Telegraaf is in the best location in Tallinn. Right in the middle of the Old Town, 100 yards from the town square. It is one of the World's Leading Small Hotels, and deservedly so.
Before arriving, I emailed the hotel with 3 requests. I had an immediate response. Unfortunately one of those requests was not met (no feathers in the room) which was disappointing.
When we arrived, the welcome was very warm. The hotel is not huge, but is also not too intimate - just right for us - anonymity but with the personal touch. We had an executive double (the lowest type) and were very impressed. The bed was absolutely huge and very comfortable, although the pillows really were a let down. The choice was a hard piece of foam, or a huge but very soft pillow. Neither was comfortable.
In the room there was plenty of storage, nice TV, new looking furniture, a lovely seating area, plenty of space. Alas no kettle (but I always bring my own). The minibar was large and reasonably priced EUR3.20 for a coke. Free high speed internet was a huge bonus.
The bathroom looked brand new and the fittings were of high quality. Lovely Elemis toiletries (soap, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel). Also provided were cotton buds, cotton pads, comb, flannels, sewing kit, tissues. The shower was very high quality, although the temperature was not completely stable. The towels were a bit of a let down, slightly greying and not fluffy. Great bathrobes and slippers though.
The room was very warm, and temperature easy to control. There were also huge French windows to let in plenty of fresh air. Despite the pillows we had three good nights' sleep, in complete silence. Bliss. And lovely to be left alone without anyone bothering us.
The swimming pool is small and on the cold side. Jacuzzi lovely. The whole spa area is really nice, very clean, and we sometimes found we were the only ones there. Now, a word about the treatments - HEAVEN. I have had spa treatments in some of the best spas in the world, and this one ABSOLUTE SPA RITUAL was one of the best I have had. Completely recommended.
The restaurant is another gem. Couldn't fault it. The atmosphere, the service, the food. All perfect. And not expensive. EUR40ish each for the food (three courses, we didn't have wine). We didn't try the breakfast because it wasn't clear whether it was included and we like a lay in. Room service was available but we didn't try it as we thought the service charge was on the high side.
Service was good. We asked for a restaurant recommendation, for pillows to be changed, for taxi to be ordered, for luggage to be kept. All dealt with swiftly no problems.
All in all an excellent hotel. We won't be back because Tallinn is not somewhere I would visit again, but I would happily recommend the Telegraaf.
Other restaurants we went to in the Town Square - Troika (Russian) - loud but great food and Old Hansa (Medieval) - hmmmm. OK, but dark and food was a bit odd. Great experience though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our building, constructed in 1878 and once an exchange station for the Estonian Telegraph company, has been transformed into a unique five-star hotel. Join us and become part of the ambience which has surrounded today's Telegraaf for well over a century.Spend an afternoon in our Elemis day spa, followed by a symphony of Russian cuisine in our restaurant, Tchaikovsky. The only hotel in the Old Town with underground parking, we encourage you to arrive comfortably in one of the most beautiful and stylish cities in Northern Europe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Telegraaf Hotel Tallinn