The best luxury hotels in Tallinn

 

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JUNE 2019

When you think of luxury hotels in Europe, Tallinn may be not be the first place that springs to mind. However, luxury and boutique travelers are in for a welcome surprise in the Estonian capital. Tallinn has several luxury — and boutique — hotels, which are also centrally located in Tallinn Old Town.

How do I get to Tallinn?

Flights to Tallinn are frequent, and daily too — depending on your starting destination. Given its location and proximity to Finland, traveling from Helsinki to Tallinn by ferry is another popular alternative.

Tallinn Airport is the largest in the country, and is also quite close to the city center (about 22 minutes). Transportation is frequent, cheap and easy to navigate. We took taxi sharing service, Uber, from the airport to the city, and the no. 4 tram on our return. At the time of travel, a tram ride cost €2 ($2; £1.77) per person, and you can pay the driver when you board.

Holy Spirit Street in Tallinn, the location of Estonia’s first 5-star luxury hotel ©Schlössle Hotel

 

Tallinn luxury hotel – Schlössle Hotel

As you wander down the street leading to Schlössle Hotel, you feel as though you’re walking right into a storybook. The cobbled streets complement the period buildings and former merchants houses, and the colors intensify in the Tallinn sun.

Where is Schlössle Hotel?

Schlössle Hotel sits halfway along Holy Spirit Street. It’s a principal road that leads from the central market to the harbor. Many merchants traded, and lived, in the buildings on this historic street during Tallinn’s thriving era as a trading hub.

Entering Schlössle Hotel – Tallinn luxury hotel

Walking through the main doors of Schlössle Hotel evokes a warm, fuzzy feeling in your stomach. The lobby’s warm, welcoming and altogether homely. You feel instantly relaxed, and easily forget you’re in a 5-star luxury hotel.

The hotel’s building dates back to the 13th century, which is reflected in some of the original features. Thick stone walls, heavy wooden beams and antique tapestries give you a taste of the medieval. It blends in nicely with the soft, modern furnishings, bright décor and a sprawling corner sofa. Today, it’s one of Tallinn’s best luxury hotels, and was the first hotel in Estonia to be awarded 5 stars.

Schlössle Hotel has also welcomed high-profile guests through its doors, including Prince Charles and US rockstar Lenny Kravitz.

A luxury hotel in Tallinn – the welcoming lobby at Schlössle

 

 “The cobbled streets complement the period buildings and former merchants houses, and the colors intensify in the Tallinn sun.”

Map of where to find the best luxury hotels in Tallinn

Schlössle Hotel rooms and suites – Tallinn hotels

There are 23 rooms and suites in Schlössle Hotel, each room differing in design. The number of rooms not only underlines its boutique status, but also gives you an idea of the hotel’s size. Choose from the Deluxe Double/Twin and the Deluxe Garden Queen, or one of the Junior, One-bedroom or Presidential suites. When you book a stay in any of the suites, you also receive a complimentary transfer to the airport (one-way).

The Junior Suite’s an ideal choice for a romantic couples getaway. It’s big enough for 2, with a king-size bed, plenty of natural light, and zero outside noise. The bathroom’s fitted with everything you need for a comfortable stay, plus plenty of luxury bath products too.

Deluxe Double/Twin rooms are also an excellent, and affordable, choice for this Tallinn luxury hotel. Depending on your preference, you’ll check into a room with a king, queen or twin bed. One feature I adore about these rooms, are the large windows with seating, with views overlooking the courtyard. Like the Junior Suite, Deluxe Double/Twin rooms are bright, comfortably chic and incredibly restful.

Other in-room features include complimentary WiFi, cable TV and a daily turn-down service. Guests can also use the downstairs sauna during their stay.

One final point I’ve to add is that Schlössle Hotel still uses traditional room keys. They did try using electronic key cards, but decided to revert back after regular guests said they preferred the keys. Now this is what you call guest loyalty!

 

The bed in the Junior Suite – luxury hotels in Tallinn

 

Schlössle Hotel restaurant – luxury hotels in Tallinn

The elegant design of Schlössle Hotel extends to its restaurant, Restaurant Stenhus. Mood lighting by candlelight, a roaring fire, and original stone walls create an intimate atmosphere.

Restaurant Stenhus embraces the concept of farm to plate, by partnering with small Estonian farms and fishermen. Dining here not only means eating high quality organic produce, but it also means supporting local producers too.

The menu includes classic Estonian dishes like wild boar, or something more contemporary, such as wild mushroom risotto.

Restaurant Stenhus – hotels in Tallinn Old Town

 

Sauna and spa at Schlössle Hotel – Tallinn luxury hotel

There’s a genuine Estonian sauna in the basement of the building, which is free to use for hotel guests. Inside, they offer free bottled water, towels and bathrobes and a relaxation area. You’re also able to order food and drink from the special menu.

Schlössle Hotel do also offer guests spa and beauty treatments, but the therapists aren’t based in-house. Saying that, it’s essential you book in advance if you’d like to have a massage, facial, or any other treatments.

Schlössle Hotel summer garden

Summer’s a good time to visit Schlössle Hotel. For not only is it sunnier and warmer in temperature, but they also open their summer garden.

From May to September, guests can sit, dine and drink, and all in the setting of the peaceful courtyard. What’s more, there’s also live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, to liven the mood even more. If the weather should take a turn, the restaurant’s always open!

Tallinn luxury hotel – summer garden ©Schlössle Hotel

Tallinn luxury hotel – Hotel St. Petersbourg

About 7 minutes’ walk from Schlössle Hotel, on Rataskaevu 7, is Hotel St. Petersbourg. While both belong to the same hotel group, they couldn’t be any more different. Where Schlössle Hotel embraces traditional style, Hotel St. Petersbourg is much more modern in feel and design.

As its name suggests, Hotel St. Petersbourg pays homage to its Russian roots. A Russian merchant bought the building — which dates back to the 15th century. He then commissioned architect Christian August Gabler to redesign the property in 1850. This makes Hotel St. Petersbourg the oldest operating hotel in Tallinn.

Red is in abundance at Hotel St. Petersbourg. From the deep red thick drapes in the lobby, to the luxurious throws in the bedrooms, it’s hard to miss.

Relaxing in the lobby of Hotel St. Petersbourg in a piece designed by Finnish interior designer Eero Aarnio

Hotel St. Petersbourg rooms and suites

Similar to Schlössle Hotel, there are also only a small amount of rooms at Hotel St. Petersbourg. Each of the 27 rooms and suites here are individual in design, though include similar luxury touches, like the bedspreads.

Room types at Hotel St. Petersbourg include Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite and the Suite. The hotel commissioned interior design firm, Andrew Martin from London, to transform each of its rooms and suites.

The Suite at Hotel St. Petersbourg

For the ultimate luxury hotel stay in Tallinn, you should consider booking the suite. It’s spacious, modern, yet also retains some of its original features. Upon entering, you see the lounge area with sofa, armchairs and coffee table, after which you enter the bedroom.

The sign of a good bed, isn’t just its size, but also by something I call the ‘jumpability’ factor. By this, I mean how quickly does the bed make you want to flop/jump on it as soon as you enter! For me, the queen-size bed in the Suite at Hotel St. Petersbourg is a solid 8/10. Its soft beddings and silky cotton sheets are a perfect marriage with the firm mattress beneath.

Extra in-room amenities in the suite also include an espresso coffee machine, free WiFi, bathrobes, slippers and luxury toiletries. Also included when staying at the suite is a complimentary transfer (one-way) to the airport by luxury car.

Luxury hotels in Tallinn – lounge area in the Suite at Hotel St. Petersbourg

Hotel St. Petersbourg Deluxe Double/Twin room

Though it may be slightly smaller in size than the suite, the Deluxe Double/Twin rooms are an equally comfortable choice. The room has the same amenities as the suite, and comes with a queen-size, or 2 single, beds if twin. Size really is the only difference between the two, plus there’s no complimentary airport transfer with this room.

All guests at Hotel St. Petersbourg are also welcome to use the morning sauna, which opens from 7am to 11am.

Hotel St. Petersbourg Deluxe Double bed – Tallinn hotels

Dining options at Hotel St. Petersbourg

Tabula Rasa – hotels in Tallinn

Every good boutique hotel has a chic cocktail bar, and the one at Hotel St. Petersbourg doesn’t disappoint. Tabula Rasa is a classically chic setting that embraces Estonian modern culture and art noveau. The layout of the bar has an old-school feel, similar to those we visited at Raffles Europejski and Flemings Mayfair.

Its menu also reflects present-day Tallinn with a good selection of main courses/grills to choose from, and fish starters too.

Even if you don’t eat here, take a glass of wine, and simply enjoy the views overlooking Town Hall Square.

Luxury hotel in Tallinn – Tabula Rasa

Golden Piglet Inn – Hotel St. Petersbourg

My mouth begins to water when I think about our fantastic meal at Golden Piglet Inn. Where Tabula Rasa is the place where the cool people go, Golden Piglet Inn is all about tradition.

From the second you enter, you feel as though you’re entering someone’s home for dinner. Wooden flooring, tables with homemade furnishings, benches and chairs put you in the mood for some traditional cooking.

Recipes have been passed down from grandmother and generations, meaning there are items here you won’t find anywhere else. On top of that, all the produce comes from local farms and suppliers, ensuring fresh and quality ingredients.

Traditional Estonian cooking at Golden Piglet Inn

It’s safe to say that Estonians really like their meat. There are plenty of carnivorous choices on the menu, including moose, blood sausage and duck. That’s not to say there isn’t anything for vegetarians or vegans. The interestingly named Witch’s Casserole, is mashed potatoes with wild mushrooms, and grated (optional) cheese on top.

We went for the very hearty ‘Golden Piglet’ crispy pork shank. This mammoth piece of meat is for 2 people, and comes with sauerkraut, strong mustard and roast potatoes. It’s grand, calorific, but seriously good.

For dessert, we tried a classic Estonian apple and blackcurrant pie with vanilla custard. Light, not too sweet and a perfect size, it was a fitting end to the meal.

One thing you also have to try here is the rhubarb lemonade. I’m usually not keen on rhubarb, but was convinced by the staff to give it a go. Thankfully I did, because it’s so refreshing, tangy and downright delicious.

Golden Piglet Inn is as popular with tourists, as it’s with locals, and I completely get it. The atmosphere’s warm, the food and drink excellent, and the location’s central. What more could you ask for?

The pork shank at Golden Piglet Inn, Tallinn

Best nearby attractions – Tallinn luxury hotels

Both Schlössle Hotel and Hotel St. Petersbourg are in the heart of Tallinn Old Town, and close to top attractions.

Tallinn Town Hall Square

Town Hall Square (Raekoja Plats in Estonian) is the beating heart of the old town. This grand plaza, with its colorful rooftops, is home to festivals throughout the year as well as the Christmas market. What’s more, you can also visit Tallinn Town Hall. It’s the oldest town hall in Scandinavia and the Baltics region. The vane, Old Thomas, has been there since 1530 atop the tower, which measures an impressive 64m (210ft) in height.

Both Hotel St. Petersbourg and Schlössle Hotel are close to the colorful Town Hall Square

Parliament of Estonia – Tallinn hotels

Also within walking distance of Schlössle Hotel and Hotel St. Petersbourg is the Parliament of Estonia, Toompea Castle. Guided tours are free to the public, making this one of the best free things to do in Tallinn. The parliament building also has an art space, as well as a reading room and the parliamentary archives.

Top viewing platforms in Tallinn

Get your lenses at the ready, to discover some of the best viewing points in Tallinn. Around Tallinn Old Town are several places where you can capture the landscape at birds eye level. Type the following names into your GPS and navigate your way to the top:

  • Patkuli Viewing Platform
  • Piiskopi viewing platform
  • Kohtuotsa Viewing Platform

Depending on the time of year, and day, you visit, these viewing platforms get busy very quickly. Mornings tend to be quieter, though visiting before sunset is a pretty time to also go.

What do you think of Schlössle Hotel and Hotel St. Petersbourg? Do they look like somewhere you’d like to stay? Let me know in the comments below!

Till next time, happy boutique travels x

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Get to one of the viewing platforms in Tallinn to see panoramic views of the city

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