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Original Sokos Hotel Viru
Ranked #26 of 82 Hotels in Tallinn
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47 reviews
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“Functional but a bit run-down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

Viru is a very traditional Estonian hotel that is now managed by Sokos. The building stands our from the surroundings and the views from the higher floors are very nice. We had a junior suite with a sauna, which was overall pretty nice but not very high-class. The hotel could use some freshening up.

Room Tip: Higher up is better, but we found the junior suite to be a bit low value.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

this is a part of the Sokos chain mostly located in Finland, but they have one hotel in Estonia.
good location - very close to the Viru gates (old town) - in walking distance to the center. breakfast is located in a very big hall so you have to walk much from the buffet to the place where you would sit.
at the check-in ask for the room on the higher floor - you can possibly get a room with a view to the old town

Room Tip: ask for the high floor
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kuopio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

Hotel is located near the harbour ja old town of Tallinn. There is also big shopping center close to the hotel. Most of the rooms have very nice view to the city or sea. Rooms are small but very comfortable. Hotel has also interesting history. It was built in a time when Estonia was a part of Soviet Union. There is also a museum in hotel presenting the years in Soviet Union.

Room Tip: As high as possible.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Vantaa, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

This was my first time in Viru Hotel. It was nice experience. Service was polite and room was really nice. There was nice view from 16th floor to town. Breakfast was really good and they had a summer buffet lunch for really reasonable price.

They have a deal with Viru Keskus parking area. You get some discount of that place. They also have straight connection to Viru Keskus shopping mall. So if you want shop or eat easily this hotel is good for you.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Vantaa, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

We were in this hotel with the family for the third time. We've been very satisfied before, and were again. There may be a few things worth mentioning to those planning their first visit here.

First of all timing. The hotel is large, and the reception will be growded when the Finnish ferries arrive. Find out when they arrive and avoid those times. It's worth the trouble. This time we arrived at 3.45 pm which was fine. No queues. Breakfast may be busy aswell, since it's complimentary.

Best thing about this hotel is it's location, which cannot be beat. The old town is 100 meters from the hotel, which is great. I'd recommend having dinner there. There are some very good quality restaurants there. The hotel's restaurant Amarillo is expensive. It has good ice cream dessert though!

If you want to do shopping, the hotel is attached to the Viru shopping center, which makes things as easy as possible. Another shopping mall, Solaris, is very close aswell. You can easily walk there. A taxi to the Rocca al Mare shopping center costs less than 10 euros, if you ask from hotel lobby they'll help you.

We would recommend taking a Superior X or Deluxe room, which are high up and the size of two ordinary rooms. It costs an extra 20, but is well worth it. A free Wi-Fi worked well.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

Viru is a beautiful facility, with good rooms, good breakfast bar, comfortable lobby, cozy bar and is attached to the shopping mall in downtown Tallinn. Easy to reach from the airport or harbor. And just steps away across the boulevard from an entrance to the old town. The old town is a wonderfully preserved and restored medieval fortress town. Lots of streets to wander and old architecture to contemplate, including a lot of signage that gives historic information about particular structures. I have relatives living in the old town in a building dating to the 1300's. Estonia is a wonderful mix of urban and ancient at the same time.

Room Tip: Ask for a harbor view room.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

Sokos Hotel Viru has a unique history in Tallinn, and it is still a lovely, clean hotel to stay in. Good hotel for pets and parking. Restaurant and breakfast are both expansive and lovely. While staying at the hotel, take the KGB tour - as the hotel was used in the Cold War as a sort of headquarters and would spy on guests as well. Would definately stay there again. Issues: they are rigidly strict with check in, and will not let people who arrive an hour early or so to check in early, even if rooms are ready and available - hence there are long queues for check in and before 2pm there are masses of people in the lobby - even the elderly are waiting.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Original Sokos Hotel Viru

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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