Travelled here with Santa Claus trips for a Lapland Christmas experience.
The hotel itself is simple but comfortable. Only 10 minutes or so from the airport - and in the middle of a very small town.
Family rooms are great - sleep 4, two downstairs and then a wooden staircase takes you to an open floor to sleep two more. Beds are comfortable - rooms are very warm. They have a sauna like feel.
Drying cupboard is supplied - always warm and keeps your snow kit dry and warm. Good shower facilities with nice hot water.
Rooms are not cleaned daily nor beds made - but can be for an extra cost.
The hotel has a sauna you can use or for a fee book for private use.
Reception has a little gift shop and bar where you can get tea/coffee/soft and alcoholic drinks.
Food is served in another building opposite the main hotel. Here you can mingle and eat with other guests if you want. The tables are open/bench style and we thought it was a great way to meet new people.
The food is good but simple. Buffet style so you can eat as much as you want. For breakfast there are salads, cereals, rye porridge, mini hot dogs, hard boiled eggs, toast - tea and coffee.
Lunch varied every day - salad, choice of hot meal (meat - if you want vegetarian ask up front) and chips - bread etc aplenty. A desert (normally fruit based) was available.
Dinner pretty much the same as lunch but soup was also available.
Common areas a warm and comfortable allowing a great opportunity to socialise.
This is Finland so prices are higher than the UK €6.50 for a bottle of local beer. You cannot drink alcohol bought outside the hotel on the premises, Finnish law.
The hotel provides toboggans - so the kids and adults can go flying down snow covered hills just a short walk from the hotel.
There are a number of trips available that the hotel will help you with - we booked most of ours with the travel company we came with - but there are extra things you can do.
Its cold in Finland - (minus 20C when we were there) and we were provided with Snowsuits and boots. We took thermals, balaclava's, gloves, snoods and a few other warm things to layer up and keep warm.
We did the Santa Experience which is quite simply magical and the look on our sons face when he met the real Santa was well worth the expense of the overall holiday.
Overall a wonderful trip - the Hetan Majatalo is a small friendly hotel that has been owned by the same family for generations - they really do care about you being comfortable and happy - they like to call it a home from home. They actually live there too.