Our tired and bedraggled party arrived late from the UK having battled snow and late departures, forgotten passports and car crashes. We were all in one piece but fairly exhausted. The hotel staff read our mood and requirements perfectly and, having shown us to our rooms, supplied large quantities of warming, tasty soup with a selection of breads, cold meat and cheeses. Perfect.
Our party was very mixed ranging from my 83 year old Mum to my 13 year old daughter. We had a late addition whom our tour operator, Activities Abroad, had managed to squeeze in at the last moment. At check-in she asked if she could have a single room and the staff were really helpful and obliging. I do not know if she was charged extra for this but I certainly was not asked for a single supplement for the room she'd vacated. Impressed. The rooms themselves were functional but comfortable; even the alarmingly narrow beds gave a good night's sleep. The ensuite (we had a wet room) was spacious and - like the bedroom - was kept spotlessly clean by the staff.
The breakfasts were superb with something to suit everybody - the boiled eggs especially were a triumph and I'd love to know how they managed to keep them soft boiled on most mornings!
On the couple of occasions when we had lunch at the hotel, the food was lovely; salad bar, buffet with choice of hot meat or fish dish and vegetables along with meat and cheese platter. We all agreed we would have like the same for the evening meals which, once or twice were very disappointing. There was no choice and on the occasions when the table menu promised a selection of sweets from the desert buffet, this did not materialise. We did have some better evening meals - Christmas Eve was superb and our "farewell" dinner - a taster-fest of Lappish specialities was outstanding.
I have a minor gripe about the cost of wine at dinner (27 Euros for a bottle of Jacob's Creek?) and one or two (very) rowdy locals who visited the Pilot's bar attached to the hotel but other than that, no complaints whatsoever.
My three girls had never stayed in a hotel before and were concerned that it would be stuffy and formal. I'm pleased to say that they couldn't have been more wrong. Sure, Hotel Kittila is not The Ritz but what it lacks in style it makes up for with a homely, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. All the staff were helpful and patient and they, along with the fantastic activities organised by Activities Abroad and supervised by the wonderful Jaakko, made our Christmas holiday in Lapland unforgettable. Chalet holidays in the Alps for the 3 years prior to this have been good but they cannot come close to a week in Kitilla - one of the most beautiful places on earth.
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