The motel is conveniently located not far from Lappeenranta (24 kms) and the Nujama customs ("Brusnichnoe") b/w Finland and Russia. The conditions are good as well as the surroundings. There is a motorway (road 6) on the one side of the Kivijärven Helmi from where you can drive to the next finnish town Kuovola, and a lake on the back side of the motel. The entertainments include: rent of boats, rent of quadracycles, table tennis, sauna, beverages and meals at the restaurant.
What we didn't like was our reception when we arrived performed by a Russian guy at the front desk. Frankly, it was rather unceremonious. Perhaps this guy also manages the hotel.
Welcome to Kivijärven Helmi Finland Hotel , located close to Lake Saimaa, between the cities of Lappeenranta and Kouvola. …More
"Good wellness hotel in quiet, natural beauty spot"
The hotel offers a wide range of wellness options including marked forest trails, swimming pool and sauna. The restaurant offers either a fixed price buffet or a-la-carte dining. The a-la-carte was better quality. The room was OK and the views were of the forest and lake.
The hotel grounds include trenches from the Finnish-Russian war and associated armaments, including artillery equipment and a Soviet T34 tank which adds a dimension of quirkiness.
Hotel staff were friendly and spoke good English. We got some great tips about where to go in the surrounding area and towns from them.
The hotel worked well for us as an overnight choice. The immediate surroundings are beautiful but the forest walks a little uninspiring.
Stivchik from London
This Kerimaki hotel is on a lake and is set on its own private sand beach within easy reach of Kerimaki Church. Area …More