Having loved the Levitunturi on both our previous trips to Lapland we didn’t even think about going elsewhere and promptly booked it again. A 4 star hotel, it has all mod cons you would expect topped with a great location. Right at the foot of the downhill ski area and not far from the heart of the little town of Levi, everywhere is within easy walking distance. Add to that peaceful, comfortable and super cozy and this place has pretty much everything you could want or need in this icy paradise.
An early morning flight meant we arrived at lunchtime and although check-in was after 4pm our room was ready and we were able to go straight there and get sorted and go straight out.
Previously we had opted for a little more luxury and booked a family suite, this time we went down that same route. There are several available at the hotel, we just loved it not least for the vast amount of extra space involved. We had a huge living/kitchen area with plenty of comfy seating and a fridge and microwave – handy for extra snacks for picky kids. There was a dining table to seat six people and best of all, a fireplace complete with a pile of freshly chopped logs. Curling up in front of a blazing fire after a busy day in the snow was an evening treat we relished all through our stay.
The bedroom was also spacious with the most comfy bed ever. Maybe it was that, maybe it was the long dark days or maybe it was all that exercise and time in the snow but we all slept like proverbial logs while we were here.
The bathroom had a sauna just off it, Husband was a big fan of this and I was a big fan of the large boot room at the entrance to the suite. A full sized drying cabinet was not something I’d encountered before but I can’t tell you how useful that was and how much it was used pretty much every time we came and went.
The décor of the room was tasteful and minimalist in that gorgeous Nordic way.
Our balcony was not somewhere we hung out too much – brrrr – but the handy thermometer out there let you know how far down the scale the temperature was each day.
We stayed on a half-board basis. The food was serve yourself buffet style, nothing fancy but just simple, hearty fare and plenty of it. Browsing through TripAdvisor I saw some less than positive reviews about the food here. We had no such issues. Reindeer featured often on the menu, there was a distinct lack of vegetables – Son did not mind that one little bit, but I thought the abundance of soups, stews, casseroles and dishes of that ilk were perfect and fitted exactly my idea of a good meal in Lapland. Alcohol was super expensive in the hotel, just like everywhere else in Finland but we drank the complimentary juices with our meals and didn’t feel hard done by.
The restaurant is in a different building to most of the rooms, a short walk outside to get there meant a full scale clothing operation. Layering with outdoor clothing, hats, gloves and the full works was not so great every time we left our room to go for our meals, we did get used to it eventually though…
There was a pool, steam room and spa but we just didn’t seem to have either the time or the inclination to make use of any of these. I have read that since our stay they have added a water park – maybe if we go back we’ll try it out. Son was a big fan of the children’s activity area, free for residents of the hotel we did try that out – a lot. A couple of bouncy castles, ball pit, big climbing play area and loads of bikes and other toys, we seemed to be there most evenings before dinner.
The last night of our holiday was the Christmas party – run by the tour operator and held in a restaurant/bar at the bottom of the ski slopes, there was food, party games for the children and an appearance from Santa. The great man arrived in his sleigh complete with reindeer – needless to say that was a big hit.
Our third stay at the Levitunturi did not disappoint. We all still loved this quiet, spotless and comfortable hotel. It would be my first choice again if we make it back to Levi.