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“Santa Claus, warm welcome” 5 of 5 stars
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Santa Claus Holiday Village
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Rovaniemi
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Catalunya
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“Santa Claus, warm welcome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I recommended this hotel for several reasons... nevertheless you need a car if you want to travel around this place, 10 km away from Rovaniemi, but close to airport.
Reception (Saara, etc.) has the more kind girls to explain you everything, and they will help you to resolve any problem. You have a huge shop with very interesting prices, even with discount. Price of your room or appartment is one of the best in Rovaniemi. You have a lot of place, even a private sauna to enjoy better the traditions. The shower has not a closed place...but works well. Breakfast is really nice.... and dinner also (again with excellent prices). And if you are going with children, the amusement is garantee. You have an alive Santa Claus every day, with a perfect scenery: music, decoration, etc...only inconvenient is the interdiction for your pictures (business are business!). We visit it during may, without snow...in winter must be really magic...

Room Tip: Not really difference...small houses, perhaps closer to reception.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Geelong, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Wonderful place to visit in the snow. Stayed here for one night in April and it snowed! Warm cosy cabins, comfortable bed, great facilities, good food, lovely people, awesome experience. The reindeer ride and the sausage cooking and Christmas beverage afterwards were fantastic.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Queensland Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The hosts were perfect, from meeting us at the airport, to helping with any information. Nothing seemed to be too much trouble. Lots to see and do to keep the children occupied in around the village, they loved the snowmobiles where they can actually drive themselves, slides and free sledges. We had two cabins togtether for family of five. Good buffet breakfast and just across the road is a shell takeaway-resturant for a change. Great you can hire extra winter clothes on site for the the children especially.
Very clean, warm rooms really all that you would want.
Would visit again for sure. We stayed for a week wish it were longer.

Room Tip: I think all cabins are good.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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7 Thank Martensfather
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Stayed there for two nights in December. The cabins were very clean and modern. One double bed, a sofa bed, a sauna, and a kitchenette. The kitchenette was quite small and it was cramped. Do not recommend for cooking/ All cabins have a personal parking lot so that was very convenient. I recommend for those who do not rent a car to request for a cabin closest to the reception as in winter, the snow gets incredibly thick and it is quite some work to pull roller bags through the snow.

Santa Clause Village itself was great fun but note that there are quite a few "Santa Clauses" around (one in the hotel reception and the other in the village itself). At the hotel reception -getting a picture taken with Santa is free BUT to get it printed out costs about 48 Euros!! At Santa Clause Village, you get a video taken of you walking up towards Santa and they take a few pictures, which is the same concept as above but way more expensive (79 Euros for the video, and four pictures). However, the Santa at the Santa Clause Village very well decorated.

Apart from that, it is a great once-in-a lifetime experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in February on our way further north. The bungalows are nicely decorated, clean, cosy and warm. We booked the entire bungalow (so 2 rooms) for the four of us and that was certainly spacious enough. If you have to spend the night with four people in one room and use the bed and the sofabed then there will not be a lot of room to move around. I wouldn't use the kitchen to cook a meal. It is just too small but it's great for making coffee or tea and a fridge always comes in handy. Bathroom & sauna are spacious, functional and clean but not very luxurious. The cottage surroundings are lovely in wintertime with lots and lots of snow. The cottages are basically on a large parking lot so I don't think it's equally lovely in summertime. Airport pickup is punctual and we were warmly greeted. Very nice people in the reception area which is also a souvenir shop. Service at the restaurant is not very good. Slow, not as friendly as we are used to in Finland, tables not cleared on time, ... It seems that the restaurant caters for the tourbuses that come to the Santa Claus Village every day. The food is average both for breakfast and evening meals and quite expensive. At night, there is only one restaurant on site and it closes early. Lots of souvenir shops in the Santa Claus Village which we liked because we didn't come across a lot of shops in the remainder of our trip. We met Santa by accident one morning and he is a very nice man ;) Supermarkets are to be found in Rovaniemi. The ice slide at Arctice was fun for our kids and for us as well. Quite expensive entry ticket though for just the slide and access to an empty ice bar but you can come and go all day long. It was a fun stopover for 2 nights but I wouldn't stay any longer. There is a more natural and beautiful Lapland to be seen elsewhere and there are better places for husky, snowmobile or reindeer rides. However, if next year we fly via Rovaniemi and we have a late arrival then I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again for the night.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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vancouver, bc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

My partner and I stayed here for three nights, and it was well worth the money spent. The cottages are clean and spacious, and it was great to have a kitchenette as well.
I had been excited about staying here for months, but my boyfriend was not. However, we both thoroughly enjoying our time here, and cannot stop telling people how great it was!!!
The cottages and village itself weren't cheesy; just cute!
We especially loved riding through the village on the sledge that comes with the cabin.
Bring out a flask of minttu and let the kid in you come out to play for a few days!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank SJayParks
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Raahe, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

spent weekend with family and friends. excellent hotel with nice located and maintained cottages. friendly and proactive personnel. all Santa-specific activities are in one step from hotel. lack of restaurants in this area.

Room Tip: cottage 29 was good and far enough from road
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Santa Claus Holiday Village
Address: Taehtikuja 2, Rovaniemi 96930, Finland
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Location: Finland > Lapland > Rovaniemi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Rovaniemi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Santa Claus Holiday Village 3*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel-standard cottage accommodation at the Arctic Circle, heart of Santa Claus Village. Our cabins are all equipped with up-to-date facilities, such as private saunas, bathrooms, kitchenette and terrace. There's no better way to enjoy your stay. From your cabin just a minute or two walk to Santa Claus Main Office. All activities & excursions, such as Reindeer rides, Husky dog sledge rides, snowmobile rides, etc.. available on the village. ... more   less 
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