Recently stayed at Aakenus for four nights.
To put this review into context I paid 99 Euro a night which, let's face it, for Rovaniemi is a bargain. This included accommodation for two people, free WIFI, daily sauna, free parking and breakfast.
The room is more like a hostel/motel room than what I'd call a hotel room. The bed's are extremely uncomfortable with thin mattresses and lifeless pillows. The room is adequately heated and the window can also be easily opened for some fresh air. WIFI was excellent. The bathroom was frustrating. The sink was tiny and the shower recess did not go all the way to the floor so it was constantly flooding when in use. Hot water was hot. The walls are thin however my foam ear plugs worked a treat. The rooms were serviced daily, generally spotless but very dated.
Breakfast was interesting. The food looked great but there were hardly any labels which made it a bit difficult being a non meat eater with a lot of dishes I had not seen before. Cereal, yogurt and fresh berries are always the safe option. I noticed there was a cheap dinner buffet (13 Euro per person) in the evening but I never sampled it. Snacks and drinks are able to be purchased from reception but are a lot cheaper at the many supermarkets in the city area.
The staff were a mixed bunch. Some were great and bent over backwards to help us, but others looked at us like we were filth. Why are they in the service industry I will never know. English was widely understood.
Just a warning for those with a hate of stairs. The hotelli is only two stories but there is no lift.
Outside there are free sleds which is a nice touch.
Aakenus is a very relaxing ten minute stroll from the bottom of Kostikatu where you will find restaurants, bars and safari companies.
A tip for airport transfers... the best option is the Airport Express Taxi. 7 Euro per person and will drop you at the door. The hotelli will happily book your return for you.
So in summary yes it is a very cheap option for Rovaniemi which I believe represents decent value for money. However there were enough negatives about it that I'd suggest if your budget can stretch that little bit further, consider the other options in the area first.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotelli Aakenus Rovaniemi, Finland - Lapland