We stayed at the Aurora Chalet (renamed Santa's Hotel Aurora since it was bought over by the Santa's Hotel chain) for 3 wonderful nights in early December.
Getting to the hotel was a breeze: the Skibus, which plies the Rovaniemi-Luosto-Pyha route, picks up passengers from outside the Rovaniemi airport and stops right in front of the hotel about 1hr 30 minutes later. A return journey cost us 45 Euros per person.
The building is rather non-descript, but I personally place more importance on the interior than the exterior of buildings. The lobby has comfortable sofas and a fireplace, and the staff manning the reception counter were helpful and friendly. As the hotel only has about 30 rooms, it does not cater to large tour groups, so the hotel has a cosy, intimate feel to it (a marked difference from the huge Lapland Luostotunturi nearby, which has coachloads of people arriving and departing on any given day).
We had room 31, which was located on the top floor, at the end of the corridor. The room was large, with spacious wardrobes, a desk, a fireplace and a private sauna. They also provided a kettle, and coffee and tea sachets which were replenished daily. We found the dark wood interior gave the room a more homely feel, and there were more than enough lights in the room to brighten it if needed.
The breakfast that was included in our hotel rate was wonderful, with a few hot items (scrambled eggs, porridge, sausages) for those needing more than toast and coffee. On the topic of toast, the bread is baked fresh every morning, and if you go early enough, you get to feel and hear the crispy crust crunch under your knife as you slice through the loaf.
The restaurant doesn't serve lunch, which means you'll have to explore the area for food. If you don't drive, you'll have to make do with either the Luoston Kerttuli , the restaurants in the Lapland Hotel Luostontunturi or Restaurant Hovi, all are within 10 minutes' walking distance from the hotel.
The fireplace and sauna are the highlights of the hotel room; try to get a room with these if you can. I can't imagine a more wonderful hotel for a winter holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unique Arctic Glass Igloos with glass ceiling and walls anta's Hotels has built 10 entirely new kind, lavishly appointed glass igloos in Luosto by Santa's Hotel Aurora. Rooms have been introduced in February 2015. Santa's Hotels' glass igloos are intended for year-round use. The new glass-roofed, arctic view rooms offer a whole new opportunity to experience Lapland, the ever-changing nature by bringing it closer than ever. Staying in these rooms a unique landscape of Luosto presents itself outside the windows every day in a new way. Northern lights, midnight sun, autumn colors and winter polar night are nearby and you can experience them while enjoying the comforts of a hotel room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aurora Chalet Hotel Luosto