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Reviewed 5 March 2022

We visited in Feb 2022 with Inghams and at no time were we disappointed we stayed in the hotel itself. the transfer from the airport is around 40 minutes, on arrival we were early and fortunate that our room was available.
the Hotel was clean and rooms a good size for 2, we had a view of the slopes and would recommend requesting this if not allocated. we booked half board which was fortunate as alternatives for food in the evenings was limited, Inghams provided a taxi to a local supermarket on the first evening to get a few extras for the room or more for those self catering. the restaurant is buffet style with good hot and cold options even for a pescatarian and Diabetic, Breakfast was also a similar good standard. we did visit the SPA one day but found it a little busy on other days when the weather was not so good but if you have young children it would be useful. we also tried to book a treatment for my wife but left it until the Wednesday and there was nothing available recommend booking early. the Gym looks good but did not use. at lunch we found the hotel Bar quiet and a nice place to sit and watch the slope at the back. in the evening there were a couple of bars open both not busy that week and prices seemed to be the same wherever you went. In the early hours of the last night we even saw the Northern Lights from our hotel room not the best view due to the slope lights but too late and cold to venture to the wooded area.
the ski slopes were at the back but found access at the end of the hotel this would have been an easier if the dressed the snow to the slop but not a big issue (there was a lot of snow that week) we had ski school booked for 3 days which was good if a little restricted on 2 days due to the high winds and snow but that said we both enjoyed the slopes we had access to. the rest of the week skiing was limited due to the weather and some lifts being out, this was not a issue for us as we had booked a night at the Snow Village and Husky safari
for the Snow Village we had to leave before the evening meal so you need to plan to have it there if booking this be well worth a visit
The Husky Safari was amazing, you have to manage your own sledge but the dogs are well trained and know where they need to go would highly recommend this.
Overall we both agreed that we would like to go back the Hotel did everything we wanted, staff were very helpful and we would also use Inghams again.

Room tip: Go for 2nd or 3rd floor looking at the slopes much better than watching the TV
Date of stay: February 2022
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Thank M783OOsteves
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Annukka Taljavirta, General Manager at Lapland Hotel Saaga, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2022

Hi there,
and thank you for your valued feedback.
We are happy to hear that you had a memorable visit to Ylläs. -And you saw the northern lights, how wonderful!!
Hope to welcome you and your family again one day.

Best wishes,
Lapland Hotels Saaga

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Reviewed 5 March 2022

We booked apartment through Inghams for a week Skiing. We had not been to Yllas before. Wanted to try somewhere different to Levi. We stayed in the Nordic apartments, new blocks bit further away from hotel. They aren’t usually used by inghams apparently? Really modern clean and stunning views of the artic. Could see the northern lights from the flat. Great for skiing bit awkward for shops. Bus service infrequent and doesn’t always stop at supermarket. Taxi from akaslompolo about £30.
Walk to supermarket 45 mins downhill. There is a v expensive corner shop in Yllas ski. Inghams did a free taxi run first night but only got 20 mins so was like supermarket sweep.

Bonus of location is you don’t have far to carry skis .Beautiful place as not v built up. Quiet and no queues.
Downside is getting bus to Y1 and Akaslompolo not easy as bus infrequent. You can ski over but gondola only open if weather good. One day hardly any lifts open. If you have young children go to Levi.There is really only skiing and the usual Lapland trips.
Pool in hotel ok, small and bit cold. I wouldn’t have paid extra for it. You can’t really swim in it, more lounge about!
Hotel staff lovely and apartments v clean and slept so well. I would go back to Yllas it’s beautiful and lots of great Skiing equal to Levi. The amenities limited but I love the woods so close, the views and the wilderness but self catering tricky! There is a really nice buffer at Y1 where Ski school is. Also pre book lessons if you want private group ones we couldn’t get any there!

Date of stay: February 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Annukka Taljavirta, General Manager at Lapland Hotel Saaga, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2022

Hi,
and thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us.
Hope to welcome you again one day to Lapland Hotels Saaga!
Best wishes,

Lapland Hotels Saaga

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Reviewed 21 February 2022

Booked a week's ski holiday through Crystal. Our room on the 4th floor overlooked the piste. On our evening arrival the Chef kindly prepared a large portion of salmon, new potatoes and salad to take to our rooms along with a huge portion of cheese and biscuits. We were impressed with the quality and quantity!!
The hotel food was delicious and probably the best we have ever had in our 15 ski holidays. We were on half board with this hotel and it was buffet service which suited us just fine. The International waiters/waitresses were all very happy and cleared the tables consistently.
Our large room was equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and toiletries in the bathroom with robes and slippers (superior room only).
The ski boot room was easily accessible.
The Spa area had a pool, jacuzzi x 2 and a sauna and steam room to a good standard.
The reception staff were very polite and knowledgeable and the restaurant staff.
We were impressed with its location to the ski slopes and to the magical National Park which was a Narnia experience in itself.
Apparently the Northern Lights appeared three times but sadly we missed them each time, our own fault, in not trusting the App and lack of motivation to get dressed up to face the -16 weather at midnight.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this Hotel and are thinking of going back next year and my husband never says that after a ski holiday.
Lapland is very different to the Alps/Dolomites etc and we felt the skiing was a little more relaxed for us now we are in our dotage!!

Room tip: Fourth floor was quiet. Overlooked the ski slopes.
Date of stay: February 2022
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Reviewed 13 February 2022

We stayed for a week in February, 2 bedroom apartment just down the road from the hotel. Apartment warm, comfortable and just perfect for our needs. Also had a sauna and balcony. Booked with Crystalski - half board basis. Hotel staff very welcoming and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff. Reception staff were particularly efficient and kind.
Ski slopes not crowded and right next door to the hotel, ideal for the children in our group.

We would definitely recommend the Saaga hotel and visit again in the future.

Date of stay: February 2022
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Thank Deborah P
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Annukka Taljavirta, General Manager at Lapland Hotel Saaga, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2022

Hi Deborah,

Thank you for your feedback regarding your stay at our hotel.
We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay.
We would love to have you back any time.

Have a great springtime!

With best regards,
Lapland Hotels Saaga

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Reviewed 3 February 2022 via mobile

We stayed in one of the chalets (A302) on a half board food basis. We stayed with Crystal Ski and our package included ski equipment rentals, lift passes and ski lessons.

Positives
- the northern lights are out pretty much every night, so long as the sky is clear. Of our week long holiday we saw them on 3 nights (could have seen them on the Saturday night too but we accidentally fell asleep). All the other nights we were there it was snowing or really cloudy so you couldn't see the auroras. Their most active time for this area seems to be from 11pm till 2am. However we did have one night where they came out super strong at like 6pm, so you cant really predict it
- can see the auroras from the hotel balcony if they're strong enough as well
- private balcony
- private sauna
- beds look like they're going to be uncomfortable, but are actually one of the most comfortable hotel beds I've slept on
- full kitchen (utensils, plates, pots and pans included)
- dishwasher
- good hair dryer
- staff are very friendly
- buffet breakfast (all the usual suspects of cereals, yogurt, eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc) with a clearly marked gluten free section. Breakfast was good, I recommend trying the lingonberry juice with breakfast (it's kind of like a cranberry juice).
- buffet dinner (different menu every night, so you're not stuck eating the same dinner every night of the week like usual buffets. The food was good as well, compliments to the chef. The menu also listed allergens. So I was able to easily find the gluten free foods.
- provided take away containers for dinner so you could take food back to your room to eat
- small convenience store located on the ground floor of this chalet building
- ski rental shop located in the hotel which was great.
- ski lessons are located right next to the gondolas. Our instructor was Tuomas who was really great. The lessons ran Monday to Friday for us.

Just a note
While we were there, covid restrictions meant that all the restaurants had to close by 6pm and they couldn't serve alcohol past 5pm. That restriction was lifted on our final night though, so I'm not sure if they'll still be doing the take away containers for dinner.

Negatives
- upon checking in, we were told we couldn't use the hotel pool or sauna without incurring a €10.50 charge per person per day. It was only on our last day that we found out that was incorrect and that it had been included free of charge the whole time
- our room seems to be one of the very few that does not have WiFi. And you're far enough from the hotel lobby that you can't pick up the free WiFi there.
- our TV didn't work. The remote just didn't make the channels change. The volume was stuck on mute. We tried to ask at reception about it and someone came out to look at it, but it didn't get fixed.
- I'm being a bit lazy with this one: but none of the doors are automatic. So when you're carrying your skis and equipment, you've either got to juggle to open the door or you've got to put everything down to open the doors.
- it's about a 5 minute walk from the hotel to the slopes, so when carrying your skis, it feels like a 30 minute walk. We started cutting directly across and putting our skis on on the side and just skiing down.
- the ski storage area is located on the ground floor of the building, there is no storage right next to the slopes. This is less of a concern if you’re staying in the hotel bit though as that bit is directly next to the slopes, but the chalets are a walk away

Final thoughts
Overall the saaga was a good hotel. We highly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely come again. The positives far outweighed the negatives in every aspect. Finland is a beautiful country and the people are so friendly. There is plenty to do even if you're not skiing at this resort. Already looking at coming back in the next season.

Room tip: Stay in the hotel bit for easier access to the slopes. And the parking lot side of the hotel has a better view of the northern lights
Date of stay: January 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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