The automatic hotel Vanha Postitalo was a popular option for many who stayed in Varkaus last year. The occupancy rate of the hotel during 2021 was 55 percent, which can be considered a good level in the accommodation business during Covid19 time.
Janne Immonen, CEO of Condo Group Oy, wh0 owns Vanha Postitalo, is satisfied with the hotel last year. There have been clearly more guests than before.
In 2021, the occupancy rate increased by almost 10 percentage points. In 2020 Postitalo’s occupancy rate was just over 46 percent.
– Vanha Postitalo opened as an automatic hotel in March 2021. Compared to the previous year between March and December last year, the growth was almost 27 percent. If the year as a whole is calculated, the growth was about 43 percent, rejoices Immonen.
Last summer, for example, Vanha Postitalo was completely full, so the transformation of the accommodation into an automatic hotel was quite successful. The hotel rooms can be booked online and check-in is done with a smartphone and a lock code.
New payment methods, quality and cleanliness
The development of Vanha Postitalo as an automatic hotel continues. Recently, there has been a focus on quality and cleanliness as well as property maintenance. Payment methods for accommodation have also expanded.
– As before, room reservations can be paid for with credit cards, but now payments made via MobilePay and Finnish online banks also work, says Immonen.
Anyway, the future looks good for the hotel. Domestic tourism and the popularity of nature destinations are on the rise.
Vanha Postitalo is conveniently located in the middle of the city’s services and close to the Kämäri outdoor and sports area. The hotel is a short distance from Ämmäkoski and the new Kämäri bridges.
– Vanha Postitalo is a great solution for a mini holiday in Varkaus. There are rooms for everyone’s wallet, Immonen reminds us.
There is also a positive mood on the industry side in Varkaus and many big investments are coming. Many of the work team rely on Postitalo’s high-quality but affordable rooms.
The hotel has 15 apartments in different price categories for about 30 guests. The automatic hotel offers clean and affordable basic rooms, business rooms for the most demanding and business travelers, as well as family rooms and suites for those who appreciate space and quality.