I am just back from the Levintunturi Hotel after a 5 night stay commencing 28 December to 2 January 2010. Having previously visited Sarraselka, (Riekonlinna Hotel) I can say (without hesitation) that the Levi resort is by far the better of the 2. The Levitunturi Hotel was great with decent food, spotlessly clean rooms, and a great location. When the new extension is completed in 2010 it will be a magnificent hotel/location. Guests were made up of Cosmos, Inghams, locals and Russians.
The Negative bit - Cosmos staff had an easy time of it, the welcome meeting was the worst I have experienced with the usual (expensive) optional trips the main topic. No local information, including the location of the Tourist information centre situated about 100 metres from the hotel where you can book trips independently and yes, you've guessed, much cheaper. 246 euros for family ski-mobiling with Cosmos is a bit pricey. Incredibly, Cosmos staff were selling corporate t shirts, hats and Yo Yo's, why on earth would you want to buy a yo yo especially when they had the Monorch/Cosmos logo on it, they should be giving them away - especially to the kids.
If you are looking at holidaying in Lapland you need to be aware of the cost of eating and drinking as its much higher than the UK especially with the weak pound. The hotel didn't ease the pain any by profiteering on a bottle of diet coke. Here's the story; asked for 2 diet cokes and the waitress proceeded to the cabinet style fridge on customer side to get a bottle (500ml) by the time she added ice and poured the drinks there was about a quarter left which she kept for the next customer. She then charged me over 5 euros for 2 small glasses. If I had selected the bottle myself and paid her it would have cost 3.20 euros....big mistake Levitunturi!!! That said, it wont affect my overall grading, this time!
As alluded to previously, the Hotel was spotlessly clean, rooms were large and had a good sized bathroom, great shower and an independent dryer where you could store all your wet damp clothing. Nice and warm the following morning. All the rooms are located within a short stroll/walk from the main building.
Food was fine with plenty of choice and well presented. I thought that overall the standard was pretty good. Staff wore gloves and hand cleansers were evident at the entrance to the restaurant, always a good sign.
The Hotel is located about a 5 min walk from zero point, the main ski resort/building where you can get your ski passes and hire equipment etc. Slopes looked great, sledging was fantastic for big and small kids. Small shopping area close by, not the photo I have included (much better shopping area across the road) and a great pizza restaurant where the food was well priced despite its fantastic location overlooking the slopes.
I have brought home all sorts of leaflets, local newspaper and prices for everything including e mail addresses of independent tour companies who specialize in ski mobiling etc so if you need anything get in touch and I will send you the details. Previous reviews mentioned the cheaper alternatives but no direct link to them, even google didnt show them when searched for.
Our Cosmos package included a "taster" of ski-mobiling, huskey ride etc but it wasnt worth the effort as the tasters lasted ( if you were lucky) about 2 mins each, Cosmos not good enough, improve upon this or you will lose customers!!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotelli Levitunturi Sirkka
- Hotelli Levitunturi Hotel Sirkka
- Spa Hotel Levitunturi Levi, Finland - Lapland