Feeling uninspired, wanting to go away somewhere? Perhaps you’re longing for a cozy hotel weekend somewhere nice, but don’t really have the time nor money to go to any of the big cities with nice hotels..? My solution: do a staycation in your own hometown! Not only does it save on nature, but it also saves on your wallet (no flight or train costs!)… Ca-ching!
Even though I LOVE to travel far away places, I’m also a huge fan of staycations. I just think it’s so cozy and fun to get to see your own hometown from another point of view – kind of as a tourist! And that’s exactly what I did last weekend when I did a one-night staycation in one of the theme-rooms at Sokos Hotel Vaakuna here in Vasa. One night in a forest room was amazing and just what I needed in this dull Fall weather ♥
The post is written in collaboration with Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Vaasa.
Why doing a staycation is such a good idea
- It saves you money
- It is good for the environment (no flight emissions!)
- It is a whole lotta less stressful than going somewhere
- You get to see your hometown with new eyes
One night in a forest room, at Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Vaasa
My destination for a staycation in my hometown this Fall was Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Vaasa, one of the best hotels in town, with probably the best views of the city! I had been eyeing their theme rooms for a while and was dying to spend a night in the forest room – which I now finally got to do. And let me tell you… It was SO cozy!
Stepping into the room, I just felt a sense of calm spreading through my body… The room was so quiet and just felt so warm and inviting, that I guess all my worries and bad thoughts just packed and left as soon as I checked into the room (no complaints).
As I was staying there to do a collaboration, I was surprised with a bucket filled with ice and two bottles of Prosecco, as well as a huge basket filled with snacks and fruits! I really got so surprised by this and insanely happy about it since I was basically dying of hunger, haha. And hey, any hotel stay (staycation or not) should always start with a glass of bubbly, right? At least when it’s on a Friday…
Great city views and foresty interior details
The two highlights of the room were definitely the great city views and the foresty interior details. I absolutely loved the bed and the linen bedsheets – it felt like sleeping in a treehouse! Honestly, I can’t remember when I last slept as well as I did in this bed… I can highly recommend this room to anyone who suffers from sleep-deprivation, hehehe.
Oh and don’t get me started on the fluffy mats… Getting out of bed in the morning felt like stepping on a combination of cotton and moss – heavenly! And as a forest lover by heart, I absolutely loved all the wooden details, especially the lamp. I would lie if I told you that I didn’t think about how I could’ve stolen it without anyone noticing (didn’t steal though, pinky swear).
Not to forget: the great views of the city! Probably the best in town.
Staycation perk – getting to explore your own hometown as a tourist
I do have to say, that I felt a bit silly answering “I live here in Vasa” when the receptionist asked where I was from when checking in… And I still felt a bit silly when going out for a sunset walk, with the camera around my neck like I was vacationing somewhere. But at the same time as it felt a bit embarrassing, I also had a tingle in my body, like I really was exploring a new city! It was actually exciting walking around my hometown with the feeling of being a tourist, all of a sudden. I liked it, a lot, and I definitely recommend it!
The best thing about staying at a hotel – the hotel breakfast!
As I’ve written about in several posts before, like this one, I absolutely love hotel breakfasts! It’s my favorite part about staying at a hotel, and I just love to indulge in all the goodies being served…
When you stay at Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Vaasa, the breakfast is served in the KokoKana restaurant (which conveniently is located in the same building, just a few floors down from the rooms). I absolutely love eating lunch and dinner at KokoKana, and had heard only good things about their breakfast – so, I was so looking forward to eating breakfast on Saturday morning!
…so how was it? It was AH-MAZING! It was a breakfast buffet just in my taste. And obviously they got a huge plus for having an entire table for us “with a diet” (I’m gluten-intolerant, and also prefer vegan products and/or lactose-free products).
What my standard hotel breakfast setup looks like
- Gluten-free bread with cheese (this time a vegan cheese), lettuce and cucumber
- Usually a cracker with something good on it, this time some cheese and cloudberry jam
- A bowl of yogurt with berries, nuts, sometimes gluten-free granola, etc.
- Scrambled eggs (which I don’t really like, but I always force myself to eat it to get some extra protein, haha) with fried mushrooms
- FRUIT! Always a bunch of fruits, and maybe some cheese to go with it…
- A cup of green tea and one or two glasses of water
Does my hotel breakfast setup look anything like yours, or do you have a complete else taste in hotel breakfasts?
Murky yet trendy, industrial interiors in the restaurant
The main reason why I love the restaurant KokoKana so much is, of course, the food, but also because I love the interior so much! It’s kind of murky and dark, but very trendy and industrial – which I love. They’ve got a ton of greenery, and the vibe feels kind of homey (just like the forest room I stayed in). I just love it, and I think that they’ve done a great job with it!
Speaking of KokoKana, we also had dinner there! Unfortunately, I don’t have any good pictures from the dinner, as I didn’t bring the camera with me down for that (just the phone) – BUT, I had a gluten-free vegan burger with sweet potato fries and it was so good! Seriously, I’m not a burger girl, but this burger was incredible – and I can’t recommend it enough if you’re into vegan foods! Actually, KokoKana has several vegan options on the menu – so there’s plenty of vegan options to choose from.
Thanks a bunch, Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Vaasa!
Lastly, I just want to say a huge thanks to Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Vaasa for hosting me on this incredible staycation in my hometown. It wasn’t my first staycation, but definitely not my last either… To be honest, I already feel like I wanna book my next staycation in the forest room already. Imagine staying there in December, with snow outside, ah!
If you haven’t tried doing a staycation yet – I dare you, do it! It’s the perfect way to escape from the dull Fall weather for a while and feel like a jetsetter for a night or two. Enjoy! ♥