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Hotel Kultahippu

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Stayed in a 4-bedded family room for 1 night in mid March. Felt more like a cozy budget motel. We picked up a rental car at Ivalo airport and drove to the hotel. It was easy to find, located just off the E75 by Ivalo river. The carpark had adequate parking spaces and we could park just outside our room. S-Market was just across the street. The check-in and reception area was located at the restaurant. Our family room was located nearby in the same block. It had a small living area and bathroom downstairs and a steeper-than-usual flight of stairs leading to a loft with 4 single beds. It was about -10C outside but the heating in the room was adequate. An electric jug was provided for us to make our own hot drinks. Wifi was satisfactory though we had the Elisa Saunalahti prepaid SIM which provided good mobile data connection here so it wouldn't have bothered us even if hotel wifi wasn't as good. The buffet breakfast at the restaurant was ok, nothing fancy. The usual cereals, pastries, bacon, sausage and eggs. The ambience in the restaurant was quite nice though with natural timber decorations. While the area around the hotel and along the Ivalo river provided open spaces for viewing auroras, we wanted to get away from the streetlights. We ended up driving along 9682 (Koppelontie) just across the river from the hotel. The road ended 11km later at the frozen Uusoppijoki river/lake where we managed to view the aurora in complete darkness. Hotel guests who returned late after the reception/restaurant had closed could come in by another door between the restaurant block and 2-storey accommodation block. Overall, the hotel was a cozy, comfortable base for aurora hunting in northern Lapland.

I had read about Elina's helpfulness which helped me decide on this hotel. I happened to go to the hotel a couple of days before my actual check-in date to ask if I could come in early. Elina told me that if the room is free I could. On the day of my booking when I reached the hotel around 12 noon, Elina had the check-in form ready with the room keys! Check-in was completed in less than a minute. Keetos Elina. The hotel is adequately delightful for a place like Ivalo. Its in the town centre with a super market called S Market just across the street. (Handy for people like me who had to prepare for 4 days in a self contained cottage.) The buffet breakfast is included in the room price. There's something for every one. The buffet lunch costs € 11. Again a big spread. The à la carte dinner is a wee bit expensive but delightful it in terms of taste and portion. Since it was Friday evening, we were informed that last order in is 9pm. After that the restaurant area gets converted into a night club and they only serve drinks. The Sauna suite's sauna was very effective and worth the extra money. We didn't need the ear plugs that were given to us because we couldn't hear the music in our room (despite being Friday night party time). The very punctual € 10 one way bus service from/to airport can be booked directly through:

Cheep, good beds, nothing fancy, quite simple, but clean. Feels personal. Not a big hotel, but good service! I came from Japan and was to tired to drive 5 hours to get home cause of the jetlag, so l checked in here. I felt asleep at 18, but as l checked in l exsplained that l came from Japan, that l had jetlag and that l just needed to sleep and was going to leave at 4 in the morning. The lady in the reseption knocked at my door 15 min later with a breakfasttray so that l could eat something before driving home! That is what l call great service!

basic hotel with small rooms. wifi can be poor at peak times and the hot water was also dodgy at times. the rooms were not very warm for people like me who are used to tropical environments, but extra heaters were made available as soon as i asked (i visited in february - brrr...). the breakfasts were not not fancy but adequate. there is a large supermarket across the road for any supplies required, and access to the airport is quick and easy. the service staff were however, amazingly friendly and helpful, and made very bit of this budget experience very worthwhile! thank you kultahippu!

We stayed here to be close to the airport to catch an early mornign flight - so we were not seeking a special hotel. Room was clean, basic and had everything you needed - it was Ok, price was "Ok", but very odd that so many laundry trolleys were parked in the hallway. i counted 18 between our room and the side foyer. Breakfast was OK, there was an extra charge to use the car plug outside which i thought was a bit rich... just how much power does a car need to keep warm? 5euro worth?? not sure if this was per night or per booking. the room was not bargain price and i thought that might have compensated. Being a bit picky. Staff were very helpful and friendly.

We travelled to Ivalo with the hopes of seeing the northern lights. After reading reviews we opted to stay at the Kultahippu Hotel. It was a PERFECT choice. The hotel was exactly what we had expected. What makes it perfect is Elina and the staff. They could not have been friendlier or more helpful. Elina suggested we wait before reserving a tour for the lights until we arrived. So we would see if the weather permitted. I was a bit worried about not having anything set in stone. As promised I didn't need to worry. They set up everything for the lights and out dog sled ride.... which was spectacular. The hotel was always spotlessly clean. The food hearty and rib sticking. (You'll need it for the cold) having the super market across the street was handy. Let me be clear, it's not the Four Seasons, but it's worth ever penny and then some. Thank You all again for a great trip.

My 20-something year old son and I were exploring Lapland, sled dogs, snowmobiles, and the Northern Lights in January 2017, and I chose Kultahippu Hotel for our lodging. Glad I did. Located across the street from a well-stocked big box (it had ice fishing tents and M&Ms. What more could you ask?) The gas stations accommodate snowmobiles and there's a pizza place within a 15 minute walk from the hotel (Google Anjan Pizza). That said, the hotel itself offers meals that will provide for a long weekend: my son and I had different dinner meals each night, all of which were outstanding. Plus: some of the excursions offered by Lapland Safaris originate from the hotel. My son and I booked three excursions: one that took us on snowmobiles from the hotel over the Ivalo River to a campsite where Juha (pronounced you-ha) set up a campfire, made tea and served cookies, saw a prehistoric cave that's had a bed of ever-frozen water; another excursion to see the Northern Lights; and a third by snowmobile to a husky camp for a dog sled ride. An outstanding way to visit the location. The hotel itself was great - there was a full bar, and (for those up from 11 p.m to 3 a.m.) a nightclub that rocked. At the hotel, best dinner was a series of great choices. Had reindeer steak and burger, then had a great combination of thin-cut beef wrapped around reindeer, with roasted potatoes and a great brown gravy. Not a knock against my other choice, Hotelli Ivalo, but given how remote Hotelli Ivalo was relative to the rest of what was going on in Ivalo, I'm glad we chose Kultahippu. The room (212) was great - had its own sauna and a properly stocked minibar. It's a twenty euro cab fare from the hotel, so build that into the budget, because I don't think there's an alternative to that transfer option.

My husband and I spent one night at Kultahippu in order to adjust to the time difference between the NE US and Ivalo. The room was basic, but we enjoyed the location and shared spaces. SHARED SPACES: There are 3 areas where you can sit outside your rooms. Two are by stairways: the area on the 1st floor has a sofa & soda machine and is a bit chilly because it is by the door. The second floor seated area has a sofa, 2 chairs, and a TV. The third area to sit has a fireplace, which is only lit in the morning. People grab drinks from the bar and sit by the cold fireplace evenings. We checkout of Kultahippu this morning; I'm typing this review from the seated area with the fireplace as we wait for our transfer to our next hotel. These seated areas are important as the standard room is small - see Room description for more. Beyond the seated areas, there is a nice dining room. We had dinner and breakfast. We enjoyed both meals. The dining area is well decorated and during the morning has views of a frozen river. There is a deck from the dining room, which we didn't go out on, but we saw a couple of smokers using the deck while we ate dinner. The whole hotel is a non-smoking building. FOOD: We had dinner and breakfast at Kultahippu. Dinner was delicious, but very salty. I had a cream of mushroom soup to start and a chicken dish for dinner; after a long day of travel I thought it was good. My husband had steak, he doesn't recommend the steak (he often eats at amazing steakhouses in TX & NYC and knew it was probably not the best choice, but didn't want to have reindeer yet as we are probably going to have a lot of reindeer the rest of this trip). Breakfast: there were cold options and hot options. Cold options included cold cuts, cheeses, breads, yogurt, egg salad, cereal, & fruit. Hot options included oatmeal, breads, a specific Finnish pastry, eggs, meat balls, mini hotdogs, and more. Tea, coffee, juice, and water were available to drink. Overall a nice spread for breakfast. ROOM: Very basic: Two twin beds, a desk, a TV, a hot pot, tea and other snacks, a small wardrobe, and a tiny bathroom. See the pictures. Floor is some sort of tile - it is best to have slippers and/or flip flops. I felt most comfortable wearing my flip flops in the room and while showering. SERVICE: GREAT! The staff are very friendly and welcoming. Answering questions, providing recommendations. Everyone we encountered speaks English. LOCATION: Across the street there is a a grocery/general goods store, like a Target or Walmart. In addition to the Grocery/general goods store, there is liqueur store in the same building. We were able to pick up a bottle of wine and rum for consumption during our trip. A short walk away is grocery store and many other shops. A very nice feature of Ivalo are the wide, well-kept sidewalks. There were many locals and tourists walking safely on the sidewalks. We felt comfortable and safe walking around. One thing to note: listen for the individuals on their sled/scooters - here in Ivalo people have these kick sled/scooters to get around. Stay clear of them :-). [Photos to come because I'm having technical difficulties adding photos from my iPad... TA fix that!]

This hotel is (much) more rustic than luxurious, but it's good as a base for arctic activities. I had a two-story room with a sauna inside, and beds in the loft area. Unfortunately the view from the loft is south-facing, which is the wrong direction for aurora viewing. However simply walking outside and around to the other side of the hotel will reveal the aurora if it's visible. There is minimal light pollution in that direction, and a frozen-over river I walked out onto for this purpose. The food was surprisingly decent but would get a little repetitive for people who don't like reindeer, which features prominently on the menu. The service is very friendly. I spent time at the bar inside the restaurant talking to staff about the Northern Lights, whether to take tours for that purpose (most likely not needed because the hotel is well-suited for viewing them right there), etc. Although staff members probably have to answer the same questions many times every day, they were patient and friendly throughout. There is a large supermarket immediately across the street from the hotel, which is very handy for stocking up on snacks and food.

We chose Lapland for our honeymoon and stayed a week in the Kultahippu Hotel. The staff was super friendly, always there to help, the food was excellent and we even saw the northern lights from the restaurant (thanks to a staff member warning us). If you want a relaxing vacation, this is the place to be!

Petsamontie 1 Ivalo

Hotel highlights

  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Hotel Kultahippu places you next to Taidenayttelytila Kuulas. This 30-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast along with conveniences like free in-room WiFi and free self parking. In central Ivalo, the hotel is also within a 30-minute drive of Action Park and Angry Birds Activity Park Saariselka.


Start your day off right with a free hot/cold buffet breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM. This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge.


The 30 rooms have private yards and desks. 32-inch flat-screen TVs are available for entertainment, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms have hair dryers and bidets. In-room massages are available.

Property features

Hotel Kultahippu offers a nightclub, a sauna, and free WiFi in public areas. Free parking is included with your stay. Staff members can answer questions about accommodations, and also provide tour or ticket assistance. Additional amenities include free newspapers, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Family Room, Sauna

Twin 5 | Sleeps 5

Junior Suite, Sauna

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 90 reviews