The Three Sisters Hotel (Tallinn)
The Three Sisters
Hotel
by Artem Anoshkin
For luxury boutique accommodation in a 14th century building, the Three Sisters does not disappoint.

Each individually decorated room has a unique design that combines both the hotel's history and a contemporary style. Even the works of art are carefully chosen to create a particular atmosphere. Wood and natural materials feature prominently in each room.

In fact, the rooms themselves have some nice peculiarities. In one, you might find a rounded wall; in another, a niche; in a third, a tiny balcony, or a second floor. You just never know, so each time you visit, you can have a new experience. It also adds to the historical feel of the building.

On the other hand, because each room is unique, they aren't all necessarily convenient for everyone, families with small children or elderly guests may not like the split-level rooms that include stairs.

My favorite part of the hotel is the tiny courtyard, where some rooms can be entered through the yard instead of the lobby.

The hotel also has a small restaurant called Bordoo, which serves Estonian cuisine with plenty of local produce.
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ESSENTIALS
Historic
One of the houses that make up The Three Sisters first made it into recorded history in 1362. The property passed from guild elders to town councilors to burgomasters. Some of its owners were important tradesmen travelling across the world.
Spa
The hotel offers 23 rooms and suites, each uniquely designed with little surprises here and there.
Old town
Located on Pikk street, which in the 15th century was the Central artery of Tallinn.
Gourmet
Guests can dine at Restaurant Bordoo or 3S Restaurant or enjoy cocktails and other drinks at Beluga Bar.
Luxury
Luxurious, individually decorated rooms with artisan furnishings. There are 2 superior rooms and 9 deluxe rooms.
Stylish
The Three Sisters was renovated by interior designer Külli Salum, a young local woman studying for her masters degree in Eindhoven. Salum sourced furniture, furnishings, and artwork from around the world to fit her concept of treating each house as a sister with a unique personality. Moscow-based designer Julia Sukhareva has been working with the hotel rooms recently.
5 Star Medieval Hotel
Once owned by a merchant in the 14th century, the Three Sisters hotel was recently renovated in 2003.

The Three Sisters has come a long way since its modest beginnings as three individual merchant houses. As guests who come here agree, it continues to grow from strength to strength.

In competition with the other fine hotels in Tallinn, the Three Sisters offers the best of both old and new styles of decor.

As a boutique hotel, it provides an excellent base for families with children, businesspeople, politicians, and tourists alike. Executives will have access to a full range of services to help them prepare for business meetings. Business visitors will be able to make use of the conference facilities, which come with presentation equipment and are fully catered by the hotel.
The Three Sisters' Awards
The hotel has won a whole host of awards since it opened its doors in 2003. Most recently, in 2011, the hotel and Restaurant Bordoo were Estonia's only members of the Relais and Chateaux group. In May 2010, the hotel was included in the list of 100 best hotels in Europe. At the World Hotel Awards, in 2009, the hotel won the "True stylish" category.
ROOMS & SUITES
The hotel offers 23 rooms and suites, each uniquely designed with little surprises here and there. Each features artisan furnishings, spa amenities, satellite TV, a CD/DVD player, hairdryer, blinds and dimmers, bathrobes and slippers, a safety deposit box, a phone and free WiFi. One room also has wheelchair-accessible features. There are 2 superior rooms and 9 deluxe rooms. Allergy-free rooms are available.
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Suites at the Hotel
The hotel features 5 junior suites, 6 other suites, and 1 piano suite.
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"700 year old building. Each room is different. Ours was very characterful and spacious. The location is great- just inside the old town but away from crowds/ noise."
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Location
Located on Pikk street, which in the 15th century was the Central artery of Tallinn. The hotel is a short distance from Tallinn's Town Hall on Raekoja Plats and St Mary's Cathedral, as well as the Estonian Maritime Museum.
Around the Hotel
The hotel is located right in the heart of Old Town on Pikk Street, putting it within reach of practically everything of interest, including sightseeing options, shops, museums, cafes, and restaurants. The entire area is steeped in history since Tallinn itself dates back to the 13th century. This part of town is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Town Hall Square is only a few steps away.

Lower town, where the hotel is located, is the larger section of medieval Tallinn, where upper town held the Toompea Castle and cathedral. Places of interest in lower town include the Dominican Monastery and its Claustrum, Holy Spirit Church, Niguliste Church and museum, St. Catherine's Church, St. Catherine's Passage, St. Olaf's Church, Town Hall, and the Town Hall Pharmacy.
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FOOD & DRINK
Guests can dine at Restaurant Bordoo or 3S Restaurant or enjoy cocktails and other drinks at Beluga Bar or the Lobby Bar. From May to September, the courtyard garden is open for meals as well.
Wining and Dining at the Three Sisters
Guests can dine at Restaurant Bordoo or 3S Restaurant or enjoy cocktails and other drinks at Beluga Bar or the Lobby Bar. From May to September, the courtyard garden is open for meals as well.

The breakfast buffet at the hotel's award-winning restaurant, which also has a children's seating area, is included in the price of the hotel stay. The restaurant's special Chocalatier Selection gives guests the chance to sample Estonia's world-famous chocolate. For lunch and dinner, a la carte menu items are adjusted to suit the preferences of individual guests. A bar and cafe are also available for quick snacks and cocktails during the evening.
Eating at Bordoo
On the menu, one can choose starters of Rabbit Terrine with pistachios, spicy red onion jam, and mango and pineapple salsa or Sea Scallops with brioche and chorizo crumble, sweet corn puree, pistachio oil, and maple syrup. Salads on offer come with tiger shrimp, with anchovy sauce, Parmesan crisps, and baby vegetables, or smoked duck breast, with avocado, mango puree, cherry tomatoes, and asparagus. One can also choose a fish soup or beer soup.

Five options are available for the main course: slow-cooked Irish lamb rack, black cod, duck breast, fish duo, and filet mignon. The dessert cart offers Mango A La Bordoo, Millefeuille with homemade lemon ice cream, and chocolate truffle tart. A four or five course tasting menu with matching wines is also available. The restaurant has a special seating area for kids for the breakfast buffet.
Drinks at the Lobby Bar
The 3S Bar located in the lobby balcony overlooking the reception and Pikk Street is a trendy hot spot.
PRIVATE DINING
Private dining is offered in the Angels' room. It features an 18th century hand-painted ceiling as well as a view of the courtyard. A special menu can be customized to suit the preferences of the guest and the occasion. The restaurant can accommodate up to 50 people for banquet seating.

For more intimate affairs, the piano suite offers customized menus, special wine selections, and a private pianist.

Bringing the Kids
This is a generally good hotel for families with children. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. Guests with kids can expect the usual five-star services of babysitting arrangements or special kids menus. The hotel isn't catering directly to families, but they have adequate services to ensure that guests who bring their kids along will enjoy their stay.

Among the many services on offer are laundry and dry cleaning, ironing, shoe cleaning, and babysitting.
CHILDREN ARE WELCOME
Children get a special seating area in the restaurant for the breakfast buffet. Babysitting and childcare services are available.

One child under 12 years stays free of charge in an extra bed.

One child under 2 years stays free of charge in a child's cot/crib.

One older child or adult is charged EUR 55 per person per night in an extra bed.

The maximum number of extra beds/children's cots permitted in a room is 1.
SERVING EXECUTIVES
A list of services is available that may be useful to business guests, such as free WiFi, shoeshine, trouser press, fax and photocopy services, laundry and dry cleaning, valet parking, VIP room facilities, and meeting room facilities with presentation equipment and banqueting services.
Hosting a Conference
Business visitors will be able to make use of the conference facilities, which come with presentation equipment and are fully catered by the hotel.

The Conference package puts the staff of the Three Sisters at your disposal for ironing out the finer points of hosting any meetings or seminars there. Private events can also be managed in the private dining room, garden, or an off-site venue. Equipment and services on offer include a video and TV, laptops, printers, a data projector, microphones, a speaker stand, videoconferencing equipment, translation services, video cameras, photocopying and secretarial services, and stationery.
EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES
Conference rooms up to 50 persons

Banqueting up to 100 persons

Outside catering up to 400 persons

Video and TV, Laptop, Printer, Data projector, Microphone, Speaker stand, Video conferencing equipment, Synchronized translation services, Video camera, Secretary, Photocopying, Printing documents from a file, Table flags, Table cards, Translation, Nametags, Place cards
The History of The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters is located on the medieval main street of Tallinn: Pikk Street. Already paved in the fifteenth century, spices, meats and grains were sold here, while craftsmen haggled over prices and horses rode by. The address has seen its fair share of plagues and fires, wars and rebellions, and economic collapses.

One of the houses that make up The Three Sisters first made it into recorded history in 1362. It passed from guild elders to town councilors to burgomasters. Some of its owners were important tradesmen travelling across the world. St Olaf's Church right next door was once the tallest building in Tallinn.

The Three Sisters was renovated in 2000 by Dutch architect Martinus Schuurman and interior designer Külli Salum, a young local woman studying for her masters degree in Eindhoven. Schuurman managed the overall creative aspect of the project, finding ways to overcome obstacles to fuse together the three independent houses to make one large hotel. Salum sourced furniture, furnishings, and artwork from around the world to fit her concept of treating each house as a sister with a unique personality. The hotel was finally open for business in 2003.
Celebrities Visiting the Hotel
Numerous celebrities have visited the hotel over the years. They include Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; Lech Walesa, Polish politician, Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of Poland; Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. Also on the list were numerous musicians and bands including The Red Hot Chili Peppers; Jan Anderson, Scottish singer and leader of rock band Jethro Tull; Richard Clayderman, French pianist; Bobby McFerrin, jazz artist; Deep Purple; Lou Reed; Limp Bizkit; R.E.M; Metallica; Lenny Kravitz; and Sting.
Private Events
Private events can be arranged in the private dining room, garden, or an off-site venue. The menu can be customized for the guests' preferences, dietary restrictions, and cultural choices and to suit the occasion. In fact, all facilities can be customized per the guests' request by the helpful staff on standby.
SAFETY
The hotel provides access to a safe managed at the reception desk for checking in any valuables or passports. This factor in addition to a well-guarded car park allows guests to relax, knowing that the area and their belongings are secure.
SPECIAL REQUESTS
The Three Sisters has made the necessary accommodations for guests in wheelchairs or those sensitive to allergens, with specially designed rooms, and the concierge and other staff go the extra mile to offer assistance to all guests for any special requests.
REVIEWS
The Three Sisters is widely known throughout the hospitality industry and is often mentioned in reviews as a noteworthy luxury hotel in Europe and Estonia.

Rob Crossan from the Guardian has listed The Three Sisters as one of Estonia's, Lithuania's, and Latvia's best hotels. Crossan recommends making time to enjoy a drink in the hotel's courtyard and taste wine from its cellar.

Here, Joanne O'Connor, also from the Guardian, has recommended The Three Sisters as an excellent Valentine's Day retreat destination.

Booking.com users have left generally positive reviews. Many of them have mentioned the hotel's style, comfort factor, the friendly staff, and the hotel's excellent location. One traveler noted that he was given a late 3 pm check out time, even though he should have checked out at noon, at no extra cost. Other reviewers have listed anecdotes of generous upgrades and hotel staff going the extra mile to meet special needs for the guests, from arranging for a work laptop to delivering some hot chocolate for breakfast. This is the level of service one expects for a five-star hotel. Some users mentioned that noise can be a problem if the room's windows face the street; some rooms have walls so thin that you can hear your neighbors. The breakfast area is not very large, and the variety of breakfast options is not too great. Some guests have made complaints about this. Accessibility may be a factor and should be checked at the time of booking the room. There is no elevator and some people find that there are too many stairs for comfort. Some of the suites even have stairs included for split-level rooms. If you're travelling with children or elderly people, it's best to check for safety and accessibility beforehand.

A Latvian website posted an interesting review, but it is, unfortunately, only available in Russian. However, it does include a dozen wonderful photos of the hotel. In the review, the writer provides some intelligent insights into the hotel, noting the differences in the interior decor in each room designed to bring out the best in the room's particular style. In rooms 8 and 9, for instance, one can find part of the medieval city wall. Room 10 was once a horse stable. Room 18 still has elements to remind guests of its days as an old granary. Rooms 31, 34, and 37 feature the remains of an old elevator that once carried the merchant homeowner's goods to the upper floors. In those days, merchants lived with their families on the ground floor, storing their goods on the top floors to make stealing more difficult for thieves.

A guest from Moscow also shared some genuine photos of the hotel and the breakfast. Writing her review in Russian, she described her room as small, with the windows facing the courtyard, making it quiet and cozy. She found the staff spotless, and she thought the location was very convenient.

A review on Telegraph Travel was written by "Mr&Ms Smith" - reviewers who manage a wonderful travel website. The couple stayed in a large room featuring trendy Nordic designs as well as an antique sleigh bed. They thought the hotel was an intriguing puzzle that must offer a different experience for every visit.

Regina Yunghans from ApartmentTherapy.com was excited by the bathrooms in The Three Sisters' rooms and suites. She thought their cool appearance was a stark contrast to the medieval facade of the building.

Each room features spa amenities from premium brands. And a family run London-based Volga linen are the providers of quality linen for the hotel.

In 2012, Restaurant Bordoo was ranked 9th for Flavours of Estonia. The chef was later replaced, the interiors renewed, and the prices raised. Though the restaurant was not officially evaluated in 2013 and 2014, experts posted an evaluation on their official Facebook page that was generally favorable.

A Lady in London stayed on the top floor in the Three Sisters, hers review is very old and has small photos, but she is one of my favourite travel writers, so I'll mention it here anyway.

Lastly, this is an article that details the fascinating story behind the hotel's renovation from its original incarnation of three independent merchant houses to its current avatar as a single hotel. The main challenge was in fusing the three buildings with their varying floors and levels, creating a mix of walkways, galleries, and staircases. Contemporary materials such as chrome, plastics and glass were used sparingly to keep the building as intact and authentic as possible. The new main staircases and doors had wood finishes. The handmade staircases, window shutters, and doors replicated designs and methods used in the Middle Ages. Original elements from the buildings, such as the intricate ceiling frescos that were discovered accidentally under 14 layers of paint and wallpaper, have been restored.
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