If I was to shorten my review to only few words, I'd say: Awesome location, great and helpful staff, great prices but not the cleaniest place. After all - you get what you pay for.
To extend the review a little, I'll divide it into few categories:
Can't beat it. It is located right in the heart of the city, everything important in Tallinn is within walkable distance. If you arrive by buos from Vilnius, or Riga it'll take you 15 - 20 mins to get here. If you arrive or leave to Helsinki, the port is about 10 mins of walking far.
The Old Town square is right behind the corner, with lots of bars, pubs, restaurant, and everything you're (not) looking for.
Can't beat it either. We stayed in the biggest dorm with 14 beds, and paid €9 per person per night!! Considering the fact that beer in average Tallinn's pub costs between €3 and €6, the price for night is fantastic.
People that work there the day shifts are super friendly and helpful. Especially one guy who comes from Guatemala. They'll you what's up in Tallinn, where to go for cheap bear, or where to shop groceries. Be sure to take the Tallinn Free Map Made By Locals right upon arrival - it's at the reception!
People on night shifts I didn't find that friendly, but not rude either.
Simplicity at its finest. You get your bed and perhaps a chair, too. You can charge your phone there and that's about it.
SHOWERS AND TOILETS
This was the only catch we've experienced. There's only few showers (I think 3) for entire hostel and you can imagine how one shower looks like after 30 people have used it before you.
The kitchen is fully equiped, there's free WiFi which only works in the lobby and the common area though. There's a TV and 2 computers for free use in the common area. The staff of this hostel also organizes tours around the city or to some cool sights even outside Tallinn.
I definitely enjoyed my stay at this place, especially for its location and unbetable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hostel Alur is situated in the heart of the Old City and in the widest and quiet street. It has a unique location - 1 minute on foot from Town Hall square, the heart of the Bottom Merchant city, in immediate proximity from a Fortification constructed in the 15th century.We are in 10 minutes on foot from the Seaport and in 5 minutes from the railway station, only 5 km from the bus terminal and 7 km from the airport. The Russian Embassy is next door. It is convenient for those who wish to get the Russian visa.We are located in a building constructed in the 15th century which was completely renewed in 2006. Therefore you will find yourself in the place where the old spirit goes with a modern design - spacious light rooms, noise proof windows, a parquet floor, the modern bathrooms and WC rooms, all is in accordance with the European standard. All rooms are provided with the new wooden, eco furniture. ... more less
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