I could never afford to stay in Valtionhotelli but a few years ago my colleagues and I were invited to spend a night there. It was a sponsor thing and they did it to make us use their hotel. I have never been in as luxurious room before and truly enjoyed my stay in this beautiful building.
Unique Quality: Earlier there were two wooden buildings which functioned as hotel and after they were burned down the Finnish Senate commisioned a new stone hotel to be planned. In 1903 the jugend style castle Grand Hotel Cascade was opened. Its location next to the rapids couldn't have been better. The golden era of Imatra's tourism was about to begin and continued until the beginning of World War I. St. Petersburg's aristocracy and upper echelons of Finnish government stayed in State Hotel. Tsar Nikolay II was frequent visitor. Other famous visitors are Catherine II, Russian Empress, Alexander Dumas Senior and Richard Wagner.
In 1917 it served as a military hospital and during the Second World War as Staff headquaters of Kannas army and later as military headquaters's division of military administration. After the war the hotel was renovated and in period between 1985 and 1987 it was restored to its original glory. The hotel was reopened once more in March 2005 after extensive reparations and belongs now to Rantasipi hotel chain.
Built in 1903, this is a very different hotel compared to other hotels in Finland. It is like a beautiful little castle. They have modern, big, suite like rooms, some with balconies and all differently decorated. Ceilings are high in corridors and stairways, you get the feeling of old times.
The hotel has an excellent location between the city centre and Imatrankoski rapids. In fact you can see the rapids show, Kosken Kuohut, from the hotel premises. If you want to stay here, be sure to ask for a room from the castle hotel as they've built a newer hotel which goes by the same name, Imatran Valtionhotelli, right next to it.
Torkkelinkatu 2, (formerly Scandic Imatran Valtionhoteli), Imatra
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Address: Torkkelinkatu 2, (formerly Scandic Imatran Valtionhoteli), Imatra, The Lakelands, 55100, Finland