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PK Ilmarine Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Pohja pst 21b, Tallinn 10414, Estonia (Formerly Domina Inn Ilmarine)   |  
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Good location, hotel fine too”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Good location just outside the walled city, you have to cross a main road to get to Fat Margaret tower, but there are traffic lights just down the road and we weren't disturbed by any road noise. Watch your step just outside the hotel when it is wet/icy though, there's a sloping & cobbled road for a bit. Convenient if you want to get a ferry e.g. to Helsinki too: ~10-15 min walk from the ferry terminal (though get your ticket in plenty of time if you do - reception tried to help with booking one but we gave up on the ferry website and decided despite windy weather to go to the terminal to get one, which was absolutely heaving & we gave up there too - do not leave this till the last minute if you want to take the ferry! Though also be mindful that any pre-booked ferry trip could be affected by weather - in that stormy spell we spoke to someone whose brother was on the ferry to St Petersburg, unable to dock for >8 hours). Hotel breakfast choice was ok though could have been better; but dining options sounded nice though we never got round to trying them. Did have a cake/drink in the bar which was nice but it could have stayed open later - then closed at 22:00. (Stayed New Year 2012 when it was 'Domina Inn Ilmarine'; possibly some changes have been made now it's 'PK'). Would be ok to stay here again - just inside the town walls would be nicer but probably add far more cost for the sake of a 5 min walk.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Domina_Manager, Front Office Manager at PK Ilmarine Hotel, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
Dear SavetheKrill,

Thank You for Your feedback and staying in PK Ilmarine Hotel!

We really hope that You enjoyed Your stay at our hotel. About breakfast – thank You for the observation .The ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

We looking forward welcoming You back here!

Kindest regards,
Merilin Kangro
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

There was a group of 15 of us, we stayed for a long weekend.

Before I start with my complaints and criticisms. I have to say, the blonde girl on the front desk was absolutely amazing! She couldn't do enough for us. Any question we asked she helped us with and did it all with a smile and was always happy and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. She is a REAL GENUINE asset to your hotel and without her smile and happy attitude we wouldn't have stayed again because quite frankly, everyone else wasn't very nice or helpful.

The wifi didn't work in the room and had no connectivity whilst we were there, the food in the restaurant and breakfast was limited. My 3 friends were vegetarians and there was only egg for them, there was no mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns and no vegetarian sausages or choices for them. The food wasn't very hot and when we asked for more boiled eggs the lady said they had finished and walked off. Charming !!!!

The food choices need improving - adding vegetarian options because most of my friends don't eat meat and they had no options on the menu for dinner and only egg at Breakfast, which is TERRIBLE!!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I stayed with my wife for 3 nights here & we found the hotel to be clean & tidy with friendly staff.
Our room was on the third floor, it was a good size & quiet,the bed was very comfortable - could've done with an extra pillow though.
The location was the highlight for us as it was near Fat Margaret,the entrance to the old town & a five minute walk to Terminal A where we got the viking line ferry to Helsinki.
The breakfast buffet was good - nothing wrong with meatballs in the morning.

We travelled to & from the airport on the 90k bus. The bus stop number was 10 Linnahall, the driver announced all the bus stops in advance so there was no confusion as to where to get off.
The bus stop itself is on the road directly towards the hotel, very easy to find. The fare is now €3.

The old town was beautiful with cobbled streets, old buildings, side streets & passages.
There are loads of different bars catering for all tastes & plentiful cafes for indulging.
The snow made the town look even more gorgeous when we were there.

It was bloody cold when we visited so if temperatures dip below freezing then take a hat, it will save your ears from falling off. It was also a good excuse to indulge in a Vana Tallinn Glogg every 15 minutes.

When we do return to Tallinn I will have no hesitation in booking here again, it's unbeatable for the price.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

TLD;DR version first:

+Cheap, insanely cheap for a 3 star hotel.
+Friendly and useful staff members.
+Clean, tidy rooms. Some minor flaws.
+Quiet. Oh, so ZZZZ quiet.
+Great mattresses.
+Restaurant & bar
+Some other standard amenities.
+Walking distance from anywhere. 5 minutes to the nearest port. 10 minutes to the city.

- 14" inch TV from the 60's. (That's a joke, but seriously - 14" inch non-LCD TV)
- 4 stars minus one.
- Doesn't really make you feel..homely. Renovated, but still keeps the vibe of USSR era.
- Staff can't help you if you complain about the non-working units in your room.
- Mini-bars will or will not work. Depends on how they feel like it. That's a quote from the staff.
- Air-con is mostly... tricky. Like the mini-bars. They should work based on Celsius system, but I got the feeling that 5 degrees was the same like 25 degrees. Not really helpful nor useful.
- Prices on the soft-drinks are outrageous, but that is to be expected.

-/+ I booked a room in the inner side of the hotel with smoking available. They did not inform me until I checked into the room - smoking is only available on the outer side of the hotel (which is noisier) and the inner side has no smoking rooms available. Take it as it is - double check or TLD;DR version first:

+Cheap, insanely cheap for a 3 star hotel.
+Friendly and useful staff members.
+Clean, tidy rooms. Some minor flaws.
+Quiet. Oh, so ZZZZ quiet.
+Great mattresses.
+Restaurant & bar
+Some other standard amenities.
+Walking distance from anywhere. 5 minutes to the nearest port. 10 minutes to the city.

- 14" inch TV from the 60's. (That's a joke, but seriously - 14" inch non-LCD TV)
- 4 stars minus one.
- Doesn't really make you feel..homely. Renovated, but still keeps the vibe of USSR era.
- Staff can't help you if you complain about the non-working units in your room.
- Mini-bars will or will not work. Depends on how they feel like it. That's a quote from the staff.
- Air-con is mostly... tricky. Like the mini-bars. They should work based on Celsius system, but I got the feeling that 5 degrees was the same like 25 degrees. Not really helpful nor useful.
- Prices on the soft-drinks are outrageous, but that is to be expected.

-/+ I booked a room in the inner side of the hotel with smoking available. They did not inform me until I checked into the room - smoking is only available on the outer side of the hotel (which is noisier) and the inner side has no smoking rooms available. Take it as it is - double check or be surprised.


Don't let my title confuse you. It was a weekend trip to this..somewhat impaired hotel.
When you first enter the hotel you are greeted with a sense of..something old paired awkwardly with something new. The hotel itself is situated in a building witch was built in 1912. It has been renovated, but you get the feeling that some of those renovations might have taken place back in the old days when communism still ruled the lands, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you are looking for a blast from the past and want to feel the comradeship when you are huddled next to your fellow traveling partner in hopes to get a glimpse of the morning show on that marvelous technological wonder that they call a telly or a television. Every room is rocking a whole 14" inch TV with viewable area of 12,8" inch. And it comes with...Colors!

Next thing you'll surely notice if you aren't used to keeping all your food-supplies in a damp cellar with ice blocks keeping the temperature low. All the rooms are equipped with some wondrous invention that the hotel staff calls a mini-bar. Surely enough, mini-bars are all empty unless you make a small donation of coins to the local tavern keeper. But! What makes this here mini-bars so interesting is the fact that they are top-of-the-line models which apparently come with artificial intelligence built into them or they are just plagued by Sloth demons.
I wasn't able to get a confirmation on neither of those apparent solutions from the staff.
In fact the helpful staff member, who's name I have forgotten or never got a hold off, told me that the mini-bars tend to work when they feel like it. It's up to simple old luck and just praying to have them in a working condition or.. well, not. They are fully aware that the mini-bars might not be working at all, but sadly - they cannot do anything about this fact and thus - It's up to me to either talk, plead or threaten those mischievous minibars into working condition.
Woe onto me - I did not know this obvious piece of information until it was too late and all my gathered food-supplies were perished and inedible.

Those technological wonders aside you notice how clean the place actually is. Yes, rooms and the hotel itself is kept quite clean by those pesky two cleaning ladies who knock on your door and won't take "No" for answer. Thumps up for that.
But you do start to notice, after you have calmed down about how clean everything is, that there's little bits and pieces.. Like some holes on the walls, some broken off pieces of furniture. Dusty windows and oddly soiled ceilings. Nothing that will shock you or your children, but still. It's the little things, you know?

But if you are looking for a good nights sleep then you have found your place. I really enjoyed the fact that I was actually able to sleep through the night and the morning. Hotel is really quiet, even on busy days. Mostly it's the fact that the long corridors are lined with soft floorcloths and most of the visitors in this fine establishment are elderly people who have no business being rowdy and making noise. Only thing you'll hear is the 12 o'clock cleaning ladies laughing and chattering up the otherwise ghost-town halls.
Plus it really helps that PK Ilmarine Hotel uses top-of-the-line mattresses. No complaints on the sleep quality.

If you have an eye for colors or you are just generally not into that whole..80's era you might get annoyed by the odd combination of colors and textures used to decorate your room. The fucus colored green and the intensive yellow was widely used in the Soviet Russia era of Estonia, but I guess the renovators missed that part. Nothing that will ruin your stay, tho.

The rooms were quite spacious, even tho there are reports on rooms being rather on the small-side. Not true at all. I didn't feel cramped and If you do feel cramped inside your room then just take a trip to your private bathroom (yes, every room has one) and you'll see where the extra space went. Besides, bathroom seems to be the best part of your room anyway. Spotless clean, spacious, comes with hotels own shampoo, balsam, conditioner etc.

In fact the hotel is so well equipped that you might not even want to go outside. It has a pretty cozy and neat restaurant with some very interesting choices that you usually don't find unless you dine in a full-on gourmet restaurant. Bar is open until 23:00 o'clock, but that's alright. You are going to sleep at 22:00 anyway, aren't you?
There's a sauna, beauty salon, gym and other such small amenities you would expect. For extra charge, of course.

But the main reason you want to stay in this particular hotel is the budget price. If you book through the hotels online system you will get quoted an obscene price. For that price get a real 4-star hotel, but if you book through a travel firm or a ferry company you actually pay less than you pay for your trip to Estonia.
I came to visit my homeland, Estonia and used Lindaline ferry company for that. I also booked this hotel through them and my standard ferry ticket cost more than the 2 nights I spent in this hotel. Amazing value!
Sure, it's a 3 star hotel who has given themselves one extra star, but.. Eh. You can't really complain. If you are not interested in the 6 channels you get from your TV and you don't want to exorcise the mini-bar and just want to relax or walk around the Old Town or go shopping without hassling with the taxis - you have found yourself the best guaranteed deal in the 3 star hotels range. TLD;DR version first:

+Cheap, insanely cheap for a 3 star hotel.
+Friendly and useful staff members.
+Clean, tidy rooms. Some minor flaws.
+Quiet. Oh, so ZZZZ quiet.
+Great mattresses.
+Restaurant & bar
+Some other standard amenities.
+Walking distance from anywhere. 5 minutes to the nearest port. 10 minutes to the city.

- 14" inch TV from the 60's. (That's a joke, but seriously - 14" inch non-LCD TV)
- 4 stars minus one.
- Doesn't really make you feel..homely. Renovated, but still keeps the vibe of USSR era.
- Staff can't help you if you complain about the non-working units in your room.
- Mini-bars will or will not work. Depends on how they feel like it. That's a quote from the staff.
- Air-con is mostly... tricky. Like the mini-bars. They should work based on Celsius system, but I got the feeling that 5 degrees was the same like 25 degrees. Not really helpful nor useful.
- Prices on the soft-drinks are outrageous, but that is to be expected.

-/+ I booked a room in the inner side of the hotel with smoking available. They did not inform me until I checked into the room - smoking is only available on the outer side of the hotel (which is noisier) and the inner side has no smoking rooms available. Take it as it is - double check or be suprised.


Don't let my title confuse you. It was a weekend trip to this..somewhat impaired hotel.
When you first enter the hotel you are greeted with a sense of..something old paired awkwardly with something new. The hotel itself is situated in a building witch was built in 1912. It has been renovated, but you get the feeling that some of those renovations might have taken place back in the old days when communism still ruled the lands, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you are looking for a blast from the past and want to feel the comradeship when you are huddled next to your fellow traveling partner in hopes to get a glimpse of the morning show on that marvelous technological wonder that they call a telly or a television. Every room is rocking a whole 14" inch TV with viewable area of 12,8" inch. And it comes with...Colors!

Next thing you'll surely notice if you aren't used to keeping all your food-supplies in a damp cellar with ice blocks keeping the temperature low. All the rooms are equipped with some wondrous invention that the hotel staff calls a mini-bar. Surely enough, mini-bars are all empty unless you make a small donation of coins to the local tavern keeper. But! What makes this here mini-bars so interesting is the fact that they are top-of-the-line models which apparently come with artificial intelligence built into them or they are just plagued by Sloth demons.
I wasn't able to get a confirmation on neither of those apparent solutions from the staff.
In fact the helpful staff member, who's name I have forgotten or never got a hold off, told me that the mini-bars tend to work when they feel like it. It's up to simple old luck and just praying to have them in a working condition or.. well, not. They are fully aware that the mini-bars might not be working at all, but sadly - they cannot do anything about this fact and thus - It's up to me to either talk, plead or threaten those mischievous minibars into working condition.
Woe onto me - I did not know this obvious piece of information until it was too late and all my gathered food-supplies were perished and inedible.

Those technological wonders aside you notice how clean the place actually is. Yes, rooms and the hotel itself is kept quite clean by those pesky two cleaning ladies who knock on your door and won't take "No" for answer. Thumps up for that.
But you do start to notice, after you have calmed down about how clean everything is, that there's little bits and pieces.. Like some holes on the walls, some broken off pieces of furniture. Dusty windows and oddly soiled ceilings. Nothing that will shock you or your children, but still. It's the little things, you know?

But if you are looking for a good nights sleep then you have found your place. I really enjoyed the fact that I was actually able to sleep through the night and the morning. Hotel is really quiet, even on busy days. Mostly it's the fact that the long corridors are lined with soft floorcloths and most of the visitors in this fine establishment are elderly people who have no business being rowdy and making noise. Only thing you'll hear is the 12 o'clock cleaning ladies laughing and chattering up the otherwise ghost-town halls.
Plus it really helps that PK Ilmarine Hotel uses top-of-the-line mattresses. No complaints on the sleep quality.

If you have an eye for colors or you are just generally not into that whole..80's era you might get annoyed by the odd combination of colors and textures used to decorate your room. The fucus colored green and the intensive yellow was widely used in the Soviet Russia era of Estonia, but I guess the renovators missed that part. Nothing that will ruin your stay, tho.

The rooms were quite spacious, even tho there are reports on rooms being rather on the small-side. Not true at all. I didn't feel cramped and If you do feel cramped inside your room then just take a trip to your private bathroom (yes, every room has one) and you'll see where the extra space went. Besides, bathroom seems to be the best part of your room anyway. Spotless clean, spacious, comes with hotels own shampoo, balsam, conditioner etc.

In fact the hotel is so well equipped that you might not even want to go outside. It has a pretty cozy and neat restaurant with some very interesting choices that you usually don't find unless you dine in a full-on gourmet restaurant. Bar is open until 23:00 o'clock, but that's alright. You are going to sleep at 22:00 anyway, aren't you?
There's a sauna, beauty salon, gym and other such small amenities you would expect. For extra charge, of course.

But the main reason you want to stay in this particular hotel is the budget price. If you book through the hotels online system you will get quoted an obscene price. For that price get a real 4-star hotel, but if you book through a travel firm or a ferry company you actually pay less than you pay for your trip to Estonia.
I came to visit my homeland, Estonia and used Lindaline ferry company for that. I also booked this hotel through them and my standard ferry ticket cost more than the 2 nights I spent in this hotel. Amazing value!
Sure, it's a 3 star hotel who has given themselves one extra star, but.. Eh. You can't really complain. If you are not interested in the 6 channels you get from your TV and you don't want to exorcise the mini-bar and just want to relax or walk around the Old Town or go shopping without hassling with the taxis - you have found yourself the best guaranteed deal in the 3 star hotels range.


Don't let my title confuse you. It was a weekend trip to this..somewhat impaired hotel.
When you first enter the hotel you are greeted with a sense of..something old paired awkwardly with something new. The hotel itself is situated in a building witch was built in 1912. It has been renovated, but you get the feeling that some of those renovations might have taken place back in the old days when communism still ruled the lands, which isn't necessarily a bad thing if you are looking for a blast from the past and want to feel the comradeship when you are huddled next to your fellow traveling partner in hopes to get a glimpse of the morning show on that marvelous technological wonder that they call a telly or a television. Every room is rocking a whole 14" inch TV with viewable area of 12,8" inch. And it comes with...Colors!

Next thing you'll surely notice if you aren't used to keeping all your food-supplies in a damp cellar with ice blocks keeping the temperature low. All the rooms are equipped with some wondrous invention that the hotel staff calls a mini-bar. Surely enough, mini-bars are all empty unless you make a small donation of coins to the local tavern keeper. But! What makes this here mini-bars so interesting is the fact that they are top-of-the-line models which apparently come with artificial intelligence built into them or they are just plagued by Sloth demons.
I wasn't able to get a confirmation on neither of those apparent solutions from the staff.
In fact the helpful staff member, who's name I have forgotten or never got a hold off, told me that the mini-bars tend to work when they feel like it. It's up to simple old luck and just praying to have them in a working condition or.. well, not. They are fully aware that the mini-bars might not be working at all, but sadly - they cannot do anything about this fact and thus - It's up to me to either talk, plead or threaten those mischievous minibars into working condition.
Woe onto me - I did not know this obvious piece of information until it was too late and all my gathered food-supplies were perished and inedible.

Those technological wonders aside you notice how clean the place actually is. Yes, rooms and the hotel itself is kept quite clean by those pesky two cleaning ladies who knock on your door and won't take "No" for answer. Thumps up for that.
But you do start to notice, after you have calmed down about how clean everything is, that there's little bits and pieces.. Like some holes on the walls, some broken off pieces of furniture. Dusty windows and oddly soiled ceilings. Nothing that will shock you or your children, but still. It's the little things, you know?

But if you are looking for a good nights sleep then you have found your place. I really enjoyed the fact that I was actually able to sleep through the night and the morning. Hotel is really quiet, even on busy days. Mostly it's the fact that the long corridors are lined with soft floorcloths and most of the visitors in this fine establishment are elderly people who have no business being rowdy and making noise. Only thing you'll hear is the 12 o'clock cleaning ladies laughing and chattering up the otherwise ghost-town halls.
Plus it really helps that PK Ilmarine Hotel uses top-of-the-line mattresses. No complaints on the sleep quality.

If you have an eye for colors or you are just generally not into that whole..80's era you might get annoyed by the odd combination of colors and textures used to decorate your room. The fucus colored green and the intensive yellow was widely used in the Soviet Russia era of Estonia, but I guess the renovators missed that part. Nothing that will ruin your stay, tho.

The rooms were quite spacious, even tho there are reports on rooms being rather on the small-side. Not true at all. I didn't feel cramped and If you do feel cramped inside your room then just take a trip to your private bathroom (yes, every room has one) and you'll see where the extra space went. Besides, bathroom seems to be the best part of your room anyway. Spotless clean, spacious, comes with hotels own shampoo, balsam, conditioner etc.

In fact the hotel is so well equipped that you might not even want to go outside. It has a pretty cozy and neat restaurant with some very interesting choices that you usually don't find unless you dine in a full-on gourmet restaurant. Bar is open until 23:00 o'clock, but that's alright. You are going to sleep at 22:00 anyway, aren't you?
There's a sauna, beauty salon, gym and other such small amenities you would expect. For extra charge, of course.

But the main reason you want to stay in this particular hotel is the budget price. If you book through the hotels online system you will get quoted an obscene price. For that price get a real 4-star hotel, but if you book through a travel firm or a ferry company you actually pay less than you pay for your trip to Estonia.
I came to visit my homeland, Estonia and used Lindaline ferry company for that. I also booked this hotel through them and my standard ferry ticket cost more than the 2 nights I spent in this hotel. Amazing value!
Sure, it's a 3 star hotel who has given themselves one extra star, but.. Eh. You can't really complain. If you are not interested in the 6 channels you get from your TV and you don't want to exorcise the mini-bar and just want to relax or walk around the Old Town or go shopping without hassling with the taxis - you have found yourself the best guaranteed deal in the 3 star hotels range.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Stayed here a few times now and although it has a few issues the hotel offers good value for money. The executive room was 97€ a night and was clean and well appointed, a little small but cosy, nice flat screen tv and comfy clean bedding. The bathroom lacks a little lustre, the bath itself is deep but if like me you like a shower it's a climb to get in the thing lol.

The restaurant is more to an upmarket cafe but the food was excellent and worthy of the poultry € 21for 3 courses, the reception staff were very helpful but as mentioned in earlier in a previous review, the jacuzzi etc offered free in the exec price does not actually exist. Bit disappointed but for €97 what can you expect.

Will I stay here again, the location is excellent and there's a great little Chinese Restaurant at the bottom of the road. Maybe.

Room Tip: Definitely take an exec room if you can afford it, the mini bar is loaded with soft drinks and crisp...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Paid £80 for a twin room for 3 nights which was a steal. Hotel room was basic with no power shower but clean and serviceable. Breakfast was similar, buffet with the usual continental breakfast and a limited range of hot food. Service was top class, couldn't do enough for you. Location is excellent; about a 15 minute walk to the main port and 10 minutes to the old town main square. Offered an excellent 3 course meal at the hotel restaurant for 18 euros. Would definitely go back.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I'm sitting in our hotel room, getting ready to check out and thought I would share a few things about this hotel before I forgot them. We checked in on Oct. 29th and are departing today, Nov. 9th. We stayed in room 317 which is considered a Business Class room.

First I want to start with the positives. This hotel is close to Fat Margaret’s tower. As soon as we exit the hotel, you can see it. Very handy! The beds were comfortable (we did ask for one bed for two and we got the typical 2 beds pushed together but I did notice that other rooms did have one big bed), the staff friendly, the food excellent! Breakfast included roasted vegetables, fried potatoes, beans in tomato sauce, a warm sausage, scrambled eggs, lots of sliced meat, cheeses, pickles, a warm porridge (10 mornings it was a 4 grain, one time it was oatmeal and a rice porridge the other time), fresh fruit, breads, an assortment of juices, tea and coffee.

Everything we ate from the restaurant was wonderful. Every day at lunch, they would have 2 dishes that were €5 each and one dessert that was €1,50. They also had an a la carte menu. Restaurant was open from 12.00 until 22.00.

The spa was AMAZING. I had the Ultimate Top-To-Toe Ritual (120 minutes includes a facial & full body massage) on my birthday for €69. Manicure was €15 and pedicure €26 or you can get the Lac Sensation (which I did) manicure for €22 and pedicure for €33. My husband and I each also got the 60 minute deep tissue massage for €30 when we first arrived. They have a full beauty salon, where I had my roots recolored and it was only €27. The staff was very friendly, called me by name, and very helpful.

The internet was free and very fast. We never had a problem with it. Bathroom had a hairdryer and shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

Breakfast is served from 7-10 weekdays, 8-11 weekends. My husband was here for a conference and needed to leave by 7 every day. This meant that he was not able to be here for the regular breakfast hours. There were actually 3 guys here for the same conference. They talked to the front desk, and on weekdays, they opened breakfast at 6:45 for them. On the weekends, they had a packed breakfast ready for them.

I also had a health scare while I was here. The staff was very helpful in getting us directions to the hospital and after a few days when we needed to call the hospital to get the results of a biopsy I had done, the staff helped with the phone, getting us to our doctor as most of the people in the hospital did not speak English.

Now a few observations. Online it says that the Business Class rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, bathrobe and slippers and free mini bar. Yes there was tea and ‘instant’ coffee making facilities. We did not sure them as I do not like instant coffee and we are not tea drinkers. It was no problem to just go down to the breakfast to get coffee. It states “bathrobe and slippers”. There was one bathrobe and no slippers. And it say “free mini bar” … mini bar in our room consisted of one Coke, one Sprite, one still water and one orange juice and a small container of Pringles. And it was not cold at all. Everything in the bar was at room temperature.

There was no clock or alarm in the room. We had an empty box of Kleenex in the bathroom. We kept putting it where they could see it to replace it, and they kept putting it right back where it was, empty. We ended up going to the Rimi (just a few blocks away) to replace it ourselves.

There were 3 or 4 times I was in the room when they came to clean. 3 girls would come in and literally, they would be done in 2 minutes. One straightened the bed, one replaced towels (There was a sign saying they were trying to conserve water so if our towels were hanging they would not replace them. Ours were hanging every single morning, yet they replaced them anyway) our glasses were never replaced; I had to wash them myself in the sink. The last one emptied the trash. I never saw them check our mini bar but we never had anything out of it anyway, so maybe they already knew this. More could have been done to the room on the days I was not in it … I just cannot be sure.

More than likely, if I had complained about any of this to the front desk, I’m sure it would have been taken care of. None of it was really all that important to us. If I could have changed any of it, it would have been the one bed we had asked for instead of the two, but it was typical for Europe so it was OK.

One last thing. My husband and I arrived separately and each took taxis from the airport. Neither taxi driver understood when we told them we wanted to go to the “Pk Ilmarine Hotel”. We had to show them our hotel booking. My taxi driver said “Oh, you mean Domina Ilmarine”, which use to be their name, not sure when they changed it.

Would we stay here again? Absolutely! In fact, I’m really hoping that my husband has another conference here soon. We had a fabulous time!

I don't know if I'm allowed to do this, but I have a blog that I have been working on. If this isn't allowed, I'm sure Trip Advisor will take it off. If you go to this website: http://ronandjoyinnorway.blogspot.com/2012/11/tallinn-estonia-day-1.html you can see what an easy walk it is to the Old Town from our hotel. Very simple!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about PK Ilmarine Hotel

Address: Pohja pst 21b, Tallinn 10414, Estonia (Formerly Domina Inn Ilmarine)
Location: Estonia > Harju County > Tallinn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Luxury Hotel in Tallinn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — PK Ilmarine Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PK Ilmarine Hotel is a charming hotel conveniently located just near the historical Old Town, in the culturally versatile seaside region of Tallinn. It is only a few minutes' walk from the ferry terminal, railway station, and the city business, entertainment and shopping districts. With its bar & restaurant Wiegand, beauty salon Angel's Rose, the gym, free WiFi, parking. PK Ilmarine will be everything you expect from a "home away from home". ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Domina Inn Ilmarine Hotel Tallinn
Domina Hotel Tallinn
Domina Hotel Ilmarine

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