Scan Magazine | Hotel of the Month | Finland
Hotel of the Month, Finland
A piece of nature in the heart of the city With a history spanning four centuries, Lasaretinsaari Island in Oulu, Finland, is one of the most significant cultural and historical sites in Northern Ostrobothnia. With its picturesque landscapes, Hotel Lasaretti offers guests an ideal city retreat and countryside escape all at once. By Ndéla Faye | Photos: Hotel Lasaretti
The hotel is situated on the shores of the Oulujoki river and in the corner of Ainolan Puisto Park, and Lasaretti’s 49 rooms have views overlooking the river and the park-like yard of the historical building of the former county hospital, built in 1849. “Visitors could be fooled into thinking that we’re in a remote part of the countryside, but we’re only a short walk away from Oulu city centre,” says hotel manager Kaisu Peuralahti. Hotel Lasaretti offers an authentic feel of Finnish nature, and the island’s colourful past brings its own unique touch to the hotel’s charm. During its long history, Lasaretinsaari Island has served as a distillery and a military hospital and has hosted many distinguished guests from Finnish presidents to Swedish royalty. “Our location is perfect for those looking for a moment of peace and quiet,” 98 | Issue 89 | June 2016
Peuralahti says. “The park next to the hotel is ideal for long walks, and there is a beach opposite the hotel. The hotel’s swimming pool, gym, sauna and beauty treatments are also available to those in need of relaxation.”
our menu showcases the local cuisine of northern Ostrobothnia,” says Peuralahti. Whether it is spotting salmon climbing up the fishway to lay their eggs, or enjoying a spot of sunshine and a refreshing dip in the river, there is plenty to do in the hotel’s vicinity. “Our hotel is a hidden gem: the surrounding landscape offers a unique setting for couples, families and business people, and all our guests will undoubtedly find something interesting to do here,” Peuralahti concludes.
Hotel Lasaretti also boasts a range of meeting venues, including the impressive Aurora Hall, which seats 350 people. Lasaretti’s hotel rooms, restaurant, meeting rooms and even the yard area display a broad collection of visual art and sculpture, showcasing artists with northern Finnish roots. For those in search of new culinary experiences, the hotel’s Restaurant Virta and summer terrace serve dishes made from local, seasonal ingredients, as well as Finnish delicacies. “Our meals incorporate pure, organic ingredients and
Lasaretti’s rooms have views overlooking the river and the park-like yard of the former county hospital, built in 1849.
For more information, please visit: www.lasaretti.com
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