Does the job!
Posted Nov 1, 2016 on Hotels
This was a perfectly good hotel - as others have mentioned, there's not really much choice when you go to Ivalo so you have to take it as you find it. Having said that, it was well run, lovely staff (with excellent English!), old fashioned but that's kind of nice considering it's in the far North in the middle of nowhere and you don't go to Lapland necessarily expecting high-tech luxury. The hotel is undergoing renovations and initially we were given a new room which was lovely and much more modern than the original bits of the hotel . Unfortunately this was in the part of the hotel that was being renovated so it was very noisy from early morning. We mentioned this to the reception staff who couldn't have been more helpful or apologetic and arranged one of their larger rooms for us to move to at our leisure.
The new room was great, it hadn't been renovated yet so was the old style which was still perfectly nice - had a separate living area, big bathroom with private sauna (which was awesome!!!!) and very comfortable beds and a lovely view of the river the runs behind the hotel.
There is a swimming pool which we didn't go in and a Jacuzzi room which we did. There was a traditional cold water bath as well which I braved (for about 2 seconds!) before jumping back in the lovely warm Jacuzzi.
Restaurant food was a mixed bag from average to excellent depending on the night! (reindeer steak was excellent). Only real downside was a very sparse breakfast.