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Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel
Ranked #37 of 86 Hotels in Tallinn
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Awesome house, awesome Bella Garden Room.

The room was quite cold. My boyfriend, who I brought here for his birthday, got a flu after spending the night here :/

Service wasn't to die for, the staff didn't make you feel very welcome, but wasn't rude.

Breakfast wasn't very special, but you could find stuff to eat.

Four stars anyway 'cause like... wow. The house, the Bella Garden Room. Wow.

Room Tip: You can use a spa in some other building, reception will tell you about it, we didn't have time...
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

I contacted the hotel before arrival to ask for a room following the guidance of TA reviewers room tips. I got the answer in an instant and it was very welcoming and truthful, it is not always possible to get the room that you request. But when I arrived, they had made my wish fulfill. Also the very moment I arrived, there was already a trainee in the main entrance taking care of my luggage and he came to show my room also and showed the route inside the hotel towards the breakfast room.

Room was light with nice walls, clean carpet and the bed was quite comfortable, no problem with it. The noise in the hallway does come to the room but there are not many rooms in this aisle (205-211). No AC, so in the summer room is bound to be hot. TV was small, Finnish TV1 and TV2, some Russian and Estonian channels, EuroSport, Spanish, Italian French and German channels aswell.

Breakfast is adequate, really tasty oatmeal porridge. No markings of lactose free food, but I was told the porridge was cooked in water. Nice black bread and salmon in the buffet i.a, food was constantly refilled, coffee was good and hot. Some sweet pastry and fruits, too.

Location is quite good and I could easily have another stay in
Meriton Old Town Garden hotel. No AC and the noise from hallway drops the rating, but this hotel is otherwise well worth the money.

Room Tip: Rooms 205 to 211 are conveniently near the breakfast room
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

I spent one night in this small Tallinn Old town hotel. Surrounding is very charming with many restaurants anf cafes. The hotel itself also was quite nice but my room was small, almost too small for me although I was able to sleep and use my laptop. Buffet breakfast was served downstairs and it was very good containing a lot of different items. Reception area was quite small and got easily crowded. If you are looking for different type of hotel, this is very good alternative.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

There are a lot "plusses" about this hotel. Unfortunately, they're outweighed by some pretty strong "minuses."

The location is perfect - mere steps from the Town Hall Square, in the heart of this ancient city's medieval walled center. The building itself dates to the 16th Century, and its cave-like architecture - especially the rock-walled stairwells and low-hanging passageways conjure thoughts of the REAL 'Old Europe.' Here be ghosts.

The staff is friendly, smiling, helpful, and multi-lingual. The included breakfast is considerably more than the Hampton Inn cornflakes and coffee routine - complete with a variety of hot and cold meats, fish, fruits and juices.

The internet connection was fast and free, and the bathroom fixtures were modern and in good working condition.

Sadly, these niceties aren't enough to make up for some serious problems, chief among which are beds uncomfortable enough to mitigate any justification in "Euro-efficiency."
The mattresses are 1-inch thick pads on weak box springs, and the bed in my room was so small as to leave me banging up against the wall. And with weekend revelers in the streets below until 2 or 3 a.m. sleep was impossible.

Room 315, a standard single about 10 meters long by 3 meters wide, was particularly unappealing, in that the dwarf bed - I'm tempted to compare it to an Army cot - was situated length-wise at the end of a sofa that stared a blank wall. The mini-TV, a 13-inch "computer monitor," was positioned in the upper-third of a wall above the tiny desk, making it virtually unwatchable unless standing up (but to be fair, who comes to this beautiful city to watch TV?)

There's a water heater for coffee, but no bottle of fresh water in the room. And on BOTH sides of the room are doors leading to adjacent rooms (stretch out your arms, and you can almost touch both of them). I was "lucky" in that one was unoccupied, but the doors were anything but sound-proof.

I brought up my concerns with the staff the first evening, and again the next morning. They were polite, friendly, understanding. On the first night, late, they offered me the only other room available, off the street - but the bed was in a claustrophobic loft, necessitating treacherous walks down a narrow staircase to use the bathroom. They offered to move me to a larger room away from the street the next day (for a reduced extra charge). In short - they did everything they reasonably could, save arranging for me to stay at one of their more modern sister hotels.

I think for the right guests, in the right mood, this hotel would be perfectly acceptable. But just be aware that some of the drawbacks are decidedly discomforting.

Room Tip: Do NOT stay in 314, 315, 316. Rooms directly walking out onto the central "garden" walkwa...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

I booked a Superior room which was a little disapponting. Dont't believe the pictures in their websites. Room was very small and the view was to the narrow, stony backyard, far away from 'garden'.
Breakfast was good, service was average, bed was comfy and clean. Nothing special but as I said, I was little disappointed because the pictures of the rooms promised more.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Hotel location was great, side street middle of old town and short walk almost everywhere. Staff was very friendly and helpful, hotel was nice, room was clean and good and breakfast also really good, you can´t compare this to big hotels and I have been all over the world this kind of small hotels. I also preciate a good bed, because this is the reason why I need hotel, for sleeping after a day walking and going around and here i did really sleep well. This hotel we are going again when we are going to Tallinn. You also can use sisterhotels swimming and sauna services. Last week I was in London, hotel was more than 2 times expencier, service was poor an breakfast omg. So this was very pleasant surprise and I can recommend.

Room Tip: room 208 was good, silence and so on.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

This is a worthwhile hotel; clean, comfortable and well located. People have mentioned the breakfast as a low point which is a little harsh, the breakfast is fine. But only fine. It's not a culinary masterpiece but acceptable food goes into your belly. This hotel is excellent for its price and location. Don't hesitate to book

Stayed: March 2014
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Address: Lai 29, Tallinn 10133, Estonia
Region: Estonia > Harju County > Tallinn
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #37 of 86 Hotels in Tallinn
Price Range: £53 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel is located in the heart of the old town displaying true architectural wonder by transforming a 16th century merchant house into a stylish hotel. Connecting two of Old town's most famous picturesque boulevards, Lai and Pikk, the Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel brings the magic and mystery of medieval Tallinn to your doorstep. Offering 50 rooms, each completely unique in size and design, the Meriton Old Town Garden Hotel gives a perfect balance of historical authenticity and modern comfort. Room prices include breakfast. The hotel is accessible from both Pikk and Lai streets, elegantly connected by a charming garden. All of Old Town's main attractions, shops, galleries and sights are within walking distance from the hotel. ... more   less 
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