Lapland Hotel Akashotelli3.0 out of 5.0
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Me and my friend visited this hotel for one night in July 2017. We had a twin room in the building next to the reception building. Our goal was to go hiking before moving to Levi for three more nights. The hotel was conveniently located; it was a short taxi drive away from the Pallas-Ylläs Nationalpark/ Yllästunturi Visitor Centre Kellokas. This is a must place to visit. There are amazing Lapland views from the visitor centre and its restaurant, and you can choose between many hikes. We took the Varkaankuru round, which was very beautiful, and has quite unique nature given its location in Lapland. It is also said that the air here is the purest in all Europe. We also took another hike around lake Äkäslompolo, as we could reach the trails easily just behind the hotel reception. This hike was rather easy (flat), and we enjoyed the stunning Lapland views. On the last part of the walk we visited the village center about 1 km from the hotel. Apart from the location, this hotel is also good for its friendly staff, entertainment (music) and for the sauna and the small indoor pool. We were allowed to keep our room later for no extra fee as my friend was getting a cold and needed to rest after our hike. Also, we were allowed to use the sauna and the pool after check-out without additional costs. The hotel room was ok but quite worn. It was, however close to sauna.
Visited this hotel in Dec 2016 and loved every minute! Log cabins were incredible and the whole santa experience was magical for our daughter. Well organised through Thomson from Manchester and the xmas spirit was in full effect. Only downside is the food is fairly limited and the drinks very expensive. Swimming pool is small but decent and offers a nice break from the snow for the kids. Wondered down to the lake behind the shops in the town and saw the northern lights! Quite something to experience. Can't wait to go again!
This was our first time to Lapland/Finland and can honestly say we can't wait to go back to the same resort and potentially same hotel. The package deal we got with Monarch was first class and really worth the money, this included flights, transfers, accommodation in a scenic log cabin plus half board (upgraded from B&B) ski suits and boots plus two half day trips one including various activities such as skidoos, raindeer sledging, husky sledging etc etc and the other a trip to the ice palace, both I may add amazing experiences. The airport transfer takes about an hour to an hour and a half but when it's so pretty with all the snow everywhere you really don't mind at all. You stop off first at another hotel just down the road to collect your ski suit and boots if required then 5 mins later once all back on board you arrive at the hotel. You are greeted at reception with a smile which was nice and if you are staying in a log cabin you are advised to use a couple of sledges which were located outside, sledge + suitcase + snow yep I get it lol. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to reach your cabin and it's truly worth it as the location is like a picture postcard. The cabins themselves are pretty basic but that's what you expect really, the log fires are wonderful but the cabins are very well insulated you really don't need the fire on although we did just to see what it looked like lol. The cabin offers a dining area, mini kitchen with utilities, two single beds we just pushed together, tiny bathroom and a very ummmm snug shower lol, I had to squeeze to get in and out most days but it really wasn't that big an issue, there is also a sauna located in the bathroom but we never used it. Each cabin by the way is split in two with the same set up either side if you wasn't aware and had friends coming with you. The food at the restaurant isn't out of this world but it's ok, if you fancy a change and a short walk there are plenty of places to eat out once outside the resort, we will certainly go B&B next time as the food is great out with lots of choices. Entertainment at the hotel is a bit hit and miss but day and night there is so much to do outside the resort it really doesn't matter, we actually just went for some lovely walks as so picturesque or did a bit of shopping and hit a few bars. As only 4 days it's easy to keep busy. The hotel bar was nice though for a chill after a hard day in the snow but quite expensive for drinks and food (not included in your package deal) You can arrange to do more trips via your tour operator located in the restaurant/bar area, they are all like extended versions of the mini half day we had included within the package deal, we loved the skidoos so much we did a night time trip and it was amazing!!! Yllas is apparently quieter than Levi but much more picturesque, we loved it and really are looking forward to returning early next year.
You can practice all snows activities with hotel free facilities, swimming, karaoke, bar, and so on, the restaurant is very goog and sufficient large, we spent a week and all was very nice. Specialy the reception for example to help us for technical problem on our ski, or some rooms accessories.
We booked this hotel as most of the log cabins were sold out or were too big and expensive for two people. I can barely give it three stars and the reasons are simple. Standard rooms are medium size with two very narrow single beds. In the beginning I was afraid to tip over when changing position. The lighting in the room is really poor and there are too few electric outlets for all your chargers. There is an empty fridge to keep your own drinks cold and a kettle for hot drinks, but the coffee is not replaced during your stay unless you ask for it. There is no place in your own room to dry your clothes after skiing but there is a room where to wash your clothes yourself. There is also a room for your skis and for ski maintenance. The toilet has been slightly renovated, but there is only one faucet shared by the shower and the sink. The toilet is also slightly cold. The rest of the furniture looks quite worn. The hotel has a popular restaurant and nightclub. There were two live bands playing Finnish music every evening and a separate disco. Luckily these are in a separate building and we were also quite tired after skiing all day so the noise did not disturb us. The food in the restaurant was good, although I don't understand why all meat dishes had to contain the same kind of green cabbage. I would skip the entrées as the are very small and don't add much value to the meal and instead go for a dessert. Breakfast was adequate, although the selection of breads could have been larger. They had lingonberry juice, bacon and eggs and even reindeer liver paté though. There is a big sauna downstairs together with a 10 m pool. The sauna is from the 70's as well, but the pool has some water massage stations which felt heavenly after skiing. Without the breakfast and the pool I would have given this hotel just two stars.
The apartments are good with oven, sauna and drying closet in room very important after winter activities! (but never book standart room - it's very small and uncomfrotable). the location is superior with crosscountry ski tracks from the hotel, 10 minutes drive to ski lifts you are in the very center of the winter wonderland... there are no double beds - only twin ones. I asked to lock it together but finally had to do it myself. we stayed for 10 days only one cleaning was include The breakfast is really the same for every day and quite poor(
I went here with My seven year old son on a 4 day trip 22nd to 26th December. When we arrived at the hotel and shown our room down a metal spiral stair case with our luggage. I was not very happy with the room,admittedly it was one of the cheap ones,so fair enough. So I went to reception to see if I could upgrade to something better.They were fantastic,and I had a trick up my sleeve,I had got myself a free,Lapland Hotel group Card,other then discount on food,it gave me a reduce rate on upgrading to an One bedroom apartment, I saved 25 euros a night with this card,and best of all it was free. So the accommodation the food and the location for the northern lights,yes we did see them,go down to the frozen lake,were fantastic. If you got time,take your kid up on the Gondola to the top of the mountain and have a Hot Chocolate, *THOMSON* Just do not book your trip with Thomson, Where do I start? Okay.each trip they sell you will cost you around £100 each,regardless of age. 1 Husky Trail Blazers; £200 for the two of us,we were giving the time and day when we arrived. We saw the dogs in the kennels,but when we went on our 20 min trip round a circuit it was so dark,you could not even see the dogs in front of you,let alone anything else. 2 Santa Grotto; So you see santa and he gives you a plain box with a Thomson dog,no name on box and even though I asked them to tell my son what he had got,they didn't,so when he asked,he did not know. Decorated a couple of ginger biscuits and made a some kind of tree. You could also play football,not only in the smallest goals I have ever seen on this planet,but also in pitch black. Then you can sit down in front of a warmish fire bored for around an hour and wait for the coach to take you back. 3 Ice Village: Again £200 for the two of us. BOOK THIS YOURSELF!! I contacted the Hotel about this trip and they told me,like others who I had met on the day,its cheaper to book a taxi,he will wait for around an hour ( thats enough time) and take you back for around 100 euro`s if there are a few of you,it works out cheaper. But I was told by the Thomson rep that they have extra activities on ( why O why did I believe that spill?) but I did and paid the £200. So what do you get for £100 each? Entry and errr, O`yes,watch somebody cut a small tree down and,,,some pasta and chips not bad for £200. Book it yourself through the hotel. Gala Night: All I can say here is,eat before you go. Avoid Thomson and look for a company that has more experience and knowledge.
We picked this hotel for our short stay in February and booked one of their log cabins to stay in - on the grounds. Upon arrival our cabin was not quite ready so we wandered off for a walk and had a look around the small village of Akaslompolo. The village has several good restaurants within easy reach and a large supermarket that is well stocked, and there are also a few souvenir shops Back at the hotel we had to seek out our log cabin in the woods, (these are not very well sign posted so make sure your well wrapped up against the cold). when we found the cabins we were not disappointed as they looked so beautiful surrounded by the snow, and squirrels playing in the branches. Inside you are met by warmth and a real cosy feel, they were rustic and full of quaint atmosphere. It had all the equipment that you need to make some basic food, but take along bits like cup a soup /tea /coffee/ pot noodle etc. for a quick heat you up. The beds was comfortable and warm and you'll sleep very well. The sauna was a real bonus when you come in from the cold. it heats up in 30 mins and unlike the ones here - you cold sit in there for quite a while - this is a real treat. The cabins also had an porch cupboard to store your ski suits and boots and ample space inside for your other bits & bobs. A stove was the main centre piece and fire wood was just outside the door. The cabin also has Wi-Fi. A walk through the forest in the morning for breakfast at the hotel was sometimes met with reindeer nibbling on berries etc. At the hotel - breakfast was sufficient, with a very good selection of hot and cold food. There was plenty for everyone. We also had a snack in the bar at lunchtime which was tasty and in-expensive. Sadly we never ate dinner at the hotel, although the restaurant always looked very busy, when we passed by. For us it was all about wandering into the village to get food, and admiring the views along the way, especially the frozen lake and the night sky. We would definitely recommend staying in a log cabin, its very rustic and its something different to the norm. I would not modernise them, they are charming as they are. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend this place to anyone.
We travelled to Lapland with Monarch Holidays on 7th February 2017, for a 3 night stay. We stayed in a cabin at Hotel Akashotelli in Akaslompolo, which is around 40 minutes from the airport. Before getting to the hotel you are taken to one of the other hotels to pick up your snow boots and snow suits, which are certainly needed! The cabins are in a beautiful setting, a few minutes walk from the main hotel. But make sure you get clear directions from reception as we did initially get lost, and dragging suitcases around in the snow was not easy. The cabin was very warm. It was well heated and the log fire wasn’t needed, but it had to be lit for effect – wood is all provided in a box at the front of the cabin. The décor of the cabin is very rustic and to be honest could do with an update to brighten it up and bring it up to a better standard. There is a fridge, kettle, a microwave and two ring electric hob, so you could easily prepare basic meals. There is enough wardrobe space and a shower, with the sauna off of it. It’s a bit dark and dated, but for three nights, and because the scenery is so glorious, you can put up with it. We upgraded to take half board at the hotel, but wouldn’t bother if we went again. It was a buffet style and there was something you could eat, but there are plenty of bars and restaurants in walking distance where you could you get something of your choosing at a fairly reasonable price. Breakfast was also buffet and had a good selection and was always hot. There is an al a carte restaurant which is separate and a café for sandwiches and snacks on site. Alcohol is about what you would expect in the area, around 6/7 euros for a beer and 8/9 euros for a short. There is a pretty big supermarket around 10 to 15 minutes’ walk away, with a few other shops selling gifts and souvenirs. Beer is sold in the supermarket but wine and spirits are in a separate part at the end of the supermarket (an individual shop). It’s not easy to find cigarettes, so if you are a smoker, take some with you. The taster trip for the snow mobile, husky ride and reindeer ride is good fun, but they are very short, only 10 to 15 minutes each. Wrap up warm, as it does get very cold waiting around, which can happen if two or three coaches turn up at similar times. It was enough for us, but you can book separate trips if you want longer, but be warned they are very expensive. Trip to the ice village was OK. Glad I saw it, but wouldn’t bother going again. Be aware, that you don’t get an excursion out to see the Northern Lights – think the paperwork is a little misleading. You can walk to the frozen lake in the evening yourself to see if you can get a glimpse, or book a separate trip. We were lucky enough to see them briefly around 11pm one evening, although we didn’t see the bright colours. There is a regular bus to two nearby ski slopes that picks up directly from the hotel reception. Staff were friendly and helpful. We didn’t try the pool or the disco, we were too worn out from walking around admiring the views. All in all, a great trip and we would definitely go again.
Just back from an amazing trip to Yllas, arranged through Monarch; the arrangements were faultless and everything ran smoothly throughout. Warm clothes on arrival (only take base layers with you, no normal clothes needed). The taster sessions were great, we loved the visit to the Snow Village (which is really just an ice restaurant, and one "warm" restaurant, then the ice hotel. Hotel Akashotelli is great for this trip, range of accommodations, we had a one bed apartment which had kitchenette which was fully equipped, great for tea in the evenings, or quick snack at lunch. Our room was in the reception block and away from the main restaurant, there is evening entertainment, so this may be loud if your room is closer to the main building. The meals were good, with local specialities, and enough variety for the week we were there there. Children particularly enjoyed the waffle maker at breakfast! The pool is fine, we only used it once. Bigger sauna available in the pool area. Use the sauna within in the rooms, amazing. And clothes drying cupboard are extremely useful too. Yllas is a small place, only handful of shops, the supermarket (10 mins walk), is well stocked, has a cafe and small kids soft play area. There is a lake beyond it too. Transport is limited, we had to take taxis everywhere, there is a limited local bus. If you want to explore further, I would research hiring a car, but do this before you arrive. This is an amazing place, the people are so friendly and the scenery is beautiful - enjoy. Tip: Take hand warmers for your gloves!
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