Peaceful compact cottage made of big pine logs, next to the downhill slopes and near to ski trails, wandering routes and ski shop / equipment rent. Good scenery. Everything necessary available, except for the washing machine for clothes. Nice sauna.
We had reserved a log cabin with two bedrooms on February in Salla. We spent 110 000 points for this week which is a lot. The cabin was very modest and dated - not worth that much points. The refrigerator was at the floor so you had to squat to be able to crab something from the fridge. One of the locker of the fridge had been repaired with tape. The other bedroom was at the balcony and you had to climb there with steep stairs. I dont’t understand that this kind of cabin demands 110000 points with RCI. That is very greedy and Holiday Club should change their policy of points used for lodging.
The Salla cabin was great. Just steps off the ski slopes, and lots of hiking trails, even during the middle of winter. It was great to have the restaurant Kelo Ravintola just at the bottom of the hill, and so many winter activities within a 10-minute walk.
We had two twin bed room. It was on the ground floor. It was small and dated, but clean. No sauna in the room, which we did have at other hotels in Finland. It was very close to the Salla ski resort and about 10 minutes from Salla Reindeer Park. About 15 minutes from "downtown" Salla and 30 minutes from the Russian border. The restaurant was surprisingly good. Excellent breakfast buffet.
We stayed in a small studio of Holiday Club Salla Kelorinne. The hotel is known as Hotel Revontuli, too. They have very many different room types in Holiday Club Salla: hotel rooms, apartments ("villas"), cottages, log cabins etc. Notice that different room types have different check-out times. It may be as early as 10 am (as in Kelorinne). There is a spa with saunas and swimming pools in the main building. Our studio was a semi-detached log cabin (27 square meters) for 2-4 people in the area called Kelorinne (literally Log Slope), 400 meters from the main building of the resort. Our log cabin was perfect. We had a terrace, a bathroom, an electric sauna for 2 people and a living room plus a bedroom, which were partly separated. We had a drying cabinet for clothes, a fireplace, a television and a sofa bed in the living room. We also had a kitchenette with dinnerware in the bedroom. WiFi was excellent. There was an underfloor heating system in all rooms. It was -20 degrees Celsius outside but the temperature in the cottage was over +23 degrees Celsius, when we arrived. It was too hot for us. Luckily you can adjust the heating system yourself. However, notice that it reacts very slowly, because the electric heating is under floor tiles. Unfortunately they have texts on control knobs only in Finnish (OH means the living room, PH means the bathroom and SA means the sauna). We had an advance booking for buffet breakfasts. They were served in Restaurant Revontuli, the main building. Breakfast buffets were good but nothing special. We loved lunches and dinners in Restaurant Keloravintola less than 200 meters from our log cabin. All activities were near our log cabin: ski lifts, ski slopes, cross-country skiing tracks, fatbike tracks, snowshoe tracks, winter walking tracks, snowmobile tracks etc. You couldn't have any more central location in Sallatunturi, Salla. Besides, it was easy to come here with public transportation. We took a night train with private sleeping cabins from Helsinki to Kemijärvi and then a local bus from Kemijärvi railway station to Holiday Club Salla. The bus transfer took 1½ hours and the bus stopped only a couple of meters from the main door of Holiday Club Salla. However, notice that there may be only one scheduled bus transfer Kemijärvi-Sallatunturi-Kemijärvi per day. The timetable is excellent if you are coming from or going to a night train. The nearest airport is Kuusamo Airport. Everything else was excellent but service was quite poor. A young male receptionist asked in check-in if we have been here earlier. We answered "no". After that he gave us the map of the resort but he didn't give any other information. He didn't tell anything about breakfast although we had booked breakfasts in advance. Other receptionists were quite rude, too. Only one young woman was very kind, friendly and polite. However, I have to say that we always got excellent service in Restaurant Keloravintola and in the equipment rental office. This was one of our best winter holidays ever. The log cabin was extremely cozy and there were very many interesting activities in the resort. It would be interesting to stay here in summer, too.…