Tallinn's hospitality industry is relatively new. As part of the USSR years ago, tourism to the area was not in full swing because of the difficulties associated with travelling behind the Iron Curtain. After Estonia won its independence, new hotels sprang up or old ones were renovated. Prices remained reasonable compared with other tourist centers because salaries in the area are not very high, and taxes in general are not that high in Estonia. As a result, tourists came to find that they got more bang for their buck when they spent their vacations in the historic city of Tallinn.
The city offers numerous options for accommodations and covers not only a wide range of budgets but also a range of preferences for style and proximity to nightlife. Here, you can find 5-star hotels, boutique hotels, apartments, and spa hotels. There aren't too many bed and breakfast hotels, but guests can definitely find some cheap options or hostels.
If you're on a budget, the 16EUR Hostels offers cheap accommodations that meet all basic needs. With rooms spread across three hostels, guests can choose a double room for 32 euros, a single room for 16 euros, or a dorm room for 11 euros. Prices may vary according to the season or day of the week.
16EUR Hostels has been in business for six years, providing decent housing for affordable rates to lone travellers and families alike. Among the amenities on offer are free WiFi services; a 24-hour reception desk; a sauna; a private toilet and shower; a TV; and a scooter, bike, or car on rent. There is also a public kitchen, where hostel residents can cook their own meals, or they can opt for a buffet breakfast. Two of the hostels are equipped with saunas and pools. Between 8 am and 11 am, guests enjoy free access to the mini spas. A couple of the hostels have TVs in the lobby or common rooms.
One of the hostels, Munkenhof
, is located within Old Town, the medieval center of the city of Tallinn. Fat Margaret's
, another hostel, can be found at the gates of Old Town, within walking distance of the city's port. The Pirita Klooster Guesthouse
Another cheap hotel is the Pirita Klooster Guesthouse. Run by the Bridgettine sisters, the Pirita convent has a guesthouse that can accommodate up to 41 people in 20 single, double, and triple rooms. Prices start at 34 euros for a single room and run up to 80 euros for four people. Payments are only accepted in cash, and the cost of the room includes breakfast and private parking. Lunch and dinner can also be provided, upon request.
Each room has a separate shower room, phone, and Internet access. There is also a library with books in many languages, as well as computer facilities, a conference room, and a TV room. Although the convent is run by Catholic nuns, people of all faiths and creeds are welcomed.
The guesthouse's proximity to the ruins of a medieval convent make it a great place to stay the night after a day exploring the historic site. It is also only 7 km away from Tallinn's Old Town, where even more entertainment options are available. Guests who wish to participate in Mass can attend services in the chapel. Money earned from the guesthouse is spent on social projects organized by the convent.
The Kalev Spa Hotel
The perfect spot for a family holiday
Also among the cheap options for hotels in Tallinn is the Kalev Spa Hotel. Each room comes with different facilities, where some offer excellent views of the city and others offer access to the waterpark. The waterpark and fitness center are the hotel's main attractions, especially among the locals.
About 100 rooms and suites are on offer. All of them have a hair dryer, bathrobe, safe, telephone, and LCD TV and all are allergy-free. In fact, there's an entire floor designed to be dedicated to people with allergies.
Families with kids are welcome at the hotel, and they will undoubtedly enjoy the waterpark features. The lobby has a play room for children, and there is a room for changing dirty nappies. Kids also have access to a public open-air playground in Kanuti park near the hotel. The hotel spa also offers swimming classes for kids. Guests visiting the fitness center with young children in tow can avail of free babysitting services.
Restaurant Linda at Kalev Spa Hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, while light meals and snacks can be found at the lobby bar and cafe.
At the wellness centre, guests can enjoy massages from professional masseurs as well as body treatments with high-end products. At the health center, guests can choose salt chamber treatments, beauty injections and other medical treatments. Water aerobics is an extremely popular class offered at the fitness center using the ground floor's exercise pool. While underwater exercise devices are being used, Estonia's top instructors guide the workout, which is approximately an hour long.
The VIP saunas on the hotel's first floor include a large lobby for parties or gatherings, complete with leather couches, low tables, and a wall-mounted TV. A special menu is designed for this area and covers snacks and beverages that are provided by Restaurant Linda.
At the waterpark, several pools are available, including a 50-metre pool with 8 lanes, a smaller pool, a kids' pool, and a paddling pool for toddlers. The larger pools are usually booked in advance. The waterpark also has themed baths such as a pearl bath and a flower bath, as well as a hot tub large enough for a medium-sized group. Kids and adults will enjoy using the three water slides, while those looking for a chance to detox can spend time in the Finnish or steam saunas.
Among the apartments on offer in Tallinn are the Baltic Boutique Apartments
and Casa Kalamaja
For the former, only six apartments are available. These include both standard non-smoking apartments and premium apartments with an attached private terrace. These furnished apartments are fully functional, with a parlour and kitchenette as well as large bedrooms and bathrooms. The bathroom has a shower, and a hairdryer is one of several accessories provided. Each room has a work desk, a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and various cable channels. Free WiFi and daily maid service are among the services provided. Groceries can be delivered to the apartment.
The kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, kitchen utensils, and electric kettle. A separate dining area is also available for sit-down meals. When you're not in the mood to cook, light snacks can be found at the local supermarket or bakery, and nearby restaurants can provide a full-fledged meal. Coffee and tea are provided along with the apartment for no extra charge. Clean linen and towels are also provided daily.
At Casa Kalamaja is really just a single one-bedroom apartment, with a garden, free parking, private backyard, and its own playground. As many as four overnight guests can be accommodated in the apartment. While this apartment typically receives bookings from tourists, it is also available for long-term leases. Children of all ages are welcome, but pets are not permitted. The property is a non-smoking area, and meals are not part of the package.
The kitchenette provides a cooker, coffee maker, refrigerator and freezer, toaster, kettle, iron, dishwasher, and washing machine. Linens and towels are provided. In the apartment, guests can utilise central heating. The bathroom floors are also heated, which is especially welcome during the winter season. Free WiFi is also included in the rent.
Built in 1901, the wooden building was recently renovated for safety and quality standards, so it retains its old-world charm while remaining completely safe. There is a beach nearby for walks or morning jogs, and groceries can be purchased from nearby stores.
International hotel brands
Among the international hotel brands, the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel Tallinn
and Swissôtel Tallinn
both receive rave reviews. Radisson BLU Sky Hotel
Perfect business class hotel
The Radisson Blu, built in 2001, offers 280 rooms and suites in its 25-storey building. The double or twin room comes with spa access. All the rooms were recently refurbished and have a very modern feel to them. Each has an electric kettle, safe deposit box, and an air conditioning system. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.
Business guests can make use of the business center's facilities as well as the conference room, which can host gatherings of up to 350 people. Banquet facilities and presentation materials are all offered with the conference room. The health and fitness center is open 24 hours daily. Hotel guests have access to both the deluxe City Spa near the hotel or the in-house Babor Beauty Spa. Two private saunas that can hold up to 20 people are offered. While waiting to use the steam room, guests can relax in the lounge.
The hotel's Seasons Restaurant serves up the daily Super Breakfast buffet, which features up to 120 international dishes as well as a traditional English breakfast. The restaurant space can be leased with advance notice as a venue for private parties of about 135 people. Harry's New York Bar in the lobby provides quick grab-and-go breakfasts early in the morning. Later on, the bar starts offering trendy cocktails. Similarly, cocktails along with breathtaking sights of the city are served at Lounge 24, which towers 90 metres above Tallinn.
Attracting great recognition as a business and leisure lodging, the four-star Radisson Blu Hotel Tallinn hotel has a more contemporary appeal than some of its more historic counterparts in Old Town. Swissotel Tallinn
High-quality experience in a central location
For its part, Swissôtel Tallinn has 238 rooms and one-bedroom suites. The air-conditioned rooms provide a flat-screen cable TV and free Wi-Fi, modern furnishings, a safe deposit box, a minibar, and luxury accessories. Guests accompanied by children can request an adjoining kids' rooms, which are decorated with young ones in mind. The hotel even delivers milk and cookies to their room at bedtime.
Business guests can enjoy a range of services such as shoe shine, meeting and banquet facilities, fax and photocopying services, and a barber/beauty shop. They also have access to a fully functional business center. The meeting room can accommodate up to 9 people.
The breakfast buffet has something for everyone, and small snacks are available at the Café Swiss and No.3 Deli Lounge and Bar during the day. Cocktails and dinner can be enjoyed at the Horisont Restaurant & Bar, which also boasts a panoramic view of the city from its lofty perch in the tallest building in Tallinn. At the Cigar Lounge, guests can take their pick of a variety of quality cigars along with a glass of cognac.
The hotel also offers guests free admission to its spa and wellness center, which provides a range of massages, saunas, and an indoor swimming pool. For exercise, there is a gym available, and a bicycle can be rented to drive around town.
Among the boutique hotels in Tallinn
, one can find The Three Sisters, The Von Stackelberg, and CRU Hotel. The Three Sisters
Luxury boutique accommodation in a medieval style hotel
The Three Sisters offers 23 rooms and suites, one of which is a presidential suite. Each room comes with both cable and WiFi Internet, and free WiFi can be enjoyed on the grounds. There are also spare computers available for use in the lobby. The rooms provide a TV set, air conditioner, minibar, private safe, hair dryer, and bathrobe. Guests can choose between a bathtub and shower.
Children are welcome and even get a special seating area at the breakfast buffet. Babysitting services are available as well.
At the special Chocalatier Selection area, guests can sample Estonia's world-famous chocolate. A la carte menu items for lunch and dinner at Bordoo Restaurant can be adjusted according to the tastes and needs of the guests. The menu tends to focus on Estonian and fusion cuisine. Meals can be taken in The Courtyard Patio too. A bar and cafe on site offer snacks and cocktails in the evenings. BBQ facilities and a terrace are also available.
Conference rooms with presentation equipment and full banquet services are provided, when required.
A menu of massages is offered to help guests unwind at the end of the day. For exercise options, guests can rent a bicycle from the front desk to ride around town. Valuables and passports can be checked in at the reception desk for safekeeping. The car park is watched by security guards to prevent any unfortunate incidents.
The Three Sisters also has options for disabled guests and those who are sensitive to allergens. The staff is very friendly and willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to provide assistance with special requests. Some of the services on offer are laundry and dry cleaning, shoe cleaning, and ironing. Pets are permitted to stay with their owners, with advance notice.
Although the three buildings (i.e. the Three Sisters) that make up the hotel have been around since the 14th century, the hotel is relatively new, having been put into operation in 2003. The Von Stackelberg
Eco-friendly spa hotel
Another boutique hotel, The Von Stackelberg, offers 43 rooms and suites. The deluxe suite comes with spa access. The air-conditioned rooms feature a private safe, tea and coffee-making facilities, writing desk, and a flat-screen desktop computer with access to the free Internet service. There are heated floors in the bathrooms and a choice of a walk-in shower or a luxury bath. Zen rooms and suites feature Jacuzzi baths and aromatherapy accessories. A buffet breakfast is served at the hotel's renovated restaurant in the cellar.
For meetings and conferences, the Kaval Ants Farm can be used as a conference venue or to host dinner engagements, on request. Rustic Estonian cuisine can be served at folklore-related shows or Estonian haute cuisine can be provided for shows featuring classical music. As a conference venue, it contains all the necessary presentation equipment and can manage up to 120 delegates. There are also three smaller meeting rooms, named after ladies in the Von Stackelberg family, where some 20 to 30 people can be seated.
The on-site luxury day spa offers up a variety of massages and beauty treatments. Guests can also make use of the sauna and Japanese pool. Spa packages are available that include private use of the sauna and Japanese pool for an hour and a half in addition to two treatments per person, a special lunch, and the Zen room for the night, with a buffet breakfast in the morning. If your idea of unwinding is to curl up with a good book, then the library has plenty of options for that too.
Having joined the Green Key Program, the hotel is very mindful of adopting measures to ease its impact on the environment. That said, no modern conveniences have been lost in the shuffle.
This four-star hotel is quite far away from the city's nightlife, so guests are able to get a restful sleep without any disturbances.
The CRU Hotel
Luxury boutique hotel in the Old Town
Lastly, CRU Hotel features 16 independent rooms, where every room is unique in theme and style. All the rooms have a private safe and minibar. The modern bathroom is stocked with luxury toiletries and bathrobes. Free Wi-Fi is available in the rooms, as well as a flat-screen TV for watching movies.
The conference room seats up to 18 people and is available for meetings, training courses, and seminars as well as less formal events. It comes with an Internet connection, overhead projector, and TV screen. A Jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna also available for private use with advance booking.
The hotel's own restaurant provides authentic French and Estonian cuisine, prepared by award-winning chefs. From the ground floor of the hotel, Restaurant Cru has a street-level view of Old Town's busiest street. The buffet breakfast, which includes bacon and eggs, cold cuts, fruit, and cereals, is served at this restaurant daily, with sparkling wine. Special orders can be taken here for business lunches.
The front desk is open for enquiries 24 hours a day, and the staff are warm and eager to please, even for special requests. The concierge is very helpful in identifying appropriate entertainment activities that suit your preferences or booking a table at a local restaurant at your request.
Older people and guests with disabilities may need to request accessible rooms on the ground floor to avoid having to climb endless flights of stairs and navigate the winding hallways. These features add to the hotel's charm but can leave some feeling breathless and out of sorts due to the physical exertion. Those who can make it to the top, though, are in for a treat since these rooms offer beautiful views of Tallinn.
The building dates back to the 15th century, and much of the furniture comes from the same period, with wooden accents seen throughout the hotel's interior decor. Despite this focus on the past, modern conveniences, such as air conditioning in public spaces, have not been ignored.