For this trip, I was torn between the Telegraaf and Swissotel, and decided to go Swissotel because the Telegraaf was twice as expensive due to a great promotion on the Swissotel website.
The hotel far exceeded my expectations in virtually every way. The rooms are large, stylish, immaculate, and comfortable, with large and excellent baths. Noise supression was excellent, both in terms of interior and exterior noise.
As others have mentioned, the pool and spa areas are beautifully done and carefully maintained. The spa area was actually better than most I've experienced in Europe, even compared to more expensive brands like Regent and Kempinski, so fit it in your schedule if you can.
It is true that Tallinn is compact, so much so that I was wanting a little exercise and walked off the ferry and over to the hotel. It takes about 10 minutes to walk into Old Town if you are clicking along pretty well, so the short distance is no issue in pleasant weather. However, if I were there in the biting cold, I would very seriously consider the Telegraaf just to actually be right in the Old Town.
As others have mentioned, the staffers generally are very young, but they took excellent care of me, were helpful and informative, and I appreciated their energy and charisma.
For some reason, I anticipated I would see the Old Town from my upper floor room, but a tall building immediately adjacent blocked that view. The view to the harbor was unobstructed from my room and was very nice, but I somehow expected an Old Town view. Given the size of the building next door, I would think very few if any of the rooms would actually provide the Old Town view most people paying a bit extra would hope for.
Tallinn is an extremely beautiful city and worth a weekend trip or a stop on a longer itinerary.
- 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