Last July hubby and I went to Oulu (mid Finland) and we decided to try out Lasaretti Hotel since the price wasn't too expensive (we got a room rate of €88 for a double room at that time). Plus we found out that the hotel had a swimming pool and sauna. We didn't know anything much about the location. Turned out the hotel was located next to Hupisaaret Park (you can see two pictures of the park that I've uploaded). We got a room on the third floor and it had a FANTASTIC view of the river (see my uploaded picture).
After we arrived, we decided to walk around the area. There was a beach across the river where people were sunbathing, playing beach volley, or just lazing around. There were also ducks in the park that you could feed and plenty of birds (see pics). It was such a gorgeous park and they also had an open theatre in summer and plenty of beautiful flowers and statues.
The lobby and the hotel itself look VERY modern and not tacky at all. After our long walk across the river and around the park, we decided to go swim. The swimming pool wasn't too big, BUT on that particular day it was empty. It felt as though we owned the pool! The water was warm and after that we could enjoy sauna in their HUGE sauna room.
The room is very clean and everything looks new. We also found out that it wasn't far from a kebab/pizza restaurant that was open 24 hours a day, so it was easy to find something to eat even late at night. The next morning we had breakfast in the dining room and there were plenty of choices to eat and drink.
We are VERY pleased with this hotel and next time we go to Oulu again, we'll definitely stay at Lasaretti again. It felt like a honeymoon, you know? So if you decide to visit Oulu, this hotel is HIGHLY recommended!