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Original Sokos Hotel Viru
Ranked #26 of 82 Hotels in Tallinn
Oslo, Norway
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116 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Old hotel”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

To start with something positive i would say its a hotell close to the old city and central in that way. However the rooms are quite expensive compared to the standard you get. its outdated and needs desperatly to be renewed. The room i had was a non smoking business room on the top floor however it still smelled like alot of smoke. I had a sauna which was not even close to the experience promised. Friendly staff tho, but compard to other hotels in tallinn and the price it didnt reach up.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled on business
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Kokkedal, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013 via mobile

Nothing fancy about this hotel. It works, breakfast is ok and the rooms are clean. Not super clean, but clean enough. My room was quite old style and with aged furniture. Staff is very friendly and as the hotel is well-located near the old town, it is an ok choice.

Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2013 via mobile

Clean hotel, centrally located in the heart of Tallinn. Breakfast ok. Few in the front desk. Long line of finnish people all the time, that did drink heavily. Booking radisson next time! With more international guests, and some more staff it would be a ok 4 star hotel as they announce as. Tough, location is perfect, and do visit viru center and try the mexcican food at the first floor. :)

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Odense, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

Positive:

+ Great location in the centre of Tallinn's old town
+ Favorable pricing, taking location in consideration
+ Friendly staff

Improvement needed:

- Old fashioned decorated rooms
- Noisy building from conctrete floors, to wind outside.
- There was a scent of (cigaret) smoke leftovers in the room
- Bathroom sink could not take in all the water in a timely matter, leaving pools of water.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Espoo, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

Hotel is well located. Rooms are renewed and very confortable. If you're lucky enough, you get a view to a sea which is excellent. Didn't experience dining facilities, but breakfoast was quite poor. We entered to breakfast room about 15 minutes closing and there were basically nothing left which I like. I understand that we were quite late, but breakfast ends when promised, not half an hour before that.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013

The hotel is an interesting combination of the small hotel chain's operating culture and the soviet era reminiscents in an excellent location. After dozens of visits to Tallinn this trip was my first with a stay in this classic hotel. At the time of arrival my mind was full of doubts, and when checking out I was ready to suggest the premises for family travellers as a good base to explore the city.

The building itself is a definitive landmark of the city. You just can't miss it. And the contrast with the nearby old town is remarkable. And the views from the upper floor rooms are fine. Especially if there any kind of fireworks show available during your stay.

The rooms are worn and tear, but quite clean. After lively clientele staying in, there might be some surprises available missed by the cleaning ladies. Like socks and toys hidden in surprinsingly different places in the room. Overall the cleanliness is in the same level as it normally is in this chain.

Checking in was a bit crowded and rush during the peak hours, so keep that in mind when checking out. The staff was nice and helpfull all the time, no matter how crowded the desk was.

The lobby wasn't so inviting as were not the bars at the ground level too. Dark interiors with clumsy furniture.

The rooms vary according the types/classification from a small basic one to a more spacious fitted with beds for the whole family. With a superior you got more equipped room with a wiev without any extra frills. Staying as a member of a larger group there was a possibility to check different types of guest room. Modern, simple, basic, and the extras of the superior class rooms were like bathrobes and slippers, water kettle with instant coffe and tea bags and upgraded pillow sweets (chocolate instead of the candy in the normal or family room).

Bed was ok, an extra pillow available and the curtains blakened the room, the A/C unit was quite noisy and wasn't adjustable.

At the breakfast there was a large selection available, food was ok, nothing impressive or particularly local. For kids it was easy to find what they wanted and the buffet tables weren't too high.

Overall a positive excperience after all the rumours and expectations connected to this soviet classic. In the future I would suggest it for groups and families with small children wanting to stay in the middle of everything. Not for those having a car with them (expensive and quite complicated parking system) or couples looking after a relaxing week-end (at least during the holiday season the amount of the children is remarkable.

And if staying in one of the lower floors, take a lift ride to the 22nd floor. There is a smoking balcony in the both ends of the hallway with a stunning view over the city.

Room Tip: Prefer an upper floor for the view. And ask for a room near the lifts (a noisy one) if you want to a...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Hamina, Finland
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21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the same hotel for the second time with the kids, and enjoyed its familyfriendly atmosphere. We were upgraded to businessclass With 20€ extra that gave us A room with stunning view over old town and harbour.
Service was smiling, breakfast was nice. Old building with lots of history from soviet times!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Property: Original Sokos Hotel Viru
Address: Viru vaeljak 4, Tallinn 10111, Estonia
Region: Estonia > Harju County > Tallinn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Tallinn
#19 Family Hotel in Tallinn
#21 Luxury Hotel in Tallinn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Original Sokos Hotel Viru 4*
Number of rooms: 423
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you haven’t been in the legendary Viru Hotel, you haven’t seen all of Tallinn. The first skyscraper and prominent landmark in Estonia offers breathtaking views of Tallinn Bay and Tallinn’s UNESCO protected medieval Old Town. The hotel has the widest range of room types, restaurants, entertainment facilities, relaxation services and the “must see” KGB museum all under the same roof. Original Sokos Hotel Viru provides direct access to the Viru Centre shopping mall and is close to theatres and popular cultural centres. ... more   less 
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