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Staying in Santa’s Saariselkä Inn with Santa’s Lapland

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December 5, 2017

We have just got home from a magical break with Santa’s Lapland and we had the most amazing time.
Going on a Santa break is not cheap, especially when you take into consideration that you are only actually on resort for around 48 hours and I priced up lots of options before I made our booking last year.
In the end I opted for the cheapest option which was staying in the Saariselkä Inn. but I have to admit this was the only part of the holiday that was slightly disappointing.
Saariselka Inn
The hotel itself is built in a traditional Lapland style and is located slap bang in the middle of Saariselkä, a short walk to all the facilities in the town and opposite the modern Holiday Club leisure centre complex.
Saariselka Inn
We had a family room which consisted of a bedroom, a lounge area and a wet room and sauna. In the bedroom were two single beds pushed together to make a double and a single put-up bed and the lounge area was taken up with a sofa bed.
Saariselka Inn
The rooms were very dated, the bathroom was in need of refurbishment, but they were clean and lovely and warm, which is very important when it is -17°C outside. TIP: Take your own toilet paper – the one they provided was like tracing paper.
Saariselka Inn
In the bathroom there was also a sauna which was handy if you wanted to warm up, but sadly the only ones that go to use it were our elves, Cinnamon and Clove, who surprised us with a visit.
Saariselka Inn
The room also contained plenty of wardrobe space to hang and dry all our snowsuits and boots.
Saariselka Inn
The room also came with a large widescreen TV in the lounge area, a small fridge, kettle and a hairdryer. Sadly tea / coffee and milk were not provided, however there is a supermarket a short walk away so you can stock up.
Saariselka Inn
Breakfast was provided from 7am-10am in the Saariselka Inn, which is the local pub and a short, minute long, walk from our room.
Saariselka Inn
The rear of the pub is cordoned off in the mornings for guest breakfasts, where you get the choice of cereal, toast or a continental breakfast.
Saariselka Inn
For the rest of the day, the pub is opened up to everyone and you get to enjoy a hot chocolate in front of the fire with the friendly locals.
Saariselka Inn
The pub is also where your Santa’s Lapland rep is based, allowing you to book extra activities or set up surprises for the kids.
Saariselka Inn
Dinner was set at the neighbouring hotel, the Tunturi, which was a short 3 minute walk in the opposite direction.
Hotel Tunturi
Having to walk to breakfast and dinner was one of the kids favourite parts as they were close enough that they didn’t have to don their snowsuits, plus they got to take their favourite mode of transport – the sledge!
The food itself was buffet style, with some traditional food on offer as well as child friendly options such as beef burgers, chicken nuggets and fries.
Everywhere was decorated with twinkly lights and Christmas trees which made it all feel warm and festive, even though we only had around 4 hours of daylight.
Looking back at our stay, our room was basic, but perfectly adequate for our needs as we spent very little time in it, instead heading outside to play in the snow at every given opportunity, however, I would have liked to see tea and coffee provided in the room as the website suggested.
Keep an eye on the blog for all the exciting things we got up to during our stay, including searching for Santa, the northern lights safari, reindeer rides and husky sledding!
Staying in Santa’s Saariselkä Inn

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    Sonia Cave

    December 5, 2017

    The Finns are funny as they have saunas everywhere and can’t live without them! It looks like you had an amazing time

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    Suzy McCullough

    December 5, 2017

    Aw that’s a shame that the accommodation wasn’t quite as you were rightly hoping. I shall bear that in mind thank you. It all looks lovely though and it’s great that you were so busy. I’m looking forward to more posts 🙂

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    December 5, 2017

    Oh wow the landscape looks incredible – shame about the accommodation being so dated though! What a magical place to visit 🙂

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    Zena's Suitcase

    December 5, 2017

    It sounds like a good value option but I would certainly pack my own toilet roll, and I think a few drinks would probably be a great improvement too

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    Newcastle Family Life

    December 5, 2017

    How amazing, I would love to take my children somewhere like this someday. It is a shame your room was so basic but at least you didn’t have to spend much time there other than sleeping. Looking forward to reading about your adventures xx

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    Taslyn Russell

    December 5, 2017

    When I think of holiday I always think of somewhere hot this place looks like it might be a great place to have an adventure that is different from the norm.

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    five little doves

    December 5, 2017

    oh wow I am super jealous! I would so love to go here!

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    December 6, 2017

    Ohh wow, the place looks very nice. Simple yet you can really feel the Christmas Season. Winter is already here, I want to have sauna and coffee to ease the coldness here.

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    December 6, 2017

    Whoo snow. My kids would love it here. I can imagine how much fun it was getting out and about in it. I can remember that kind of toilet paper from being a child, ha! Looks like a fun place.

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    Helen Wills

    December 6, 2017

    I’m sure if I was on a visit I wouldn’t be spending much time in a hotel room – all that snow and hot chocolate looks lush! We never went when the kids were small, I really wish we’d done this. Magical!

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    December 6, 2017

    It looks amazing. I’m actually going to Lapland on Sunday for a few days and to this actual resort. I’m really excited

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    Fashion and Style Police

    December 6, 2017

    Lovely review. The room looks very basic but adequate as you said.

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    Linda Hobbis

    December 7, 2017

    It looks beautiful there and the room looks basic but OK. I would have missed my tea and coffee though. The kids are having a whale of a time though, aren’t they?

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    December 7, 2017

    Love there’s a sauna but not tea!! Looking forward to hearing more about your stay

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    Emily Leary

    December 7, 2017

    Arg, I hate when the toilet roll is super cheap! Glad the rest of your stay was great 🙂

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    December 8, 2017

    I thought this was so cool and interesting. I never knew there was Santa land or lodge like these! So jealous, would love to visit.

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    December 8, 2017

    I can’t believe there was a sauna in the bathroom! Sounds like a fun visit (I always bring my own teabags!).

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    Evan Kristine

    December 8, 2017

    I will be waiting for more of your adventures with the kids! Well this Inn will do for a short stay, at least their toilet is clean and they have a sauna perfect for a cold weather. Hot chocolate looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing this post!

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    December 10, 2017

    I would absolutely LOVE to go here. The room doesn’t seem too luxurious but I could totally get passed that for the snowy views! xxx

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    December 10, 2017

    It’s a shame the accommodation wasn’t what you hoped but it still looks magical. It’s definitely on our bucket list.

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    December 11, 2017

    It looks lovely, but such a shame the hotel was disappointing. At least it was warm though xx

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    Jen Walshaw

    December 12, 2017

    I would have missed my tea and coffee – but as long as the beds are comfy I can cope with old!

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    December 13, 2017

    I would love to go just to be in the sauna! The landscape is stunning as well. x

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    Thena Franssen

    December 18, 2017

    My kids would totally love love love this place. How amazing. that view? and it just looks so nice! Who wouldn’t enjoy going there, just once?

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    Sabina Green

    December 20, 2017

    I am so tempted to do this next Christmas. I want to be sure that we go at a time that is magical enough for the older ones but so that Albie will still remember it when he is older. Hardly a comparison but Lillie can’t remember any of her trips to Butlins and she was four when we last went there. Lapland has always been my parenting dream xx

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    January 4, 2018

    We’ve not been – but sound like fun. I depend on tea/coffee in the room so not sure what I would have done x

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