Are you planning a trip and wondering where to stay in Tallinn? We’ve made a list of the best hotels to stay in Tallinn. We’ve visited a few times on over the last decade and know the city relatively well. We’ve stayed in a number of properties here. Hopefully, this guide will assist you in finding the best hotels in Tallinn depending on your needs.
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Where to Stay in Tallinn
It is vital to know that Tallinn is a rather compact city and most accommodations lie in the Old Town and the adjacent city center. There aren’t too many hotels in the other districts. This is fine since the Old Town is where nearly all the major attractions are to be found. For those coming for a short stay, the area in or in the vicinity of the Old Town are a good option since all the main sights are within a comfortable walking distance. Of course, the further away you are from the inner city the cheaper the prices are.
How much does a hotel room cost in Tallinn?
Before we begin, we would like to point out that Tallinn, while cheaper than some Western European cities, isn’t as cheap as it used to be. It has experienced a surge in tourism and with hordes of tourists flocking here the prices here have skyrocketed. Hotel prices are quite high, especially during the high season when they are substantially higher than they are during the low season. So don’t be too surprised with the costs here.
The table below gives an overview of the approximate price range of the various categories. We’ve categorized the properties according to the price range viz. hostels, budget hotels, mid-range hotels, and finally some splurge options. We’ve quoted high season prices in the table, so if you’re traveling in the off-season the prices will be a bit lower.
|Hostels||10-25€ per night for one|
|Budget Hotels||50-100€ per night for two|
|Mid-Range Hotels||100-150€ per night for two|
|Luxury Hotels||150€+ per night for two|
We’ve tried to space out the properties area wise so that you can have more of a choice choosing the best option. In listing these properties we’ve factored into account their location, proximity to the main sights, proximity to public transport, and price to quality ratio. We’ve also highlighted the properties on the map above.
Best Hostels in Tallinn
Monks Bunk Party Hostel
If you’re all for partying and mingling with other travelers, The Monk’s Bunk Party Hostel is the place for you. The hostel offers buzzing nightlife in their private bar and organizes fun activities such as pub crawls, karaoke nights and beer pong tournaments. It is located in the center of the city with easy transport connections to the ferry terminal, airport, and the bus terminal. The hostel is situated within a comfortable walking distance of all the major sights in the Old Town.
Old Town Alur Hostel
Old Town Alur Hostel is perfect if you desire to stay in the heart of the Old Town. It is located on a calm street just around the corner from the Old Town Square making it ultra convenient to explore the sights of Tallinn. It is the biggest hostel in Tallinn and is known for organizing activities like movie nights. The port is a 15-minute walk away from the hostel.
Welcome Hostel is a new hostel in the funky Rotermann Quarter. It is very close to the ferry terminal and only 600 m away from the iconic Viru Gates leading into the Old Town. There are plenty of bars, restaurants, and cafes in the area.
Fat Margaret’s Hostel
Fat Margaret’s Hostel is our final recommendation in this category. It’s situated near the Northern Gate of the Old Town, just a stone’s throw away from the Linda Line ferry terminal making it a great place to stay if you’re coming over from Helsinki. We stayed here for 2 nights in 2012 and it was a great value for money. The famous Fat Margaret’s Tower and the Estonian Maritime Museum are only 200 m away. It is also a great place to explore the quirky and bohemian Kalamaja neighborhood, a former working class area which is popular with youngsters.
Best Budget Hotels in Tallinn
Economy Hotel is a solid choice if you’re looking to save some bucks. They keep the prices down by keeping things very spartan & minimalist. It is located next to the western section of the Old Town, only 200 m from Balti jaam train station. The Old Town is just 300 m away and the harbor is 1 km from the hotel. The Telliskivi Creative City, Estonia’s biggest creative entrepreneurial hub comprising of studios and creative companies is also nearby.
The centrally located Hotel Bern is also a great budget option, excellent value for money. This small and cozy 3⋆ hotel is conveniently located just 5 minutes’ walk away from the Town Hall Square. We enjoyed a 2-night stay here in 2016 and if we go to Tallinn in the future we would like to stay at the hotel again. The rooms are warm and clean. The complimentary breakfast was very nice with dark breads, cold cuts, and cheeses, vegetables, fruits, scrambled and boiled eggs, a variety of juices, milk, tea, and coffee. There are tons of shopping options, bars, and restaurants in close proximity. The harbor, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and Toompea Hill are only a 15-minute walk from this hotel.
Rija Old Town Hotel
If you’re looking for another great frugal option in the Old Town, Rija Old Town Hotel is a great choice. The location is fantastic, less than 10 minutes’ walk from Balti Jaam train station and the harbor. St. Olaf’s Church, Fat Margaret’s Tower, and the Estonian Maritime Museum are just a stone’s throw from here.
Go Hotel Shnelli
The 3⋆ Go Hotel Shnelli is our final recommendation in this category. It is located 2 minutes from the Balti Jaam railway station and on the cusp of the Kalamaja neighborhood and Telliskivi Creative City. It is within 500 m of the famous Patkuli and Kohtuotsa viewing platforms, Toompea Castle, and the Maiden Tower. Tallinn city center is 2 km away.
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Best Mid-Range Hotels in Tallinn
The 3⋆ L’Ermitage Hotel is an excellent mid-range choice. The hotel is situated just outside the Old Town in the vicinity of the Freedom Square. The Kiek in de Kök Museum and Artillery Tower is only 500 m away. The city center of Tallinn is 700 m away where you’ll find excellent drinking and dining options.
The next hotel we recommend is the 4⋆ Hotel Viru. It is a solid mid-range choice that has become a landmark in Tallinn due to its large unostenatious edifice. It is located just 5 minutes’ on foot from the Old Town. Viru Keskus, a huge shopping mall home to a variety of fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and bars is just behind the hotel. Plenty of public transport options are available from Viru Keskus. The small and interesting KGB Museum that showcases various artifacts and how the KGB operated in Tallinn during the Soviet era.
Hestia Hotel Barons
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Next up is the elegant Hestia Hotel Barons which is a great option for those seeking to stay in the Old Town. The Old Town square is just around the corner from the hotel and many other sights like the Toompea Castle, the colorful St. Catherine’s Passage, and the Viru Gate are within 5 minutes away on foot. The Kadriorg Palace is only a 10-minute tram ride away
Our final recommendation in this category is the 4⋆ Centennial Hotel. Located in a quiet area of Tallinn, this stylish hotel is only a 10-15 minutes’ walk from the Old Town. The nearest bus stop is just a minute away so it’s very easy and convenient to get around Tallinn. The Kristiine shopping center is only 700 m away.
Best Luxury Hotels in Tallinn
Von Stackelberg Hotel
The von Stackelberg Hotel is an excellent option in the luxury category. This chic 4⋆ hotel is located just outside the Old Town in the 19th-century estate of a German baron. It is situated at the foot of Toompea Hill where the famous Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Toompea Castle and the Patkuli and Kohtuotsa viewing platforms can be found.
The flagship Swissôtel is a great option in the luxury category. The building is the tallest in Tallinn and it dominates the skyline. We had a marvelous stay here in 2015 celebrating Jacky’s birthday. The rooms are very spacious and the hotel provides all the amenities you would expect from a top brand. It is located within the heart of the city center in the business district. The Old Town is only a 10-minute walk away. The city’s main shopping streets and malls are also within a 10-minute walking radius. The Horisont Restaurant & Bar on the top floor offers excellent fine dining and enviable views of Tallinn and beyond.
Savoy Boutique Hotel
For those on the lookout for a romantic alternative, the 5⋆ Savoy Boutique Hotel is an excellent choice. This boutique hotel features sleek interior decors and comfortable rooms. The hotel is a three-minute walk from the Old Town Square and an array of other attractions like the Master’s Courtyard, St. Nicholas Church lie in the vicinity. Being in the Old Town there is a multitude of bars, restaurants, and shops around.
Schlössle Hotel is another elegant 5⋆ boutique hotel that is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World. It is housed in a former 13th-century merchant’s house. The location in the Old Town is excellent, in one of the more quieter streets, and very close to the all the major attractions. The Estonian National Opera and the Maiden Tower are just 500 m away. The hotel has hosted a number of high profile clientele over the years.
Now, what do you think? Which are the best hotels in Tallinn? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!