It was after much consideration that we booked them through Booking.com. Although booking.com did claim that hansalinn was good (8.2 rating in 2012). Also, it was probably due to the summer peak season that they charge so much per night. We paid 87 EUR per night for breakfast for 2 via Booking.com.
Location was tucked in a corner (quiet enough to have a good sleep) and near the international bus station (where Lux Express/Simple Express ran). A shopping mall is also nearby, the 'town' itself is right at your doorstep and it is also a easy walk to the beach.
Hotel itself was under renovation and I think it tries very hard to match up with others but this was how I felt when I stepped into the hotel. Firstly, there isn't much parking space in front of the hotel, so you can park your car at the public car spaces where you pay 3 EUR per day. Once you step into the hotel, it's the restaurant that you see and it's does not give you a welcome feeling as it's dim and kinda sad. We were greeted by this lady who wasn't that friendly (probably the only exception one as compared to the rest of her hotel colleagues) who then showed us to our room. The walk up the stairs made me laugh inside as the walls were painted in perhaps more of their 'local' style and they placed 2 big chinese vases along it. Then we saw some fake plants and a sofa, coffee table and some magazines racks (the ones that you'd probably use at home but not in a hotel). The room we had was number 18 Brügg. According to their website, they claimed that they have renovated the rooms. I believe it could be true, but we were just unlucky to have been given a unrenovated one. The room is small, shower is also small and you could really see that they are still under renovation where a new pipe was on 'standby'. There is also a small bar fridge (which you would probably use it at home in your own room) with drinks inside. Like someone else has already mentioned that the ventilation in the bathroom makes alot of noise, I do agree but I wasn't disturbed by it. It just felt cramped in the room.
Breakfast was ok but wasn't really hotel standard. Coffee was not freshly brewed and the hotel breakfast ladies had to help the guests to use their 'Senseo Coffee Pad Machines'. They were very helpful I must say. There were toast, rye bread, fried eggs (not the pretty lookings ones that you get from the hotels as they were not nicely formed), sausages, cold cuts, cheeses, pancakes, jams, cereals, juices, cucumbers and tomatoes. Fruits (uncut) were placed in a fruit bowl.
The funniest thing was when we checked out, we were given a feedback form and it mentioned that it would be a lucky draw to win a night or 2 stay there.
If the hotel didn't cost so much per night, I would be given them a better review but with this price and standard, it was just not worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the center of Pärnu, the summer capital of Estonia, the Hansalinn offers 11 cozy and quiet rooms and a very good restaurant. Each room is individually designed and offers a romantic atmosphere. Close to the Hotel Hansalinn, there is a beautiful church, a new concert hall, a theater, a museum, galleries, shopping streets and nightclubs. The yacht harbor and the beach, which is considered to be the best in Estonia, are within easy walking distance. ... more less
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