by Courtney Elko
Located next to a ski center and a river, this hotel is also just a five-minute drive away from the city center. Families will love the apartment-style rooms with a fully equipped kitchenette, sauna, living room and separate bedroom areas. There are a few restaurants on site that change with seasons with outdoor fires, fireplaces, a terrace seating in the summer overlooking the river.
Our Editor Loves
- Near ski area and lake
- Onsite restaurants
- Cabins with kitchenette
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
by Melissa A
Our honeymoon adventures truly started here... while remote enough from the downtown area, it was still close enough to take a cab into the city center and walk around.
The staff was gracious and accommodating, the food was delicious and the drinks were perfect on the nights we had them. There really was nothing better than coming back and having a hot drink by the fire before heading back to the cabin.
The accommodations are simple, but comfortable. The kitchenette was fantastic as we were able to cook for ourselves when we were just too worn out from the day's activities to head back out after getting cleaned up. (Grocer was in the downtown area and was easy to navigate to and from) The sauna was a wonderful addition and pleasant surprise, especially for the days that we spent out in the snow.
If we ever return to this wonderful area we would certainly stay here again.
TUI call this Christmas cottages, but it’s locally known as Ounasvaara chalets (taxis etc). It’s a beautiful hotel in breathtaking scenery and sufficiently remote from the city to feel like you’re in the country.
The chalets at basic but perfectly adequate as you dont really spend time in them and the food in the restaurant was lovely and a nice range of local and other options. Breakfast buffet was particularly good and the evening meal,we had was also very nice with a choice of meats and fish etc.
The hotel staff were also very friendly.
TUI let themselves down though. We had booked a 4 day Christmas trip and been given an itinerary which we had booked additional trips around. However TUI had changed the itinerary when we arrived and the reps were pretty unconcerned about this inconvenience and made no effort to hide this. They also never had up to date or accurate information and the girl “mince pie Mary” scrolled through her phone whilst she was sprang to you, which was just very poor.
I’ve dropeed a star because of this but would go back to the hotel as it was lovely.