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“Great Location - Rooms "ok"” 3 of 5 stars
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Original Sokos Hotel Viru
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia   |  
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Ranked #31 of 84 Hotels in Tallinn
tennessee
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“Great Location - Rooms "ok"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

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.

Room Tip: I would ask for an upgraded / larger room that faces the old town.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I came for a convention in July 2012 and enjoyed our stay. The rooms are small but clean. The view of Tallinn old town is wonderful especially at sunset. This hotel was located close to everything especially old town. It was also right by the hop,on hop off bus which was very convenient. It was a great stay. It has a great KGB museum in the hotel with a guided tour. I would stay again on a return trip to Tallinn.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This is a perfect central economic hotel if you come by ferry from Finland. It is walking distance from the harbour (and old town) or you can hop on a bus in front of the terminal which takes you there in a few minutes. The rooms (at least ours on 15th floor) are quiet and clean, service efficient and breakfast plentiful.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Excellent location, friendly staff and affordable prices make this place pretty attractive. Rooms are swomewhat outdated but considering everything else we were very satisfied and happy with this hotel.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vaasa, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

This hotel is nice and in very good location. We liked the breakfast, it was delicious. The service was friendly. You can go to Viru Keskus shopping mall directly from hotel's lobby. The hotel is near Old Town.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tønsberg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This very special hotel was an interesting experience. Joining a group for a week-end's hard work, it offered comfortable sleeping, practical facilities and an exciting story. Be sure to visit the KGB museum at the top floor, and enjoy the magnificent view.

Built in the Soviet era to collect tourists in a place they could be bugged and followed, the modernized hotel provides contemporary hotel services, but with a flair of (n)ostalgic heritage from the Soviet days, such as the Currency bar with its decorations.

The breakfast hall is huge, there are several restaurants, pubs and bars, and direct (indoor) access to a large shopping centre is very convenient. Just a short walk from the hotel is the gate to the magnificent Tallinn Old Town, well worth a visit.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Alba, Italy
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is the only hotel that I have stayed at that has it's own museum. On the 23rd floor there used to be offices of the KGB. Guests were spied on from there. Being a guest at the hotel you can get a discount on the museum tour, which takes about an hour.
The breakfast hall was huge and was very busy although you'd not have to wait long for your food. They work well and fast. Speaking of breakfast, we had to check out of the hotel at 6am (before breakfast opens) so the breakfast staff prepared breakfast for us at 5am. I was impressed with the service.
In the hotel you have a restaurant, a pub and a night club. Also the hotel is 'attached' to a large shopping centre.
It is located on the edge of Old Town. The walls of Old Town are diagonally across the road from the hotel.
if / When I revisit Tallinn I will stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Viru Valjak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Location: Estonia > Harju County > Tallinn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Tallinn
#19 Family Hotel in Tallinn
#22 Luxury Hotel in Tallinn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Original Sokos Hotel Viru 4*
Number of rooms: 423
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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