It's a rear occasion to stay overnight in a hotel at your hometown. But this time it happened and I'm quite about it.
The hotel is iconic to Estonians being the first high standard hotel built in Soviet era. There are several stories about this hotel and you may visit the KGB museum in the hotel to learn more about them.
The location can't be more central. Old town just across the street, passanger harbour 10 min walk, airport 10 minutes by taxi, shopping mall attached to the hotel etc.
It is a big (22 floors) tourist hotel with all it's pros and cons. The lobby area is not huge and therefore cozy. Service at the desk is fast and friendly. If you can afford, upgrade yourself to superior room and you'll get a really nice and big room which in some countries could be called junior suite. Ask for seaview room upstairs (15th and up) and you will get fantastic views on the old town and harbour.
As said the room is spacious, well furnished in scandinavian style with very comfortable beds. Of course you have flat screen TV etc. Bathroom is quite big too however slightly outdated (morally, not physically) . Everything is totally clean of course.
The breakfast restaurant is huge and you may feel odd in the beginning. The selection of food available is adeqaute but with no thrills.
Overall - if you are in town and have no idea where to stay Viru would be a good choice and will not dissapoint you.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sokos Hotel Tallinn