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Hostel Old Town Alur
Ranked #2 of 121 Specialty Lodging in Tallinn
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Hostel Old Town Alur has very convenient location within the old city walls. The room was OK. The port can be reached by 15 min walk, the main attractions are within 5 min radius. Couple hundred meters form bus stop from the airport.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Always stay here when visiting Tallinn. Great location right in the heart of Old Town, and what is very important - the only one hostel i know here, that has no pubs in 50 meters round, so you can have a good sleep.. but still you can reach any place to have drink within a couple of minutes.
Have some pub crawls, activity tours, bike rent and very nice and friendly international staff team of hot mexican guys and beautiful estonian girls, always ready to help in any question you have.
Hostel is quite big, but not noisy - old building have a great walls, so your neighbours would never bother you :)
Good kitchen, clean facilities - 2-3 on every floor, so you will never have to wait, nice common room - cozy and comfortable place to make a movie night or have a drink and play some games with new friends. Couple of computers with fast internet connection.
Rooms are typical - clean, 4-8 bed dorms, clean sheets, towels.nothing special, but nothing awful. Once been in a big room on the second floor - was great, some old hystorical room with fireplace and big windows :)
Worth for the money, still its only about 10 euros, so value for the money is great. Sometimes can make a discount, but maybe its just my luck))

My backpacker's heart is missing only two things here - impossible to get a small bottle of shower gel here - its always a problem when yours is left in the airport, and its quite cold here during the winter - but you can always ask for an extra heater.

Room Tip: Dorms on the second floor are nice - wide windows, fireplace, feeling a little touch of a history...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Pavel R
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

I've chosen this hostel because of its very convinient location. The port can be reached by walk within 10-15 minutes. To reach bus terminal you need also 10-15 minutes. But you shouldn't go to the old town - you're already just there. St. Olaf's Church is in only two minutes of walk.
Somebody needs spa? Kalev Spa Hotel almost adjoins OldHouse Hostel.
Wanna take bycicle for rent? Just opposite our hostel you can see rental bureau.
Breakfast in the hostel costs 4 euros. I have not had it, so I cannot say nothing about hostel cooks.
September for tourism in Tallinn is off-season. We were lucky - the weather was fine, and there were no many guests in the hostel. So shared bathroom and toilet on our floor in fact became our private. But I think that it's cool in winter inside the hostel.
But they charged my credit card long before our arrival (almost one month) to Tallinn, though I'd booked the room through Booking.com - first incident in my tourist practice. But in principle we got all we wanted. Convenient location, atmosphere of nice medieval city, short distance from the airport (at arrival) and ferry port (leaving Tallinn) without paying taxi

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Thank comedi
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

The hostel is located right in the old town so you can walk eveywhere.
Staff at Alur were really friendly, ready to help and spend some time with the guests anytime. A great place to stay if you are travelling on your own or with friends and wanna meet some nice people and have a good time!
Dorms are cheap and nice!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
Thank Blair R
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

the perfect hostel to know new people, feel at home, and spend good moments in an unexpected city as Tallinn. The stuff is always ready to welcome and help you, or taking the pubcrowl everynight. there is a nice kitchen you can use to cook or leave your marked food and drinks and there are free coffee and tea as well. There are computers, a big screen to watch movies in the bad weather days and printer, but the best is the atmosphere you feel inside; the common and smoking area were full of interesting and lonely backpackers sharing their histories. In the hostel, you can also book tickets for the trip to the national park, Lahema, a wild place in the heart of Stonia, full of waterfalls. The stuff can advise you to which places are interesting for doing tourism. So, i really think Alur Hostel is a good option if you are planning to go to Tallinn.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Yes, this place is cheap...... and that's it.....
The people who ran the place are less then helpful, you get the feeling that they just don't want you there, and this then spreads to them not giving a care in the world towards the state of the Hostel.. Had to use my t shirt as a pillow case, sheets that didn't cover the whole bed, and you could smell the drains in the showers, plus you would wake up each morning with another 3 or more bites from the bugs that riddled the beds...

Each of the other travellers who were staying there had the same issues and most of who we met where changing hostels, or moving on early...

My advice would be, not to stay here...

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This hostel is in a great location in the centre of the Old Town and the rooms are cheap. However, the rooms are pretty grubby, the beds definitely have bugs and the showers are shocking. Me and my friend came to the hostel expecting a sociable atmosphere and things to be going on, but the staff seemed more interested in hanging out in a clique of friends each evening than getting hostel guests involved. Plenty of people we spoke to felt the same way and fortunately we made some good friends in the hostel who we went out and did our own thing with. The staff didn't seem too fussed on making much effort with keeping things clean and the welfare of their guests, and we were pretty happy to leave - quite a few guests moved hostels halfway through their stay, and we almost did the same but didn't have enough money or energy! There are better places in Tallinn, avoid unless you really are broke!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Lai 20, Tallinn 10133, Estonia
Location: Estonia > Harju County > Tallinn
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Ranked #2 of 121 Specialty Lodging in Tallinn
Price Range: $18 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hostel Old Town Alur 2*
Number of rooms: 70
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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