The Merchant's House (Tallinn)
The Merchant's House
by Dmitrii Siling
The Merchant's House impressed me with its style and charm. It's so steeped in history, that it's almost like taking a step back in time to the medieval ages.

Each room features plenty of wood and other natural elements, giving it a very rustic feel.

You will receive excellent service from the staff. The sauna is free, and the restaurant offers delicious meals.

The only down side you can find is the noise factor, which is part and parcel of living in the center of the Old Town, which is itself extremely popular among tourists.
In the heart of Tallinn
ESSENTIALS
Historic
The hotel is comprised of two properties dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries that have been restored without tampering with the original interiors.
Boutique
37 rooms, including 6 suites, and 8 executive rooms. The hotel allows guests to stay steeped in history or live in contemporary surroundings as multiple rooms have been designed in one style or the other.
Old town
The hotel is situated into the heart of the city between Rataskaevu plats and Cat's Well. The hotel can be easily accessed and guests are just a short ride away from most of the popular tourist attractions.
Spa
The hotel has its own Spa center, a highly trained staff of professional therapists that can offer a number of different massage therapies and healh treatments.
Stylish
A mix of medieval and contemporary style. The properties include hidden staircases, a medieval facade, hand-painted fresco molds, and fully restored fireplaces.
This 37 room boutique hotel is famous for its location as it is situated in the center of the Old Town of Tallinn and provides guests easy access to shopping malls and popular tourist attractions. The hotel is comprised of two properties dating back to the 14th and 16th centuries that have been restored without tampering with the original interiors. Some of the special features of the hotel include balconies and hidden staircases; an intriguing array of passageways, a wooden beamed ceiling, an elaborate medieval facade, hand painted fresco molds and fully restored fireplaces. The hotel allows guests to stay steeped in history or live in contemporary surroundings as multiple rooms have been designed in one style or the other.
The hotel is made up of 8 executive suites, 6 suites, 4 single rooms, 19 double/twin bed rooms that overlook either the hotels peaceful courtyard or the cobble streets of the ancient city of Tallinn. The tariff starts from €80 and goes up to €600 and includes a number of benefits including a buffet breakfast, internet access and use of all sauna facilities. The ambience in the rooms has a mix of medieval and contemporary style giving guests an extremely relaxing and tranquil feeling.

The hotel also has a cool bar for people to relax and have a quiet drink and families can also stroll around the hotel property and enjoy the scenic view.

Historic and stylish

A combination of old classic styles and contemporary styles. The properties include hidden staircases, a medieval facade, hand-painted fresco molds, and fully restored fireplaces.

Excursions, tickets and transfers

There's a cathedral offering religious services about 400 metres away from the hotel. Since the reception desk is open 24 hours a day, guests can make travel plans, buy tickets, engage the airport shuttle, or obtain information on tourist attractions at their convenience. An entire day trip can be planned, with a special packed lunch ready to go on request.

Good to stay with the kids

Hotel guests who have young children in tow but need to leave them in capable hands for the afternoon can make use of the in-house babysitting services. Children's Playground is also available.

Business facilities

Merchant's House, with its many amenities and proximity to the center of town, is an excellent choice for businesspeople, boasting a fully equipped business center and meeting room facilities.

PEDESTRIAN STREET

The hotel rooms provide guests with a fantastic view of the old town of Tallinn. The hotel is situated on a pedestrian street which means that cars cannot drive up to the hotel but must stop at the Rataskaevu plats. Guests will have to take a short walk from there with their luggage to the hotel which shouldn't be a problem in summer but could be difficult in the freezing winters. However winter brings with it a fairytale Christmas experience and the short walk should not deter someone from enjoying a fabulous time in Tallinn.
ROOMS & SUITES
Although this is a boutique hotel, the management has customized a number of rooms to cater to different types of visitors. Some of the rooms available include the standard single, standard double, standard twin, executive double, suite and the presidential suite. The pictures published on the internet do not do justice to the hotel as users who have stayed at the hotel have stated that the rooms are much more spectacular than the pictures.

Children under 12 years are allowed to stay free of charge. There are also baby cots available and extra costs available at an extra charge. Most of the rooms do not have strong wifi connections due to the medieval walls and their thickness. The hotel has made arrangements for broadband connections to be made available in all rooms.

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Presidential suite
The special presidential suite is around 150 square meters and is located in the oldest portion of the hotel. It includes a number of facilities including a private sauna and a special 14th century hand-painted ceiling.
WHAT IS INSIDE
Regardless of their particular decor, every room comes equipped with air-conditioning, a minibar, personal safe, writing desk, electric kettle, and satellite TV. Those who need to get online and stay in touch with the world at large will have free access to the hotel's Wi-Fi. The entire premises is a non-smoking area, so guests with allergies or sensitivity to cigarette smoke will be able to breathe easy throughout the hotel.
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In the heart of Tallinn Old Town
They say one of the keys to success for businesses in the hospitality industry is location and Merchant's house must get full points for their location. The hotel is situated into the heart of the city between Rataskaevu plats and Cat's Well. The hotel can be easily accessed and guests are just a short ride away from most of the popular tourist attractions including museums, bars & restaurants, churches, concert halls and cafes.

Merchant's House Hotel is only 50 metres away from the historic town hall, right next to the equally old Raekoja Plats. The town hall square is where the neighborhood comes alive each day, with regular market days showcasing a host of Estonian souvenirs and a range of festivals or concerts being held now and again. The hotel allows guests to stay steeped in history or live in contemporary surroundings as multiple rooms have been designed in one style or the other.
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FOOD & DRINK
Wholesome meals round off the experience at Merchant's House. In addition to the morning's breakfast buffet, the hotel's restaurant serves both local and global cuisine for dinner, and guests can choose to dine in their room for added privacy. Dietary preferences can be accommodated with advance notice. The Ice Bar and a lounge bar are both star attractions at the hotel and add to the popular mix of bars and restaurants that abound in the surrounding neighborhood.
The Brasserie
Guests have left a number of reviews talking about the fabulous buffet breakfast which is available at the Brasserie on a daily basis. The buffet is open on weekdays between 7 am to 10.30 am and from 7.30 am to 11 am on weekends. Guests who do not want to come down from breakfast also have the option of ordering room service which starts from 7 am.

Guests who need to leave early and want an early riser breakfast are advised to contact the reception and pre-order their early riser breakfast which is available between 5 am and 7 am during weekdays and 5 am to 8 am on weekends. The Brasserie has four rooms, three small and one large and is located on the cellar floor.

Guests are usually able to have a lot of privacy in these rooms and can order either European cuisine with an Estonian flavor or international cuisine as the restaurant was set up by a chef from the U.K.
The Courtyard Cafe
This is a popular hangout for guests as it's a cool place to hangout and have a drink in the courtyard, have an alfresco lunch or an early dinner. During summer, the café also sets up a few tables outside the hotel in a small area on Dunkri street and a lot of tourists and visitors love to grab a table and have a quick bite.

There are a number of well known food places on Dunkri street such as the Kuldse Notsu Korts, Korsaar, Hermitage and the popular Beer House which poses a lot of competition for the restaurants in Merchant's House and sometimes makes it hard for the hotel to get regular customers to dine in.
THE ICE BAR
This small bar is famous for serving its drinks in Ice glasses which are a big hit in the summer. The bar has a small lobby area and is open from 10 am to midnight from Sunday to Thursday and from 10 am to 2 am on Friday's and Saturdays.
Merchant's Spa
Most hotels in Tallinn offer spa services as they know their guests arrive to relax and de-stress from the pressures of life. The hotel has a highly trained staff of professional therapists that can offer a number of different massage therapies ranging from a Sweedish massage, a Thai massage, a sports massage and physic techniques that are designed to invigorate the body from head to toe.
Treatments
Some of the other special massages on offer include the Feet first - foot massage treatment; Mum to be (pregnancy massage); Back Booster massage; Hot chocolate (chocolate massage). Hot Stone Therapy and body treatments (skin conditioning and massage). A 60 minute massage will cost you around €43, a 90 minute massage around €49 and a 90 minute massage around €57.

There are also a number of beauty therapies available including pedicures, manicures, facials and eye zone treatments.
REVIEWS
There are a number of positive reviews for Merchants House hotel on booking.com. Most of the reviews confirm that the hotel is strategically located, offers fantastic service and hospitality and the medieval interiors also get a lot of positive feedback. The ice bar with its popular ice glasses also gets quite a few positive comments. Some of the drawbacks mentioned on the booking.com website highlight weak wifi signals and additional costs being charged for coffee. Olga a Russian tourist described the hotel as a place where one can actually touch history and stated that the actual room is even more beautiful than the pictures published on the hotel website.

Kyle who is a traveler and wedding photographer posted a very interesting review on her blog as she arrived at the hotel in winter and had a very unique experience which she published on www.kylehepp.com. Kyle was very impressed with the big room that was very warm and inviting in the middle of winter and hotel interiors reminded her of the city's rich history.

Andrea who stayed at the hotel posted a review on inspiringtravellers.com and wrote "The hotel is quite large but feels boutique at the same time". She has provided an in-depth review of the hotel and also posted a number of photos of the hotel interiors and the hotel rooms. Andrea has also gone into detail to describe her experience at the hotel and covers the breakfast, the location, the bars and the medieval interiors.

Karen Bryan posted a very unique review, she chose to travel to Estonia because she wanted to experience the hotel. She provides a very candid review and highlights both the positives and a few drawbacks. Her two biggest concerns was the weak wifi signal due to the thick medieval walls and the fact that the rooms were very hot in summer.
This is the official video for the song of Romanian artist. Elena Mindru, a Romanian artist filmed the official video for her song 'I Do Not' at the Merchants House hotel.
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