Value Score Poor Value
Good For Couples
Radisson Blu Tallinn
The Radisson Blu Tallinn is one of the new and modern hotels in Tallinn. It is right in the city business center and just walking distance from the old city.
Great views right at the top
We spent 4 nights here in 2007. Our room had a lovely view and was very clean and comfortable(as we have found all Radisson SAS hotels we have stayed in to be.
We were close to business,shopping ,and entertainment. The city harbour was only 10minutes away by cab.
Yes we would recommend this hotel.
Unique Quality: The views from the eatery at the very top were spectacular and obviously a favourite spot for locals.
We were to visit an old lady named Alice whose only family were in Australia. Meeting her and her young friend Elo was a highlight for us. The hotel staff were most helpful with these arrangements as Alice spoke Estonian and Russian and we had only a few words ourselves.
Sorry I have not rescued a photo...pre digital and VT days.
Surprisingly good performance for Radisson
Even outside look this hotel gives a rather unpleasant and neutral-business performance, it serves an exellent value for a week-end visitor. Penthouse room has straight window to the sky above, the room service is an excellent value and breakfast service to room is brilliant. Restaurant is serving rather neutral dishes, however the hotel is just next to the old city.
Best View in Tallinn
In general I prefer to try a "local" hotel when visiting a new country, but I was absolutely delighted that I chose the Radisson chain for this, my first visit to Estonia.
We arrived at 6am, tired from a night's flying, and immediately found the lobby warm and welcoming, as was the receptionist. He took his time choosing a room for us, and when we opened the door of that room we realised why - there was the most amazing view of the old and new town Tallinn through an enormous picture window.
The room was very well furnished in a somewhat oreintal style, with rather unusual carved furniture and a rich green and gold colour scheme. Radisson is generally predictably good, and on this occasion it was no exception. The rooms have every amenity, including the coffee, tea and kettle that are often missing even in the better hotels.
There's a really good restaurant (Seasons, on which I will write a seperate tip), a choice of bars, a sauna and a fitness centre. In addition to Seasons restaurant, food is also available in the Madissoni grill and also in the bar on the 24th floor.
Breakfast is a well stocked buffet and is served in the main restaurant at entry level.
The hotel is situated in the new town, just a five minute walk from the gates of the Old Town. It would be hard to find a more convenient location.
There was never a shortage of taxis, as they line up outside the hotel.
If you're changing money here, be aware that there rate is not as good as the bank (which is next door) - but the concierge is good enough to let you know this.
The only fault I had was with checkout - which was painfully slow. Perhaps it was ufortunate that I was checking out at the same time as a very large party of Japanese tourists were checking in, but I still thought there should have been more than one person at reception.
Unique Quality: You simply cannot beat the view from the 24th floor. The hotel makes the very most of it by establishing a bar there with floor to ceiling plate glass windows on three sides. There's a wooden glass walled balcony outside where you can enjoy both an uninterrupted view and the fresh air.
Directions: In the New Town, on a direct route from the Airport (10 mins drive).
Radisson SAS has a good reputation as a hotel chain and the hotel in Tallinn is not an exception. The rooms are big, airy and decorated well. There is enough space to unwind after a hectic day in Tallinn, being that in business or leisure.
If you get an upper floor room towards the old town, views are majestic. The other side of the hotel is not that interesting, mostly other skyscrapers and soviet architecture near horizon. The bed is good, but a bit too narrow for my taste. The amenities are decent, but slippers and bathrobe are available only in business class rooms.
The hotel is covered with free WLAN and there is also an ethernet socket on the wall -- but no cable in the room. Maybe reception will lend you one, but I was satisfied with WLAN.
Usual Scandinavian thoroughness without whistles
Unique Quality: Despite being the highest building in Tallinn and an obvious landmark, the hotel is at most a ten minutes walk away from the Old City center.
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1st time to Estonia
I’m thinking of heading to Estonia in 2009. I was wondering from anyone who’d been there, what did you think of it? What are the best things about the country?, any negatives?, where should I go?, and any recommendations on what to do while I’m there?.
Thanks in advance :)
Re: 1st time to Estonia
Welcome to VT!
I've been (mostly to Tallinn). You can see my thoughts/photos etc and those of all the other VT-ers who have either visited or live in Estonia if you use the searchbox top right of this page. Lots of ideas there on things to do/see and places to visit.
I liked it, especially the historical parts of Tallinn. But the biting things in the countryside liked me too (that's the trouble with boggy land in summer....same in the Scottish Highlands)! So if you're prone to bites, take some anti-histamine cream with you. On a more serious point, be careful if you explore forested areas. Tick-borne encephalitis exists (and is very nasty), so you should cover up all exposed flesh if you go into the forests.
I'd like to go back again and explore some other parts of the country: it has a lot to offer. I'm sure you'll enjoy your visit!
Re: 1st time to Estonia
Everything depends on what do you personally interested in. From architectural and historical side - the musts are Tallinn and probably Narva, Parnu and Tartu are as well quite pleasant small towns. If you like nature - Saaremaa, lakes (Peipsi etc.), Haapsalu region or just countryside.
Since Estonia is near the Baltic sea it rains there extensively, so be prepared
Re: 1st time to Estonia
We hired a car with driver and traveled from Latvia across country to Estonia. We actually flew into Lithuania previous to this. Lots to see going that way. We enjoyed a stop in the seaside town of Parnu .Not many holiday makers when we were there(April) We loved the "old town" of Tallinn with its spires and turrets and cobblestone streets.We were told the best bar in town was Clazz but we did not get there.For some local pub grubb try Hell Hunt in the old town.
We actually stayed in Radisson SAS Tallinn and right at the very top was a great eating place with spectacular views of the city and the port.
We had been advised to stay away from the trains in the Baltic States. We were actually going on to St Petersburg so it was a ferry to Helsinki form Tallinn Harbour and that was a great trip .
Re: 1st time to Estonia
I've been just once, to Tallinn. I'd highly recommend a visit. I was there for 2 days, and I wouldn't say that you'd need more than that to enjoy the old town. While there, I stayed at the Olevi Residents hotel, which was quirky with LOTS of stairs (I think we were on the 6th floor - no elevator), but was in an excellent location in the old town.
The ferry to/from Helsinki was convenient and comfortable, if you're interested in taking a day trip there from Tallinn (it's definitely cheaper to stay in Tallinn than in Helsinki).
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