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JariJK
Kouvola, Finland

Cozy and intimate atmosphere in the historical barracks building from 1882

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 Jul 2023
Huoneistohotelli Marja (Apartment Hotel Marja) is situated in the old wooden house which was built in 1882 as a barracks for snipers. Nowadays this old barracks building is renovated and protected. The hotel was opened in 2012. The same owner has Hostel Marja (also known as Hostelli Marjan Matkakoti) in the neighboring house. Home of kind customer service is the motto of this apartment hotel.

Apartment Hotel Marja has nice apartments. Each apartment has an own bathroom (a toilet and a shower) and a kitchenette. You find an electric stove, a microwave oven, a toaster, a refrigerator, a water kettle, a coffee maker and dinnerware (tableware) there. Also some cooking oil, salt, sugar, coffee powder, tea bags and oatmeal was available in my single room. They also have twin rooms, triple rooms, a romance suite and a family suite. The family room is separated from other apartments. Totally there are 25 beds in the hotel. Rooms/apartments have an iron, an ironing board, a television and a hairdryer. Pets are allowed in some rooms (fee 15 euros/stay). There isn't any cooling air-conditioning in the house but you may keep big windows open if it is too hot in your room.

The walls of the house are quite thin. So it is possible that you hear some noise from other rooms but I didn't hear anything between 10 P.M. and 7 A.M. Thanks to good neighbors. Besides, the bed was very comfortable. So my sleep quality was very good. The hotel wishes silence after 10 P.M.

There is a nice summer terrace and barbeque area next to the hotel. There are many activities available there: petanque, badminton, darts, disc golf, Finnish mölkky game etc. The surrounding area is a beautiful old barracks area which is very green. There are a museum and many statues or monuments there. The nearest grocery Store (Sale) is situated less than 300 meters from the hotel and there nearest grocery shop which is open 24/7 (ABC Market Pitkäjärvi) is located 1.6 kilometers from the hotel. The city center of Mikkeli (The Market Square) is situated 1.1 kilometers from the hotel. Distance to Pond Urpolanlampi with a swimming beach, beach volleyball courts and a beautiful trail around the pond is less than a kilometer.

In summer a buffet breakfast (8 A.M. - 10 A.M.) is included in the room price: bread, cold cuts, scrambled eggs, meatballs, porridge, pancake, juice, coffee, tea etc. Even mushroom salad which was made of mushrooms picked by the owner was available. During a low season they haven't any breakfast buffet. Instead of it they bring breakfast supplies to the room already in the evening. The reception is open at 8 A.M. - 8 P.M. (Sundays 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.) in the summer. During a low season opening hours are shorter, on weekdays usually at 8 A.M. - 6 P.M. If you don't see anybody in the reception you can press a call button. And if you are going to arrive after the reception is closed you must inform them in advance and they leave your key in a locker with a code lock.

Apartment Hotel Marja isn't a luxurious boutique hotel but I really loved it! It is much more comfortable and more personal than any chain hotel. It was very exciting and wonderful to sleep in a historical house which is almost 150 years old.
Date of stay: July 2023
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 April 2022

+ very spacious appartmen
+ very friendly staff
+ very nice surrounding and area on own island
+ very quiet
+ fully equipped kitchen
+ it was an old family house, so very interesting how people lived there in former times (division of the rooms and floor plan)

Date of stay: March 2022
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Marja Turunen, Owner at Huoneistohotelli Marja, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2024

Hello!
Sorry about this, but this place is not on island, must be an other place. We are Hotel and Hostel Marja.

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Reviewed 23 August 2020

We were two nights on the hotel on separate occasions. Hotel is located just next to the infantry museum and has plenty of free parking space. The building is old, in a very traditional Finnish style. It also means that it's not fully accessible. Every room is unique. Rooms were very clean and the family room had two separate rooms (a bed room and a living room/kitchen). The studio room had a musty smell, though ("old house smell") and the pipe of a radiator was leaking a bit... The studio room was also missing blackout curtains so in summertime you couldn't get the room dark - a thing that may bother some foreigners unaccustomed to Finnish summers...

Hotel is quite small and peaceful so you can easily avoid big crowds which is good thing nowadays... During corona epidemic they bring (a bit limited) breakfast to your room in the previous evening. Staff was helpful but available only until 6pm or so. The surroundings of the hotel is very quiet, but it also means that there not much to see in the immediate vicinity of the hotel except the infantry museum, which is worth visiting.

Date of stay: July 2020
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Marja Turunen, Owner at Huoneistohotelli Marja, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2020

Dear Jellona,

Thank you for staying at Huoneistohotelli Marja and for taking the time to write your review and post nice photos.
It is a great pleasure to read that you liked our staff and the quality of the cleaning.

The problem with the pipe of radiator is already fixed. Thank you for your feedback!

We hope that we can show you that we can do better during your next stay and we will be happy to welcome!

Kind regards,
Marja

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Reviewed 19 February 2020 via mobile

We loved our stay in this cozy apartment hotel. An old historical building just a short walk from the city. Nice rooms with a fridge, a stove, a coffee machine (and coffee!) and tableware too. Beds and pillows were comfortable. Safe environment. You can sleep windows open. Modern bathroom. Charming wooden floors and lots of beautiful old funiture. Traditional finnish breakfast with rolls and toast, porridge, fresh vegetables, fruits, cold cuts, cheese, coffee, tea and orange juice. Calm and relaxing, home like atmosphere. Staff was very friendly. Will visit again!

Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Marja Turunen, Owner at Huoneistohotelli Marja, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2020

Dear kilpinen2 . We are pleased to hear that you had such relaxing stay with us. Thank you for your kind words! We look forward to welcoming you back in the future! All the best, Marja and the hotel team

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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

First time using hostell, and it was really good experience. Place was nice, rooms clean and staff really nice. Also good plus on free parking places just front of building.

Place is situated on 15 min walking distance from city center.

Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

Huoneisto oli oikein mukava ja kodikas. Ihana maalaistunnelma. Paikka on todella rauhallinen ja kuitenkin sijaitsee lähellä Mikkelin keskustaa. Henkilökunta oli ystävällistä.

Very nice and cosy place. Feels like being in a countryside. Very quiet neighborhood even though the house is close to the city center. Staff was really friendly.

Date of stay: July 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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