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Review of Holiday Club Saariselka

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Holiday Club Saariselka
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Saariselka
Burton
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3 reviews
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“good and basic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2009

we stayed here while on a package trip to see santa and experience lapland in the depths of winter!, the staff were nice, the food good, basic and plenty of it, could not complain. the village is small and uncomercialised making it a great place to either get away from it all or get into the festive spirit (if you see rudolf or santa!) i suggest a flight to ivalo as the transfer time from there is only 25 minutes!!

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Billy99
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Reus, Spain
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26 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2009

it was really nice, only that the rooms were far away from the lounge.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank VeronicaS8
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tiverton
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2009

I stayed at the holiday club hotel and i was travelling alone.

I found the hotel the holiday club hotel to be comfy, and warm with plenty of hot water, the food was good and plenty of it,

But may not be to all British tastes but you are in Finland, i liked it.

the staff and facilties are top notch, the pool and jacuzzi was a bit on the chilly side.
the saunas and steam rooms are naked, no costumes, so brits either go with the flow or give it a miss.

the ski school or in my case snow boarding is really good, my instructor Timo was patient and gave good advice taking me from almost nothing on a snow board to gettin turns.

the equipment for hire seems to be excellant at the ski school, as were all the staff at the ski resort.

The panimo and the beepop are good places to have a drink aores ski but beer is expensive and you dont get a full pint. its just how things are there.

i found the Finnish people to be friendly and well mannered.

In general i have no complaints about this hotel or resort and will go again.

The ski area is best suited for beginners or improvers and would not recomend it for the really expereinced skier, but there is a good sno board park.

i will go again

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank nettyj
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Newbury
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84 reviews
49 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2009

Hotel probbly more 3 star, but very clean, free entrance for hotel guests in spa area and free well equipped fitness room. Good buffet breakfeast, good quality food in the evening. Room size good, fridge in the room, so possibility to store drinks/food. Nearby supermarket with very good selection.
Restaurant area could benefit from redecorating.
Charming small village, very quiet, endless snow and ski slopes for cross country.
Airport was Kittala - long 3hrs busdrive from Saariselka, was the only letdown. Temperatures were reasonable at that time of the year between -10 and -5 C. Booked through Inghams. Very helpful and nice representative Lorna.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kast1963
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UK
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70 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2009

Great place for snow, reindeer, tobogganing and snowmobiling. The hotel is good with a reasonable buffet breakfast and evening meal (more variety would have been good, but the food on the whole tasted good). Lots to do including an indoor pool, tennis and badminton courts.

The town is small and at this time of year quite quiet. Temperatures ranged from -20 to -5, and lots of snow. For skiers, the slopes appeared very quiet.

Highlights are the cafe at the top of the ski lift, the toboggan run, igloo hotel and plenty of day time activities.

There are a few bars and restaurants, and a supermarket and small museum in the town. And one shop that seemed to specialise in stuffed animals of every kind.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank UkOscar
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Somerset
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2009

Saariselka – 15th – 22nd February 2009


We booked this holiday through Inghams 3 weeks prior to departure, although the holiday was advertised through Lastminute.com who were extremely unhelpful and unable to complete our booking, so upon hearing about this, Inghams kindly price matched Lastminute.com.

We flew with Monarch from Gatwick on Sunday 15th February. The flight was slightly delayed, but comfortable, with good on-board food, and entertainment. (Mama-Mia!)
I was quite surprised that they were charging £2.50 for headphones as usual, however, this is now termed as “Rental!” and you have to give them back at the end. This is potentially an extra £20 for a family of four to have them on the outgoing, and then incoming flight. We still have ours from a long haul flight some years ago and always take them with us though!!!!

We landed at Kittila, which was busy with some back log due to frozen doors on all the planes. It took well over an hour for everyone to get on board the bus, and travel to Saariselka with Lorna, our Inghams Rep. We arrived at the Holiday Club hotel, where check in was swift thankfully as by now it was past midnight, and we were all tired. They presented us with a packed lunch type meal, as we had obviously missed dinner, which was a nice touch, and we went to our rooms to eat and sleep!

The rooms were super. Clean, neat and tidy, although compact as we had a family room for 4. The children had a sofa bed, and we had twin beds. There were coffee and tea making facilities which were replenished daily, a hair dryer, bath robes to enable you to get to and from the hotel pool, endless supplies of towels for your use which were replenished when ever we needed, a fridge, and a shower. During the week, the maid service was excellent, and our room was cleaned to a high standard each day.

The following day we arrived in the restaurant area for breakfast. It was a buffet style arrangement with lots of choice. The food was fresh and replenished frequently. You could have cooked choices, fruit, cheeses, hams and breads, cereal, yoghurt, tea, coffee and juices. There were fresh vegetables in with the eggs and bacon as others have said, but this is simply what the Finns have. They were NOT veg from the night before as they were different every time. The restaurant is set within an open area leading to the hotel reception so you can sit and watch the world go by! It also fits around large glass windows so you can look into the hotel pool. The reception area has FREE internet access, loads of tourist information, a television, log fires, and comfortable seating areas.

We are not skiers, and spent the week walking, tobogganing, and shopping! There were not many sledges around until right at the end of our weeks’ stay. I understand this was the busiest week of the season so far so this would explain it, but I certainly didn’t feel that the resort was busy, so goodness only knows what it is like when it is quiet! The super-duper toboggan slope was so much fun. We did this a number of times during the week. If you are a novice it is a good idea to stand at the bottom and watch the Finns for a few tips before you throw yourself from the top! Glasses, or goggles are a good tip too! You can use the ski bus which is E2 for a day ticket. At various times throughout the day you can get to the top using the bus, or you can use the ski lift, which I am most proud to say I had a go on!!!! This was E3 per child per lift up, and E5 per adult for a single lift up. A great experience with great views and one everyone should try!!!!

Upon returning to the hotel each afternoon, the children always used the swimming pool. This was included for hotel guests, but NOT for guests staying at the Holiday Club apartments. The cost for a family to swim was E38 if you were staying out of the hotel. The pool was super, although sometimes a little chilly, but looking out onto the snow covered roof and trees whilst swimming was wonderful. Showers and shampoo are available in the changing rooms, as are hair dryers. We did not use the Saunas as I really didn’t fancy frightening anyone with my body as swimming costumes are not allowed!

We also took a trip to Inari to see the Siida museum of the Sami people with Inghams. This was a super trip and also enabled us to see first hand some of the areas visited in the TV programme “Johnny goes to Lapland” where an eccentric Red Deer farmer from Exmoor visits Lapland to swap his Deer for Reindeer. All very interesting and a good trip out! There are all the usual trips which we have done during previous visits to Lapland, but readily available should you wish to book. There are also a nice selection of shops should you want to pick up souvenirs, and two supermarkets if you are self catering.

Evening meals at the Holiday Club were also super in our opinion. There was always a super selection of salads and soup for a starter, a choice of 2 main courses, and dessert followed by tea or coffee with biscuits. We did not see any “recycled” food from previous days as such, and were impressed by the choices, quality, and quantity of this self service buffet. If you are looking for pie and chips, then try the Costa del Sol, or better still, holiday in the UK! When in Rome and all that…

For a good view of the Northern Lights, it is best to take a walk away from the hotel up towards the log cabins and stand within the areas behind the Inghams cabins. We had a super viewing one night, despite for Solar forecast only being 0/1.

Saariselka is a good resort with a good selection of shops, and small Sami exhibition centre, and a good choice of accommodation. There are lots of cut through paths within the heart of the village so that you can get from A to B without hiking for miles! We did notice on a daily basis though that the Finns certainly were not as friendly as we have found them in Levi and Yllas in the past. Infact on occasion they were really quite rude. Many of the locals had much more limited English than the other resorts, especially the ski bus drivers, so beware and try to use their language, even if only a few key words. We are in their country after all!

The Gatwick flight home was quite a trek. We sat on the tarmac for an hour whilst there were yet more problems unloading the luggage holds and reloading them again. We were also issued with our boarding passes whilst on the transfer bus, so any requests such as sitting together as a family were not possible. Our plane was full, with 361 seats out of a possible 362 seats taken, although I understand it only came out with 110 passengers on board from London due to the falling numbers of bookings for Inghams.

We loved our stay. Darinka and Lorna, the Inghams reps were fantastic. They were helpful, friendly and very entertaining. The hotel was great, food good, resort lovely, although I have a sneaky feeling that my heart is still in Yllas, for now anyway…!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank CSB71
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East Yorkshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2009

Saariselka is a very beautiful village, justed returned from a one week stay at the Hotel Holiday Club. Very unsure about going after reading the recent reviews on the hotel. Can understand some complaints that have been made, but others unjust. On arrival at the airport, we were very swiftly through passport control to collect our luggage and were sat on the bus for our transfer for just over an hour as we had to wait for another flight to arrive before we could leave, we were kept informed throughout, but with a three hour transfer ahead of us we could have done without it. Firstly the rooms are a little small for a party of 4 (2 adults and 2 children 12 & 10), but adequate and clean. Restaurant is small for the size of the hotel and not a great selection of food, but you would have to be very picky not to find something to eat. Small lounge/relaxation area with an open fire next to the restaurant, only down side is you have to walk through the restaurant in your dressing gown to get down to the swimming pool area!!! Hotel staff friendly and spoke excellent English. In my opinion the Hotel is not a four star, but is more than adequate for a place to relax, as on a holiday like this you want to be outside not inside in a hotel room. Hotel very well situated in the centre of the village, a short walk down hill to the cross country ski slopes, although I would not call this a beginners track!!! Paid for the Mini Reindeer and Mini Husky Safari through Inghams before we left England, a little disappointed with both trips, the reindeer safari, we only had one small ride on the reindeer sleigh, approximately 5 to 10 minutes max, and the rest of the time we were inside the Kota keeping walm and talking about reindeer. The Husky Safari is does not mention that you have to "mush" the huskies yourself, you have a very short driving lesson and are then sent off into the wilderness with a pack of six dogs and two guides on skidoos should you come across any problems. This should be noted in the brochure, as I would not have paid nearly £100 for a family of four to take this excursion had I have known. All in All a beautiful holiday and would go again tomorrow.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Clan4
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Property: Holiday Club Saariselka
Address: Saariselaentie 7, Saariselka 99830, Finland
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Region: Finland > Lapland > Saariselka
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Saariselka
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Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Club Saariselka 3*
Number of rooms: 139
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