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Original Sokos Hotel Viru
Ranked #26 of 82 Hotels in Tallinn
Vaasa, Finland
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tønsberg
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43 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Alba, Italy
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49 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Tel Aviv
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21 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

I stayed for 5 nights. Clean, quiet, very good location, excellent breakfast. The room was quite small. The hotel is very big. Dining room is like a stadium. Not very personal. If t the price was not much too high I would rate it better..

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Finland
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24 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

A typical family hotel in the Nordics. Not as good as for example Scandic hotels are but quite decent on every aspect and the price was reasonable. The location is excellent, everything is near including a mall attached to the hotel.

Beware of the automatic sensors in the minibar. Unlike 99% of other hotels this one doesn't allow you to put your own stuff in the fridge. Additionally it'll charge you if you accidentally remove anything from it.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rome
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42 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

This modern hotel is situated in the perfect city center, just some steps from old town. The room was comfortable and clean, could have been little bit bigger but it is ok if you don't have much luggage. If you book by them, ask for the room on high floor and on the seaside part - you will have an extraordinary view on old town and on the bay of Tallinn.
I liked also the breakfast, the only thing - they could include one free espresso in the menu.
The hotel is connected directly to the big commercial center - so it was very comfortable, especialy now with cold winter temperatures, to go to do some shopping without going out at all.
The staff is very nice and accomodating.

Room Tip: Ask for high floor and view on old town! ;)
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Lappeenranta, Finland
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2012

The reason that we chose this hotel is the fact that the location is excellent, you have easy access to other destinations, shopping and old town. Also the hotel's long history is quite fascinating and the service is friendly. We were offered a higher classified room at 20 euros additional rate and we took it. However it's not worth paying. You have sofa, 2 little bottels of water, a possibility to cook coffee/tea - we had only 2 portions of coffee available. Additionally you can find hard-washed bathrobes and slippers tightly rolled in the cabinet. Breakfast was average but there was something to be desired concerning the dressing of waiting staff - one dish collector had fashionable trousers, which left too much naked of her buttocks - it is not nice when others are having their breakfast. At any case we can warmly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Original Sokos Hotel Viru
Address: Viru vaeljak 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:
#9 Spa Hotel in Tallinn
#19 Family Hotel in Tallinn
#21 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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