It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

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Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland

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Why make the trek to Rovaniemi, a remote city in the heart of Finnish Lapland? Well, it’s the official hometown of Santa Claus, complete with a holiday village; the views of the northern lights are unparalleled; and there’s now a stylish hotel to welcome adventurous souls in from the cold. Set in the former city hall, the 57-room Arctic Light Hotel celebrates its northerliness to the extreme, delicately walking the line between cool and kitsch with star-spangled headboards, impressive black-and-white photos of native Laplanders, and an 11-foot-tall wooden polar bear standing beside the entrance. (Parents, take note: there’s even a Santa’s Suite with a Christmas tree.) Service couldn’t be friendlier, and the lobby is an inviting, warm space in which to gather before venturing out on a dogsled ride. Staying in is also an option: the Arctic Boulevard restaurant incorporates local ingredients in sophisticated, hearty dishes like lobster bisque with sweet hay. arcticlighthotel.fi; doubles from $271. 

Arctic Light Hotel

It List 2016: the Best New Hotels on the Planet

Arctic Light Hotel in Rovaniemi, Finland

Why make the trek to Rovaniemi, a remote city in the heart of Finnish Lapland? Well, it’s the official hometown of Santa Claus, complete with a holiday village; the views of the northern lights are unparalleled; and there’s now a stylish hotel to welcome adventurous souls in from the cold. Set in the former city hall, the 57-room Arctic Light Hotel celebrates its northerliness to the extreme, delicately walking the line between cool and kitsch with star-spangled headboards, impressive black-and-white photos of native Laplanders, and an 11-foot-tall wooden polar bear standing beside the entrance. (Parents, take note: there’s even a Santa’s Suite with a Christmas tree.) Service couldn’t be friendlier, and the lobby is an inviting, warm space in which to gather before venturing out on a dogsled ride. Staying in is also an option: the Arctic Boulevard restaurant incorporates local ingredients in sophisticated, hearty dishes like lobster bisque with sweet hay. arcticlighthotel.fi; doubles from $271. 

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