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“Virtually Faultless”
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Hotel Telegraaf
Ranked #4 of 86 Hotels in Tallinn
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 March 2011

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.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2011

Perfect in all respects. Considering price/value, one of the best hotels I have ever visited. Rooms, service, location, ....everything perfect. One small negative point: I do not like the full carpet on the room's floor (although it was clean).

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 March 2011

The hotel is situated in the Old Town which is ideal for sight seeing. The room was big with a nice bathroom and bed and pillows were very comfortable. The leisure suite is also excellent, when we were there it was very quiet so we got the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and pool almost to ourselves. The food is excellent in the hotel - but fairly expensive - £100 for dinner with a bottle of wine, which is very expensive (starts around £30 per bottle).
Breakfast also very good, but choose from the menu as the buffet can be cold(ish) depending on when you arrive. Staff are very helpful and courteous.
Would certainly book again if I was to revist Tallinn.

Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2011

Hotel Telegraaf is not excellent - no, it is perfect. The staff is wonderful, the situation ideal, the breakfast the best you can get with sparkling wine and menu-orders of eggs, porrigde, pancakes. Don't forget to use the Spa facilities and the Elemis Spa treatments, the Absolut Spa ritual knocks you off, the closest to paradise experience you can get on earth. This hotel is calm, elegant, sofisticated, high quality service, everything you need on your days off.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

This was our third trip to Tallinn and we had a wonderful time again. We always stay at the Telegraaf and it has become one of our favourite hotels.

The things i love about this hotel are:

1. The staff who are polite and speak good English. The waiter we had in the restaurant one evening was fabulous and terrfic fun. He handled my questions perfectly and was very accomodating over menu choices. I was unsure about one part of my main dish before ordering and he checked back that i liked it incase i wanted it changing

2. The hotel restaurant, my husband and i always eat here on one of the nights we stay and the food is incredible. I can recomend the beef fillet, the quail or the salmon trilogy. The food is presented beautifully and the taste is sublime

3. The pool, sauna and steam room are nice for relaxing in and especially on this visit when it was very cold in February the sauna and steam room certainly defrosted my bones

4. The location, right in the centre of the old town and on a very beautiful street

5. The cosmopolitans and apple martini's in the bar. Simply the best. I also like the club sandwich on the bar menu (it has become a habit to have one when we arrive late on our first night)

6. The elemis in your rooms, i do love quality bath products

This hotel is simply fantastic and you really should go visit.

Other places around Tallinn that we have tried and liked (and keep going back to each visit in most cases) include:
1. El Pasha for middle eastern food - beware you will have a lot of garlic
2. Chakra for a wonderful Indian
3. Contravento - which is down a pituresque alley near the hotel, try to go at a weekend though which is busier and has a wonderful atmosphere. If you want pizza be aware that on some weekdays they don't do it before 6pm
4. Le Bonaparte - the french onion soup is to die for and it's perfect for afternoon tea and cakes

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2011

Just come back for a 3 night-stay at the Telegraaf. The hotel made an excellent impression thanks to the courteous and professional service received from impeccably trained staff. We were upgraded to a suite and enjoyed the spacious and comfortable rooms with magical views of the Tallinn skyline and our private sauna. We appreciated the bowl of fruit on arrival and the peaceful atmosphere of this immaculately clean and classy hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 February 2011

We went to Hotel Telegraaf for four nights at the end of August as part of our honeymoon. We had booked an Executive room but were upgraded to a Superior room in the older part of the hotel. Our room was beautifully designed (high ceiling, parquet floor, beautiful contemporary furniture, well stocked minibar) and even had some honeymoon decorations. One of the highlights was the bathroom with marble, daylight, a nice bathtub and Elemis products. We found it extraordinary to have a "private service cabinet" which was used to deliver things to your room without actually coming into your room (you'll understand when you get there...).
The hotel restaurant "Tchaikovsky" was gorgeous. They had live classical music every night. We enjoyed dinner there on our last night and everything was delicious. We also used the Spa and pampered ourselves with a 2-hours package. Definitely worth it! The pool area was rather small but never crowded and great for some resting after exploring the city.
For all the luxury and the top notch service the price was absolutely reasonable! A lot less than you would probably pay for the same standard in Western Europe. We would chose Hotel Telegraaf again in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Telegraaf

Address: Vene 9, Tallinn 10123, Estonia
Region: Estonia > Harju County > Tallinn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Tallinn
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tallinn
#3 Business Hotel in Tallinn
#4 Luxury Hotel in Tallinn
Price Range: £99 - £323 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Telegraaf 5*
Number of rooms: 86
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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