Birchircara, Malta Majjistral, Malta
December 17, 2004
Hotel Cumulus Lahti is a luxury five-storey hotel built in 1992. It is situated in the town's centre, next to a large shopping store and not far from Lake Vesijarvi and Lahti's passenger harbour terminal. If you arrive by bus at the bus station on Jalkarannantie, walk south to the intersection of Jalkarannantie, Hollolankatu and Aleksanterinkatu. Take busy Aleksanterinkatu and walk east for about 1km past the market square until you reach Kauppakatu. Once here, turn left and walk north for about 20 metres. At the corner between Kauppakatu and Vapaudenkatu, you'll see Hotel Cumulus Lahti. The Fellmanni Institute is opposite the hotel and the main city theatre is a stone's throw away on Vesijarvenkatu.
The hotel has 171 rooms: 46 singles, 121 twins and 4 triples. The amenities inside each room include: minibar, hair dryer, direct-dial telephone with automatic wake-up call, wardrobe, writing desk, satellite television with movie channel, three-band radio, internet connections and safe deposit box. The rooms designed to create a feeling of space have wooden floors and light-wood furniture. To complement the furniture, beige fabric is used for the bed covering and for the chair and sofa upholstery. The window curtains gathered at the sides to allow natural light to come through are lined with alternate stripes of beige and green. The spacious bathrooms in single rooms have a shower with automatic water temperature control but no bath. Double and triple rooms have both bath and shower. Everything is clean and all accessories are in tiptop condition; hand soap, shower soap, shampoo and shower caps are available. A bidet is fitted in all rooms.
Like most hotels in Finland, Cumulus Lahti boasts a conference room with banquet facilities for up to 50 people. The sauna and the car parking space are both free for hotel guests. Porter service is available round the clock. Babysitting, valet and massage services are available against payment.
The bar and restaurant are both equipped with elegant dark-wood furniture. The bar which doubles as a disco on Fridays and Saturdays can take up to 350 people. The lobby is however too crammed and there isn't enough space to host tour groups. The receptionists are friendly and make everything possible to help.
The included buffet breakfast served between 8am and 11am is one of the best we've ever had in Finland. Not considering the usual fresh fruit and cereals, we were tempted to take our share from a wide assortment of hot delicacies. Fresh salmon steak, pancakes and hot rice dishes were offered in endless profusion. Herbal tea, cappuccino or espresso were also on the breakfast menu. We ended up with a slice of delicious hazelnut cake.
The extravagant breakfast, the excellent room and the friendliness of the staff have all contributed in making our stay at Cumulus Lahti an experience long remembered. For such good service, this hotel has to be highly recommended.
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