We stayed in a budget room for four nights in April it was clean and the bunk beds were comfortable, nice en suite shower room but no storage area for clothing. The hotel which is perfectly positioned for the old town and all attractions looks newly refurbished and has a nice cozy style, staff were polite and the area was quiet. The buffet style breakfast in the cellar dining area was excellent with something for everyone and always kept topped up.This hotel would benefit from a lounge area where you could buy a drink and relax somewhere other than your room, there is a french style cafe attached but this is not very cozy and not open in the evenings, its maybe different in the summer when you can sit outside.
There are lots of local restaurant in the close vicinity mostly very expensive ! however we found good meals at reasonable prices at Porgu's, a pub style underground bar which is close by also Sovhabaar which is literally at the end of the road, the African kitchen in UUS street looks like a dump outside but good atmosphere and good food inside, staff were very pleasant.
Shopping in Talin was not a very pleasant experience most of the shops in the old town are souvenir shops all selling the same rubbish which is to be expected what was not expected was the rudeness and poor attitude towards tourists, in fact in general we found shop owners to be very unfriendly. Most antique shops seem to be run by scary looking men who glare at you if you dare to enter, a special mention to the antique shop in Lai street for new levels of rudness and hostility to customers, I had my hand grabbed by the owner for pointing at something even though I was perfectly polite and looking round with my wife, avoid at all costs most items I saw were reproduction anyway.
All in all Talin is a very interesting old Gothic town with lots of nice architecture, cobbled streets and interesting buildings, however I would suggest that summer would be the best time to visit as its a walking and looking town and most attractions are outside, we think two days and you've seen most things. The indigenous population still have a lot to learn about people skills and interaction with visitors, we found the younger people working in the bars and restaurants to be much better than the older generation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel will proudly open its doors on December 23th, 2009. Connecting two of Old town’s most famous picturesque boulevards, Lai and Pikk, the Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel brings the magic and mystery of medieval Tallinn to your doorstep. Offering 50 rooms, each completely unique in size and design, the Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel gives a perfect balance of historical authenticity and modern comfort. The hotel is accessible from both Pikk and Lai streets, elegantly connected by a charming garden. All of Old Town’s main attractions, shops, galleries and sights are within walking distance from the hotel. ... more less
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