone, a balcony and even a sauna in the spacious bathroom! Although all these facilities may sound like a dream, let us go into more detail: the television only picks up a few channels and the image regularly jumps; at least one bulb is burnt out; the sauna sometimes takes several hours to warm up and the furniture and decoration are not very well-maintained.
There are 6 restaurants for just 157 rooms, a performance rarely equalled! These restaurants are not only popular with the hotel's guests but also with clients from outside. Indeed, the buffet restaurant serves simple cuisine before transforming itself into a very popular karaoke bar after 9:00pm, whereas the all-white and ultra-contemporary gastronomic restaurant attracts the resort's jet-set clientele. As well as the 4 other restaurants, there are also as many bar-nightclubs. Guests can choose here between half-board and full-board accommodation. Be aware that the only restaurant open for lunch is the buffet restaurant and guests who decide to have dinner in any of the other restaurants benefit from a ?10 reduction. The restaurants are so original, as much in their atmosphere as their setting, that it really is worth trying them all out if you have the time. The latest one to open, 'Asia', serves Japanese and Chinese cuisine in a very sophisticated setting which blends ancient and contemporary objects alike; the unique ambience is Zen and meals are served for approximately ?20. In addition to these restaurants, there is another restaurant which has taken up residence in a wooden cabin, as well as an old farm which serves delicious starters and a great variety of fish as a buffet - an extraordinary opportunity to taste Finnish cuisine, from the most traditional to the most original.
As for breakfast, it is served in the only restaurant located in the main building. The star-filled ceiling and small windows make it a compelling place, and as for its menu, you will find a large choice of savoury dishes, but also cereals, jams, fruit and yoghurt - a copious meal to give you energy for the day ahead. In terms of evening entertainment, numerous bars, night-clubs and a concert hall welcome the party lovers who come to this resort in their numbers. Once again, all the party animals among you are sure to find the atmosphere which suits them, which could begin in a Finnish inn, before continuing with a show or concert and ending in a third place: the very trendy night-club in the heart of the village.
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