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Hotel Telegraaf
Ranked #3 of 86 Hotels in Tallinn
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Reviewed July 19, 2009

On all criteria, this hotel excels. The location is fantastic in terms of convenience to the main square and easy walk to all attractions. The design features are among the best we’ve ever seen. Everything is thoughtfully done, attractive, comfortable and functional. Although I suspect the hotel is pretty quiet, the doors to the rooms are thick and solid and would ensure a sound sleep. The staff was attentive and friendly. Special thanks to Karin who, prior to our arrival, graciously and patiently responded to my several email inquiries, got information on several activities for us, and obtained tickets for a performance.

If this is your first visit to Estonia, I recommend watching the DVD "The Singing Revolution". It gives a nice overview of recent history and the stuff of which the Estonian people are made.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2009

You just have to see it it is a pure luxury, the 5 star hotel and should be honored with the best marks ever. Staff is great, the location is perfect and rooms are modern clean and luxurious. Just worth to visit.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 22, 2009

The mood was set by the Audi A6 and driver meeting me at the airport at 11pm and safely seeing me to the hotel door. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the hotel has underground parking; a plus given the crowded narrow streets of Old Town. The rooms are lovely and the service closet is a great idea. The small lobby bar is a great place for a drink. Breakfast is included and was very good. My room on the top floor had two small terraces overlooking Tallinn. I was very impressed with the small but beautiful spa and the very helpful receptionist. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 15, 2009

Spent two nights at the Telegraaf on business.

This is (surprise, surprise) the former post and telegraph office, converted into an attractive modern hotel.

First impressions were good, with a marble foyer furnished with plush easy chairs. Check-in was pleasant and quick.

Bedroom very well-equipped, with a king-size bed, two armchairs, a flat-screen TV and a work area. Free wi-fi was provided.

Bathroom was not quite so impressive, but was more than adequate, with a good overhead shower and high quality Elemis toiletries.

Breakfast was excellent.

This is a first class hotel in the best area of this lovely mediaeval city. I can recommend it highly.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 2, 2009

Everything great. Location right in the heart of things. Quality of food, rooms, staff...all excellent. If the price works for you

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 31, 2009

Look at the view from the sixth floor of the Telegraaf Hotel (I took the photo in the lobby on the left as you step out of the lift). Could you get a better view of the old town spires and churches? Not without climbing 35 metres up winding medieval staircases. That’s why the Telegraaf has a huge advantage, a fantastic location and modern lifts!

We did not start with an entirely favourable impression. Our greeting at the front desk wasn't particularly friendly and the view from the room was partly blocked by a cluster of television aerials on the empty property across the street. But dinner in the hotel’s Tchaikovsky restaurant put us in a far better mood. The food was excellent and the service efficient and friendly. We slept like logs in the large, comfortable beds.

By the end of our stay we had changed our minds completely. We had tried the pool and spa, abandoned our dinner at a local restaurant after the second course because we like the desserts at the Tchaikovsky restaurant so much (and got a lesson on how they fold napkins into the shape of swans) and benefitted hugely from the excellent position of the hotel a few hundred yards from the main square because we could pop in any time as we explored the attractions of Tallinn.

Tallinn is a beautiful city with a past which was golden at some times and grim at others. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend the Telegraaf as an ideal base.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2009

Tallinn is a delightful town that has avoided many of the architectural horrors of Communist Russia's brutalist architectural regime. Just three hours away from London Gatwick this is an ideal long weekend holiday spot with a similar atmosphere to Prague.

Churches in the old town are still the highest points of the land and there are many lovely old buildings and cobbled streets to enjoy exploring. For accommodation look no further than the Hotel Telegraaf, housed in what was once the main Post Office. Hard by the old town square and within easy distance of all the major sights the Telegraaf is very similar in style to the Malmaison chain in the UK providing first class facilities for the discerning customer.

The staff are extremely friendly and all speak superb English. English replaced Russian in schools during the switch from Communism to capitalism. And the breakfast is first rate too, with a wide selection of food and drink, including some excellent Prosecco for those looking to start their day with a fizz.

The rooms are on the small side but extremely well fitted and there is more than enough to do around town or on one of the nearby golf courses without needing to spend too much time in them. The beds are comfortable and the bathroom well equipped. Only the mini bar prices cause any discomfort.

If you are looking for somewhere up-market to stay in Tallinn simply wire the Telegraaf.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled on business
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Address: Vene 9, Tallinn 10123, Estonia
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Location: Estonia > Harju County > Tallinn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tallinn
#2 Spa Hotel in Tallinn
#3 Business Hotel in Tallinn
#3 Luxury Hotel in Tallinn
Price Range: $141 - $511 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Telegraaf 5*
Number of rooms: 86
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our building, constructed in 1878 and once an exchange station for the Estonian Telegraph company, has been transformed into a unique five-star hotel. Join us and become part of the ambience which has surrounded today's Telegraaf for well over a century.Spend an afternoon in our Elemis day spa, followed by a symphony of Russian cuisine in our restaurant, Tchaikovsky. The only hotel in the Old Town with underground parking, we encourage you to arrive comfortably in one of the most beautiful and stylish cities in Northern Europe. ... more   less 
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