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Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Saariselka
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“Comfortable, warm and very clean.”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stayed at this hotel over Christmas. Our trip was with Thompsons. Two adults and two children 9yrs and 5yrs. We walked into our room and yes decoration in basic, but it's very clean, comfortable and warm. The food is mostly Finnish and delicious. Drinks are exspensive but in this part of the world they are. Santa Resort was a fab day. We also went taboganning great fun! On Christmas Day we skied we hired our ski equipment at the local resort. We brought a 3hr ski pass which was enough as our children have not skied before. We took the ski bus to the ski resort. At the sky resort is a cafe that serve pizza, ribs etc
We also took a snowmobile excursion to look for the northern lights. My husband and I went on the snowmobile while the kids went in the sleigh. We really enjoyed ourselves. My advice would be to take hand and feet warmers, plenty of layers. Take snacks for the kids high energy ones chocolate etc. please go a amazing experience.

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Muttenz, Switzerland
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

If you want to discover Lapland, Saariselkä is a good point to start and the Riekonlinna a good place to stay. We enjoyed our private sauna and the views from our balcony. The staff was also very friendly and the food in the restaurant is very good, although not cheap. Since we spent new years' eve at that place, we could also enjoy the savory dinner buffet! It was excellent.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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sheffield
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We went on the thomson trip 22nd dec-26th dec and had the best holiday ever. Me my partner and our two children aged 9 and 6. The all in one suits are fantastic that they give you to wear and we hardly felt the cold. The food in the hotel was ok, we always found something to eat. My eldest boy is a very fussy eater and he always ate something. The holiday was such a experience from the thomson reps picking us up and the elves on the coach. They get u to sing and have loads of fun. Cranberry the elf was a absolute star. My kids loved her. She was so happy all the time and loved singing 'when santa got stuck up the chimney'. She deserves a medal bless her.

The santa trip is fantastic, you try reindeer and husky rides. Mini skidoos for kids, ice hockey, artic circle, and visit father christmas on sleighs which is absolutely fantastic. My son started giving santa a big list of what he wanted haha.

We booked on the elf adventure which was quite expensive at £250 but was wprth every penny because like I said before the elves are amazing. We did tobagganning, ice fishing, snow walking, skiing and toasted marshmallows round a fire and had warm berry juice which is really nice. We also cut a christmas tree down and decorated it which my boys loved.

A big shout out goes out to the entertainment team they were absolutely amazing day and night! Koko and jingle bell bazz. They always had time to come and sit with us and have a chat and was just fantastic with the kids. We've been loads of places and this was definately the best place for the kids and beat entertainment we have known thanks to koko and bazz.

An amazing holiday we will never ever forget :)

  • Stayed December 2013
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Headley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

We went with Thomson for the Christmas trip (22nd - 26th Dec). The hotel we ok for us 2 adults and a 8 year old. We had a twin room with a put up bed for the 8 year old. The room had a balcony, sauna and drying cupboard. Yes the room and hotel could have been posher but we don't go on holiday for the hotel. We paid extra for full board and as someone who is very fussy I always found something to eat. There was a great variety. I do not know why we had to have the Gala dinner the idea was nice but not practical, normal night were better. We did a couple of the excursions but did not book these through Thomson, before we left the UK we contacted Husky & Co, who we found on the Saariselka websiteand can recommend the 4-5 hour Husky trip and 2 hour snowmobile ride. Lovely memories made for our 8 year old.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

The good:
Found reception to be helpful & friendly. Check in quick, few queues. "Some" of the food e.g. bread at breakfast and some of the Finnish food was pretty good.

The bad:
Room (stayed in main hotel) was like something from a few decades ago, cold (not in a temperature sense!) and unwelcoming. A picture on the wall might have cheered things up abit. Paper cups for tea and coffee, surely a couple of mugs would be safer and more environmentally friendly. The only modern bit of the room was a flat screen tv - perhaps that money would have been better spent on decoration? Small size room just about OK for two, but if party size is bigger (3) would suggest trying the apartments.

The ugly:
Third bed for our 7 year old was like a torture table. Thought our little un was being fussy when she complained so wifey and I tried it out - she wasn't being fussy. Paper thin mattress made sleeping impossible.

Food was generally OK, but as previously mentioned in other reviews, Gala night (Christmas day) was horrendous. Tour operator (Thomson) must take some of the blame, but if you imagine a busy school canteen you get the picture - consider 2 sittings?

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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littlekirst
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stayed here with Thompson's from the 22nd until the 26th December and had a magical stay from start to finish. I cannot comment on the rooms in the hotel as we stayed in a 2 bed apartment which was well worth the extra money (having read reviews before we booked about tired rooms). The kitchen area couldn't have been better stocked and the sauna was amazing. Even the balcony faced the right direction, which would have been perfect had the clouds not hidden the northern lights (not something I can blame the hotel for!).
We stayed full board & overall we were really happy with the food. No it's not Michelin standard (which I have eaten plenty of times), but it was more than edible & there was a great selection for both breakfast & dinner. My 1 year old loved the Finnish potato galettes every morning & my sometimes fussy 8 year old enjoyed trying herring cured different ways, reindeer and plenty of salmon. I write this having read the negative reviews about the food - you're staying literally in the middle of nowhere and the majority of the food was local specialities - at least try it before you criticise!!
My one complaint was the Gala dinner. Firstly, we queued outside the dining room for 45 minutes before we sat down as we all had our names on our tables, whilst a lovely touch, with other people eating in the dining room & no names it worked much better so I'm not sure why the daft queue! Now to the food- As most people didn't touch the cold selection (which was extended for the night) there was only one part for the hot dinner. The queues were ridiculous & having queued for 25 minutes for the hot dinner I was more than a bit disappointed to find out they had run out of turkey, so had covered left over ham (from the Lappish feast the night before... Which was amazing!) with gravy. I know the hotel is not to blame for greedy people piling ridiculous amounts on their plates,
but they've had 2 tour operators there for at least 2 years so should know by now.
As for the elves and the Thompson staff, they were fantastic, Koko and Baz made a point of getting to know every child's name as soon as possible- a small thing but means a lot. We didn't go on any additional excursions as we felt they weren't suitable with a 1yr old, but Santa resort was incredible & I would highly recommend anyone with children visiting. Saariskella is a beautiful little village with well stocked shops and perfect to get bits to keep you stocked up on.
I panicked before we left because the bad food reviews made me worry & the food was fine. So, to the people leaving the terrible reviews... If you are so picky, stay at home, or go to a Toby Carvery next year... It's Christmas... Get a grip and smile if only for your children's sake!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Sussex
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Stayed here on a Santa trip booked through Santas Lapland. Can't fault the trip or the location, really magical. BUT the hotel was not acceptable, not very clean and the food was a disgrace. I can put up with cultural and local culinary differences, but the offer here was cheap and in short pretty disgusting. Only good thing about it was the bread we toasted in the morning! We had no choice ut to opt for a la carte despite being on a half board package because the buffet was so poor. That was passable but extortionately expensive. Santas Lapland let themselves down by using this hotel and should insist they get their act together. Also didn't like being shoved into a second rate upstairs restaurant for two of our three meals because Thompson guests had taken over! Pull your finger out Lapland Hotels and Sanat's Lapalnad, you could both do better!

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna
Address: Saariselaentie 13, Saariselka 99830, Finland
Location: Finland > Lapland > Saariselka
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites
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Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Saariselka
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Lapland Hotel Riekonlinna 3.5*
Number of rooms: 200
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