Kuopio in Eastern Finland is the perfect city to visit for winter sports, lake cruises and vibrant local culture, and there is a range of hotels and resorts in and around the city to suit every budget and taste. Here are some of the best hotels in Kuopio and its surrounding region where you can enjoy the perfect stay in the heart of Finnish Lakeland.
Rauhalahti is more than just a hotel: it also contains a spa, fitness centre, lumberjack lodge, swimming pool, restaurants, clubs and even the world’s largest smoke sauna. There are several different accommodation options available for different needs and budgets, and there is also a diverse range of activities and facilities available for the perfect Finnish holiday.
A spa and wellness hotel on the lakeside just outside of Kuopio, this is the perfect place to escape to the country for a while to relax and unwind. Even with its remote and peaceful location, the hotel is still close enough to the airport for easy transportation, and it’s easy to get to the city when you want to go shopping or clubbing. But with a restaurant, bar, café, pool and gym on site, and miles of surrounding countryside to explore, you might not want to leave.
Golden Resort is a paradise for golfers, with villas located right next to the golf course in Tahko, a tourist town about an hour away from Kuopio city centre. The villas are spacious, with wide views of the golf course and countryside, and fireplaces for warming up during a winter stay. The resort is also close to the Tahko ski slopes and has its own gym, sauna, restaurant and wedding or event space.
This hotel is built with sports and wellness in mind, with guests having unlimited access to the spa, gym and ski facilities. There is also an NHL-sized ice-hockey rink, a bowling alley, a miniature gold course and the world’s largest underground ski arena. The hotel rooms and villas are spacious and comfortable and perfect for unwinding at the end of an active day.
Hotel Savonia offers affordable accommodation close to Kuopio city centre, with comfortable rooms decorated in the classic Nordic style. Also included in the room rates are a breakfast buffet, free wifi and free parking, as well as access to the sauna.
Located next to the iconic Puijo tower and ski slopes, this hotel looks exactly like an Alpine ski lodge. As well as having free entry to the Puijo tower and access to the revolving restaurant, you will be located only a few hundred metres from the ski jumps, where you will find miles of tracks for cross-country skiing or hiking.
This branch of the Scandic chain of hotels is located right by Kuopio harbour, where lake cruises dock and depart in the summer. It is also within walking distance of all of Kuopio’s major sites, shops and restaurants and offers stylish rooms, a relaxation area, a huge breakfast buffet, bicycles or walking poles to rent from the reception desk and of course the classic Finnish sauna.
Not only does Kuopio’s Cumulus City hotel have beautiful rooms, a breakfast buffet and a sauna, it is also located in the Carlson building, right on Kuopio’s main square, which is itself a historic building and local landmark. This means that hotel guests have access to the Carlson department store and the underground parking facilities without even having to step outside.
Puijonsarvi, operated by the Sokos chain, is located in the centre of Kuopio in a beautiful red-brick building overlooking the park and close to the nightlife of Kuopio city centre. The hotel also contains a nightclub, several restaurants, sauna, gym and meeting room.
This hotel, in the centre of the Ukko tourist resort town, has stunning views of the lake and ski slopes, which are only 300 metres (984 feet) away. There is a choice of stylish hotel rooms, family rooms, apartments, villas or chalets. While Tahko may be far away from the centre of Kuopio, there is still plenty to do after hours at the resort, with a restaurant, bar and nightclub.