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Lapland Hotel Saaga

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We visited 22nd Dec to 26th Dec 2016. This hotel was wonderful and helped my family (2 adults and 2 children aged 8 & 10) have a holiday of a lifetime! The staff were welcoming and friendly and helped with our every need. The spa was wonderful and the food was great but could have been better if there was a little more variety for the Gala Dinner. Ours was our Christmas dinner on Christmas Day so seemed a little basic. We went for Christmas with Thomsons and did all the taster sessions that were included. The Hotel was always clean and tidy and our room was always prepared with beds made and clean towels for our return after a busy day of activities in the snow. It is located so close to the Slopes and we were able to enjoy a skiing lesson as a family. We also went to the Ice Hotel and a day on Snow Mobiles and we were collected from the hotel by taxi for both activities. We booked our activities via an external tour company whose office is located just 2 mins away, opposite the hotel as we seem to get more for our money. I would definitely return to this area to enjoy more of this experience when the children are older. We took more warm clothes than we needed as Lapland Safaris provide all cold weather clothing including gloves and socks (although I would advice you to take your own as we did) Base layers are essential and we took micro fleeces which we all wore under our snow suits. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. Feel free to ask me anything regarding our stay. Thank you Hotel Saaga X

View to the mountain was excellent. Breakfast was very good with bacon etc. Service was quick and good and the price was really low compared to room and services. I can recommend this hotel to everybody

We stayed in the Saaga Hotel in Ylläsjärvi for one night at the very end of the summer season. The hotel ist located at the base of Ylläs Skiresort. I can imagine that in winter season it can be very busy but now it was really quiet. In front of the hotel is a fantastic view over the lake and the finish landscape. Our room was clean, and spacious. Staff is very helpful an friendly. For breakfast they serve a wide range of cereals, bread, hot and cold meals as well as coffee, tea and juice.

This was my 2nd stay at a Lapland Hotel, and it fulfilled all of my expectations. The staff is always super friendly, and I was treated with patience starting right from the booking, although it took some time due to our specific requests. The chalet apartment we stayed in was very nice, it had a private sauna, fully equipped kitchen and a spacious balcony. Also, despite of the low season, there was plenty to choose from at the breakfast buffet, and still, after several hours none of our party has asked to stopping for lunch. Highly recommended hotel!

Hotel has nice rooms, everything looks like new and clean. They have nice inroom flat screen tv (no paid channels tought) and firm beds. Hotel also have a good restaurant which seems to be bit understaffed during summertime. Waiting tends to get a bit long during rushhours. Hotel also offers complimentary spa and gym. This hotel does not offer anything special, but basic requirements are highly met.

I would say this hotel is only 4 star rating in terms of value for money. You get what you pay for it is not a luxurious hotel: The buffet dinners are ok. Rooms are simple but ok - very clean. The location is the best part of the hotel because it is ski in ski out hotel. The skiing is brilliant for beginner - advance skiers. The slopes are stunning and very very quiet. Most of the time the slopes had no one on them while skiing down. The spa is good with pool and big saunas etc.

if you have the possiblity to move around - always book something else!! Value: This hotel has terrible price/value ratio. The hotel is very expensive, but offers little to no quality for the money. If you get about 50% discount to official prices, then it might be worth it. Location: The location is good, just below the slopes so you can ski-in. Better location however is a little bit further in the "Taiga" - block. Check it out before booking this. Staff: The staff is quite Ok / friendly, what you would expect for any hotel. Nothing that special. If you complain though, don't expect to be replied with empathy, only "well, this is our hotel's policy". Rooms: Not very nice & not something you would expect from this price class. Outdated as the building is from 2005 and they have not been updated. Expect worn-out floors, outdated kitchen with generally old equipment. Serivces: Every single thing in the hotel has a surcharge except storing your luggage in the luggage room (and even with that, they don't take any responsibility over your stuff :)). All service incl. "Spa" (which is not worth it), Sauna, Gym or even asking for a late checkout are either moderately or outrageously priced. Internet doesn't work in the rooms. Overall: This hotel seems to be built by people not in hotel business for people not visiting or expecting much from a hotel. Book something else! We were very dissapointed and will not be back again.

Visited just before Christmas 2016, with Thomson. It meet all my expectations. First, reception were always helpful. Rooms, were as to be expected, we had a 1 bedroom apartment with sauna. It had everything we needed. Warming cupboard was fab for drying clothes. Plenty of wardrobe space. Small kitchen with essentials in. Small balcony for those who braved the cold. No complaints at all. Sauna too was very good , once we worked out how to use it. Swimming pool was good, a bit colder than what we would be use to, but hey swim faster if necessary . Ok now the foot bit. We only used the main restaurant, as with kids they don't want to wait for food after being out all day. Plenty of choice even for vegetarians, food was regularly topped up. Can not understand anyone not finding something they could not eat. There was local cuisine as well as standard food . Unless you only ever eat at fast food joints ( clearly decent food wouldn't suit you then) there was no issue in this department. Breakfast was plenty and the kids were making there own pancakes / waffles . Again no complaints. The A la carte restaurant looked very good, but ran out of time to try this . Would recommend hotel, hey it's Finland, embrace their cuisine & culture and you will love it. Opposite hotel couple of bars & restaurants and we fitted in some skiing , great as some of the group hadn't been skiing before. Cleanest air ever breathed my cold disappeared in hours. Thomson rep deserves 10/10 always there with a smile . Would jump at chance to revisit :-)

Organised a meeting at the hotel, and the arrangements went very well. The airport bus takes from and to the airport quickly and quite cheaply, it is great to admire the slopes from the hotel room, and the service was very friendly. The room price was also nice, when ordered montha before. The only minus was that it seemed difficults to split the table bill person by person, during the one dinner that we as the host did not pay.

Travelled with Inghams this time, had previously gone with SkiLapland. The cost differential was significant and the service pretty much the same. The Saaga is a good quality hotel in a small and friendly resort deep inside the Arctic Circle. The hotel facilities are very good, the staff friendly and the rooms clean and spacious. The half board option is good with adequate choice though a bit repetitive over a week. There is plenty to do in resort with excursion options if you want to try something different (snowmobile tours, dog sledding, cross country skiing etc.....). We came to cross country ski and, with over 300km of well cut tracks, were spoiled for choice. Weather was variable but at no time prevented activity (a couple of hours 'white out' aside). The downhill slopes are family friendly but not overly challenging for expert skiers. This was our second visit to the resort and we will return.

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Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Lapland Hotel Saaga is located 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from Kellokas Visitor Centre and 8.2 mi (13.1 km) from Yllas Ski Resort. This 84-room, 4-star hotel has ski-in/ski-out access, a full-service spa, and 3 restaurants. Kesankijarvi is also within a 20-minute drive of this Yllasjarvi hotel.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. Enjoy dining at Saaga Bistro, one of 3 onsite restaurants. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café.


All 84 rooms provide sofa beds, ironing boards, and desks. For entertainment, guests can enjoy TVs. Hair dryers are also available.

Property features

Guests of Lapland Hotel Saaga have access to ski-in/ski-out access, a full-service spa, and an indoor pool. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle for EUR 12.60 per person one way. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and securing valuables. Other amenities at this ski hotel include a children's pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub.

Room options

Standard Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Studio, Sauna (Saaga Chalet)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Superior Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, Sauna (Saaga Chalet)

Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 452 reviews