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“A mixed bag”
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St Olav Hotel
Ranked #75 of 86 Hotels in Tallinn
Reviewed 26 November 2011

Nice location, just off the busy streets of old tallinn. The hotel itself is like a labyrinth; endless narrow corridors, very steep stairs and shady corners. There is no air conditioning and rooms are terribly hot during summer nights. Breakfast was decent and the breakfast room beautifully decorated..

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

We stayed in the suite at St Olav and the room is an experience in itself. Sitting at the heart of Old Town in Tallinn, this hotel is ideal to experience the city.

The architecture of the hotel is intriguing with its corridors and staircases that make you feel as if you're in an 18th century maze!

The breakfast was perhaps a bit too "East-European" and would have appreciated some additions to the buffet table, but the quality was fine.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ThatGuyFromMalta
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

We booked a cheap deal online, and were booked to stay at ST Olav. Easy to find from the train station, a 2€ bus ride from the airport; the hotel has an excellent location from which to base your trip.

On arrival, we were warmly welcomed and directed to our room, although it took a while to find with all the twisty, winding corridors but this adds to the hotel's charm. We were placed in a cosy room on the third floor, there was only a foot between the end of the bed nd the window, but the room was well appointed, warm and comfortable, although the bed was extremely soft!

The staff were pleasant and helpful, and the hotel was clean and tidy, although beware, there are a few low beams and loose carpet threads as the hotel is rustic and old, but mot dangerous.

Breakfast was delicious and had many options available, hot, cold, savoury and sweet as well as a plentiful supply of fresh juices, an excellent range of teas and strong coffee.

The hotel was a delight to stay in, it has a beautiful, unique rustic charm and really added to the feel of the holiday.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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1  Thank Garthvadar
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Reviewed 18 November 2011

If you prefer to stay in a hotel with a little more character than the typical chain hotels, St Olav's might be for you. Lai is a good street from which to start your daily wanderings around the town, and not far to stagger back to after you've eaten/drunk your fill at the end of the day. There are LOTS of good and inexpensive restaurants only a few minutes walk from the hotel, and the main square, Raekoja Plats, is also close by. It's a 10-15 minute walk to the railway station (Balti Jaam) from where there's a bus to the airport (the bus stop TO the airport is on the same side of the road as the station)
We booked a "cosy" room on the top floor to keep costs down, and were told by some guests that they were cosy indeed! But on arrival at the hotel we were shown to a room in the courtyard, the door to which couldn't be opened, so we were moved to a room on the second floor which was quite spacious and had a very good sized en-suite. People who stayed in the rooms in the courtyard said they were very noisy in the mornings when the hotel staff had to wheel trolleys across the cobbles, or stood outside to smoke. We heard nothing of this from the second floor.
The hotel rambles in a very interesting way. After three days I was still not sure which staircase lead where, and I loved its quirkiness.
Breakfast is plentiful and varied. Usually served in the breakfast room, but if there is a conference on the room is likely to have been booked by a large group in which case breakfast is served in the nightclub on the ground floor. A torch is useful to see what you're eating!
The hotel staff we met were pleasant and helpful. I would stay again.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

Went for a long weekend with friends in June. It is situated in the old town of Tallinn and is very central. When we got there our accommodation was not ready, then I was given a choice of rooms, I chose one on the 3rd floor. The room was strangely furnished, there was too much furniture in the room, to try and get to the bathroom I had to squeeze by a desk on one side and a wardrobe on the other. The room would be better with less furniture fitted properly. There was no bath just a shower, which was spacious. Restaurant for breakfast was upstairs one morning then downstairs the next in a very pookey area with lots of steps which were very dangerous.
There was no insulation whatsover in this hotel, anybody walking in the corridor may as well be in the room with you, the same for overhead, you could hear the toilet being used or walking or any noise outside of the room could be heard clearly. For that reason I would not return.

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank rosiemLondon
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Reviewed 30 October 2011

We had 5 nights here (Mon.-Fri.) in mid-October. Its Old Town location is very handy for all the main tourist sites. The old building the hotel occupies is a warren of little corridors and staircases, but no problem to negotiate with two small suitcases. Originally allocated Room 132 on the ground floor, we suffered from the 'thin walls' noted by other reviewers - due it seems from the hotel's removal of parts of the plaster to reveal patches of bare brickwork with poor mortar, so that you can see cracks of light from the adjoining room! Having listened to our neighbours for one night, we asked for a room change, and were allocated Room 410 up in the roof which was perfectly quiet - many thanks to Erik on the reception desk! Although Friday night was noticeably busier and noisier in town, which translated into more background noise in the hotel, all was quiet before midnight. Rooms are of a reasonable size and the breakfast was plentiful and more varied than standard continental fare elsewhere. We would certainly return to St Olav, but would ask in advance for a room with one of the thicker dividing walls!

Room Tip: Rooms away from the retaurant/bar balcony would be better in the high season. If you get a room with...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

Just had a cheeky 2 night stay here at the St Olav. Now firstly the location could not be better. It is so close to everything (once you have your bearings). It looks good from the outside and we were pleased. Check-in was okay. I think because we booked the room ages ago the booking had not been put into the diary - there was no problem though as the rooms had been reserved, just seemed to be a paper-system error.
The rooms were effectively in the loft and it was a good job that we knew next door as the walls are paper thin! The window, at floor level, was the size of a PC monitor but once opened was big enough to let the breeze in as the room was very warm. We wondered if Tallinn was having unseasonally warm weather since all radiators were pumping out heat.
The bathroom was compact but well laid out.
The noise of the cars on the cobbled road, combined with the bouncers from the close-by Gents club having a vodka shot party off of the back of their car, made for a challenging first night's sleep - just one of those things that the hotel cannot be held responsible for.
On the second night we experienced the same sleep deprivation due to the noise again.

As other reviews say on here, if you want a quiet night then either stay elsewhere or demand a courtyard room but if you want a cheap hotel where you will be getting amongst the late bars and will pass out on your head hitting the pillow then this is a good option.

Not much the hotel can do about the noise, short of double glazing the place but reckon we would still have heard "funtime Yuri" and his pals anyway.

Room Tip: Know your neighbours as ALL sound travels through the walls like paper!!!!!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: Lai 5, Tallinn 10133, 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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#35 Luxury Hotel in Tallinn
Price Range: £38 - £107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — St Olav Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 112
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