Having stayed at the Crazy Reindeer hotel for our past 3 stays in Levi we were understandably nervy as we turned the key in the lock of our apartment. Our moods weren't improved when the apartment was cold (relatively speaking to outside!), we had to make our own bed and did not find any toiletries-we admit we are newcomers when it comes to this self-catering business! But it only took a couple of days for us to completely change our perceptions of the place and promise ourselves that our return visits to Levi, of which I am confident there will be more, we would be staying at Levilehto Apartments.
We booked half board at the Levintunturi Hotel which is a 5 minute walk away rather than cook ourselves but the apartment was more than well equipped for those who want to cater for themselves. What made a real difference to us though was being able to buy a bottle of wine (not as expensive as you would imagine) and come back to relax in front of a roaring fire and watch the TV. Not that Finnish TV is much cop we took our own DVD box set to enjoy. We had little to do with the staff as there was no need but we helped ourselves to wood from the shed and everywhere seemed to be well maintained and there was an office there if required.
It really made a nice change to enjoy your apartment if not quite in the wilderness, certainly providing a home from home. It was also really handy to be able to store ski gear in the small hallway that led into your lounge. A couple of (very) minor gripes, we know it's self-catering but it would be nice to arrive to an already made bed, and a small amount of welcome toiletries wouldn't go amiss, but that really is being ultra-picky.
Just a word of guidance as one night we woke up as if we were camping out in a tropical rainforest. Keep both sets of underfloor heating on 3 and you should be OK, don't be tempted to crank them up if you are feeling cold, you'll regret it. Likewise for the fire, the chimney gets roasting hot so don't think putting another log on the fire to get the flames going will be a good idea, it won't!
Thanks again, and hope to return soon!
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