Tallinn in Estonia
features a range of hotels to suit every budget, whether you're a student on a study tour or a business executive in town for a conference or even a couple on their honeymoon. Families, too, will enjoy the range of activities, sights, and entertainment options available across the city. Each type of traveller has a different set of expectations and needs, and there are a number of hotels here that can satisfy them from luxury hotels to unique boutique hotels to spa hotels. There truly is something for everyone.
With so many choices in the city, it's easy to find one that suits your specific needs and interests best. This is why we consider each of these options and requirements individually when choosing the best hotels in town to present to you. All of the hotels we write about are among the best within their own service category, whether they serve business executives or families. We look for both individual services and offerings as well as entire packages. We consider the willingness of the staff to go the extra mile. Although it's possible that over time, some may have a negative experience for whatever reason, as occasionally things do go wrong, on the whole, we find that guests tend to be pleased with the services offered at the hotels we've chosen.
We also focus on how these accommodations add to your experience of the city of Tallinn, seeking out only the most memorable options that will keep you coming back and recommending the hotel to others. We've gone to some lengths to include hotels that serve a variety of budget ranges, where guests can choose to have extra services according to their needs, but it's quite rare to find a truly cheap accommodation that also inspires guests with lifelong memories, so only a few in the lowest price range have been mentioned here. Luxury hotels
, for example, serve a clientele with very high expectations of service quality, decor, and dining options and who are willing to pay top dollar for these, placing a high value on comfort and service. Five-star hotels are specifically defined, down to the last detail of amenities and facilities that should be available, compared with hotels with lower star rankings. The Estonian Hotel and Restaurant Association, under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, adopted a classification system according to the Hotelstars Union system, which came to Europe in 2010. More than 22,000 hotels in the 13 countries following the Hotelstars Union system are in compliance, standardizing services across hotels, so guests can choose the right hotel to match their expectations. Swissôtel Tallinn is recognized as one of Tallinn's best luxury hotels for its exemplary service, attention to detail, and style.
The basic requirements to receive a 5-star rank
are to provide a 24-hour reception desk with multilingual staff, a concierge and page boy, a doorman or valet parking, a large lobby with adequate seating and a beverage service, personalized greetings with flowers or a gift in the room (and not merely a welcome message on the TV), a minibar and 24-hour room service, a private safe, personal care accessories, turndown service, shoe polish service, 1-hour ironing service, a computer with Internet access in the room (by request), and scheduled visits from professional mystery guests or hidden internal controls by the hotel management. Despite being the capital city of Estonia, Tallinn doesn't have very many five-star hotels. However, the four-star hotels or boutique hotels, which also fall under the banner of a "luxury hotel," also provide exceptional service and memorable guest experiences.
While hotels can't possibly please everyone all the time while continually exceeding expectations, most luxury hotels touch on the most important details and attempt to stay abreast of their competition with small, thoughtful gestures and personalized service. Boutique hotels
pride themselves on unimpeachable quality of service, going so far as to memorize the names of repeat guests as well as their preferences. Since these hotels typically offer only a few rooms, they manage a far more intimate understanding of their client's requirements than other hotels do. They are also known for their unique, even unusual, design and decor, where each room may have something different to offer. In Tallinn, for example, one might find a guest room with a tiny balcony or an extra storey to split the bedroom from the living room.
Those on a budget can find clean, safe accommodation options with friendly staff. For instance, a guesthouse far from the crowds of the city may be the perfect place to kick back and avoid high fees. Guests who need a spacious self-service apartment away from the crowds can try the Baltic Boutique Apartments and Casa Kalamaja, both of which are very reasonably priced.
St. Bridget's Convent Guesthouse is a less obvious choice, but it offers many advantages, apart from being easy on the pocket. Since it is run by the Bridgettines, it offers a very different experience than a commercial hotel. It's also very quiet and peaceful in the neighborhood if there are no festivals underway in the nearby Pirita Closter. The guesthouse is a historic place in its own right and is right next to the ruins of an older building that guests may enjoy exploring. Business executives will prefer to stay at hotels that are equipped
to meet their need to be in constant contact with their company or clients. Many business hotels also feature conferencing facilities, offering a range of meeting rooms with banqueting services, free WiFi, a projector, a whiteboard, stationary, and so on. It is quite common for business hotels to have a full-fledged business centre, where guests can request secretarial, photocopying, and faxing services. At some hotels, a free laptop is provided for the duration of the guests' stay. Location is also a significant factor when choosing a business hotel, since executives will want to stay close to the city's popular meeting venues. Tallinn has its own conference centre, which is extremely popular for both the locals and out-of-town guests. The Nordic Hotel Forum is a 4-star business hotel in Tallinn that is very popular among executives. Offering 250 rooms, a world-class business center, and a fine-dining restaurant managed by a chef who has served numerous VIPs including the Estonian president, the hotel is one of the best that Tallinn has to offer. Radisson Blu Hotel Tallinn is also an extremely popular business hotel for its conference facilities and location within the city's business district. Families
too will want to be close to town, so they can spend less time on travelling to activities and events and more time enjoying them, especially when they have young kids in tow, who dislike being cramped up in vehicles so much of the time. Hotels especially soliciting families tend to offer a range of excellent options, including children's menus at the restaurants, special services and activities for children, babysitting services, and so on. In fact, Swissôtel Tallinn even offers kids' rooms that are specially decorated with Pixar and Disney themes, attached to their parents' rooms. When it's time for bed, room service brings up some milk and cookies as part of the turndown service.
Some guests come to Tallinn seeking an experience or an adventure. Tallinn's Old Town
is filled with hotels that specifically honor its medieval past, creating an authentic old-world atmosphere that guests can really immerse themselves in. However, you'll want to be careful about which hotel in Old Town you choose, since not all of them live up to their claims online. We have only picked hotels that are sure to provide a high standard of service and add to your experience of the town. Some of these hotels are truly unique, boasting an interesting design and architecture. Among them are buildings that date back to the 14th century and earlier. Each of these hotels provide excellent restaurants that rank among Estonia's top dining establishments, where some have even earned awards.
If you're looking for a spa experience, there are many hotels that are essentially spa resorts, where everything from aromatherapy and massages to beauty treatments are available. Spa packages can give you a fully-rounded experience that will keep you coming back for more over and over again. Many spa hotels tend to also make their facilities available to the locals. In this case, though, such guests tend not to have complete access to all parts of the spa, while hotel guests have unrestricted access. Use of the pool or fitness equipment may require membership or a special day pass if you're not a hotel guest. Some spa hotels
offer loyalty programs for the local residents, and discounts are typically advertised during the off-peak season.
A spa hotel usually goes to great lengths to offer creature comforts against a backdrop of stylish decor intended to set a relaxing but luxurious mood. Many spa hotels provide premium services including unique, signature spa treatments or an individual tea service. Customer service is considered extremely important since guests pay both for the experience and for the facilities and expert beauty technicians and masseurs. The products are chosen with great care to avoid allergic reactions and to promote relaxation or to enliven the body, depending on the therapy required. Spa hotels are not the same as spa resorts. The resorts offer outdoor recreational options, such as golfing, tennis, or swimming. Spa hotels and resorts both differ from health or destination spas, as these focus more on offering a complete spa experience. Here, the guests' itinerary covers everything from particular exercises to specially designed meals that must be taken in accordance with a strict schedule. The emphasis is placed on mental and physical detoxification.
In Tallinn, several spa hotels are available to meet each of these requirements. Some offer only basic facilities within a luxurious space, while others offer a whole menu of options for treatments and healthy food. For guests with families, Kalev SPA Hotel & Waterpark is an excellent choice, featuring a highly popular waterpark and spa facilities. It is located close to Old Town and has a park nearby. The prices are very reasonable for very comfortable rooms.
In general, Nordic Hotel Forum, Radisson Blu Hotel Tallinn, and Swissôtel Tallinn are typically chosen by travelers who don't want surprises. These three hotels have an excellent location, close to the shopping malls and to Old Town, and provide top notch business facilities for business guests. They are also great options for a family vacation. Each of them has their own spa and fitness facilities, as well as popular dining options and a varied breakfast menu. Several other hotels offer similar benefits, but we believe these three are among the best in this category of offering something for everyone. Based on the happy reviews, their customers seem to agree.