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Lapland Hotel Saaga

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is possibly the only hotel in the world that charges for access to the swimming pool When booking a chalet on their own website there is no reference to the 10 euro pp per day charge or any charge at all I challenged the manager and their arguement was there was a reference on the hotel room booking sub page but clearly if booking a chalet why would you be looking at the hotel room sub pages And actually these sub pages do not specify the charge amounts During peak season the dinner is split into a rather early 5.30-7 for the English and at 7.30 there's a more varied menu for the French Yes it sounds weird but true. They won't allow people who booked direct to take this later dinner slot as they describe it as a private dinner In fact as the hotel is owned by a French travel company they reserve the nice food for their own jet bookings Very odd ... they get the cheese selection but it's not on offer for the rest of us plebs

We spent a week in this hotel for our holiday. The room we had (4th floor facing the ski slopes) was spacious and the bathroom offered all that is needed. Service was fine too. The meals were good too with a wide choice of dishes to choose from. The SPA is big with a nice indoor pool, 2 jacuzzi and sauna and steam bath. All in all, we had a great experience in this hotel.

We stayed in the ski chalets. Good size and lovely to have a private sauna! Close to the ski slopes, the location is perfect and staff were friendly and helpfull. We booked via and didn’t realise the Chalets were in a different building than the hotel. As we payed a bit more to rent ski’s in the hotel (€30 more expensive then rental below our apartment) this was a bit of a set back! Breakfast was fine. A good choice and I appreciated the Gluten Free section being 100% apart from the Gluten-full section. Also; we did not once got a towel replacement during our stay. For me, a daily towel change is not necessary because of environmental reasons, but I would have like to have to option to have a clean towel to take to the spa at the hotel (to avoid to have to take everything to spa at the hotel!)

skiing brilliant not busy slopes excellent for beginners/ intermediate.Hotel comfortable clean lovely spa and pool. Staff friendly, brilliant excursions. Food good plenty of choice can’t wait to go back.

I’ve waited a while to post this review. I travelled with my son (9) and his father and spent 3 nights over Christmas 2017 there. We stayed half board in a one bedroom apartment with a gorgeous view over the village. The apartment was clean and tidy and came with its own sauna, which was put to use frequently! However it was at the very end of a long corridor (which you had to climb up and down stairs or use various lifts to navigate). Effectively, the trek to the main part of the hotel took up to 10 minutes. It didn’t help that our key card frequently would work which meant we had to trek back to reception to get them to programme it. This happened on about 10 occasions over the 3 day’s we were there - very frustrating. The food was not particularly varied or tasty - I’m vegetarian and there were very few options for me! On the last night, it was chaos - we were apparently supposed to have eaten at 5pm!! Yes, 5pm, but no-one told us, so when we went to the restaurant at 7 they were taking the food away to be replaced for the apparent next sitting at 8pm for French guests. Appalling communication from the hotel and Thomson/Tui. The Tui reps were useless. However, the hotel did compensate us with 40 Euro credit, which was a nice touch. The hotel spa was good with a lovely, albeit slightly chilly pool. We also saw the northern lights on Christmas Day, which was a real treat! The resort itself is small but lovely. Notwithstanding the problems at the hotel, we still had a magical time, the memories of which will stay with us forever.

Just got back from a fantastic holiday at Ylläs Saaga. We booked through Inghams and they were brilliant. Stress free, hassle free holiday. Well done Inghams and thank you! The resort itself was wonderful as was the skiing. Will be booking for next year soon. We had self catering apartment with half board, great choice. Thought we could cater our lunches but remote location meant the tiny on site shop had limited choices and was very expensive, so had lunch at hotel bar. If going to self catering apartments do take your own dishwasher tablets and cuppa soups, tea and coffee from home. Also wear lots and lots of layers it is very cold! -7 to -16 most days. We booked the husky dog sledding experience and it was great. A must if you do anything. Hope you have as great a holiday as us.

We were at Ylläs on February 2018. We had a Saaga Chalets apartment with one bedroom. Our 3 kids slept in bedroom, youngest one had travel bed. Me and my wife slept in living room where was a sofa bed. Chalets was clean and halls etc was quiet even time was high season. Kitchen was functional to prepare light lunch and easy dinners to whole family. Breakfast we eat in hotel Restaurant. Sauna was nice and even you warm up the sauna, room wasn´t too warm after the sauna heating. I recommended!

An amazing holiday- our 3rd visit to Saaga and Yllas. A real winter wilderness- don’t expect nightlife but if you want peaceful snowy forests and wide well groomed pistes with no queues for lifts it’s the place for you. The Saaga is right on the easy slope down to ski school so even on the children’s first ski week then could ski down to ski lessons which is much easier than trying to carry all their gear. Lessons were really high quality and groups were small but when 12 then go into adult group. Saaga apartment perfect for families plenty of space well equipped kitchen area so you can warm up and eat in the apartment at lunch time. The apartments are clean and warm with a drying closet and sauna. Breakfast is excellent but quite busy. A good selection of hot and cold food. Dinner a cold buffet and choice of hot meal- always meat or fish- never a problem to find something good to eat for adults although the children didn’t always like the offering. The pool is lovely but quite cool- kids didn’t seem to mind and again all very clean- you can always warm up in the sauna!

Decided to cross-off two bucket list items in one go whilst celebrating a 50th birthday: skiing and a glimpse of the Northern Lights. And so off to Yllas Saaga Hotel we went on a half board basis with ski package to include equipment rental and five x daily lessons. I've never been a fan of the whole resort/tour operator approach, however the price was better booked via our local travel agent with an Inghams package rather than source everything ourselves. We couldn't have been happier with the Inghams experience - and our rep, Ryan, was an absolute credit to his employers: nothing was too much trouble, and he even made himself available on his off days. The hotel is clean and warm with staff whose friendly welcome never faded - absolute role models for the hospitality industry! Our room with balcony overlooked the resort and slopes, but at an average of -15 degrees celsius outside, we rarely used it. The room was spacious with a good sized shower and never felt cold - very important after a day on the hill. There are no hot drink making facilities which was a disappointment given the activities on offer all revolve around sub-zero temperatures. We did ask for kettle at reception, but were informed they were all used - which does suggest a need for them. There is also no room service. Room cleaning staff were a bit hit and miss (old coffee cups from reception were left in the room for a few days, and room not made up until 5pm one day). Food was exceptional; lots of choice on offer and lots of it, and piping hot - again much needed after being outside. Alcohol was very expensive (large glass of wine 12 euros, pint of beer eight euros). There is a very nice swimming pool, but it's a bit on the chilly side compared to most other European temperatures - just keep swimming! Several saunas are also provided, but there is an expectation to respect local custom and sauna naked. They are gender specific, so no mixed areas to worry about if you're of a British persuasion! The hotel is literally metres from the slopes - truly ski-in/ski out. The slopes are immaculate with the majority being beautiful corduroy from early rise onwards. There a few runs closed at this time of year (January), and the temperature can plummet (our second day was -22 C with a wind chill of -34C!), so be prepared to wear decent cold weather gear to make the most of the daylight time. Being novices we took lessons with the local Hiihtokoulu ski school. Our instructor, Sami, was incredible. We were parallel skiing within 30 minutes and carving (to a fashion) within an hour. On our last day, he introduced us to some 'freestyle' skiing, and had us using the metal jumps, skiing backwards, and attempting '360's" - all within five days. If you are an advanced skier, I should imagine the runs wouldn't really test your skills too much, but most beginners and intermediates would enjoy the range of pretty easy blue and red runs. The wind chill can change slope conditions quickly, so be prepared for some icy patches developing as the day progresses. We were graced with an Aurora Borealis display on two nights, and managed to secure some amazing photos. Download the Akaslompolo Aurora app for live sighting notifications in the area. The daylight is short in January, but many slopes are floodlit until 5pm. Once the skiing finishes, there isn't a great deal to do in the resort and buses are infrequent - taxis are very expensive also - so, evenings can be quite long. There are a number of evening excursions available based on local operators (husky rides, reindeers, ice hotel, snowmobiling etc.), but these are all quite expensive and the outlay can soon mount up. Overall, a beautiful setting with a hotel which could not be better placed for skiing, but take a travel kettle with you!

Stayed at this hotel for 4nights December 2016 and we travelled with Thompson’s .. the hotel was really nice but basic rooms were clean and had plenty of space not amazing for the price you pay but to be expected as peak season ... we stayed in a upgraded room with a sauna kitchenette and drying cupboard which was so temperamental during our stay we had to dry clothes in our sauna then it worked fine the last night typical only other fault with the room is the smell of the open drains in the bathrooms.. bedding is not changed and you have to clean the rooms yourself no maid service.. The hotel had slopes which didn’t seem too busy and we took the gondola up to the top to have a hot chocolate in the cafe we couldn’t see much up there due to the weather but it’s a must do if you have the time even if you’re not using the slopes.. We didn’t get too see the Northern lights but the reps pictures from the night before we got there were amazing.. We were told on arrival we couldn’t use the pool for free which it stated we could Thompson sorted this out we used the pool once it was so cold I sat in the children’s pool the girls and my partner managed a bit better.. the floor around the pool is so slippy it’s dangerous both of my 2 slipped over at ages 4 and 8 and I nearly slipped a few times.. the jacuzzis provided a much needed to warm up but they were still cold.. The food in the hotel was a bit hit and miss me and the girls struggled with the lack of options we stayed half board which even though I wasn’t to keen on a lot of the food I just don’t see how you could manage self catering there isn’t that many places to eat and the little on site shop doesn’t stock that much and is extortionately priced we managed to do lunch with what we brought from home soup, packet rice crisps snacks etc.. all meals are buffet style and help yourself to juice tea and coffee you can also order food at the bar at a charge.. We booked trips with Thompson’s nearly £1000 for 2 trips for 2 adults 2 kids huskies and the snow village we loved both of them but thought they were over priced and we found out we could of booked with the inghams rep and saved a small fortune so check if there is one in your hotel before booking.. the The suits and boots provided were great after a few changes and they were clean which was my big worry.. we managed with a thermal base layer a fleece layer and our suits balaclava hats and 2 sets of gloves and it was -30 for 2 days and -35 on the husky trip.. The place itself is amazing and a must do for any child or snow lover my 2 just loved sledging as much as the trips .. the hotel is a bit in the middle of nowhere but a postcard location.. the hotel is spotless the staff were great they had time to talk to you made an effort with the kids.. the Thompson’s reps were amazing as were all the elves that helped to look after us they made our trip a magical experience with the girls and my partner not wanting to leave I can totally understand why people go back every year.. All in all expensive for what it is but for most a once in a lifetime trip..

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Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

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 Yllas hotel.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay and awaits you each morning. 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. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) 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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 524 reviews