We had thought about staying in one of the modern hotels outside the old town but eventually decided to go for the traditional St Petersbourg Hotel and were very glad that we did. This is a really warm and friendly establishment, very close to the centre of the old town but in a quiet street.
We were visiting Tallinn for the Christmas Market and the St Petersbourg is just two minutes walk from the town square which is the centre of the Christmas action.
We had a wonderful three nights and the atmosphere was heightened by a heavy fall of snow the first night. It was bitterly cold but we were able to return frequently to our lovely room to thaw out.
We were given an upgrade to a Junior Suite at the corner on the first floor. This was splendid with high ceiling, a sofa and two armchairs, a writing desk and lots of room. TV with a DVD player, mini-bar, CD/tape/radio player (which was a bit vintage). Free wi-fi in the room. Large bathroom with underfloor heating (luxury). All windows are double glazed and secondary glazed so warm and efficient for soundproofing.
The reception was manned 24hrs and all staff were friendly and helpful. At the reception there is an open fire (gas) and a big basket of ginger biscuits topped up frequently.
Breakfasts are in the downstairs restaurant (Kuldse Notsu Korts) and is very good. Hot food, including omelettes is served and there is an extensive buffet. Enough to keep you going all day. We didn't actually eat any meals other than breakfast here but we were impressed by the dinner menu and it was busy every night. We also didn't eat in the upstairs hotel restaurant, Nevskij, which seemed quite expensive.
There is a sauna suite (on the 4th floor) which is free to guests up till 11am. We didn't get round to using it (hadn't brought swim gear).
There are lots of good and reasonable restaurants very near to the hotel.
There isn't any lift which didn't bother us but may be a factor to some.
The lack of any tea or coffee making facility in the room was a bit of a disappointment but we now note from other TripAdvisor posts that a kettle may have been available on request.
Loved the hotel, loved Tallinn, loved the market and the groggi (gluhwein)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Newly renovated hotel in Tallinn Old Town. All of our 27 rooms & suites have been individually designed to reflect the Russian merchants’ style.The building itself dates back to the 15th century when a wealthy Russian merchant purchased the property and had it redesigned by the famous architect August Gabler.The latest technological appliances have been discreetly integrated throughout the hotel giving guests the height of comfort in an elegant traditional setting. ... more less
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- St Petersbourg Hotel