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Lapland Hotel Saaga
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Yllasjarvi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 May 2012

Went here dec 2012 with thompson as plane landed I cried was everything I thought Lapland would be ,hotel was fine didn't use the swimming pool although looked lovely rooms were great they had kitchen cooking utensils and separate area for our little boy to sleep .there was no supermarket just a small shop next to hotel which didn't have much variety and was very expensive ,excursions are pricey if going with Thompson but there's a small shop on site does the same excursions as Thompson for half the price so well worth taking a look there ,food wasn't anything special in fact was awful I think next time we go I would take my own food as no supermarket close enough to go to ,all in all had a good time in this magical place

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

I went on a ski trip to Yllas last week of Feb 2012 to combine seeing the northern lights with skiing and stayed at the Yllas Saaga hotel. It is difficult to get a reasonably priced deal on this trip if you book it yourself and Inghams seem to be the only operator on the market offering a package deal. Perhaps because of this, they made no effort at all (on my trip) knowing that people will book with them anyway as it works out cheaper. No matter, if you book through Inghams prepare yourself in advance. Jenny, our rep on the transfer from airport to hotel, asked who had been to Yllas before and then told us to remember those people because they were the ones to go to with any questions. So this is what I would have liked to know:
1) You need to leave the hotel to collect your lift passes and skis/boots in the morning - bottom left as you come out of the hotel. Don't expect the Inghams rep to wait for you and take you there, if you can make your way on your own, the better.
2) Really useful: what looks like a boiler (white cupboard-box-thing) next to the shower in the bathroom is in fact a dryer, super handy for having warm dry gloves, balaclavas, ski boots ..
3) You can wear the hotel robe provided to the spa/pool, entrance right next to reception - bring flip flops
4) You may be told that the shop in Yllas jarvi is 5 minutes away, it took one couple two hours to walk there and back following this statement! It's 4km away and the buses there start late and stop early if you are trying to get to the supermarket after a day of skiing. Oh - and there IS a small shop to the back of the hotel, where the chalets are. Sadly me and my fellow travellers only discovered this on the last day.
5) Because of above, make sure you bring painkillers. The rep will not help you, no matter how desperate you are and the medical centre cannot give you anything unless you see a doctor first. This costs 86 euros at time of posting during the week, 106 euros on Sat/Sun. Pretty pricey for aspirin.
6) There are 2 points of ski in-ski out access to the hotel (3 if your room is on the 2nd floor), one to the right of the main entrance by the lifts, one via the Ice bar (where your dining area is)
7) The Inghams intro meeting is long, during lunch and following your first morning on the slopes - bring food to avoid feeling miserable.
8) The food really isn't great, come prepared and don't wast 12 euros on the hotel lunch, it's mostly canned and processed food you'll be getting
9) Finally, be aware that in my intermediate ski school were people with 1 week to 15 years skiing experience so booking a full 5 days worth may not give you value for money. While not an ideal location for more advanced skiers, I was happy to work on my technique in exchange for the arctic circle and northern lights experience.

If you ignore the non-existent service from Inghams, the Finnish locals will truly charm you. They all speak excellent English and are really very helpful. In fact, one of the locals offered to drive me in to Yllas jarvi for painkillers as he was heading that way. Unfortunately, the last bus back would have left by the time I got there and I was worried I wouldn't be able to get back to the hotel so I didn't take him up on his offer. (If you're wondering why the hell I didn't bring any painkillers with me, I never get sick or hurt and have never needed them before. Live and learn) It was the Finnish half term on my trip so I met a lot of locals. They and my fellow travellers made this a really wonderful trip. I'm hoping that by posting this you will save the time I wasted finding stuff out and be able to spend more time enjoying this charming little place.

I can only hope another operator will pick up on this and that competition might whip Inghams into shape.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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6  Thank Sarah L
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

We stayed in a 2 bed apartment with half board, travelling with Inghams (the only UK tour operator I could find doing package deals to Yllas outside of Xmas!). I chose Saaga as I wanted a modern, family-friendly place with a spa / indoor activity options, as we were travelling with a toddler and I knew we wouldn't be skiing much, if at all.

The service could be a bit patchy - not rude, just not very creative when it came to problem solving, and not great when it came to explaining things (such as how to find the internal path from our reception to our apartment in the third building, which involved 2 lifts and covered walkways on different floors). But overall, I would still recommend Saaga, and I would return if I was coming back to Yllas.

Some tips:
* Ask for a room with a view over the village and valley. Not only will you get the beautiful view across the fells for miles around, but if/when the Northern Lights come out, you'll get to watch the whole spectacular display from your balcony - no need to fork out on expensive Northern Lights trips!
* The Northern Lights can look kind of like thin clouds at first. You can spot the difference by the direction they run in (towards the horizon, rather than across it) and how they move (too fast and uneven for clouds). The 2 nights we spotted these, it was a sign that the full multi-coloured spectacle would start within half an hour or so. And the best displays we saw happened between 8pm and 11pm (on and off).
* It's definitely worth considering half board, especially if you don't have a car. The Saaga is located in a tiny village with only 3-4 other cafe options, and the nearest supermarkets are a drive or bus ride away.
* Don't worry about the negative reviews other people have made about the buffet breakfasts and dinners. They're not the most amazing meals you'll ever eat, but you won't go hungry, and there really aren't too many alternatives nearby. And I really can't understand the reviewers who've said their kids had nothing to eat at breakfast; there are no super-sugary cereals or fry-ups, sure, but there's plenty of bread, toast, other cereals, juice, boiled eggs, salads, cooked food etc.
* If you eat a fair bit at breakfast, and get to dinner early, chances are you won't need much lunch. We were a bit cheeky and would make up sandwiches at breakfast using the fresh rolls and salad bar to eat at lunch, which was plenty :-)
* Not all room rates include use of the pool / spa. It's worth getting this included, as it's expensive to use otherwise (€14 / €6 for adults / kids respectively, from memory), and it's a lovely place to relax and play when you can't be bothered getting rugged up to head outside.
* You have to register your credit card with reception to charge anything to your room - which they didn't tell us until we tried to order a drink. And you also have to tell them to activate pay TV and movie options in your room, which they also didn't tell us until we asked.
* The children's play area in reception is pretty limited (a few dirty toys and tables, plus a TV showing cartoons), but it was enough to keep our daughter occupied for short spells.
* Alcohol is ruinously expensive - a large glass of pretty average wine cost €11.50! Try and pick up a few bottles from duty free on your way out to Finland if you can.
* There are a couple of reindeer in a pen out back who love a pat (especially if you come bearing lichen, which you can buy from the hotel reception for €3). The hill that runs alongside it is also great for sledding with young kids.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Paupy
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

Just returned from Yllas ski resort. We stayed at the Saaga Appartments and they are FAR better than Inghams had us believe. We stayed in one for 1-4 (there were two of us) and it was perfect: well thought out, beautifully kitted out and even had its own sauna. BUT just so you know, its not easy to get to a supermarket. There are only 3 or 4 buses a day to the big one, 20 km away and our reps didn't seem to know that! There is a mini-mart underneath the hotel though, and once we had worked out the bus timetable and been to the supermarket, it was perfect! Shame we didn't see the Northern Lights, but the flats are very near the lifts, so we didn't have to catch the ski bus everyday like those in the other village, Akaslompolo.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank lesley w
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at the Saaga hotel but it is important to remember this is a good ski lodge and not a 5 star hotel.

We stayed in a twin room in the main hotel. The room was nicely furnished with twin beds (no rooms have doubles), a 2 seater sofa, coffee table, flat screen TV with ca 9 channels (we didn’t use this but it looked like most were local plus some news channels e.g. BBC World). The room had a wooden and tiled floor which helped when dragging in snow from outside. There was plenty of storage space including a large cupboard.. All rooms have a balcony, ours over looked the car park & village (not as bad as it sounds) others looked out to the Piste. The bathroom had underfloor heating, a drying cupboard and an excellent shower with instant hot water 24x7, there was no bath. The hotel provided two good quality bath robes. A hairdryer was also provided.

There are two public areas, a downstairs reception/bar with a large open fire and upstairs bar next to the restaurants.

There is a pool etc but we didn’t try this.

The food was fine for us but you have to remember that this is a Finnish hotel with mainly Finnish guests and this is reflected in the menus. Breakfast was continental plus a hot buffet, so cold meats, muesli and other cereals, cheese, boiled eggs, toast, bread and porridge. Hot food varied but we had bacon, scrambled eggs and sausages (sometimes left over food from evening before was incorporated into breakfast).

Juices, teas and coffees were all help yourself with both breakfast and dinner.

The evening meal consisted of soup, a salad bar, main courses always had 3 options – meat, fish and something child friendly with fries (sausages, burger, chicken nuggets etc). There was no vegetarian option for mains and the mixed vegetables did seem to be from a frozen packet. Deserts tended to be cake plus some kind of moose. There was also a cheese board with 2 or 3 different cheeses. We were happy with the food as there was always something we liked.

The staff were friendly and helpful although during meals they were a bit slow clearing things away which meant that used plates did sometimes build up. All staff spoke English but appreciated an effort to to at least learn thank you in Finnish.

There is also a bistro plus an A La carte restaurant (10 Euro credit if half-boarders eat here instead of the buffet, we were told you need to tell them in the morning though).

Prices seemed reasonable, alcohol is a bit pricey (ca 6Eur for 500 ml – just under a pint) but this was similar to local bars and no worse than many southern European ski resorts, and better than many ! You can book drinks to your room but need to set-up an account at reception, something they don’t tell you on arrival.

There is wired internet in the rooms and wi-fi in the main reception but this doesn’t extend to the upstairs bar area.

If Skiing you should grab a ski locker on arrival as at busy times there is not enough to go around. They are in the basement and need either 0.50 or 1 Eur coin. There is enough room in each for 2 sets of skis and boots. They have a heating/ventilation system so in the morning your boots are dry and pre-warmed.

You can ski to the hotel bar from the piste but you must then walking through the bar and reception so most people ski to the side of the hotel and walk 50 metres to a side door by the lifts for easy access to basement ski lockers. On some days we skied up the road so didn’t have to walk at all. In the morning we walked 50 metres back then skied a couple of hundred to the ski school ! The closest lift is another 50 metres from the hotel and the gondola within a few hundred metres so the location is perfect for skiers.

Within a few minutes walk there are 3 or 4 bars which also do food plus a couple of coffee shops and a burger place. There are also a couple of ski shops and Yllas adventures for booking trips. There is a small shop at the hotel but you have to go 2-3 Km for a larger supermarket. The walk is on well cleared paths so wouldn’t take long but there is a bus which runs every couple of hours. However this only gives you 10 mins before the return.

However if you’re looking for night life out side the hotel this is not the place, maybe look at Akaslompolo if you want to be in the Yllas area or Levi is meant to be better for nightlife but not as good for skiing.

I’ve put a review of the general Yllas area on skiing etc but in summary it is great for beginners and intermediates but advanced skiers looking for challenging black runs will quickly run out of options.

We travelled from the UK with Inghams and it was 30 mins from the airport. The rep was helpful and arranged a couple of trips for us.

Checkout is noon but if your room isn’t booked out you can get until 2pm for free or pay 25Eur to 4pm. However it was easy to check out at noon and then spend the afternoon skiing before your trip back. There is a secure area for your luggage.

We were fortunate to see the Northern lights twice whilst out walking around midnight, neither was very colourful but it was still good to see them.

All in all we’d recommend the hotel for a weeks skiing and may be back next year.

Room Tip: ask for piste facing and grab a ski locker on arrival.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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3  Thank RichBeth
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Additional Information about Lapland Hotel Saaga

Address: Iso-Yllaeksentie 42, Yllasjarvi 95980, Finland (Formerly Yllas Saaga)
Region: Finland > Lapland > Yllasjarvi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Yllasjarvi
Price Range: ₹ 8,257 - ₹ 21,788 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Lapland Hotel Saaga 4*
Number of rooms: 84
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