Marina Keskus

Paadi 14a, Tallinn, 10151, Estonia

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    A real find in Tallinn! Cosy, clean and cheap.


    I was browsing the internet for finding some place else to stay than the same hotels which are also getting more and more expensive. That time we didn't have much money, did not have high requirements as we though we only mainly sleep in the room. Why to pay several times more?

    The treasure was a place called Marinecenter, or Marinekeskus. It is a Russian-run hostel at a super location - near the harbour just by the terminal B. All other terminals were also at a walking distance. Old town was about 10-15 minutes away by walking.

    The categorization "hostel" is totally misleading. This place is quiet, silent, new, neat, cosy and clean. The corridors and the rooms are made of nice looking wood, linen colours are nice pastel colours. There is a fan and a tv in each room. In all but one room there is no own bathroom; there are two bathrooms with a toilet and a shower in each in the corridor. Well working and clean.

    The place is very safe even though located in the harbour. There is a reception open 24 hours a day, and they speak enough English.

    One negative thing there is: there is no cabinet at all, neither places on the wall where to put your clothes. There is one chair which is meant for keeping clothes on its back but that's all. You better not have lots of luggage with you and you have to be prepared to keep them in the luggage.
    Another thing: if you are used to space, this is not your place. The rooms are really really small, as small as cabins in the big (at least Finland-Sweden) cruise ships. You can't do anything but change clothes and sleep in the room.

    Unique Quality: The prices are unbeliavable. I once stayed in a single room and paid 19 euros for it. A double is appr. 35 euros. If you want the double with own bathroom, it costs you appr. 54 euros. Not expensive either.

    Staff is very nice and helpful and honest. They want very much to learn more English, and a couple of them speak good English. One or two of the elder ladies speak a couple of sentences English or then Finnish (due to history) but mainly Russian. They are Russians living in Estonia.

    This is very handy: downstairs there is a alcohol and tobacco (and souvenir) shop; so if you want to buy really cheap alcohol, you don't even have to carry it from downtown or old town. Buy it before you leave from your "home shop" at cheaper prices and you have 5-10 mins walk to your ferry terminal.

    Directions: Near the sea and all the ferry passenger terminals.

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Forum Posts

Controversial choice of sightseeing...

by Drugness

Hello all
I'm visiting Tallinn soon and i wanted to ask about something which has been controversial in Tallinn's recent history.
'The Unknown Soldier', the statue of the Soviet soldier which was moved from the city centre to a new location which caused the complaints from Russia amongst other things... Is it possible to see the statue now in its new location? And where is that new location? Does the statue still have a police guard? (I'm not 100% this is the case, just something i read on the net)
I know this is a controversial choice but i'm very interested in history, thus i would like to know if anyone can recommend any other memorials/monuments or landmarks which are related to the 2 world wars. Of course i will be visiting the KGB museum too while i am there.
Thanks everyone

Re: Controversial choice of sightseeing...

by leics

Not really so controversial.....

There's the Defence Forces (or Military) Cemetery (which is where the Bronze soldier is, I idea about police guards):

Google will map it for you.

Maarjamae (bus 5) has the Maaramjae War Memorial Complex (built over a German WW2 cemetery containing over 1700 soldiers).

The ruins of some houses bombed in the Second Worl War have been preserved (after excavation) on Harju in the Old Town.

There is also 'Lindamagi', near Kiek-in-die-Kok, a little wooded hill with a statue of Linda (from Estonian legend) which was used as an illegal place of remembrance for those sent to Soviet work camps.

You might find one of Australian Andrew Meek's tours interesting (or even pay for a private one:he knows a lot of 'off-the-beateb-track' places). He's a really nice guy and I throughly enjoyed my day with him (and 5 others). I'm pleased to see from his updated and whizzier website that his new business seems to be going well:

Re: Controversial choice of sightseeing...

by Drugness

Great stuff!
Thanks leics! :)

Re: Controversial choice of sightseeing...

by leics's an interesting place. :-)

Re: Controversial choice of sightseeing...

by Drugness

Hi again leics!
Just one more question about Maarjamae Memorial Complex... I'm trying to find it on the map and i think it's just south east of Lillepi Park? Is that correct? Is it worth heading out to see in your opinion?
Thanks again!

Re: Controversial choice of sightseeing...

by leics

I didn't go......Imight have done, if i'd had a bit more time, but I chose the Estonian Open Air Museum instead (superb).

Am sure you can get there on the tram or bus but don't know which one. Timetables etc here:

and route maps/journeyplanner from here:

Sorry I can't be more help.

Re: Controversial choice of sightseeing...

by thirstytraveller

Hi! You can get to Maarjamäe Memorial complex by bus 1A, 5, 8, 34A or 38 from town center, it takes just 10 min to Maarjamägi bus stop.

Re: Controversial choice of sightseeing...

by Kaire

Maybe you will find something interesting from here:
And also I wolud suggest Patarei vangla (prison)

Travel Tips for Tallinn

The Local Currency

by starship

When you visit Scandinavia and the Baltic, you will find that you may need to carry many different kinds of local currency. Denmark and Sweden each have their own "crowns" or kroner; Russia still trades in rubles; Germany and Finland now have the Euro; and Estonia has Kroons (100 senti = 1 kroon), which were re-adopted after the demise of the Soviet occupation. Multiples of kroon are called "krooni."

I charged most of the larger items I purchased as credit cards were taken in most establishments; some people selling crafts in one of the passages did take American dollars, but on the whole, purchases were expected to be paid for in Estonian Kroon. There are several cambios just inside the Viru gate, and a Hansabank is also located on Viru. When we visited in August, 2005, the exchange rate was about 12 to 13 kroon per US Dollar. The best rate will probably be from a bank. If you go to a bank, be prepared to take a number and wait to be called for service.

...or by night

by TheWanderingCamel

It gets dark early in Tallinn in December - not quite as early as we thought it might, but by four o'clock, night had well and truly fallen. It didn't bother us a bit. We felt quite safe walking around the town, even though the streets weren't very brightly lit and were, for the most part, quite empty. Tall church spires disappearing into the darkness, the painted houses glowing softly in the dim light, light and warmth spilling out of cafes and shops, hot cider in the Town Hall Square, hot chocolate in a cosy little cafe while the snow fell outside so we came out into the silent, white world of the small courtyard - all added to the pleasure of being here at this time. I'm sure summer has its charms, but I'm very glad we were there right out of the tourist season.

Who is the real Estonian? a touch subject

by jumpingnorman

It's not only ethnic Estonians who live in this wonderful country --- there was a dramatic surge of immigrants coming from Russia during the Soviet rule. As a result, this is a very touchy subject for Estonians. Who is the true Estonian? It does not help that some of the Russian immigrants do not even speak the local language or Latvian. There are also several other ethnic groups like the Jews, germans, Poles... but I just hope that the whole country becomes united and come up with a new identity for the Modern Estonian

Traffic organisation

by leics

I was hugely impressed (and not a little amused) by the gentlemen who were in charge of organising traffic when the lights failed, or when there were roadworks (and there is an awful lot of building going on in Tallinn).

They weren't police, wore fluorescent green vests and waved a baton around. Frantically. At the same time, they repeatedly blew short sharp bursts on a whistle all seemed very frantic, and I'm not convinced anyone was paying a huge amount of attention. The traffic seemed quite capable of sorting itself out without ear-piercing blasts and sticks being shaken.

I wish I'd videoed this chap: he really was working himself up into a frenzy. A man who takes his job very, very seriously...........:-)

Singing bowl

by jonkb

This is the site of Estonias national song festival. It was here, in 1988, the singing revolution had it's high point. Only singers that are found good enough are allowed to sing here. The arena is absolutely huge. In 1990 it is bellieved to house half a million people.


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