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Don't discount Estonia's capital because you don't have any friends who can make personal recommendations about the best places to stay in Tallinn. Our gurus are here to help you find the perfect base from which to explore this most modern city set on top of a medieval one.

Behind the Iron Curtain until 1991, Tallinn has been playing clever catch up since and today's city embraces technology, multicultural five star luxury and clean, but colourful, Scandi lines.

But the forward fashions, bright bistros and hipster nightlife rests on top of the magical, World Heritage-listed Old Town. (This also means there's plenty of variety in our guru's list of the best places to stay in Tallinn.)

Opt for choral concerts in wonderful onion domed churches or a rock gig. Days spend perusing small museums or galleries or people watching. Visit Peter the Great's Kadriorg Palace or the beach.

As with many of the old Soviet and Eastern Bloc countries, Estonia is becoming increasingly popular and there are now a raft of low cost airlines who can take you there. So if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Tallinn, we'd suggest you get organised and don't leave it till the last minute!

Best places to stay in Tallinn

For the city centre

  • Where could be more central than the telegraph exchange station? Luxuriously converted, the Telegraaf Hotel has retained its grand marble floors and spacious design. Classical furniture (including numerous four-poster beds) and weighty fabrics make this one of the best places to stay in Tallinn for grandeur. As well as being one if the best places to stay in Tallinn if you want to be within walking distance of the main sights.
  • For inexpensive atmosphere, the Merchant's House Hotel, in the heart of the Old Town, is definitely one of the best places to stay in Tallinn. No two of the 37 rooms in this 14th century building are alike, and the charming differences include hand-painted frescoes, original fireplaces and beamed ceilings. The fact that its sauna is free to guests also guarantees its place on a list of the best places to stay in Tallinn on a budget.

For Romance

  • With just 15 uniquely designed rooms and a lovely courtyard restaurant the Hotel Cru is one of the best places to stay in Tallinn for couples. The beds are high and large, and the atmosphere is homely and cosy, so a good choice for those looking for the best place in Tallinn to get close.
  • Between top luxury hotels the Schlossle Hotel is probably the best place to stay in Tallinn for romance. Converted from three adjoining medieval houses, it's renowned for its welcoming homely atmosphere. Which might be why it's the choice hotel for many politicians, pop stars and even Prince Charles. The cellar restaurant with its stone vaulted ceiling is another reason it's one of the best places to stay in Tallinn for people who might be going to pop the question?

For those on a budget

  • For groups the best place to stay in Tallinn is the Bridgettine Convent Guesthouse. By Pirita Beach this modern building is still part of a working convent - so it's run by nuns! As well as giving colour this lends standards - making it one of the best places to stay in Tallinn for people who like things simple, clean, contemporary and cheap.
  • With 85 rooms priced from £50 a night the Kreutswald Hotel Tallinn certainly deserves to be on a list of the best places to stay in Tallinn on a budget. That it's a comfy modern offering in an historic old building adds even more value.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Tallinn for you? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Tallinn, or feel free to call or email one of our gurus for advice

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  • Poska Villa


    Simple, homely guesthouse in leafy Kadriorg district. A wooden house with rooms and suites, some in the attic. Basic decoration - local wooden furniture, floaty curtains, and sparkling shower rooms. A tiny breakfast room too.

    8 rooms from $48
    Sights nearby  -  200m from Kadriorg Park an urban park with museums and monuments
  • Bridgettine Convent Guesthouse

    Tallinn (Nr Pirita Beach)

    Modest accommodation in a modern convent. Perfect for groups or those on a budget - the rooms sleep up to three people and the rates are inexpensive.

    21 rooms from $51
    Groups  -  Rooms can sleep up to three people.
    Unusual  -  The Convent of Pirita.
    Less £
  • Kreutzwald Hotel Tallinn


    Uniquestay's newest offering. An ultra modern hotel that caters to business visitors, as well as those pleasure seekers who like to visit a spa, a gym, a sauna, or a solarium while exploring a city. A great Brazilian restaurant, extensive conference facilities and a central location. A great find.

    74 rooms from $81
    Value chic  -  A chic choice, right in the heart of old Tallinn, with spa services and a fantastic restaurant- for a reasonable price.
    Great walks  -  Wander the picturesque streets of Tallinn's old town and get a feel for this historic city.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to the Estonian National Library, a beautiful builing, well worth checking out.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Merchant‘s House Hotel


    Medieval merchant house at the heart of Old Town with oodles of atmospheric charm. Interiors are beautifully juxtaposed with white washed walls set against clean modern furniture. large bathrooms with freestanding baths. Lovely restaurant and an ice bar for evening entertainment. A great choice.

    37 rooms from $98
    City Style  -  A historic property with uber modern interiors in an excellent central location
    Sights nearby  -  In close proximity to many sights including Town Hall Square
  • The von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn


    Estonian style meets modern minimalism with great results. Sophisticated, but warm rooms with all the mod cons - pine floors, open brick walls, white curtains, rich furniture, lots of natural light. Lovely restaurant, and summertime courtyard, zen spa, and ample banqueting/conference venues.

    43 rooms from $114
    Spa breaks  -  The hotel contains the exclusive Zen spa merging Asian philosophies with contemporary techniques
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located for exploring the Old Town on foot.
    Great walks  -  Stroll through the cobbled streets of Tallinn's Old Town also a UNESCO heritage site.
    Sights nearby  -  Located at Toompea Hill just a few steps from Toompea Castle and Nevsky Cathedral.
  • Savoy Boutique Hotel


    Charming Savoy hotel close to the Town Square and historic attractions. Art Deco interiors, elegant rooms, and delicious Estonian cuisine. Family-friendly and in a great position for exploring Tallinn.

    41 rooms from $162
    Sights nearby  -  Just 300m from Town Hall square
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Hotel St Petersbourg


    Fantastic boutique hotel in the style of a Russian merchant's residence. Luxurious rooms and suites have an eclectic mix of faux fur throws, designer furnishings, and all the modern luxuries. A charming restaurant serves excellent local cuisine and an array of vodkas. Romantic, also family friendly.

    27 rooms from $153
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the heart of Tallinn's Old Town
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Telegraaf Hotel


    Classical grandeur in a former telegraph exchange station. Chequered marble floors, rich fabrics, classical furniture - everything in grand proportions. Rooms with four poster beds, richly painted walls and all the mod cons. A romantic Russian restaurant with a glass roof. City style at its finest.

    86 rooms from $193
    Sailing  -  The hotel organises boat or yacht trips in the Gulf of Tallinn
    Sights nearby  -  Picturesque St. Catherine’s Passage is just moments away
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Three Sisters Hotel


    A perfect marriage of old world charm and modern style at this luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Tallinn. Large beautiful bedrooms with parquet floors, four poster beds, and bright Edwardian coloured walls. Fabulous restaurant and private dining room with ceiling murals.

    23 rooms from $185
    City Style  -  A perfect balance between old and new, with slate floors, old wood beams and contemporary fabrics and layout.
    Romantic Break  -  After a joint soak in the tub, enjoy a six-course meal in the kitchen, watching the chef cook by candlelight.
    Sights nearby  -  Perfectly placed for exploring the old town square, just five minutes down the road.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux, Tablet
  • Hotel Cru


    A small hotel with lots of charm and character. This former merchant's house is bedecked with rough walls, wooden beams, brick fragments, antique furniture and richly patterned throws across large beds. Lovely courtyard pizzeria and wine cellar. Ideally situated for exploring Tallinn Old Town.

    15 rooms from $210
    Sights nearby  -  Freedom Square and Town Hall Square are both within a 5 minute walk
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
  • Schlossle Hotel


    A small luxury hotel with oodles of charm and character. Frequented by politicians, pop stars, and even Prince Charles. One of Tallin's leading luxury hotels, but on a more intimate and cosy scale. Two fantastic restaurants - one in the stone-vaulted cellar and one in the courtyard.

    23 rooms from $223
    City Style  -  A charming hotel in Tallinn’s Old Town comes with spoiling flourishes such as limo service and sparkling wine with breakfast.
    Sights nearby  -  The historic UNESCO heritage site - Tallinn Old Town and it's cafes, restaurants, bars and shops is within a 10 minute walk.
    Great walks  -  Walk a section of the fairy tale styled Tallinn Town Wall.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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