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A hotel in Mikkeli is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Mikkeli hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Mikkeli are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Mikkeli hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Mikkeli hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Mikkeli have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels in Mikkeli
An upscale full service hotel facility in Mikkeli that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Mikkeli hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels in Mikkeli
Full service Mikkeli hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels in Mikkeli
Boutique hotels of Mikkeli are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Mikkeli boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Mikkeli may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels in Mikkeli
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Mikkeli travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Mikkeli focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels in Mikkeli
Small to medium-sized Mikkeli hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Mikkeli traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Mikkeli hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs in Mikkeli
A bed and breakfast in Mikkeli is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Mikkeli bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Mikkeli B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels in Mikkeli
Mikkeli hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Mikkeli hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Mikkeli
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Mikkeli hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Mikkeli lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Mikkeli
Mikkeli timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Mikkeli often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Mikkeli on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels in Mikkeli
A Mikkeli motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Mikkeli for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Mikkeli motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Mikkeli S:t Michel
Mikkelin kaupunkiS:t Michel stad
Coat of arms
Location of Mikkeli in Finland
Coordinates: / 61.683; 27.267 / 61.683; 27.267
2,548.46 km (983.97 sq mi)
1,699.90 km (656.34 sq mi)
424.7 km (164.0 sq mi)
23rd largest in Finland
18th largest in Finland
32.12/km (83.2/sq mi)
Population by native language
Population by age
• 0 to 14
• 15 to 64
• 65 or older
• Summer (DST)
Municipal tax rate
Mikkeli (Swedish: S:t Michel official writing, short for Sankt Michel) is a town and municipality in Finland. It is located in what used to be the province of Eastern Finland and is part of the Etelä-Savo region. The municipality has a population of 54,606 (31 March 2016) (around 34,000 in the town itself) and covers an area of 2,548.46 square kilometres (983.97 sq mi) of which 424.7 km (164.0 sq mi) is water. The population density is 32.12 inhabitants per square kilometre (83.2/sq mi) .
Mikkeli was the site for the headquarters of the Finnish armed forces during World War II. In recognition of this, the town's coat of arms incorporates a pair of crossed Marshal's batons, and the town was awarded the Cross of Liberty, 4th class, to be displayed with the coat of arms.
The peace treaty of Nöteborg in 1323, with which the Pogosta (church parish) of Savilahti was transferred from the control of Novgorod to Sweden, is the oldest written record of the settlement in the present region of Mikkeli. The locality received its present name Mikkeli after Archangel Michael by the early 16th century at the latest.
On January 23, 1597, more than 200 peasant rebels were killed in the parsonage of Kenkävero in part of the larger Cudgel War. In the war waged by King Gustav III of Sweden against Russia 1788–1790, a battle took place at Porrassalmi Strait, a few miles south of Mikkeli. On June 13, 1789. In the battle the Swedes (the Finns) victoriously defended their positions against superior numbers of Russians.
Mikkeli was granted town rights in 1838. The provincial government of the province of Mikkeli that had been established in 1831, moved from Heinola to Mikkeli in 1843.
In 1918 during the Civil War, the headquarters of the White Army were established in Mikkeli. Mikkeli was located in a conservative farming area and it was a White stronghold. But elements of the Russian army garrison in the area supported the Reds. A major engagement was fought around the railway station at Mantyharju, about 20 km (12 mi) to the south of Mikkeli, when the Whites blocked a Red thrust coming north out of Kouvola. During the Winter War and Continuation War, the headquarters of the Finnish Army was located in Mikkeli. The Army staff made their base in a local secondary school. At the site of that school is the small Headquarters Museum (Päämajamuseo) containing photographs and memorabilia of the era. Because the headquarters of the army was based there, Mikkeli was bombed heavily. But since there was almost no "high-rise" development at that time, the damage was quickly repaired. Architecturally most of prewar Mikkeli doesn't exist anymore.
Map of urban Mikkeli
Wartime Mikkeli is identified with Marshal Mannerheim, the commander of the Finnish army and later President of Finland. His personal railway carriage, which he used as a command post during the war, is parked in a siding at Mikkeli station. It is possible to look inside the carriage through its windows at any time. But public entry to the carriage is only permitted once a year, on Mannerheim's birthday (June 4). The carriage was the venue of Mannerheim's famous 1942 meeting (near Immola) with Hitler, on which occasion a private conversation between the two men was secretly recorded. Photographs of this meeting are on display in the carriage. Mannerheim was a regular diner at the Mikkelin Klubi, where his favourite drink was schnapps. One of the main museums in the town is the Infantry Museum (Jalkaväkimuseo) located in one of the former army barracks, close to the University of Applied Sciences. It contains exhibits from the four wars in Finland's modern history – the Civil, Winter, Continuation and Lapland Wars. The museum also contains an exhibit dedicated to Finnish war hero Lauri Törni.
In 1986, there was a hostage crisis in Mikkeli, when a bank robber drove from Helsinki to Mikkeli with three hostages and parked there. When the police shot at the hostage taker's car, he exploded the car, killing himself and one hostage.
In 1997 there was a province reform, which made Mikkeli the capital of the new province of Eastern Finland. In a separate reform, the rural municipality of Mikkeli which had surrounded the town and the municipality of Anttola were consolidated to Mikkeli in the beginning of the year 2001. The municipality of Haukivuori was consolidated with Mikkeli on January 1, 2007.
The centre of Mikkeli is located on a low rise, near the shore of a bay of Lake Saimaa. There are several small lakes in and around the town. The lakes of the eastern parts of the town belong to the water system of River Vuoksi. In the west the town reaches Lake Puula that belongs to the water system of River Kymijoki.
The municipality has a population of 54,606 (31 March 2016) (around 34,000 in the town itself) and covers an area of 2,548.46 square kilometres (983.97 sq mi) of which 424.7 km (164.0 sq mi) is water. The population density is 32.12 inhabitants per square kilometre (83.2/sq mi) .
The municipality is unilingually Finnish (only 6,999,150,000,000,000,000♠0.15% of Mikkelians speak Swedish as their first language).
In 1965, the town was selected as the site for a new higher education college specialising in professional, engineering and vocational studies. Polytechnic received its first intake of students in 1969. It was originally housed in an old Russian army barracks on the outskirts of town. Purpose built accommodation has since been added, but the old buildings are still in use. For example, the student union is located in the "Officers' Club" building. The Polytechnic changed its name to Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences in 2006 and currently receives around 4,500 students each year from around the world. (Hence, the name has not been approved by the Finnish Ministry of Education.) Its International Studies Centre runs business, engineering and IT courses delivered in English. It offers some degree programmes which are wholly delivered in English. but the University of Applied Sciences's main language of delivery is Finnish.
Several other universities also have operations in Mikkeli. The Mikkeli University Consortium includes units from University of Helsinki, Aalto University (formerly Helsinki School of Economics), University of Eastern Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology. Aalto offers a highly ranked Bachelor of Science degree in international business, taught in English, which draws students and faculty from around the world.
Mikkeli town centre, the market square in August 2013
Mikkeli has its own airport (domestic flights only), railway station (five trains to and from Helsinki, daily) and a concert hall. The latter is a genuinely world class facility, built in 1988 to commemorate Mikkeli's 150th anniversary as a town. The concert hall is the home of St. Michel Strings chamber orchestra, and also provides the main venue for the annual Mikkeli International Music Festival, which attracts musicians and audiences from across Europe. For example, Mariinsky Opera led by Valery Gergiev performs there regularly. The University of Applied Sciences is now the largest single employer in the town. It employs around 400 full-time teaching staff plus around 900 support and services staff. Other local employers operate in the forestry, paper, printing, farming and light manufacturing sectors. The Mikpoli complex houses many local companies. Mikkeli is also a major holiday resort within the Finnish lakeland area.
Jukurit is an ice hockey team in Mikkeli. The team has won six Mestis's championships (2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2013 and 2015).
Mikkelin Kampparit, or just Kampparit, plays in the highest bandy division. In 2012, they became Finnish champions for the first time.
The local football team is the First Division Mikkelin Palloilijat (MP). Olli Rehn used to play there for 13 years (youth teams 1968–78, first team 1979–82).
Mikkeli: Notable people
Mikkeli: International relations
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Finland
Mikkeli: Twin towns – Sister cities
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Mikkeli: Picture gallery
The city of Mikkeli as seen from the observation tower on Naisvuori Hill
Old cavalry barracks, now housing The Infantry Museum. The former parade ground is in the foreground
View to downtown Mikkeli over a bay of Lake Saimaa
The observation tower on Naisvuori Hill
Typical street scene in the commercial district of Mikkeli
Mikkeli. An old pre-war house on the left and a modern apartment block in the centre
Alternative view of the market place
Facing North along the railway track (Russian broad gauge) from Helsinki into Mikkeli. The town is to the left and the lake, separated from the railway by a timber yard, is to the right
The Officers' Club in the former barracks. Now the Students Union at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences
Mikkeli's cathedral (Lutheran)
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