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Hotel Iso-Syote
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“Hotel Iso Syote”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

We spent a week in this winter wilderness, what an amazing place, a hotel set on top of a fell just outside the arctic circle in a national park, quite isolated, but is is in a national park.
The whole area around the hotel was fantastic trees covered with ice and snow we went snowshoeing one day around the area in about 2 foot of snow brilliant fun, wonderful views, frozen wonderland.
The ski slopes are on the other side of the fell from the hotel, they were well groomed and quiet not too difficult skiing terrain, we hired skis and boots for the day, no lifts only T bar and button lifts made it a bit exhausting.
The hotel was basic but clean and the food was good and plentiful from a daily buffet, fabulous views from the panoramic restaurant, drinks were bit expensive, as is in most of Scandinavian countries, but we brought duty free with us.
The cabins were clean, warm and cosy, underfloor heating, drying cabinet, sauna and all the necessary accessories in the kitchen.
I thought the excursions were excellent, good value for money, great to experience the way of life of the local Finish people, huskies rides and reindeer farm, the snowmobile trips were great fun especially the night adventure we travelled around 20 km searching for the Northern lights, ( didn't find them) across undulated terrain and frozen lake just using our headlights. This is a holiday for adventurous people

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

From start to finish the holiday was brilliant. We booked through KE Adventure which I would also highly recommend.
We flew out from Manchester via Helsinki to Oulo and from there had a 2 hour transfer the journey was easy all the flights on time and the taxi was waiting for us at Oulo. On arriving at the hotel check in was easy and we were soon having evening meal.
The one thing that anybody has to remember with the hotel is that it is a 3 star ski resort. It's clean, warm, friendly and very helpful, and the food was basic but plentiful with fresh salads and lovely breads and at lunch there were great pizzas. The beer was also cheaper than what we had expected at €6.60 for 0.5l.
We participated in snow activities which were all booked already with our holiday however you can book onto activities at the hotel. All the activities were very well organised and when they say all day you are out 8 hours(inc travel)!!!!!!
Day1 - dog sledding - amazing we had a sled each with 4 dogs in a group of 4 and covered 30+km ( we were told that we would get one between two so this was a nice surprise) with a lunch stop by an open fire.
Day 2 - free morning so we hired sledges and found some good hills inc the footpaths to the main resort at the bottom of hill in the afternoon was snow shoeing well a walk around the mountain top with snow shoes on very pleasant but not exerting.
Day 3 & 4 - dog sledding this was the highlight!!!!!!!!!! Full day sledding 30+km with over night stay in a log cabin by a frozen lake where there is no running water electricity but there is a wood burning sauna and an outside toilet. The cabin was lovely and cosy with open fire and candle light and the dogs each had there own kennel outside. It was amazing see the moon rise over the lake and the sun rise the following day was magical. We then travelled back 30+km the following day.
Day 5 - snow mobile safari - -18 degrees coldest day so far. 95km great experience we shared a snow mobile which was fine as we shared the driving. Again stopped for lunch not quite as rustic as the dog sledding as this time we were inside a hut but just as nice
Day 6 - cross country skiing. We had a fab very friendly instructor who then let us keep the equipment and explore some more.
The northern lights well they also made an appearance on the Friday night at about 8 pm they were so pretty and just finished our holiday. They are not guaranteed.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Location - a 2 hour transfer from Oulu airport perched on the top of a mountain, surrounded by snow covered trees and at the top of a blue ski run. A regular bus takes you down to the town here there is ski rental, a cafe and a small shop. There is also a walk down(2km) which can be best enjoyed via a sledge!

Accommodation - we stayed in a one bed Kelo cottage with friends in the next door cottage. Both cottages had a small kitchen with basic equipment (we were half board so only neded to make lunch)' a lounge area with open fire, a shower room with sauna and a bedroom (2 twin beds pushed together). The cottages weren't identical, we had a cooker for example but next door didn't. The rooms are basic but comfortable, the bathrooms are a little dated but always ha a good supply of hot water. Main problem with the cottages was lack of maid service an towel replacement - you were given one bath towel to last the week (inc for swimming), additional towels wre €5.00. There was also no toiletteries so take your own. This is all ok if you are prepared for half board on a self catering basis!

Activities - we went for the northern lights but filled our days with activities. This included husky rides, snow shoeing, reindeer caravans, snow mobiling and skiing. All activities were well organised by the hotel and their activities team. Clothing is provided to go over your winter wear - you'll need it! Skiing is from the base and it's a great place to try something new as lessns are really reasonable compared to other European destinations. We were lucky to see the northern lights twice - walk up to th top of the ski runs for best viewing. A great addition to this hotel would be a northern lights alarm or text service - especially as our tour operator sold the northern lights as the main feature. There is also a pool and a sledging hill. Sledges and snow shoes can be hired at he hotel.

Meals - this was probably the most disappointing feature. Breakfast was samey and boring, lacking in the basics like pastries etc. dinner consisted of 2 buffet options (plus a vege option) and a Salad or soup starter and one desert choice - often very unusual like something that looked liked jam. The dinners werent bad quality just a lack of choice and the feeling of being second class citizens having paid upront rather than having al a carte - all were presented in the same restaurant. There also werent enough staff so plates stacked up and you had to go to the bar for drinks. The staff did their best but it needed double the number. Some people we spoke to went al a carte to get a better meal and got money off the bill if they were HB - we never tried this and it isnt advertised.

Staff - all very friendly, knowledgable and helpful.

The best thing - you cannot beat this for the views, environment and pure pleasure of waking up to snow covered trees, snow under foot and the ability to light an open fire. We also paid for a massage which was amazing and much needed!

Prices - we paid £1700 each for a weeks stay (2 sharing). We think our activities came to around £500 each and we think flights would be another £400 so it cost us around £800.00 each for accomodation half board and transfers so not cheap - expensive enough to expect the toilet to be cleaned a couple of times a week!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

We travelled as a family with teenage children and stayed in one of the modern cottages. The transfer from the airport was efficient and well organised. Although our cabin was close to the hotel the mini bus drove us to the door.
the cabin was clean and comfortable and we loved the private sauna . The fire was also easy to light and burned efficiently .
We had taken tea and coffee with and also some DVDs .
The trips were all excellent with friendly guides. Our favourites were the huskies ( wished we done whole day instead of half) and the snow shoe walk which did not go far but was in the most wonderful snowy landscape with waist deep soft snow and frozen trees. We didn't see the Northern lights on the nighttime snowmobile safari but it was a good experience.
We did however see the northern lights twice from the hotel- the second time was particularly good and there were only 3 other people with us on the slopes rather than the coach loads that friends had experienced in Iceland.
We did some skiing - the slopes are quiet and the snow perfect but it is best for beginners.
The hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. The food is not gourmet but is fine and the yoghurt at breakfast was lovely. The food on the slopes was cheaper than we have had in other resorts ( 8-11 euros for a large pizza, 2 euro 40 for hot chocolate)
Overall we had a very relaxing enjoyable holiday.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

We went for a romantic break for 4 nights and stayed in the new 'eagles nest' suite. We booked three activities with mighty fine.

Travelling: We flew from heathrow to Helsinki and then on to Oulu. This was all fine and our luggage arrived safely at Oulu. The taxi was waiting and it was a long and dark drive (2 hrs) to the hotel, but it is in the middle of nowhere, and so not really surprising, but did make it a long day.

Hotel: The room was fantastic and a class above anything else in the hotel. It had a sauna, hot tub, surround sound, panoramic views and was worth every penny. The drinks were on the expensive side. A pint of lager was 6.5 euros and a bottle of wine was 32 euros. The food (we were half board) was satisfactory. Breakfast was quite poor with very little choice and some weird choices (for me anyway). Lunch is offered for an extra cost, but we didn't bother as you generally get fed on the activities. The evening meal was fine with soup, salad, two meats and pudding and this was self service buffet style. If you're expecting 5 star all inclusive style choice, then you will be disappointed, but it was tasty and filling.

Activity #1: Husky ride. This involved a short taxi ride to the husky farm where you were given some instruction (basically hang on like your life depended on it) and off you went. It's quite far, so there's a stop half way for a loo break and lunch. The whole event took 7 hrs, so you certainly get your moneys worth and it was a great experience.

Activity #2: Reindeer farm. You picked up your snowmobile at the hotel and had a hour or so ride to the farm. I enjoyed this, although you do get cold even with all the gear on. Once at the farm, you get a history of Reindeer farming, a quick ride on a sled and lunch. Then it's back on to the snowmobile for the ride home. Again it was a great experience.

Activity #3: Northern Lights. This was on the same day as the reindeer farm and the weather really took a turn for the worst (fog and snow), so I must admit the thought of spending another 4 hours on a snowmobile to see nothing wasn't a great pull, so we wimped out of this one.

Overall then, it did everything it said on the tin and we were happy with the whole experience.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

We stayed at the hotel (rather than one of the cabins) in early February, travelling with Crystal Ski on our first skiing trip. We had no complaints about any part of the holiday, so I will break it down for those travelling here for the first time.

Our rep, Katarina, was very helpful. We got in touch with her over a query before the holiday started by email, and she was very prompt in her reply and answered all of our questions. The transfer from the airport to the resort takes about an hour and a half, and in addition, because of the late arrival at the hotel you stop off at a small supermarket so you can pick up some essentials in case you need them. We just got some snacks for the evening in case we got hungry before breakfast. For those staying in a cabin, it it a good time to stock up with things like milk, which you can buy at the resort but I think it's a bit more expensive there.

The hotel itself is in a fantastic location but inside it is nothing particularly special...but if you have seen any photos the that will not be a surprise. There are reindeer motifs everywhere which I thought was very sweet! The rooms are comfortable, which is what you after a day on the slopes. We had two chairs as well as beds but I think what you get might depend to some extent on how many people are in your room - so you might not get the chairs if there are three beds, for example. There are coffee making facilities, but you are only given enough for your first drink really, after that it costs €2.50 to top up. We took some coffee sachets with us for the week though, which was useful as there is no fridge in your room for milk. The food in he hotel is fine - each night there was a choice of two meats, either chicken or turkey, and some kind of fish. There were vegetables and two kinds of potato each night, and usually chips with something more appealing for children, like a burger or mini sausages. There is also soup, bread and a salad bar too. There was a wide selection for breakfast too.

Activities - there is loads to do there, for a price, if you don't want to ski, or want more than just skiing. If you go with Crystal, they will tell you all that's available in the welcome meeting. Crystal also run activities on the Sunday afternoon so those who are leaving in the evening don't have to sit around all day waiting for their flight. A meal is also provided on Sunday evening before the flight.
As first time skiers we cannot compare the slopes to elsewhere, but we thought that they we excellent for beginners to build their confidence on. We had a week of tuition with the ski school and were very lucky for two reasons - there were only two of us at our lessons, and there was hardly anyone on the slopes for the first week in February. Which meant that we progressed quite well and had moved onto the slightly harder red slopes by Thursday. The instructors we had were very patient, pushed us just enough and both spoke English very well. There is a ski bus but once you have your equipment, if you're hiring, you can ski right out of the hotel door. Both of the closest slopes are the easier blue slopes.
We were a bit green and hadn't bought any skiing outerwear because we didn't want to splash out in case we didn't want to ski again. There are suits which you can borrow from the hotel, which I would particularly recommend for any activities where you might be sitting for long spells of time. You can ski in these too, but the rep suggested not making it obvious that you were using them for skiing in. We have now bought skiing clothes ready for our next trip!

In all we had a great holiday. We picked Finland because we wanted to see the northern lights but the weather wasn't really good enough. Normally at the time of year we travelled, it is about -25 degrees with clear skies so your chances would be fairly high. It was a toasty -15 for us with almost constant cloud cover. We got lucky though and saw them on the plane on the way home - top tip, if you can sit on the right hand side of the plane on the way home, because if there is a display on the horizon, this is the side you will see it on.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

This hotel is set on a hill top with immediate access to slopes. You couldn't wish for a better placed hotel. Plenty of activities, husky rides, reindeer sleigh, Skidoo, ice fishing it has the lot. So lots to keep you occupied besides skiing. There's miles of cross country skiiing and the downhill have both easy and hard slopes.

Staying there, you have the option of either the hotel (choose a room with a view or you have the car park to look at), Private family houses, or log cabins.

I chose the log cabins as i wanted a cosy romantic time with my partner. The cabins are perfect to look at, just how you would expect. Solid build tree trunks and not a shed-chalet. Though it would have been nicer nestled in woodland, but it was out of the way all the same.

Once you step through the door however, romantic is replaced with 'functional'. It looked tired and dated. The kitchen/living area were combined and a dining table sits almost in the middle of the room, making it appear far from relaxed. The kitchen area has all the necessities, but made from chip board formica, it hardly matched the idea of cosy rustic. The bathroom was tired and warn out. cracked plastic splash back in the shower and a dated 60's looking shower curtain with butterflies. Think Butlins chalets when you were a kid, and you begin to get the picture. The bedroom again was 'functional, with single beds pushed together, but still with single sheets!

Any one looking for romance here will be sorely disapointed. I found its rock solid 'bunk house' feel beds were extremely uncomfortable and considering these cabins were more expensive than the other accomodation's at the hotel, I was expecting at least a little luxury for what I had spent. The sauna room was good and the hard wood bench's were a treat to lay on compared to the bed!

The real fire was cosy, though the cabin was warm enough, but it did add that touch of rustic... even if you could only view it from the sofa between the dining chair legs. In all the cabin was a disappointment as I had stayed in nicer ones at Levi.

The hotel, is perched on stilts overlooking the valley and the views during breakfast are stunning. There is a shop and swimming pool, with conference room and 2 bars... though you may want to avoid the cocktail bar unless you want a 70's flash back.

And on to the restaurant....the food.... what can I say... considering this is a quality hotel, I have had better school dinners.

Breakfast was poor to average. Continental meats and cheese (the same every day) plastic edam, rubber salami and reformed ham. Pickled herring in mustard sauce for the adventurous or, cooked breakfast - which consisted of what looked like the left over evenings potatoes mixed with hot dog sausage. If you were lucky you can have boiled bacon and some watery set egg custard with it. If you were unlucky it was more hotdog sausage on its own (for veriety rather than with potatoes!) and watery set egg custard. Boiled egg were on the menu, but I would caution against eating them. Eggs i assumed were white and yellow. These are white... and with a yoke the colour of the grey snow filled sky. Yep must have been cooked for at least a good 30 minutes on low heat and this according to the hotel, made by a renown chef. Edwina curry would be pleased though, no chance of salmonella in these eggs surviving.

Evening meal was much the same in terms of quality and it was beginning to feel like groundhog day every evening. I think the highlight of gastronomy was what can only be described as warm fluorescent yellow piccalilli poured over fatty pork...with potatoes cooked 3 ways!

In all it was an experience, though I won't be returning. Its dated decor and corner cutting to profit, just does not impress and at €6-8 a drink at the bar I am not in a hurry to want to stay again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Iso-Syote
Address: Iso Syotteentie 246, Iso-Syote 93280, Finland
Location: Finland > Lapland > Iso-Syote
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Iso-Syote
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Iso-Syote 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In northern Finland, Iso-Syöte is the country's southernmost fell region. With an ideal location on top of the 435m fell Hotel Iso-Syöte offers a friendly and special atmosphere where you can enjoy comfortable stays, fantastic panorama views, unforgettable experiences and adventures in a serene unspoiled natural environment. We are running this company, Hotel Iso Syöte & Safaris, as a DMC company where the total concept of accommodation, hospitality, activities, restaurant services and unique tailormade programs are combined, always making use of the peace, space and possibilities of our natural surroundings and wild nature. Located in the triangle of the three main airports of Lapland (Rovaniemi, Oulu and Kuusamo) means that Iso Syöte is always within easy reach. There are 30 double rooms mostly with a splendid view over the forest and valley below, 23 real Finnish kelo cottages made of full round pinelogs and 16 big family Fjell Top cottages on the very top of the hill. All cottages are fully equipped and clients can enjoy the warm comfort of their own private sauna and fireplace in the cottages. Also a luxurious hotelsuite can be booked with bathroom with shower and toilet and private sauna, second bathroom with jacuzzi, livingroom with fireplace, bedroom with round shaped bed. The suite has extensive glass window, walls and roof so you can admire a more then 180 degrees free view, the midnightsun in summer and the northernlight and stars in the winter. Safaris: With our safari company we take you on adventurous trips. In winter, when all is heavily covered with snow, we take you on snowmobiletours, ice rally drives, husky and reindeersledge rides, snowshoe hikes, northern light excursions, ice fishing trips or you can enjoy downhill and cross country skiing straight from the hotel or the cottages. In summer we explore the nature by hiking, canoeing on lakes and rivers, quadbike tours through the forest, reindeerfarm / huskyfarm visits and campfire dinners in the open air under the midnightsun ... more   less 
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