“Tourism in Finland” phrase is synonymous with Lapland. In fact, it is no surprise to us that many hear about the name of our country after they hear about the magical adventures in Lapland.
Magic? The Lapland region is adventures at the same time peaceful. You can watch the northern lights, visit Santa Claus’ home, attend variety of funny festivals like wife-carrying championship as well as seeing its beautiful scenery during the winter time.
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While everything may sound interesting, finding a good accommodation in Lapland is problematic. Many hotels are old and small – not up to the expectations of international travellers.
We have used a Star Rating programme for the hotels in Lapland for the first time. The system is used to assess hotels in throughout Lapland based on customer satisfaction. We did not take price into the consideration.
Variety of hotels in Lapland (about 34) are visited anonymously by our inspectors as well as trusted readers who measured performance of hotels across Lapland’s all cities with a particular emphasis on guest engagement and service delivery.
The five hotels in Lapland which received five stars from us are Casa Arctica Apartments (Rovaniemi), Holiday House Lapland (Rovaniemi), Villa Hanhi (Rovaniemi), Hotel Merihovi (Kemi), and Tornio City Hotel (Tornio). Why?
1. Casa Arctica Apartments, Rovaniemi, Lapland
If hygiene is very important to you then Casa Arctica hotel in Rovaniemi, Lapland is the best choice for a clean hotel. It offers accommodation with free Wi-Fi access and a fully equipped kitchen. Santa Claus Village is within a 10-minute drive away. Everything is at walking distance and the apartment’s manager Kiki is very accommodating.
You will love the home furnishings and feel the original Finnish lifestyle.
The price starts from $118 per night.
2. Holiday House Lapland, Rovaniemi, Lapland
The hotel is situated 150 metres from Ounasvaara Ski Centre, these cottages include a private sauna, fully equipped kitchen and patio with views of the private garden.
Aila who is the owner of the cottage is superb. She will give you all sorts of suggestions and activities to undertake in Lapland. The cottage is very close to Ski resort if you are a Ski-fan.
The price starts from $90 per night.
3. Villa Hanhi, Rovaniemi, Lapland
Villa Hanhi is a 2-storey, wood-furnished cottage which is 3 km away from central Rovaniemi and just 400 metres from Ounasvaara Ski Centre. It offers free Wi-Fi, a wood-heated fireplace and private sauna.
You will find the villa amazing as it is right in the middle of the forest and close enough to the ski resort and central Rovaniemi. It is comfortable, clean and spacious.
If you are one of those who are dreaming of sitting by the fireplace in winter and sipping a few glasses of wine, then this is a great place for you.
The price starts from $325 per night.
4. Hotel Merihovi, Kemi, Lapland
Hotel Merihovi in Lapland is situated in central Kemi and 500 metres from Kemi Station. They have free Wi-Fi, free parking, a sauna and rooms with cable TV.
One thing to note about this place is their breakfast. It is absolutely delicious!
The price starts from $136 per night
5. Tornio City Hotel, Tornio, Lapland
Tornio hotel is located next to Tornio River, and just a 10-minute walk from Haparanda. It has 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a night club. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and sauna access.
Into partying in lapland? Tornio has amazing clubs! The hotel is situated right next the clubs and there is no noise coming from the clubs to the hotel. Though, note that the clubs are closed during the summer season.
The price starts from $164 per night.