In Finland the term guest house implies a privately-owned business, usually family-run, perhaps using outside help. The aim is to provide an attractive alternative to businessmen’s hotels in terms of price and quality. ‘Guest house’ may not always appear in the name of the business.
The guest house is a small hotel with full restaurant services or with a breakfast room accommodating 20-50. It may also be a countryside restaurant providing accommodation, with half a dozen rooms or so, or it may be a family hotel in a former school building.
Visitors staying on Finnish farms will get a good idea of farm life and of what attracts people to rural living. There are about 300 farms with accommodation facilities and other services. Visitors live in the main building, guest houses or lakeside cottages. The standard of accommodation ranges from luxurious to modest.
Visitors can choose between full board, half board or bed and breakfast, or even self-catering on some farms. The sauna and advice on how to use it are close at hand. The price depends on the farmhouse and the season. Length of stay can be one day or one or more weeks.
Bed and Breakfast
Bed and breakfast accommodation is an increasingly popular option in Finland, although less widespread than in other European countries. Operators offer attractively priced, comfortable overnight accommodation especially on farms.
The facilities may be in the main building, guest houses or cottages. Finland now has more than 150 such operators, and the number is increasing all the time. Prices/person from 25 to 50 euros a night, with discounts for children.
Hostelling in Finland
The Finnish Youth Hostel Association’s hostel chain (Hostelling International Finland) comprises 72 hostels, including youth hostels, family hostels, Finnhostels and summer hotels.
They all belong to the Hostelling International Finland chain. Hostelling International Finland Hostels provide comfortable accommodation where budget-minded travellers can stay for one night or longer. The hostels vary in both standard and type. Some are in towns, others in small farmhouses or manor houses, and in student hostels, university students quarters, course centres or camping sites.