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Although it resembles and has the facilities of a club, this establishment only has 139 rooms! Numerous activities are offered here and there are countless ways to relax, but you should stay clear of the restaurant!
The establishment is located in the centre of Saariselkä, half an hour's drive from Ivalo.
"Extreme cold" equipment is provided and the types of activity on offer depend on the options you have booked, but the possibilities are numerous.
The fitness centre sometimes closes, as it is used to hold various events.
There is wireless Internet access in the reception area.
The spa is the biggest of its kind in northern Europe.
This imposing hotel was built in three stages; the first was completed in 1990, the second in 1996 and the third in 1998. Guests enter a vast reception hall from which they can view all the communal areas. To the left there is a big and charmless restaurant dining-room, a small lounge with a flat-screen television and a space for children with a ball pool and all sorts of games. To the right there is a big boutique through which you can gain access to the spa, as well as to the bar and nightclub. Further down, behind a bay window, there is a big swimming-pool with plants, little bridges and islands, water-falls, and a jacuzzi, as well as a children's space with a slide. The spa is nicely decorated and very relaxing. It has 5 treatment rooms and a relaxation room.
If you need to let off some energy, there is a vast sports centre with tennis, volley-ball, and handball courts in addition to a well-equipped fitness centre.
In the evening and the day time the pub is popular among locals and is the perfect place to relax and have some fun while enjoying a beer. It includes a pool-table, a vast selection of draught beers, a huge counter, rock n' roll and disco music, a big screen for matches and it is decorated in a mix of English and local styles (animal skins, antlers, etc.). For those who are still up for it, there is a small night-club complete with a disco-ball and a DJ booth next to the bar. Revellers can show their moves on a central dance floor downstairs. The latter is surrounded by little comfortable sofas where you can enjoy the show while mustering the courage to join the frantic dancers.
The hotel boasts 139 rooms, which are pleasant enough, but in no way outstanding. Of a standard size, with basic interior decoration and sufficient facilities; in other words, perfect to sleep in or the watch television. Not all the rooms are identical, since they were built at different times (between 1990 and 2008). Some still have their original linoleum floor, while others have opted for wall-to-wall carpet, and others still have parquet flooring. As far as the facilities are concerned, every room has 2 single beds and a sofa bed, a flat screen television and an Internet cable, a kettle, an iron and a tumble-dryer. As for the bathrooms, they have a shower and a soap dispenser. In short nothing special, so the dressing gown and hair-dryer come as a pleasant surprise!
The main restaurant overlooks the swimming-pool and reception area and offers buffet breakfast and lunch. However, childhood memories of bad school canteen food come rushing back (the menu offers soup, salad, two meat dishes, one vegetarian dish, and a dessert). Fortunately, there is also the a la carte option for lunch and dinner. The dining room has no particular charm, is quite busy and lacks lighting. In fact, this unwelcoming place lacks privacy, peace and quiet, and, more importantly, good food. The only thing that can be said for it is that it has a children's area so that guests aren't constantly disturbed by kiddies running about the place.
The a la carte restaurant serves quite a wide variety of simple but plentiful food at a reasonable price in a modern and friendly setting... and the cuisine is good!
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