We came for a group convention so the hotel occupancy was high (we also had members across the street at the Nordic). Upon check in we were greeted by a friendly front desk person who explained where everything was in the hotel and given a room. We went to the room and it smelled so much like smoke our noses burned - it was supposed to be a "non-smoking" room. We called from the room to inform them and were told if we came back down they would give us another room. I went back down and asked more room questions and requested that we stay close to our original room because we friends were also assigned to the same floor in an upgraded room. We asked for an upgrade room as well and were told none were available. They brought keys up and showed us two rooms to choose from - one was in a corner and has sharp corners that made the room a strange shape and not that functional. The 3rd room we tried was very small but we just took it and started rolling our bags into the room.
We were on site for a 5 night stay. There was NO closet space - no where to hang a single item of clothings, also meaning there was no where to store the suitcases. There were a few drawers and we managed. The television was very small so if you plan to spend time in your room be prepared it's about a 18 inch version with very few cable channels. Again we didn't fly to Tallinn to stay in the room so it was fine for us.
During July when we went it was light about 20 hrs a day so in order to try and sleep the curtains had to stay closed. They were older drapes wth no black out options and they were not really wide enough to cover the entire window.
The bathroom was compact but had heated floors if you were to go in winter. The air conditioner ran but it never got cool in the room. We called for maintenance twice because it was so hot it was difficult to sleep but they were unable to do anything to make it better. The beds are okay but I wouldn't say comfy like other chain hotels typically have...
Again we were part of the group so several of our meals were in a large group setting. We had breakfast included in the buffett as part of our room - which I believe is standard. They were two different buffett areas which did help with the large amount of people that were there all around the same time. The selection was okay - there are all sort of pastries, bread, cereals, a couple of types of eggs, potatoes, etc. The bacon was not the American type - so it did not appear cooked to us and we chose not to have it.
We used the laundry services due to the large duration of our trip across several countries / cities. I will say it was the most reasonable in cost of any country we visited. They did a great job and there was a quick turn around time.
We had a drink at the bar in the back of the hotel behind the elevators and it was good - service was a little slow.
Again it's not a Ritz, a Hilton, a Marriott, etc but we weren't paying for that either we had a $99 a night rate. So if you go with the correct expectations you will be prepared and not disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you haven’t been in the legendary Viru Hotel, you haven’t seen all of Tallinn. The first skyscraper and prominent landmark in Estonia offers breathtaking views of Tallinn Bay and Tallinn’s UNESCO protected medieval Old Town. The hotel has the widest range of room types, restaurants, entertainment facilities, relaxation services and the “must see” KGB museum all under the same roof. Original Sokos Hotel Viru provides direct access to the Viru Centre shopping mall and is close to theatres and popular cultural centres. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sokos Hotel Tallinn