Arriving in Tallinn late on a gloomy Friday in November, I was in desperate need of a hot shower and comfortable bed after being soaked head to toe on my way from the airport. Driving into the city, the modern buildings and gleaming lights were a surprise from what I had always imagined of Estonia’s capitol. Pulling up at the Solo Sokos Hotel Estoria, adjoining the grand Hotel Viru, I knew I was in a prime location. Across the road I could already see glimpses of the old town peering between the large shopping outlets and hotels.
The Low Down
The Estoria welcomes you with a modern, personal touch. Based around the idea of a story book (Estonia + Stories= Estoria!) seemed the perfect way to enhance my Tallinn experience. My Grandmother, who was also born and raised in Tallinn, had told me many stories of the city from her childhood- so the history lesson from the hotel seemed fitting.
24 hour reception and a bustling lobby atmosphere is exactly what you expect from a sophisticated city centre hotel, and I was impressed with how much local advice was given to me on arrival by the bubbly staff. Each and every Estoria and Viru staff member I encountered was joyous. You can tell by their constant smiles and energy that this is a place that treats everyone with real Estonian hospitality.
All 93 rooms at the hotel tell a captivating story from Estonia and I was happy to walk into my own little history lesson on the walls of room 952, themed with the traditional housing of Estonia.
After the best sleep I had had in about 5 years, honestly that bed is just ridiculously comfortable, I woke up before sunrise to start early and get out into the old town before the crowds. I was the first in for breakfast, greeted with hot coffee and to my surprise, a full selection of gluten and lactose free products! This is not very common in bigger hotels, so I was very impressed. Full bellied and wide eyed I headed out to seek the old town I had heard so much about. Looking at the map, I didn’t think it was possible that the old town entrance was literally on the same street- but I was wrong. I crossed the road and I was in medieval heaven.
As a part of the Sokos Hotel group, the Estoria guests have many of the perks from both the Estoria and Viru. The KGB Museum, located on the 23rd and highest floor of the Viru is a great look back at the history of the hotel itself, a monument of the city. The KGB controlled this floor of the hotel during the 70s-90s and had even bugged over 60 of the rooms to source potentially dangerous anti-Soviet information. After speaking with many locals, I came to realise how incredibly powerful this hotel is in the Tallinn community’s history.
A must see and do while in Tallinn is the Cabaret held at the Merineitsi Restaurant. A 5 star, three course meal of true culinary art can be expected. For only 65 euros a head, you will not find a cheaper and better spent night in Tallinn than here. The show is spectacular, even for those like me who do not speak Estonian, it includes a few global English-spoken hits. The show follows the story of a great influencer in Tallinn,Kalju Saareke, who shaped the Estonian entertainment industry. It is a truly great show and for such a low price, with dinner and a glass of champagne included- is unmissable.
Images provided by Estoria- no photography was possible during the show!
The story-telling theme throughout the hotel and the individuality of each room is very unique. The bright rooms also help induce the spirit of Tallinn, with loud colours and great little quirks. From the mirror to the soap dispenser, everything in the room has a playful touch and definitely animates your day.
The views are also breathtaking from almost every angle of the hotel, the array of burnt orange rooftops stretching for miles and the glimpses of the harbor.
Stay Here If:
You want a prime location, for a low budget. PERFECT for adventure travellers like me, who love history and want a personal touch. This hotel is suited to business, leisure and solo travellers- it really covers all bases. Located at tram, bus and a major shopping hubs- it has everything you could need within a 2 minute walk, including the Old Town gates.
The neighbouring Viru is another great option for those looking for low cost accommodation and group rooms. The Viru starts from 79 euros per room and the grand Estoria, a low 84 euros per room per night (so cheap for luxury!). The prices includes yummy breakfast and free entrance to night-club Café Amigo in cellar-floor of the Hotel Viru.
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I was welcomed a guest at the Hotel Estoria, however all opinions, as always, are true to my own. I would personally like to thank all of the staff for their absolute care and attention during my three night stay at the Estoria.