The Von Stackelberg Hotel (Tallinn)
The Von Stackelberg
Hotel
by Artem Anoshkin
The Von Stackelberg hotel can be found at the foot of Toompea hill, just a short distance away from Toompea Castle and Nevsky Cathedral.

Despite its central location, there aren't too many tourists around compared with the Old Town.

The historical building dates back to 1875.

The Von Stackelberg has its own spa facilities, including a Japanese pool, which is perfect for a relaxing day indoors.

The restaurant serves great Estonian cuisine.

I'm also very pleased that the hotel was awarded a Green Key certificate in recognition of its concern for the environment.

The courtyard is another special feature that I adore.

For a little outdoor exercise, there's a park nearby, where you can take long walks or jog. Falgi park is the perfect place for young children, where they can find umpteen things to play with.
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ESSENTIALS
Historic
The former city estate features grand historic buildings that once housed the baron's mansion, stables, and gardens.
Spa
The exclusive ZEN Spa features three treatment rooms, including one for dual treatments, a sauna, and a Japanese pool.
Business
Meeting rooms with banquet facilities are available for conferences or seminars. Office services such as faxing and photocopying are available.
Boutique
The von Stackelberg features a total of 43 guest rooms and suites. There are 19 standard rooms, 18 ZEN rooms, 6 ZEN Deluxe rooms, 2 unique suites. The hotel's Standard Rooms have recently been renovated.
Stylish
The interiors have a medieval feel but retain their creature comforts. The stone walls and wooden floors add to its charm.
Park nearby
Falgi park is nearby, it's the perfect place for young children. Historic Hirve Park where people came to openly protest against the Soviet occupation in 1987 is also very close.
The Von Stackelberg Hotel aims to please, while catering to a varied clientele. With all of the choices on offer, guests agree that it does exactly that.

For those who want a tailored holiday experience, the hotel provides a full range of special packages.

Since the hotel is a fair distance away from the nightlife scene, visitors find they can have a good night's sleep without any disturbances.

The former city estate features grand historic buildings that once housed the baron's mansion, stables, gardens, and more. A beautiful courtyard is found within, surrounded by the buildings and the old stable, and features a grand fountain at the foot of the main staircase. The interiors have a medieval feel but retain their creature comforts. The stone walls and wooden floors add to its charm.

This luxury lifestyle hotel started out as the city estate of a German-Baltic aristocrat, Baron von Stackelberg. Built in the 19th century, 1874, to be exact, it has its own cozy little corner right next to Estonia's medieval Old Town. It was completely restored from 2010 to 2011 and is always being updated and renovated.

Green Key member

As a member of the Green Key Program, the hotel has worked hard to reduce its impact on the environment. That said, none of the modern-day conveniences have been skipped as part of this effort.
ROOMS & SUITES
The von Stackelberg features a total of 43 guest rooms and suites. There are 19 standard rooms, 18 ZEN rooms, 6 ZEN Deluxe rooms, 2 unique suites. The hotel's Standard Rooms have recently been renovated. They are all spacious and elegantly decorated. The rooms are air-conditioned and have writing desks with a flat-screen computer monitor and free Internet access. The rooms also include coffee and tea making facilities as well as digital safes. In the bathrooms, you can find heated floors, a hairdryer, and exclusive walk-in showers or baths. The décor of all rooms has been chosen to showcase an elegant style that matches the brick walls and wooden floors.

All natural materials have been used in the ZEN rooms. The bathrooms have natural stone tiles and a Jacuzzi bathtub or power shower. Bathrobes and slippers are also provided, along with extra bathroom products. All other facilities and features are the same as those offered in standard rooms. ZEN Deluxe rooms are similar, except they come with a pillow menu to choose the right pillow for a good night's sleep and vary in size. Guests can choose between a single bed or a double/twin bed room. The rate includes the Unique Breakfast and VAT. ZEN Deluxe rooms also feature an in-room lounge.
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Staying in a suite
The hotel features two unique suites called ZEN Suites. They are both very spacious and have a separate lounge area with its own sofa bed. The bathrooms feature a Jacuzzi bathtub or power shower, extra bathroom products, bathrobes and slippers, and a hairdryer. In the room, you'll find the usual coffee and tea making facilities, a writing desk with a flat-screen computer monitor, flat-screen TV, telephone, digital safe, minibar, and free WiFi. There's also a pillow menu for those who need special types of pillows to get a good night's sleep. Designed to match the other rooms, the suites also have dark stone walls, high ceilings, and wooden floors and are decorated in natural colors, allowing a good deal of daylight into the room through the tall glass windows.
WHAT IS INSIDE
The air-conditioned rooms at Von Stackelberg provide a personal safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a writing desk with a flat-screen desktop monitor to access the free Internet service. The bathrooms have heated floors and either walk-in showers or luxury baths. The Zen rooms and suites also offer jacuzzi baths and a range of aromatherapy accessories.
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Location
Located at the foot of Toompea Hill, it is only a short walk from St Mary's Cathedral. Bars and nightclubs are only a short drive away, so those who want to participate in the night-time action will not have too far to go.
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FOOD & DRINK
Breakfast is served buffet style at the hotel's restaurant, La Boheme Bar & Brasserie. Based in a cellar that was renovated to accept guests, the restaurant is open throughout the day and offers delightful French cuisine.

The Kaval Ants Farm, in addition to operating as a conference venue, also hosts dinners, by request, serving up either rustic Estonian cuisine and folklore-related shows or Estonian haute cuisine with classical music.
La Boheme Bar & Brasserie
The restaurant can be found in the hotel's old cellar, based in the main building. The opera-themed French brasserie-style restaurant hosts up to 60 patrons. The contemporary décor features stone, wood, and glass.

The fine dining a la carte menu offers a selection of snacks, salads and daily favorites, as well as a special children's menu. The Unique Breakfast is also served here as a fresh, natural, healthy option. This is the perfect spot for a business lunch or romantic candlelit dinner.
Kaval-Ants Farm
The unusual name of this venue comes from an Estonian legend (Kaval Ants is a witty character in old Estonian folktales). Used for dinners, parties, receptions, and product launches, it can be found in the renovated stables of the old city estate, above the courtyard. Decorated as an authentic Estonian farmhouse, it features limestone walls, old wooden beams, and tall glass doors delivering lots of natural light. The venue caters dinners with rustic national cuisine and folkloric shows. It can also handle European dinners with Estonian haute cuisine and the very best classical music.
THE COURTYARD
Closed in by the former von Stackelberg city estate's old buildings on three sides and the former stables on the fourth side, the Courtyard has a lovely intimate quality that adds to its charm. A round fountain, laid with granite, sits at the foot of the main staircase. The granite slabs around the fountain appear in the form of an honor circle, which is unique to Estonia's historic manors.

The Courtyard is an excellent spot for a coffee break or a quick meal. Events are scheduled here during the summertime.
PRIVATE DINING IN YOUR ROOM
If you need to get away from the crowds or just for a change of pace, dinner in your room, catered by room service, may be ideal, particularly if you have a suite with its own lounge area, which is perfect for entertaining your own guests.
ZEN SPA
The exclusive ZEN Spa features three treatment rooms (including one for dual treatments), a sauna, and a Japanese pool. Spa services must be booked in advance, at least 90 minutes beforehand. The spa is open from 9 am to 8 pm daily. Special arrangements can be made for other times. Some of the preferred treatments include Lava stone massage, manicures with OPI gel polish, Golden Veil face treatment, classic massage, honey massage, and time in the sauna with the ZEN pool.
Japanese bath and sauna
Snacks and drinks can be ordered within the sauna from a special menu. You can hire the sauna for private use for an hour and a half or you can use it with other hotel guests for a much lower price. After using the sauna, guests are advised to hop in the Japanese bath for 15 minutes at the most to lock in the comfortable heat. To cool down a bit, guests can take a quick, cool blast under the rain shower.
MEETING ROOMS
Business executives can make use of the free WiFi to stay in touch with the office. Meeting rooms with banquet facilities are available for conferences or seminars. Office services such as faxing and photocopying are available.
The perfect meeting room
Four meeting rooms are on offer at the hotel, each filled with plenty of natural daylight. The largest of these is Kaval Ants Farm, which was once the old city estate's stables and has now been redesigned and renovated to serve as a venue for conferences, parties, folkloric shows with dinner, and more. It provides state-of-the-art presentation equipment and can host up to 120 people. The large glass doors open out onto the courtyard, which can be included as part of the conference space. Designed as an authentic Estonian farmhouse, the venue features limestone walls and old wooden beams on the roof.

The Alexandrine meeting room can stand alone, hosting up to 10 people for dinner or 20 people in theatre-style seating, or can be combined with the larger Kaval Ants Farm venue. The room can also be arranged for an "Executive Board Meeting" style. All events hosted here can make use of a customized catering menu, with meals served either within the room or out in the sunny courtyard. The hotel restaurant is available for meals as well. Private business lunches or dinners can easily be accommodated here.

The Karoline meeting room on the second floor is the second largest venue and can host up to 30 people in theatre-style seating arrangements. This room can be combined with any of the others for use as a breakout room or separate workshop area. Customized catering is available.

The Wilhelmine meeting room is the smallest of the lot, hosting only12 participants in a theatre-style set up. It is ideal for intimate gatherings and small meetings.
Hosting events at The Von Stackelberg
The von Stackelberg provides a range of conference and function halls in a historical setting. Conferences and corporate or private events can all be accommodated. The courtyard, the former stable of the estate, acts one of many venues. The conference center offers four rooms, of which the largest is Kaval-Ants Farm, seating up to 100 people. Three smaller meeting rooms, Karoline, Alexandrine, and Wilhelmine, can host up to 30 delegates for workshops, training sessions, and seminars. All conference rooms are equipped with modern presentation technology, secure Wi-Fi Internet, and free parking for delegates. Coffee and tea break menus, buffet lunches, and other set menus can be customized to meet your needs. All rooms have plenty of natural daylight.
REVIEWS
Booking.com users have given this property a very high score, though some have complained that the bathroom lacks sufficient amenities or that the bathtub is too high to easily step into. Some have even said the bathroom is too small. There are mixed reviews about the temperature, where some have said the rooms are cold, while others think they are too hot. Some have complained about the quality of images on the TV, though if you're in Tallinn, TV should be the last thing on your mind. Guests typically like the style of the hotel, its location, and the food. Some have remarked that the beds are very comfortable. Returning customers have left positive reviews as well, which is always nice. Angelos from Finland thinks the hotel has gotten even better since his last visit. Vladimir from Russia was thrilled with the private sauna, which is open to guests at night. Quite a few reviews note that there is an unbearable smell in the bathrooms. We aren't sure of the source of the problem. Perhaps the hotel has a medieval ghost who doesn't believe in ghostly bathing---anything is possible in Magic Tallinn! Finally, Anna recommends requesting a room with a view of the interior courtyard, while Elena said the hotel was perfect value for money. We hope that if you choose this hotel, you will encounter only great service from the professional staff, as many Booking.com users did.

The hotel's La Boheme Bar & Brasserie is a great place to meet friends, whether you are a tourist or a local.

Finnish blogger La Vida Loca stayed at the hotel with her mother. Her review is written in Finnish, but since Finnish and Estonian are part of the same language group, Estonians may be able to read and understand it well enough. La Vida Loca initially discusses whether she wants to stay at this hotel, noting that based on the photos, she loved the style of the bathroom. When she finally decided to stay at the Von Stackelberg, she wrote here that the hotel was stunning, but the service was sloppy. She complained that she was given the wrong room. She wanted two separate beds, but they gave her two single beds pushed together to form a double bed and were unwilling to change the room for her. Sadly, as a result of this experience, she won't return to this hotel but would still recommend it to others. If you visit the Von Stackelberg, be sure to remind them of this incident with La Vida Loca, as we feel they need to restore their reputation and apologize. They are truly a classy establishment and can ensure a happy end to this story, and we do believe in happy endings.

Frequent travelers who have seen many standard hotels will find The Von Stackelberg and hotels in Tallinn's Old Town are a welcome change.
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