Just back from a trip to Estonia. We stayed at the Swissotel for 4 nights and the Radisson Blu for one night (stayed with friends in Parnu in between). I am putting the same review on the site for Swissotel and the Radisson Blu because they are right next door to one another and are very similar in style. It is walking distance to old town with 2 shopping centres within a stone’s throw. We had a lovely stay in both hotels. It really depends on what type of break you want as to which hotel is better. So the comparisons are:
Price – I booked the Swiss in May. It was slightly dearer than R.Blu., but it had higher reviews and it has an extra star. I looked at prices for the extra night in Tallinn after our Parnu trip. The Swissotel was 30 euro dearer online than R.Blu (Swiss was 110, R.Blu was 80). I asked at reception in the Swiss if they would be willing to give me a room at the same rate as I could get the R.Blu. They said the best they could do was €185 - €75 higher than the online price. I am always baffled as to why hotels do this. You can use their wifi to book a room much cheaper online than they will give you at reception! I’d been there 4 nights and had spent at least €100, over and above the room rate in the bar and spa. They would have had my custom for an extra night, but they weren’t willing to bend from €185. So I booked the Radisson Blu.
Breakfast was great at both hotels, but I think R.Blu has the edge for both choice and service. We didn’t eat dinner in either one, so can’t comment on that.
Roof level lounge in both hotels have fabulous views. Swiss isn’t open air – R.Blu has better views and the open roof area made it for me. That said my husband preferred the decor in the lounge of the Swiss. The SEB Bank ruins the views of the old town in the Swiss so the view is only of the Port from most rooms (I was on 21st floor). In the R.Blu I was on the 14th floor and had a great view of both the port and the old town.
Spa: The Swiss has a fabulous gym and spa with pool. R.Blu doesn’t have a pool - I didn’t get to see their gym so can’t comment.
Rooms – Both hotels have lovely rooms. The coffee machine in the Swiss is a really nice bonus. The mini-bar prices are dearer in the R.Blu, but it has more choice. The Swiss had bathrobes in the room. R.Blu have this at extra cost. I preferred the layout of the room in R.Blu, and I think it was bigger. Very odd bed linen though. We had a single and a double duvet for a king size bed.
Service We asked for extra pillows in R.Blu, they arrived within 5 minutes. Have no complaints about staff in either hotel, but I felt the staff were more attentive in the R.Blu. I suppose the episode about the extra night booking left a bad taste with the Swiss, a lesson they should learn from.
Overall, there are only minor differences between the two hotels. If a pool is important, I’d recommend the Swiss otherwise, my advice is go for the cheapest, which will probably be the R.Blu.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This contemporary hotel is set in Tallinn's city center, 800 meters from the Old Town. The hotel offers 238 elegantly appointed guest rooms. Uniquely in Tallinn, the hotel has Executive Floors and a dedicated Swiss Executive Club Lounge. The hotel houses two restaurants and a deli for guests on the run; Purovel Spa & Sport delivers private fitness and relaxation facilities, including an indoor pool, a gym, a sauna and a steam room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Swissotel Tallinn Hotel Tallinn
- Swissotel Hotel Tallinn
- Tallinn Swissotel Hotel