My sister & I took a long weekend break to Tallinn & Helsinki, using Tallinn as a cheaper way of getting to Helsinki where her daughter is at university. Our stay at the Kreuzwald was for our last 2 nights and my niece also joined us. We had standard rooms which were fairly similar although my niece's shower room was slightly larger.
The rooms were small and simple with laminate flooring and melamine 'flat pack' style furniture, spotlessly clean, warm and equipped with a hospitality tray, computer & TV (no BBC World but some English language foreign channels). The shower room seemed newly fitted but had a smell of drains; the shower did not have a separate tray but was a simple raised edge built into the floor. There was lots of hot water but no screen only a curtain (which wrapped round your legs) so water splashed on the floor. With an official 4* rating we were disappointed with the accommodation.
We had our evening meal in the Library Restaurant which was tastefully laid out but we were only offered the menu from the Brazilian restaurant. Maybe it was our choices but the food was strange. A spicy Brazilian curry that was mainly sauce and served without rice (or any thing else), a citrus chicken dish (chicken breast with a bland sauce that seemed to come out of a jar, served with half a lemon and greasy fried peppers, the so-called 'wok vegetables'). This had to be sent back for re-heating. The other was a curious pork dish with bean stew.
At least the surroundings were pleasant in contrast to the Brazilian restaurant, a gloomy semi-basement more bar than restaurant, where breakfast is served. The food was fine, with enough selection for all tastes & in sufficient quantity to set one up for the day but it's not a place to linger. No doubt it could have lots of atmosphere for a packed music night but in the cold light of day the decorations looked tacky & weird.
Arriving by taxi from the port gave a distorted impression of the location of the Kreuzwald & it was closer to the Old Town than it first appeared, just 5-10 mins walk. The receptionist was very professional & friendly and gave helpful advice & directions.
All in all it was a satisfactory stay and reasonable value but not as good or as cheap as the Domina Ilmarine where we spent the first night of our trip. It was not apparent, however, what the 'unique' concept of Uniquestay Hotels entailed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn is located close to the National Library of Estonia at Toenismaegi, one of the most famous landmarks of Tallinn, and has taken its name from the former name of the library, the Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald State Library. The hotel is located in a historical limestone building and was completed in 1953, the same period the State Library was named after Friedrich Reinhold Kreutzwald, an outstanding public figure of the National Awakening Period of Estonia in the 19th century and the author of the Estonian national epic poem, “Kalevipoeg“. The hotel recently completed a throughout the renovation, which has retained the buildings’ historical authenticity and at the same time added a firm measurement of innovative design and modern comfort to the historical ambiance. After the renovation, the hotel now has a total of 65 comfortable and stylish rooms and suites: 32 standard rooms, 18 ZEN rooms, and 15 ZEN Deluxe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Uniquestay Mihkli Tallinn
- Hotel Uniquestay Mihkli