We have visited Spa Hotel Rauhalahti (Rauhalahden Kylpylähotelli) regularly. The latest time was in April 2012.
The hotel is situated in beautiful surroundings (good possibilities for walking) only about 5 kilometers from the city center of Kuopio.
We think that this is the best spa hotel in Kuopio region (better than Kunnonpaikka or Vesileppis which also are ok). The swimming pool department in Spa Hotel Rauhalahti is very good. There are pools for everyone from a baby to a grandmother. There are a swimming pool (20 meters long, depth 120-135 centimeters), two baby pools (34 degrees Celsius, depth 10-30 centimeters), two whirlpools (jacuzzis, 35 degrees Celsius), a hot water pool (37 degrees Celsius, depth 40-50 centimeters), a cold water pool (7 degrees Celsius, depth 110 centimeters), a warm outdoor pool (32 degrees Celsius, depth 145 centimeters), massaging showers and bubbles. There is also a water slide (23 meters long) which is suitable for everybody, especially for children aged 4-8 years.
The outdoor pool is quite big and it is warm also in the winter. It is wonderful to sit or swim in the outdoor pool under stars when the outside temperature is -10 degrees Celsius.
There are also saunas in the swimming pool department. The Roman Irish steam room is mixed for men and women. Finnish saunas are separated for men and women. The swimming pool department is open for hotel guests from 7 am to 10 pm. The steam room is open from 12 noon to 10 pm.
We love family rooms in the main building of the hotel. There are standard beds for 2 adults and an upper bed (a sleeping loft) for 2 small children or 1 big child. However, we think that it is better to put only one child in the sleeping loft and ask an extra bed for another child. Most of these rooms are non-smoking rooms and some of them have a balcony. Family rooms are situated on floor 2 (the entrance floor).
Some rooms may be a little bit shabby and worn out. Soundproofing isn't very good. Furthermore, the thermostat of our toilet's underfloor heating was cracking and clicking for the whole night. It was better to turn the thermostat off. After that it didn't make any noise. There are also apartment rooms (with or without an own sauna) and hostel rooms in separate buildings. Pets are allowed in some rooms.
Also plates in the hotel restaurant seemed to be worn out. However, both breakfast buffet, lunch buffet and dinner buffet were very good and tasty. There were even local specialties in the dinner buffet, e.g. Karelian rice pastries and kalakukko (fish in a bred).
The spa and swimming pools are situated in the ground floor (floor 1), restaurants (also dancing in many nights) on floor 2 and play room for small children on floor 3. There is also a hamburger restaurant on floor 1, a very good and big gym on floor 1 and a climbing wall (also badminton and floorball) on floor 1.
The historical Jätkänkämppä Lumberjacks Lodge mentioned in Lonely Planet and the world's biggest smoke sauna are situated 600 meters from the hotel.
There are many activities for everybody in the hotel or near the hotel. Rooms are big enough for families but some rooms may look a little bit oldish. The swimming pool department is very good and usually it isn't too crowded. However, there aren't big water slides there. The value is very good and we recommend the hotel for the whole family. It is absolutely worth a visit! A perfect place for relaxing!
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