The Most Stunning Historic Hotels to Book in Estonia

Villa Ammende Restaurant & Hotel is a beachside beauty with a fascinating history
Villa Ammende Restaurant & Hotel is a beachside beauty with a fascinating history | © Villa Ammende Restaurant & Hotel / Expedia
Jae Jensen

Once private residences for the Baltic elite, these Estonia manor houses have been transformed into luxury hotels. From a gothic merchant house in Tallinn to an art nouveau beach villa in Pärnu, travel to your own favourite time period – if only for a night or two – by booking with Culture Trip.

1. von Stackelberg Hotel, for traditional charm in Tallinn Old Town


The exterior of von Stackelberg Hotel, as seen from its outdoor dining area
© Von Stackelberg Hotel / Expedia
Built in 1874 as the city residence of a Baltic German baron, this property has since been fully restored and converted into a hotel. Taste the luxurious life of a 19th-century aristocrat in rooms with limestone walls, dark wood floors and a few modern additions such as private jacuzzis. The hotel also has a spa, bathed in natural light, where you can soak, steam and pamper after a day exploring the Medieval Old Town of Tallinn.

2. Park Hotell, for contemporary grandeur in Viljandi


The yellow of exterior of Park Hotell Viljandi, as seen from across the road
© Park Hotell Viljandi / Expedia

In 1910, flax merchant farmer Andres Ormisson decided to construct the most impressive brick building on Viljandi’s town hall square. It operated as a hotel until World War II, when it became a hospital, going on to become a trade school, medical school, and a cultural education school. Finally, in 2018, the Park Hotell reopened according to Ormisson’s vision: as upscale accommodation. Today, it boasts high ceilings, herringbone wood floors and a striking yellow brick facade.

3. Kernu Manor, for rural delights in Kohatu


A bedroom at Kernu Manor, with a large bed, sofa, footstool, wooden floors and velvet curtains
© Kernu Manor / Expedia

The Kernu rural estate dates to the early 17th century, while the classical manor itself was completed in 1813 by Baron Ungern-Sternberg. Extensive renovations began in 2013, and the hotel now features 11 rooms and five lavish suites with distinct designs and colour palettes. Take a stroll around the grounds, which are home to a small lake and a garden with apple trees.

4. Schlössle Hotel, for a rustic stay in Tallinn


A seating area at Schlössle Hotel; creams sofas surround a fireplace, wooden beams and exposed brick walls
© Schlössle Hotel / Expedia
Five-star Schlössle Hotel is situated on Pühavaimu tänav (Holy Spirit Street) in Tallinn’s Medieval Old Town, where merchants lived and traded for over 500 years. Glamorous interiors showcase the baroque and gothic characteristics of this 13th-century building, including limestone arches, massive wooden beams and spiral staircases. Sit back on leather Chesterfield sofas in the Cigar Lounge, or enjoy live music in the courtyard summer garden.

5. The Three Sisters Hotel, for cognac lovers in Tallinn

Boutique Hotel

The exterior of the three tall buildings that combine as the Three Sisters Hotel
© The Three Sisters Hotel / Expedia
These three slender stone houses, once home to Medieval merchants, have joined together as a five-star hotel. The first mention of the buildings comes from 1362. Since then, they have variously belonged to town councillors and burgomasters. It’s due to this long, unusual history that all 23 rooms at the Three Sisters are unique. Downstairs, you’ll find the largest selection of cognacs in the city, along with over 300 wines – sample them in the swanky bar.

6. Hotel Telegraaf, for a spa retreat in Tallinn

Spa Hotel

The indoor pool area at Hotel Telegraaf, with loungers beside the water
© Hotel Telegraaf / Expedia
Although located in the Old Town, Hotel Telegraaf has art deco influences rather than Medieval ones. The five-star hotel was built in 1878 and, as its name suggests, served as a telegraph, post and telephone services hub until 1992. Choose between traditional or modern rooms and suites named after telecommunication pioneers including Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Morse. Hotel Telegraaf also has a glass-roofed spa with saunas, a swimming pool, jacuzzi and private treatments.

7. Villa Ammende Restaurant & Hotel, for beachside luxury in Pärnu


An aerial view of Villa Ammende Restaurant & Hotel through the tall trees that surround it
© Villa Ammende Restaurant & Hotel / Expedia

In 1904, wealthy merchant Hermann Leopold Ammende couldn’t find a venue worthy of his only daughter’s wedding. So, he decided to build a villa just minutes from the white sand beach of Pärnu. Subsequently, Villa Ammende served as a casino and a library, before being painstakingly restored with attention to historical accuracy. Today, it is the best example of early art nouveau architecture in Estonia.

8. Hotel Antonius, for a romantic suite in Tartu


A room at Hotel Antonius, with a large bed, and pastoral paintings on the walls
© Hotel Antonius / Expedia

Tartu is a city of knowledge, so there is no more fitting view for your stay than the pillars of its university’s main building, located in the centre of the historic quarter. The present structure of Hotel Antonius was completed in 1811. Since it is under heritage protection, great care was taken when renovating the building. This has resulted in fresh, romantic rooms, characteristic of the late 19th century, decked out with precious antique furniture.

This is an updated rewrite of an article originally by Kasparas Asmonaitis.

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