I read all the reviews regarding the Hotel Levitunturi before I took my son and a friend on a 4 night Santa Experience with Inghams in December 2008. Obviously, the reviews were mixed but I carried on with the trip regardless. I must say that I was very impressed with the speed of processing through reception and with the politeness of everyone that I encountered from the hotel. Staff were extremely accommodating and if you didn't prebook activities with the holiday company/rep, then the hotel were happy to do it for you. I did prebook all activities although I would say that the 2.5hr trip to Santa Park was definitely NOT worth it and would advise anyone to not go there. Inghams provide a Santa night free of charge and this is a superb excursion. Also, you can book to visit a Santa Village local to Levi which is tremendous value for money and far superior to the Santa Park and you don't have a 5 hour round trip to make.
I was wary about the Reindeer safari and didn't think I would enjoy it, but as it turned out we had the best laugh and time of our holiday - it was superb. Our lazy reindeer got a spurt on and decided to overtake everyone on the frozen lake!!!
I'd read reports about the food not being very good at the hotel and I must admit you could get bored with the buffet items, but similarly, there was a lot of choice and the staff would also try and accommodate your needs should you wish anything different (albeit for a slight charge no doubt), although we didn't have the need to request anything different.
For lunch we tended to use the pizza restaurant across the road (everything is within 2-3mins walk from the hotel - including snowmobiling, supermarket etc).
Be warned, there is a coffee filter machine in each room, but no filters or coffee. There is no actual kettle either. The drying closet in the walk in shower room is brilliant for hanging wet and damp clothes. You just select the temperature and the amount of time you want it dried for.
We had room 209 which was on the ground floor outside of the hotel and we had a verandah. The hotel pushed up snow into piles outside all of the surrounding accommodation and laid on plastic sledges so children and adults could muck around - great fun (even more so after a few glasses of wine!!) The sledges also came in handy for carrying shopping back from the supermarket!
Being outside of the main hotel was great fun and certainly when we return, we would specify that we would want to be outside of the hotel and not inside as the rooms were great. Very warm, clean and practical - although the TV was flat screen, the programmes were nothing to write home about.
There is a swimming pool/spa/sauna attached to the hotel and is free for residents - beware that they go into the sauna's naked and when I lost my 6yr old son I eventually found him extremely red faced coming out of the men's sauna!!
Locals tend to use the hotel in the evening and certainly dress up for the occasion which put us to shame in our snow boots etc. whilst they were in stilletto's and furs!!! Although it did appear to be a Grab a Granny type of event it didn't interfere with our enjoyment as we were mainly outside attempting to sledge down the snowhills (mind the bumps!!)
We thoroughly enjoyed this hotel and wouldn't want to be in any other hotel in the area. We were so impressed we are re-booking with Inghams for this year.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotelli Levitunturi Sirkka
- Hotelli Levitunturi Hotel Sirkka
- Spa Hotel Levitunturi Levi, Finland - Lapland