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Rija Old Town Hotel

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#46 of 89 hotels in Tallinn
Enjoy the medieval charm of the Old Town of Tallinn, by staying at Rija Old Town Hotel! The hotel is at the crossroads of prominent viewing sites, restaurants, museums and entertainment sites. A half-minute walk away from Rija Old Town Hotel, it is possible to see the St. Olaf’s Church of Tallinn, as well as other medieval architectural objects. Approximately 600 m from the hotel there is a railway station,while Tallinn Passenger Port is only 1,2 km away.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free internet
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
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Non-smoking rooms
Flatscreen TV
TV Channel One Russia
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Historic Hotel
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Russian, Estonian
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It is a mixed review as many others. Visited with my child, got a free room upgrade, which had a balcony. Balcony was a lovely touch to an otherwise run down room. The decor is very old fashioned. First time ever I’ve stayed in a room with laminate flooring. Space was reasonable. While the brown curtains and one pillow per person can be looked over, mouldy bathroom ceiling and a loose skirting with nails hanging out really made me question my booking choice. As someone mentioned the towels are very thin and rough, but they’re clean and there’s plenty of them. Toiletries were good and hair drier available too. Shower itself was nice and the heated floor was to die for. It seemed the hotel doesn’t have a store room as all the hoovers are stored around the hotel corridors, alongside with cot beds and chairs. While it’s not a practical issue, it does not create a nice atmosphere. Neither does staff taking out rubbish bags from main reception. Breakfast was decent, although the pastries were not fresh. The hotel really is saved by its location. And the reception girls were lovely, especially Anna, who was very smiley and helpful. So all in all the stay was fine but I would not rebook again, as the price is not worth the run down experience.
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The Rija Old Town Hotel is very well located, clean, and a good place to stay in Tallinn Old Town, an exceptionally charming destination. I loved my room. Breakfast was fine. I had only one problem: When I approached Hotel Director Svetlana to mention that my room had not been cleaned until 3:30pm on two occasions, to my great surprise she replied defensively (of course it's their 'right' to clean my room that late, but I wanted to communicate that it was inconvenient for me) and was actually hostile. (Her recommendation was that I waive having my room cleaned if the time was not convenient for me.) I have no idea why. With that caveat (if you're on the 4th floor, your room probably won't be cleaned until then, either), I think it's a good place to stay in a charming city.
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This is a really mixed review, I guess. We loved Tallinn, and enjoyed our whole stay. There is much good about the hotel, too. I will do the negatives first... Room: Tight on space. Apparently ours was an upgrade - not the smallest. But down my side of the bed I couldn't get my legs past each other. NOT spacious. The towels were the most threadbare I have ever had in a hotel. But the shower wasn't bad, and we slept ok. Breakfast: a bit samey, coffee not the best, excellent pickled herring, sad looking baked produce and staff. But we ate well and enjoyed it. Especially the herring. Reception: fantastic, friendly, helpful staff. Location: hard to beat. I love being at the heart of the action, and loved staying in the Old Town itself - and probably glad to also be in a quiet street! Overall: not bad!
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I took the Viking ferry from Finland to Tallinn, so walking in 15 minutes and you will arrive at Fat Margaret Tower. The hotel is next to the tower. The check in was fast, the room was large and functional, the water pressure was good. Breakfast was fine, not a lot of choices, but it's acceptable. St. Olav's Church is across the street, so remember to climb the tower, the view is so wonderful. The hotel is less than 10 minutes walk to Old Town Hall/Square. I walked everywhere during 2 nights/2 days in Tallinn. The street has cobber stones, so wear comfortable shoes. You walk pass Fat Margaret Tower and take tram 2 to the park to visit KUMU (Estonia National Museum of Art). Buy ticket from the driver, cash only 2.00 Euro. You can walk back from the park to Old Town in 15 minutes, flat, and a straight line back to Old Town. I would highly recommend this hotel to travelers in Tallinn.
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We stayed 3 nights in a twin room. The hotel is in a great location for the tourist attractions and for all transport links, harbour, trams, buses and trains. The staff were friendly and helpful. We had breakfast and it was just "ok". We paid a budget price as we only needed somewhere to sleep and didn't plan on spending alot of time in the hotel. The decor of the hotel is very tired and overall the hotel is in need of some TLC.
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