People looking to stay in Tallinn have many good hotels to choose from. The Old Town features many wonderful hotels that keep visitors steeped in the area's medieval history. Business travelers may prefer to be closer to the business district, and there are many great hotels targeting them specifically. Tourists on a budget may want to check hotels on the outskirts of town that still provide wonderful views and an experience of the site's history while remaining easy on the pocket.
Old Town is famous for the examples of Hanseatic architecture one can see here. Often described as a mystical place, visitors enjoy walking along ancient cobblestone paths and staying in buildings that can date back to the 11th century. Everything from medieval churches to grand merchant houses can be found here. Parts of the city wall remain standing and at least one hotel has included it as part of its façade. In Town Hall Square, one can enjoy a number of events and activities from concerts to fairs and special markets.
Of the many hotels found in Old Town, Baltic Hotel Imperial, Savoy Boutique, and Schlössle are some of the very best, they offer excellent service, world-class accommodations, and a unique experience.
Merchant's House and St. Petersbourg Hotel in Tallinn can be found very close to St. Nicholas' Church and Toompea Hill. The hill is made of limestone and is right in the heart of the city. Rumor has it that the hill covers Kalev's grave and was created by his widow. Toompea today is the seat of government for Estonia and its parliament. Toompea Castle, standing in one corner of the mound, houses the parliamentary sessions.
Meanwhile, CRU Hotel can be found very close to the Viru gate, which was part of the city wall's defence system in the 14th century. While the actual gate was removed to make way for a horse-drawn tram route, the towers still stand.
Telegraaf Hotel is very close to Raekoja Platz, otherwise known as the Town Hall Square. As noted earlier, this is where festivals and concerts take place and where you can find the Town Hall. Stalls selling souvenirs and outdoor cafes are also found here.
The Three Sisters is another fine hotel with a long history, found very close to St Olaf’s Church. Built in the 12th century and operating as a central point for an ancient Scandinavian community in days gone by, the church has been dedicated to King Olaf II of Norway, who was elevated to the status of a saint. It went under massive repairs in the 14th century, and over the years, it has burned down on three separate occasions. The tower alone has been hit by lightning at least 10 times.
Kalev SPA Hotel & Waterpark, found on Aia Street, is technically within the borders of Old Town, but it would be more accurate to say that it's right next to Old Town instead. The buildings of the waterpark along the edge of Old Town and the immediate surroundings are not medieval, unlike the rest of Old Town proper.
Nordic Hotel Forum in Viru Square is another good hotel found near Old Town and the Viru gate. Viru Square in the heart of Tallinn operated as a square until 2002, after which construction began on the Viru Center. Today, only a roundabout and a street name exist as reminders of the old square.
Kalamaja, an active fishing harbor throughout its history, has fallen into disrepair since Estonia regained its independence. The centuries-old wooden housing here is not the best in the city nor in the best condition. It is very close to the town centre. That said, it is a wonderful alternative party scene and an excellent place to view the old buildings from factories to houses just as they were all those years ago. Actors and artists are often seen hanging around here because of the excellent dining options available. You can also find new cafes, galleries, and bars all over the place. As a result of its increasing popularity, some renovation work has been done on several of the buildings, and two of Tallinn's best hotel apartments can be found here: Baltic Boutique Apartments and Casa Kalamaja. There are also a couple of great museums in the area: the Seaplane Harbor and the Patarei sea fortress and prison, built in the 19th century.
Kassisaba District, found near Old Town, also features a great many beautiful, authentic wooden houses with limestone foundations. The birch trees in the area give the surroundings the sense of calm one would expect from the countryside, even though it's located right in the middle of a city. Adding to the greenery is the local park and a large children's playground. Just like Kalamaja, many of the wooden houses here have been renovated, while others remain in bad shape. This gives you a broader experience of what the original houses would have looked like compared to the renovated versions.
The Von Stackelberg is one of the best hotels in this neighborhood, located right next to Falgi Park, which was once the site of an ancient pond before it was filled up to create the park in the 19th century. Entertainment activities are often scheduled here, and kids will enjoy the theme parks on the park's grounds.
Maakri is Tallinn's official business district, where you'll find Radisson Blu Hotel Tallinn and Swissôtel Tallinn - two excellent business hotels. Numerous high-rise buildings dot the area, though the local population is under a thousand.
For those seeking accommodations far from the crowds of tourists, the somewhat distant district of Pirita is the ideal choice. A generally quiet area with its own beach (the largest in Tallinn) and yacht harbor, Pirita is mostly filled with private houses rather than apartment blocks. It is known as one of the city's most prestigious and wealthy districts. Tourists flock to the beach in the summertime, but it is otherwise a calm, serene place. There aren't too many hotel options in this area, but the Pirita Convent guesthouse offers a unique place to stay and is not expensive.