With its many bars and clubs, Tallinn is great for going out at night. But because everyone needs to sleep, even the biggest party animals, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten cultural hotels in Tallinn.
Home to two excellent restaurants, this Russian-inspired boutique hotel benefits from a premier location in the Old Town, inspired design, and an overall atmosphere of luxury. Rooms and suites mix faux fur and splendid wooden floors with modern amenities. All rooms also have free access to the sauna in the morning.
The Savoy Boutique Hotel has nothing to do with the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London, but it’s still worth checking out for its Art Deco interior and elegant room design; with only 44 rooms, it has a smaller and more intimate feel. Everything is high-quality, from the Italian-made furniture to the historical details and modern amenities. There’s also a sophisticated restaurant, where guests can enjoy Estonian cuisine at its finest.
The luxuriously reconverted telegraph exchange station is now home to the Telegraaf Hotel, one of the city’s most prestigious establishments. From its historical past it retains beautiful marble floors and grand, spacious rooms. The furniture and design add to the historical ambiance, with features like four-poster beds in a number of rooms. The hotel is also at the heart of the Old Town, a stone’s throw from Tallinn’s main sights. Anyone interested in sampling the best of Tallinn’s cuisine should have a meal at its restaurant, Tchaikovsky.
Three adjoining medieval houses in Tallinn’s Old Town have been turned into this luxury five-star-plus hotel, perfect for a romantic holiday. Numerous celebrities, politicians, and even royals like Britain’s Prince Charles have chosen to stay at Schlossle. The antique furnishings further the traditional, Old World atmosphere, while attentive staff make sure guests have everything they need. This is made easier by Schlossle’s small size. It’s owned by the same group as Saint Petersbourg Hotel, so visitors can be sure they are in good hands.
Four-star Hotel Cru is a small but charming hotel in a former merchant’s house. Its brick walls, wooden beams, antique furniture, and – best of all, in our eyes – large beds make it just as romantic as Tallinn’s more luxurious hotels, and it can also boast a prime location within walking distance of the main attractions. They also don’t spare any expenses to make the food absolutely delicious, so be sure to try the restaurant.
For those on a budget, the Bridgettine Convent offers the right combination of low prices and quirky accommodation: it’s an actual convent run by nuns! It’s particularly good for groups, as up to three people can sleep in each room. As expected from such an establishment, the rooms are bare-bones, but spotless and refreshing in their simplicity. It’s located near Pirita Beach, Tallinn’s biggest beach, making it ideal in the summer. The historical center is easily reachable by bus, and breakfast is included.
Many establishments in Tallinn are in medieval buildings, but this one really goes all in with the medieval and Renaissance theme. This old merchant’s house has not only intricate façades but also wooden beams, hand-painted frescoes, lovely period-appropriate fireplaces, stone walls, and old-fashioned wooden furniture. It makes for a very romantic atmosphere and is ideal for couples, though it is by no mean limited to them.
The 23 rooms of the Three Sisters each have their own design and furnishings, making every experience unique. The meandering network of chambers, staircases, balconies, and galleries make the setting — three interconnecting 14th-century houses, the ‘three sisters’ that give the hotel its name — highly original even in a medieval city like Tallinn. The hotel restaurant, Bordoo, provides a great setting for a romantic meal, with its handpainted ceilings and large windows, and features a selection of over 300 wines.
Near the Old Town lies a small 19th-century estate, which was once that of the German-Baltic baron von Stackelberg. It’s now a hotel, beautifully blending old, grand architecture with modern minimalism. The elegantly designed rooms have all the modern amenities, including free Internet access, digital safes, tea-and coffee-making facilities, and heated floors in the bathrooms. Some rooms offer Jacuzzi baths as well, and there’s a swimming pool and a sauna. The overall design respects the historical setting, with pine floors, brick walls, and beautiful furniture.
Convenient situated in a quiet part of the Old Town, Taanilinna Hotel is a tiny medieval-style hotel, which feature stone walls, beamed ceiling, and a summer terrace. All rooms are fitted with hardwood floors and elegant wooden furniture, as well as modern equipment such as free Wi-Fi, cable television, and heated bathroom floors. Breakfast is also included and served in the restaurant on the ground floor. The most luxurious suites offer a truly stellar experience, thanks to the extra-large beds and extra sofas.