Arctic Light Hotel Rovaniemi
The resort is located in the centre of Rovaniemi, the provincial funding and entrance point to Finnish Lapland, right to the Arctic Circle and served through an global airport (20 minutes by cab), a railhead with overnight trains from Helsinki and bus station (both five to ten minutes by taxi). Shops, restaurants and bars are a three-minute walk in the doorway, and also the Arktikum museum and Arctic Science Centre is 15 minutes away on foot, overlooking the confluence of the Ounasjoki and Kemijoki rivers. Operators of all Northern Lights trips, snowmobile, husky and reindeer safaris, are found in the central region and the Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are a 15-minute push away.
Style & personality
The design is lavish having an Arctic design motif, apparent in the giant polar bear sculpture outside. The reception lounge and pub area is filled with mock furs and plush cushions, bathed in cool light. The 54-room, privately-owned resort, occupying a former City Hall building, includes a cosy boutique texture that’ll delight guests looking for a genuine Arctic and Christmassy atmosphere.
Service & amenities
The infinitely helpful Süha Yesilyurt creates a joyful and plausible claim to be the most northerly Clefs d’Or concierge operating around Earth, along with other employees are equally educated and energetic when it has to do with local advice and traveling arrangements. A Wellness Couch with a relaxing yoga menu is situated adjacently, even though a gym with Technogym equipment and a sauna available for bookings are in the resort itself. There’s a massage area for tired skiers or dropped trekkers and bikes on loan. The lounge area has a relaxed library texture, with novels concerning the Northern Lights and Arctic character in addition to a choice of magazines and papers.
The rooms offer a warm refuge following the outside expeditions hunted by the majority of traffic to Lapland. Any original disconcertment brought on by the unusually substantial beds is due to their own relaxation, though you might wonder exactly what to do with those cushions! Lighting is controllable, from bright and glistening to romantic with a starlight effect. The light controls exude a somewhat bothersome glow at night time. Bathrooms are tiled and very contemporary, some using their very own sauna, some with bathtubs. Coffee machines, minibar and a safe are in most rooms. There’s a magical en-suite appointed Christmas Cabin at another building for household visits.
Food & beverage
Along with this lounge bar and glass coated Lasiterassi terrace, popular too at weekend using non-residents, the resort is served onsite by the Arctic Boulevard restaurant (closed summertime), where fine dining relies on in-season fresh items like Arctic char, reindeer steaks, mushrooms and woods. Another room service menu contains an Elk Burger, Club Sandwich and cheese. A fantastic breakfast buffet at the Arctic Boulevard, invented by star chef Sara la Fountain, comprises berry and fruit shots, fresh rolls and breads, cold cuts and cheeses, and irresistible mini-muffins and pastries.
Value for cash
Double room from $150 (#166) in low season; also out of $200 (#221) at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.
Accessibility for guests with disabilities?
Two ground floor rooms also have wheelchair accessibility.
Toy bears in most chambers will light up little children’s eyes, as well as the Christmas topics in and about town include the family room. The Christmas Cabin is ideal for families who wish to combine romantic seasonal charm with urban centers.
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