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“Good, peaceful location, ok rooms, bad kitchen.”
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Hotel Ivalo
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ivalo
Sodankylä
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“Good, peaceful location, ok rooms, bad kitchen.”
Reviewed 22 April 2013

We spent a night here with my husband in late April 2013 and had a dinner in the hotel restaurant. I took an appetizer of fish and reindeer meat, and got very sick afterwards vomitting all the night and the next day. The fish tasted old and bad and I when complained about it, I was told, that the fish is not old, it is "frozen". My husband had pepper steak. He said, it tasted good, but he also felt himself sick afterwards. The draft beer that we had with the dinner tasted disgusting. We were attending a three day training in Ivalo, of which I missed one day, because of this food poisoning.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Sandy, England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2013

A good hotel, just 10 minutes from the airport. Food was good - buffets at breakfast adn dinner when I was there. Rooms are large, but mine was rather cold at the time. Walls seem fairly thick, so not much noise from neighbours when I was there. BBC World on TV. Very quick wi-fi which was great. Sauna and pool available if you want them and have the time.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
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Gibraltar
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2012

I really enjoyed my stay at this hotel =) I stayed there for 4 nights during a trip in March to work with Aurora Hunters.
It's not a luxury hotel, but found it to be clean, staff friendly and best of all in a beautiful location just off River Ivalo. I remember it fondly and enjoyed my afternoon walks where you simply walk out the back of the hotel, straight onto the frozen river and right out into some beautiful marked trails.

Food was was ok. I'm a vegetarian so my choices we're slightly more limited than for other people, but I still ate well for the duration of my stay =) Best of all you can see the Northern Lights right outside the hotel or on the lake if they're strong enough which they were on 3 of the 4 nights!

The room was a good size, kept clean, and had all the facilities I needed. The supermarket is just a 5 minute walk down the same street, its a lovely walk!

Room Tip: Try asking for a room facing the River Ivalo for a better view :)
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2012

The location is great, sitting right on the edge of the river bed - about a quarter of the rooms I guess have river view. Food (dinner and breakfast buffet) was good as well. The rooms (we had ground floor facing the river) however are desperate for refurbishment: Heavily dented furniture, brown bathroom of approx. the early 1980s. The brown bathroom tiles did not seem to have been cleaned this season, ... . Luckily we only had to stay one night.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Helsinki
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2012

The hotel is located close to the main road less than a kilometre from the centre of Ivalo (which is really scattered) by the river. The room was rather big, plenty of room to stay even a longer period than one night. Service is very good. We needed to leave already at 6 am and breakfast normally starts at 7 am. The breakfast was ready at that time and excellent: hot buns, crispy bacon etc. There is also a sauna and swimming pool and opportunity to swim in the nearby river if you stand cold water. In the evening there was dance music and possibility to enjoy a dinner.

Room Tip: If possible the riverside view
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Lots of tour groups, however the hotel handled them very efficiently, food was good, Internet free and available in all the rooms. Nice staff, very comfortable in summer. No AC but windows open so nice breeze. Beds were comfortable.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2012

I stayed here in Feb 2012. I chose the Hotel specifically for Aurora watching. I had sytayed in Saariselka 5 years before and so I knew where to base myself. It is 11km from the Airport and midway between Inari, Saariselka and Nellim. Ivalo is also the largest urban area in the region. The location is lovely, backing on to the river. The Hotel lived up to my expectations. It is nothing memorable, other than the setting. The rooms are clean and quite large. The beds are comfortable and generously proportioned. The bathroom is a good size and everything works fine. The decor is however a bit jaded, being more reminicent of 1970's or '80's decor...quite dark and muted....to put it kindly. But if this doesn't bother you then this Hotel will be fine. The dining room is large and every evening I was there they ran a hot and cold buffet. This may have been because there were tour groups staying but either way it was not a problem for me to partake of the Buffet. It was generous, tasty and good value. Breakfast was included and again was generous. The staff were friendly and courteous.
This is a Hotel typical of Finnish Lapland, good, solid and clean, if unspectacular. It is meant to be a base for exploring the wonderful hiking country around or as a place to stay as you pass through on your way to somewhere else. If you are however somebody to comes to a Hotel to lounge around and soak up the atmosphere without every leaving the confines of the Hotel then you are likely to be dissappointed. If like me you came with a purpose then this is an excellent place to stay. I strongly recommend that either you hire a car or come on an organised tour with a tour bus. There are many interesting things to do and see around the area but you have to remember that everytime you leave the Hotel you will probably have to travel 50km to see anything. If you come just to stay in Ivalo you will be dissappointed after a day...maybe even half a day. But if you come to see the surrounding area or hike you will be rewarded with an unrepeatable experience. I would not reccomend this for families with young children unless they like to ski or hike.

Room Tip: Ask to have a room overlooking the river.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Hotel Ivalo
Address: Ivalontie 34, Ivalo 99800, Finland
Region: Finland > Lapland > Ivalo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ivalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Ivalo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Ivalo is surrounded by Northern Lapland's wilderness and the National Park with its numerous rivers, lakes and fells. From Ivalo you can continue on to Northern Norway, the Arctic Ocean and the North Cape, Hammerfest or the Murmansk region of Russia. The activity service Club Nord provide wintertime experiences such as hunting the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), enjoying the Lappish nature driving with snowmobiles, husky dog safaris, reindeer or horse sleigh rides. In the summertime, activities include trekking, fishing, canoeing and even gold panning. A visit to the reindeer farm may be the highlight of your stay or indeed a visit to the Sami Museum Siida and the Northern Lapland Nature Centre. ... more   less 
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