So Tallin - Estonia. It was a birthday celebration trip, but a special birthday. I wanted to go somewhere i had never been before and the trip was a present from my partner. So, we decided to go to Tallinn as we like architecture, places with atmosphere / history and importantly good food and wine. Towns interest us during Winter and early Spring. For this purpose we try and find a Hotel as central as possible as our base.
The Merchants House Hotel cannot be more central - a matter of a few yards away from the main old town square. The Hotel is a combination of two old houses, with wooden beamed ceilings and some antique furniture in the rooms. The rooms look out over a central courtyard. Prior to the trip the manager reccomended restaurants and even made the booking for us.
We were met personally at the door and taken to the room after the usual registraion. The staff were extremely polite and helpful. Infact when calling at reception the Receptionists would often stand smartly to attention if they had been sitting down, almost military style - a bit unnerving at first - but a courtesy which we found endearing! The Hotel Manager also made a special kindly concession as it was a special visit. The room was very comfortable, a seperate bedroom on a split level, sofas and chairs, two Televsions - infact all amenities were available including a mini-bar.
Breakfast was a combination of the usual type of buffet but you could also choose a cooked breakfast of choice. The coffee was excellent and the food very good. The Hotel also has its own Ice Bar - drinks are served in ice moulded glasses. This is an interesting novelty and if you've never drunk Vodka out of an ice glass give it a try. The trick is to drink the vodka before the glass melts.
I don't think there was anything else we would have wanted, impossible to fault and I would highly reccomend the Merchants House Hotel to anyone visiting Tallinn, who would like to stay at a central location in a Hotel which has character and charm and with staff who go the extra mile to make sure your stay is a happy one. We stayed 3 nights and it was great. Definitely a Hotel for your short list.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Steeped in local history, the Merchant’s House Hotel stands on a charming cobbled street just a few seconds walk from Tallinn’s beautiful and captivating Old Town Square. The Merchant’s House Hotel has 37 suites and rooms, which all vary in shape and design due to the flexibility and character provided by these 14th & 16th Century historical buildings. Each room in the property offers guests an exciting combination of mediaeval architecture and state-of-the art fixtures and fittings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Merchants Hotel Tallinn
- Merchants House Hotel