Though it feels faded in parts, this spa hotel 6km south of town still makes a great place to stay, largely because of the huge scope for activities. The pool complex is good (available to nonguests for €12.50), and the modernised rooms are spacious and attractive. Excellent family packages are offered on its website. Take bus 7/9, or it’s €25 in a cab.
In the same complex is Hostelli Rauhalahti, with simple Nordic rooms sharing kitchens and with full use of the hotel’s facilities, plus Apartment Hotel Rauhalahti which has excellent modern pads with all the trimmings, including (for very little extra) a sauna.
TVs, minibars and free toiletries are provided in all Spa Hotel Rauhalahti rooms.
Leisure facilities include saunas, hot tubs and a gym. There is also an aqua fitness pool and a kiddie pool with a water slide. Guests can book herbal baths, peat treatments, massages and facials.
Active types can try Hotel Rauhalahti’s climbing wall or rent skis, snow shoes and sledges. Staff will happily arrange nature trips and boat safaris on request. Snowmobile and quads are also available to rent.
For entertainment, Rauhalahti has a karaoke night club and regular live music. The 4 on-site restaurants offer both traditional Finnish and international dishes.