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Hotelli Aakenus
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Rovaniemi
Reviewed February 7, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Everything was bit outdated or nothing special, but room was clean and staff friendly. Breakfest was very basic, and lack of elevator makes moving with the suitcase bit unconvenient. Museums Arktikum and Pilke were very close.

Stayed: February 2013
Thank Jsusim
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

We were there are 1 night on Christmas Day. We booked an apartment and we are located at the 1st floor. The room has an in-built sauna. There is small kitchen for you to make your coffee or have a snack. Breakfast is provided and it is good, wide variety. It is near to the most northern Mac. It is a few blocks walk to the bus stop to take a bus to Santa Clause Village. It is quite far from the city area where there are restaurant and tour company to book your adventure in Rovaniemi. But it is still a nice place to stay. By the way, the staff can't understand English that well. On our last day, we wanted to book a taxi at 7:30 but the staff booked it at 7:13, in the end the taxi came when we are having our breakfast and have to ask the taxi driver to go off first as the staff says that the meter is running at 7:13. In the end, we write down the timing that we need the taxi and the second taxi came at the right time.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank t16mytm
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

I stayed in this hotel because of the good reviews on Tripadvisor but have found my experience a little at odds with other reviewers.

I agree it represents great value for a town that is, with all respect, intent on squeezing as much of your tourist pounds out of your pocket! The place is spotless but very basic, I would liken it to a hostel or an Ibis style hotel. It's two stories, with no lift.

The room is big enough, with two 'beds'- wooded plinth with upholstered springs so its a firm sleep. The walls are also very thin and it's was less than pleasurable waking up each morning to screaming kids running up and down the corridor and arguing Russian couples. The bathroom is a hole in the wall, toilet and sink is fine- shower is a nozzle on the wall and a hole in the floor.

Ladies on reception are friendly with good English-been glared at a few times by the housekeeping staff and the manager who don't seem to want to say hello. Whilst I keep a low profile on holiday, I have found the service a little indifferent.

The hotel seem popular with coach parties and breakfast can be frantic interms of finding somewhere to sit and feeling like you are sat in a Wacky Warehouse- breakfast includes eggs, roast potatoes, toast, yoghurt, cake, coffee, juice, herrings and salad! There is also cake and coffee available throughout the day which is a nice touch when you return from trips. No kettle into but you can borrow one from reception

Recommended if you are on a tight budget but if you can spend a little more, I would go somewhere else for a better nights sleep.

Location good, 4 blocks from Lordi Square and McDonalds

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Chippyqueen
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Aakenus Hotelli provided us with the last (triple) accommodation in Rovaniemi, when we booked from Australia in the first week of July! The room and bathroom were both quite large, the hotel staff friendly and helpful and it's located in the main street, roughly 4 short blocks from the centre of town.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Robyn E
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Stayed at Hotelli Aakenus apartment for 3 nights during Dec 2012 and experience was really average. Value vs price was really not that good as the it is Christmas season and the price was higher than normally.

Apartment was outdated and I thought it was clean until I fetched kids toys under the bed... big mistake.. There was also other small things like toilet seat was fractured, kitchen sink was leaking, shower water temperature was bouncing from warm to cold etc. so the overall quality was really not that good.

Also sound insulation wasn't that good so our sleep wasn't really excellent because of the noise from other apartments.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Mika M
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Quite a good compromise (value vs price) for Finland. We used their flats that are clean, warm and close to the center. Breakfast are nice, as well the dinner (not as a restaurant, but quite cheap and acceptable...so perfect if you are tired and do not want to travel). People at the reception are very nice. So this is quite good for families, couples etc...

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank quasiquasi1234
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Additional Information about Hotelli Aakenus

Address: Koskikatu 47, Rovaniemi 96100, Finland
Location: Finland > Lapland > Rovaniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Rovaniemi
Price Range: $100 - $339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotelli Aakenus 3*
Number of rooms: 45
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