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City Breaks: Tallinn, Estonia

A Mediaeval City on The Baltic

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Tallinn is the capital city of Estonia in which over a third (circa 370,000) of the countries total inhabitants live - which means the rest of this pine covered country has the least number of people per square kilometre in Europe!

So that gives an idea that Tallinn is an attractive place - and so it is, having one of the most unspoilt mediaeval cities in Europe with much of the original 15th century city's walls, turrets and gate houses. Most of it would be intact had it not been for Soviet air raid on the city in 1944 which killed over half the Old City's inhabitants.

In fact this poor country has only been truly independant for less than 50 years since the 12th century and 10 of those years have been since 1994.... .Just a few facts to give you good reason to make a trip here. Then, there are the quite beautiful young ladies who would turn any man's head - tall blondes with striking good looks and quite how they manage to retain their slender figures with the heavy diets of dumplings, pork and duck specialties of the region is a mystery! However they do keep themselves aloof from the gaping looks from overseas tourists who we have to admit get rather inebriated from the local taverns that abound in the many cobbled streets.

Outdoor market Old Town Square Old Town Walls & Turrets

There are good quality restaurants in the old town such as Kuldse Volsa Korts which can be recognised by the Cartoon Pig they use as a trade mark in Dunkri street just off from the Old Town Square. Very presentable and clean with lots of original decoration from the 16th century but with out overkill and waitress and waiters are in 18th century dress but without being touristy.It has lots of Estonian dishes such as beetroot soup with smoked meats and roast lamb dishes - not cheap at around £30 for two with drinks.

However, be aware of some other less reputable ones like the facing property in the same street - the Beer House on the face of it looks entertaining as it produces its own beer from vast copper vats in a typical German Beer Hall complete with "oompah "music. However, what is produced is called "live" beer as it is not filtered or cleared and comes full strength from the vat still fermenting! This could have a problem for some people with yeast allergies they did not know of until they taste this Pilsner beer which looks like mud and frankly tastes like it!

We had a hard time refusing to pay for this awful beverage and were charged an outlandish price for the two wines we ordered instead - our argument with the manager was overseen by a bouncer - however we got our reduction - but this left a bad taste even more than the beer!! So be warned and ask at your hotel reception about the places to avoid. On the subject of beer - most pubs bars and restaurants seem to charge much the same - our recollection is about 40 krones a half litre, around £1.80/3 US dollars. Outside the old town we are told is much cheaper - the reason is because the Finns have spoilt the local population. For Finnish people the cost of drinking in Estonia is half that of Helsinki and during summer up to 20 ferries a day plough across the bay connecting the two countries where the Finns drink to excess and purchase huge amounts of Vodka to take home - the local joke is" which is the cheaper fuel for your car - petrol or Vodka!"

So from this point of view, Tallinn is a little commercial and spoilt in contrast to Riga and Vilnius which are not too touristy or overpriced in relation to local costs. Instead Tallinn is rather unique for its Old Town and well worth a visit for a few nights, but whilst it has a cultural scene in Spring and Autumn and winter with a very impressive Opera House and other theatres it does not compare with Prague for classical music Opera and Ballet.

But it is a change of scene and well worth being added to the "must see " cities of Eastern Europe.

Town Square   Honeysellers

Radisson | Hotel Grand | Scandic Palace | Old Town Maestro's

Central Hotel | Hotel Metropole | Hotel Olumpia | Hotel Domina City | Hotel St Barbara | Hotel Express

RADISSON ****

 

The Radisson brand name stands for quality and so it is for the Radisson Tallin which opened last year and became, with 24 stories, the tallest building in the city. It’s city centre location is ideal: a short walk to almost anywhere in the capital. It has stunning views of the old town and sea.

There is a health club, sauna, restaurant, piano bar and pub. All the rooms are en suite and are equipped with air-conditioning, pay TV, direct-dial telephones, data port, in-room safe, mini-bar, trouser press, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and coffee & tea making facilities. Non smoking rooms are available.

radisson, Tallinn 

The Radisson, Tallinn

Prices in GB £ Sterling
per room, per night
including Buffet Breakfast

HANSA

2006
01/11/05 - 31/03/06 01/04 - 30/09
Single Double
/Twin
Single Double
/Twin
Hotel Radisson
Two NIGHT package including Flights : Gatwick from £304; and Manchester from £310
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HOTEL GRAND MERITON ****

 

This centrally located hotel, originally built is 1963 and completely renovated in 1998 is a short walk from the Parliament building and the old medieval town – there is a magnificent view over the historical town wall. There are two restaurants, gift shop, several bars, internet facilities and a health center which offers a gym, massage, solarium and sauna facilities. There are 160 odd double rooms all of which have air conditioning, sound proofed windows, a mini bar, safety deposit box, satellite TV and pay movies. Each room has an en suite bathroom with fitted hair dryer. The 3rd floor has all non-smoking rooms.

Hotel Grand Tallinn 

Hotel Grand Meriton, Tallinn

Prices in GB £ Sterling
per room, per night
including Buffet Breakfast

HANSA

2006
01/11/05 - 31/03/06 01/04 - 30/04
01/10 - 30/12
01/05 - 30/09
Single Double
/Twin
Single Double
/Twin
Single Double
/Twin
Hotel Grand Meriton (Standard Rooms)
Two NIGHT package including Flights : Gatwick from £269; and Manchester from £276
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more to come ....

SCANDIC PALACE ****

 

Situated in the heart of the city on Tallinn´s main square, next to the Old Town; also easy access to cabs, trams and buses. Part of the prestigious international Hilton hotel chain. You cannot get much nearer to the old town than this four star hotel –it is located in the city’s main square next door to the old towns cobbled streets.

The rooms have tea and coffee makers, satellite TV and in house pay movies, mini bar, room safe, trouser press and even an iron & ironing board and hairdryer in superb en suite bathrooms.

Downstairs: superb restaurant, shops, several bars and lounges and a health club with gym and sauna.

Scandic palace Tallinn

Scandic Palace, Tallinn

 

Prices in GB £ Sterling
per room, per night
including Buffet Breakfast

HANSA

2006
01/11/05 - 30/04/06 01/05 - 30/12
Single Double
/Twin
Single Double
/Twin
Hotel Scandic Palace
Two NIGHT package including Flights : Gatwick from £288; and Manchester from £294
Click HERE to make a secure reservation




CENTRAL HOTEL ***

 

Good location being just four minutes walk from the Old Town gates and yet within the bustle of the new town area with lots of local shops and a shopping Mall within two minutes walk. It is also not far from the cities largest night club.

A modern hotel built in the fifties but last year had a total refit.On the main street of Narve Mnt it has ideal access to both ancient and modern attractions of this unique city.

On six floors with some 200 bedrooms all of which offer en suite bathrooms,TV mini bar and telephone. This three star hotel offers a 24 hour reception, a bar and a cafe plus a restaurant which serves a full buffet breakfast which is included into our room rates. The Hotel has a sauna room and also a children's play area.

Tallin Hotel - bedroom
Tallin - Central Hotel

The Central Hotel, Tallinn

Prices in GB £ Sterling
per room, per night
including Buffet Breakfast

HANSA

2006
01/11/05 - 30/12/06
Single Double
/Twin
Central Hotel
Two NIGHT package including Flights : Gatwick from £248; and Manchester from £260
Click HERE to make a secure reservation



HOTEL METROPOLE ***

 

City centre location, being around 5 minutes walk from the old town. This modern 3 star hotel was constructed in 1999, and has two lifts to its eight floors.

On the eighth floor is a nightclub, plus a restaurant with live dance music after 9.00 pm. The hotel has two saunas and a beauty parlour, and guests are offered a free morning sauna. There's also a public bar.

All rooms have bathroom with hairdryer. Each room has satellite TV, minibar and direct dial telephone.

Good quality at reasonable rates.

Metropole Hotel Tallinn

The Metropole Hotel, Tallinn

Prices in GB £ Sterling
per room, per night
including Buffet Breakfast

LT

2006
01/11/05 - 30/12/06
Single Double
/Twin
Central Hotel
Two NIGHT package including Flights : Gatwick from £249; and Manchester from £259
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HOTEL OLÜMPIA ****

 

A central location for this four star hotel constructed in the 1980's which was renovated last year. Facilities include a fitness centre, complete with swimming pool, sauna, solarium and massage rooms.

Just 15 minutes walk from the old town, the hotel offers excellent facilities including a souvenir shop, a café, a brasserie, a nightclub and several theme bars.

There are some 400 rooms and 5 lifts serve the 26 floors. All rooms have direct dial telephone, satellite TV and mini bar. Bathrooms all have bath and WC.

Tallin - Central Hotel

Hotel Olümpia, Tallinn

Prices in GB £ Sterling
per room, per night
including Buffet Breakfast

LT

2006
01/11/05 - 31/03/06 01/04 - 30/12
Single Double
/Twin
Single Double
/Twin
Hotel Olümpia
Two NIGHT package including Flights : Gatwick from £290; and Manchester from £310
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more to come ....

HOTEL DOMINA CITY ****

 

Loads of elegance and classic style this newly opened hotel in the centre of the town and old town area is surrounded by bars restaurants and some very fashionable shops all within easy walking distance.

The hotel has over 60 rooms and suites. Each room contains a mini bar, Satellite TV, telephone and a safe. All of the en suite bathrooms also contain a hairdryer.

Downstairs is the "City Cafe" where a buffet breakfast is served and also offers an a la carte menu during the day
and evening. Room service, sauna, laundry, dry-cleaning service and a 24 hour reception service complete the attractions.

Really attractive old style hotel which has recently opened in best part of town.

Please Note: Superior Room supplement £10 per room.

Hote Domina, Tallinn

Hotel Domina City, Tallinn

Hote Domina, Tallinn

Prices in GB £ Sterling
per room, per night
including Buffet Breakfast

HANSA

2006
01/11/05 - 31/03/06 01/04 - 30/12
Single Double
/Twin
Single Double
/Twin
Hotel Domina City - Standard Room
Two NIGHT package including Flights : Gatwick from £280; and Manchester from £288
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HOTEL EXPRESS **+

 

Yes, a budget hotel but it has its attractions which is located down towards the harbour area of Tallinn but is only three minute walk from the Medieval towers and town gates of Pikk Street which leads directly to the old Town Square and its myriad of cobbled streets full of bars and pubs.

The bedrooms are good with each one having en suite bathroom with boxed shower WC and each room has Satellite TV and a mini bar. Apart from Saturday football matches the property is in a quiet location being near to the cities Stadium.

Downstairs is a large reception and opening up to a separate canteen type restaurant which serves the cheapest Vodka and orange in Town as we can justify at £1 a glass!

A breakfast buffet is included into the room rates

The Hotel Express,Tallinn

The Hotel Express,Tallinn

Prices in GB £ Sterling
per room, per night
including Buffet Breakfast

LT

2006
01/11/05 - 31/03/06 01/04 - 30/12
Single Double
/Twin
Single Double
/Twin
Hotel Express
Two NIGHT package including Flights : Gatwick from £240; and Manchester from £249
Click HERE to make a secure reservation


HOTEL ST BARBARA ***

 

From the outside this rather austere stone build property looks rather un-appealing. However, it does have its merits.

Built back in the early 1900s the hotel us owned by SAS Airlines and is located in a quiet street backing onto a park. Being less than two minutes walk from the old town walls and its selections of bars pubs and clubs it is connected to the Old Town by a subway (under the busy main road of Estonia Pst) which also contains some small shops selling beer and wines as well as sandwiches and other snacks.
As for the Hotel itself this three star hotel has some very comfortable rooms- large with two easy chairs,desk and mini-bar with down to earth prices - Satellite TV of course with a wide range of programmes included English language. The en suite bathrooms each have a shower stall washbasin and WC

Downstairs - a reception, bar and a constant supply of coffee - also a breakfast room which offers buffet style breakfast and as always included into our room rates.

Hotel St Barbara, Tallinn

Hotel St Barbara, Tallinn

Prices in GB £ Sterling
per room, per night
including Buffet Breakfast

HANSA

2006
01/11/05 - 31/03/06 01/04 - 30/12
Single Double
/Twin
Triple Single Double
/Twin
Triple
Hotel St Barbara
Two NIGHT package including Flights : Gatwick from £239; and Manchester from £249
Click HERE to make a secure reservation

more to come ....

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ARRIVAL

GATWICK

09:30

TALLINN

14:25

GATWICK

18:00

TALLINN

22:55

TALLINN

16:20

GATWICK

17:15

TALLINN

18:15

GATWICK

19:15

FLIGHTS MANCHESTER - TALLINN     

DEPARTURE

ARRIVAL

MANCHESTER (Thursdays only)

10:00

TALLINN

14:55

MANCHESTER (Sundays only)

19:15

TALLINN

00:10
(Monday)

TALLINN (Thursdays only)

17:25

MANCHESTER

18:25

TALLINN (Sundays only)

17:25

MANCHESTER

18:25

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