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Original Sokos Hotel Viru
Ranked #28 of 86 Hotels in Tallinn
Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

Best thing with this hotel is what is outside - the view over town. I spent two nights in the floor 21 and enjoyed the scenery a lot.

Room and hotel itself is a bit oldish and it's best days are past. Location and congress rooms are good, also the indoor entrance to the shopping centre us a plus.

  • Stayed: May 2014
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

My husband and I stayed at Viru Hotel for one night in May 2014. Very recommendable! The staff is one of the most helpful I ever met, the amenities are great and the location is excellent. We had check-in quite late in the evening so it was really lovely to have upgraded to a suite with sauna for a relatively low cost. We will definitely stay again at Viru Hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 May 2014

I can't get excited about this place as there are much better places to stay in Tallinn. It's a big hotel and you get all the things that accompany that, but they can be good and bad, right? The breakfast was fine, the service was ok, the room was clean, but it's just another hotel. Actually there was nothing to make it memorable so it has faded from the memory rapidly. But it is right on the edge of the old town, so perfect for sightseeing. That's all.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

On our last night in Tallinn we stayed at the Viru. The hotel is centrally located, and can act as a beacon when trying to find your way back, it's a huge building, there's no way you can miss it.

The top floor is the old KGB office floor, nowadays a museum. Nothing to rave home about, but worth the walk up to the 23rd floor for the views, if your room as a less interesting one.
The room (on the 9th floor) was big and comfortable. Coffee machine in the room, almost too much, since there's a rather nice communal coffee/tea machine on the hall.

Breakfast was very nice, in a private room, apart from clients from the neighbour hotel.
Definitely not a boutique hotel, but not a bad choice if you don't mind these big hotels.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

We spent three nights in Viru. Well it is an old hotell, I understand, but the rooms need reforming. The floor was in a terrible shape. The bed was very uncomfortable to sleep. We had our room on 11th floor. The wiev was nice, direct to old town. Well the hotell wasn't very comfort to sleep.
But it is located near the harbour and the old town. It's just few hundred meters to walk to the old town. Old town is worth of seeing!
The breakfast was simple - eggs in many forms, bread, cheese, porridge, fruits etc. It was enouhg but nothing speciall. Very hard to find table for 4 persons. We went to eat 8.30 a.m.
There are only shower gel in the room - so if you need shampoo or conditioner, take your own or buy. There was ironing system, laundry (very cheap) service, mini bar in the room.
Well the cleanliness. It wasn't good. There were dust in the rooms floor and I think that they didin't change the sheets any time during our 3 night stay.
There were a shopping centre in the same building (Guess store!).There you will find everything. We took a taxi when we wanted to see other shopping centres (cheaper ones). Taxis were very cheap too.
Maybe there were a lot of nightlife in this hotell - night club - but we didn't go. I used a hairdresse one time. 34 euros for a coiffure and I liked it.
KGB museum is worth to see, too. Ask it from the reception. The staff was friendly.
Well this one was an average hotell - good location - but maybe next time we will choose another one, something with spa and luxury.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

22-storey Soviet-era hotel, revovated in installments, complete with spooky KGB museum on the top floor... Rooms perfectly clean and well-maintained but rather dated on the lower floors, so well worth paying the extra 20 Euros per night upgrade fee for a "Business-Class room" on the upper floors, with fabulous views over the Baltic, the harbour or the Old Town of Tallinn. Seems to cater mainly for Finnish "booze-cruisers", hence the "average" rating, but my newly-renovated room on the 22nd floor merits an "excellent". Very friendly and helpful staff. Visible efforts being made to upgrade the image and facilities of the hotel. Maybe avoid the weekends when the hotel is swarming with coach parties of elderly people... who all arrive at precisely the same moment for their breakfast, total chaos despite the huge breakfast room, like something from a "Carry On Up the Holiday Camp" film !!! The hotel is very conveniently located within walking distance olf the Old Town and ferries, and the new warehouse district close by which is being nicely renoved with yuppy cafes, restaurants, apartments and offices.

Room Tip: Insist on the upper floor rooms, even though they cost more, well worth the supplement !
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

We stayed here only for one night in November. The receptionist was really nice and even offered some gifts to the kids. I asked if it would be possible to have a late check out the next day and she said she would write it down and we should check next morning again. Next morning we checked and got a later check out with no extra fee.

Room itself was clean,modern and really spacious. It had even special shampoo for children.Breakfast was included in the room price and was quite big. There was something for everyone and it was an excellent start for the day.

Location was great, just 300 meters from the beginning of the old town. If you come with the ferry, they even have a free bus to transport you to the hotel. It runs every half an hour and as we just missed one, we decided to walk. You see it right away from the harbor and it takes about 30 minutes in a slow pace to walk there.

We were really happy and with the price we paid, we would come again.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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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:
#10 Spa Hotel in Tallinn
#19 Family Hotel in Tallinn
#24 Luxury Hotel in Tallinn
Price Range: £77 - £123 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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