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Hotel Imperial
Ranked #29 of 86 Hotels in Tallinn
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 15, 2008

Its seldom you find a hotel or company or even a product that doe exactly what it says on the tin in this day and age, and the hotel imperial doesn't either......IT FAR EXCEEDS IT!!
What a fantastic little hotel this is.... nestled on a cobbled street under the shadow of the castle sat on Toompea.
we arrived after midnight to be greeted by a very friendly and extremely efficient receptionist who had us in our room in around five minutes. Our room ,although fairly large, had a rather narrow bedded area which was a bit of a squeeze for two beds.....but on mentioning it to another receptionist the next morning she promptly moved us to ''one of the biggest rooms we have'' which was a large corner room bulit into the old city walls which where exposed in our room!! the room had an excellent view of the ramparts and city walls.
Our room had free wifi, available throughout hotel, a mini bar, cable tv, hair dryer etc but did lack tea and coffee making facilities which would have been nice. beware the cable tv if travelling with kids as we did come across some porn!
All areas of the hotel were kept spotlessly clean and tidy but were welcoming and relaxing at the same time.
The hotel is as central as you would need it with every part of the old city only a gentle stroll away, you could easily amble to the old square in 5 minutes. We had no noise issues but were here in cold january so cant comment on how the hotel fairs in Tallinns mad summer months!
breakfast was good, not fantastic but good....so if breakfast is really inportant to you this might not be the hotel for you! Whilst not bad, the selection didnt change for the 5 days we were there and the cold selection was definately better than the hot!!
Other amenities in the hotel was a good bar (tried and tested) a sauna (sadly not tried) and a restaurant specialising in cheese dishes, again not tried and tested by myself but seemed consistanly busy with locals!
In short, this was a very good, small, personal hotel that knows how to treat its customers well and takes good care in doing so!!

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with friends
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5  Thank wisekatebushfan
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Reviewed December 18, 2007

Spent a long weekend in Tallinn and had a great time. Was very easy to make reservations with the Imperial over email, and they were very pleasant and responsive (also made a reservation to use their sauna facilities...definitely recommend).

Arriving by train from Moscow early morning (about 08:30), from the train station it's a brief five-minute walk across one street to the hotel. Please don't misunderstand, to me, this is a major plus (no need for a cab, etc.), and you cannot hear any noise and their is no overflow from the train station area. And there's no need to rush; take your time and exchange money there at the train station (there's an exchange just to the right of the Hansa Pank...though it might not open until 09:00). Probably the best rate in central Tallinn (at least one Kroon higher against both USD and Euro than anything we saw in the Old Town). By the way, there are also cheap (and quality just as good) souvenirs to be found in the market behind the train station.

Hotel check-in wasn't until 14:00, but we were able to leave our things in their storage room and then went out for a walk around Old Town and Toompea. I won't get into great detail here, but we had a great, relaxed time, visited several museums (Adamson Art Museum, City Museum, Occupation Museum, Town Hall Museum), walked around Toompea. Had great food and drink at the Beer House (you get a 10% discount at the hotel), Olde Hansa (can also make reservations directly with this restaurant via email...expensive but worth a visit), and Mookala (great seafood). December is also a nice time to visit since it's not too cold (compared to Moscow, anyway) and there's lots to see and sample at the Christmas Market in the Old Town Square.

Room was super clean and good size...bathroom/shower all modern...hotel staff very friendly and helpful (all speak English, Russian, and of course Estonian)...breakfast was great (lots of choice, I thought; cereals, salads, yogurt, sweets, juices, different types of eggs, sausage, bacon, etc.). And again, awesome location: five minutes from the train station, and five minutes from Old Town Square.

Definitely recommend this hotel and would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank One_Lost_Virginian
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Reviewed November 17, 2007

Have just returned from Tallin and what a wonderful time we had. The Baltic Imperial hotel was perfect for our needs. Quiet, beautifully positioned, and full of original charm. The staff were incredibly freindly and nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were immaculate and more than adequate. The pub serves excellent Hoogvein, a kind of mulled wine but the ultimate place to sip mulled wine on a freezing cold day is a small coffee bar just off the main square. Head for the square and look for an arch way advertising Balthasar Garlic Resturant. Go through the arch and to your left, you will find the best kept secret in Tallin. I cannot begin to describe the surroundings once inside, you really must see for yourselves. Once you been once, you'll be hooked.

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank MeNHimLincoln_GB
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Reviewed November 8, 2007

This hotel was a real find, part of the body of the building was attached to the medieval city walls. The rooms were big, clean with daily maid service. There were 3 radiators in the room, so it was always warm and cosy.
The hotel breakfast was sufficient but rather repetitive, the same produce was available every day . The hotel bar was tastefully decorated and sported a fine restaurant and cheese restaurant.

Tallinn is a delightful medieval city with a stunning old town square. Local restaurants and bars have tried to retain their oldy worldy atmosphere in the old town area . The Peppersack was a great evening with good food and some old fashioned entertainment. Old Hansa was also a very decorative restaurant with medieval bits and pieces all around.

The modern eateries such as TGI Fridays and Mc Donalds can be found in the new town area.

Culture Vultures will not be disappointed with all that Tallinn has to offer, there are museums, a palace, town hall and a castle district. There are also 3 cathedrals and numerous churches.

Tallinn is smaller than Prague and it is certainly not cheap to eat and drink but it is perfect for a long weekend. We stayed for 4 nights but we could have seen what we wanted to in 3.

The Fins come over from Helsinki on a weekend and add to the lively atmosphere, but Sunday and weekdays are very quiet.

Please note that transport over to Helsinki for day trips do not always run during the late autumn and winter months it always depends on the weather.

If I ever return to Tallinn, I would stay at this hotel and not one of the bigger metropolis hotels that seem to sprouting up in the new town area.

Talliners are very polite but reserved people, there are very passionate about their country and heritage, one way to understand them more is to visit the museum of occupation to understand the trials and tribulations they have had endure over the years.
Talliners really come to life when there is singing and dancing activity, it is obviously something they enjoy and a big part of who they are.

Stayed: November 2007
5  Thank Gwyneth006
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Reviewed August 27, 2007

My wife and I stayed at the Imperial for two nights while we closed out a two week trip to Scandanavia. We had a wonderful time in Tallinn and found the Imperial to be the best hotel we stayed at on the trip.

We were lucky to get one of their best rooms -- a large corner room on the 2nd floor with five windows overlooking the street and offering a great view of the old city. The hotel is well located for exploring the town on foot and the hotel staff was helpful.

We didn't eat at either of the restaurants in the hotel, but the cheese restaurant looked great.

Heath - Washington, D.C.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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8  Thank Heathwa
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Reviewed March 5, 2007

just returned from a weekend in tallinn. we stopped at the baltic imperial hotel which was excellent, the location is spot on, just a a 5 minute walk to the towns square where you can find all your pubs and restaruants, the beer house is definately worth a visit.
The hotel has its own pub which is open until 1am and the staff are very friendly, breakfast is served until 11am and was very good traditional food. In all a very good hotel, great location, good price.go back next weekend if i could.

Stayed: March 2007
5  Thank amsterdamers
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Reviewed January 12, 2007

I certainly recommend this cosy and peaceful hotel. It´s right in the heart of the old part of Tallinn, close to the shops and restaurants. The rooms are big, toilet nice and clean. Our room had two big windows with a lovely view. Breakfast is okay and staff polite. Would definitely choose this hotel again. The food in the pub is pretty bad though, like in many other places in Tallin or Estonia.

  • Stayed: January 2007, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Ms.Helsinki
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Additional Information about Hotel Imperial

Address: Nunne 14, Tallinn 10133, Estonia (Formerly Baltic Hotel Imperial)
Location: Estonia > Harju County > Tallinn
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Tallinn
#10 Spa Hotel in Tallinn
#16 Romantic Hotel in Tallinn
#25 Luxury Hotel in Tallinn
Price Range: $84 - $147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Imperial 4*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel building is from 1877. It was erected against the city wall which is a late phenomenon in historical tradition. In the contemporary organization of the city it was strategically important from the perspective of protecting the city to leave a free space between the city wall and the buildings. The first data about the dwellings being built against the city wall states 17th century when the city wall started to lose its strategic importance over the bastions. No extensive reconstruction has been done in the building, but throughout times an attempt has been made to preserve everything historically valuable. On the second half of the 19th century, the building was owned by family von Stackelbergs. ... more   less 
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