When we visited Tallinn in April we were rather impressed! A gorgeous medieval town unspoilt by tourism and some excellent places to stay! The Telegraaf was our base. It is a boutique hotel located on the edge of the old town. When we stayed it was part of Small Luxury Hotels. It’s now part of Autograph Collection which have plenty of independent hotels. Relais & Chateaux and Leading Hotels of the World are also in town, but the Telegraaf took my fancy!
We were in Tallinn for a long weekend and it really was a treat. There is such a lot to see in the little city – covering the medieval and soviet eras. And it is picture postcard stuff. We felt very spoilt by the blue skies and sunshine that we had on two of the days. Read my 10 top tips here.
The hotel is (clue in the name) in the old telephone exchange. And the exterior is quite something. Such grandeur. The theme is carried through the property with old fashioned telephones in the rooms, a nice touch! Inside there are older parts to the hotel as well as a modern extension that is very smart.
We were upgraded to a junior suite in the new part of the hotel. I was sad to not be staying in the smaller room we had booked in the original part of the building, but who says no up an upgrade!! Extra space is always pleasant. It was a snowy day when we arrived and the lounge to relax and warm up in was very useful! Deep reds and dark woods were definitely an acquired taste however it looked good, and smart, if not a little businessy. I particularly liked the hotel embossed comb left in the bathroom!
The hotel has a tranquil spa. Having braved blizzards, the hot tub and sauna were our recovery! The hotel was full but it wasn’t busy here, good result. And with the snow falling on the glass roof it was a pretty idyllic setting! The pool was unfortunately baltically cold (see what I did there) but a pretty setting with the wall covered in plants!
We had the pleasure of dining at the house restaurant – Tchaikovsky. It was excellent. Waiting staff are often the way to win at dinner and the hotel had excellent and fun staff. It is a beautiful setting too. I particularly loved the folded swan napkins, I had to nip back the next morning to take some pictures! The planted wall is a unique feature. The food was beautiful and a symphony of flavours. This isn’t a hotel restaurant that will disappoint!
The only thing that is lacking is the bar. The bar staff are excellent and friendly. But the bar area lacks character. The building restricts the space, but this means the bar is also a thoroughfare! In summer there is a walled garden perfect for an afternoon drink or aperitif, but a snug place for the winter would be a great addition.
On my first night in town, we actually stayed at the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel. This was where Mr P had been based for his business trip. The highlights here are the view from the sky bar at sunset which is magical, as well as the breakfast. The buffet is said to be one of the best in town and it was certainly one of the biggest spreads I have seen! We had the most enormous suite here, I found an extra bathroom just as we were leaving!
All in all, great options for a relaxing and chic stay in a fascinating little city! I normally avoid branded city hotels – so impersonal and reminiscent are they of work trips! But Tallinn is up and coming on its tourism journey and the personal service really shone through in both hotels, especially The Telegraaf.