Hotel Telegraaf – Tallinn, Estonia
10123 Tallinn, Estonia
Tel. +372 6000600
Hotel Telegraaf is perfectly located in the Old Town, near the Town Hall Square in a gorgeous historic building. The building was originally built in 1878, with the Handelsbank occupying the ground floor, while the upper floors contained apartments. In 1918, it became the Telegraaf House, consisting of the central post office and the main center of communications for Tallinn, and it remained as the base of telegraphic and postal services until 1991. A wing of the building was destroyed in World War II, but was rebuilt in 2005.
Our room, a Superior Room in the historic part of the hotel, was somewhat small but very nice, with windows that opened to a small balcony. There was a soft queen bed, with numerous pillows, which I loved. The decor was elegant, with nice touches such as the antique-looking telephone.
Amenities included slippers/robes, safe, hairdryer, iron, desk/chair, an additional chair for seating, minibar that could be used as a refrigerator, and the ever-popular free Wi-Fi.
The bathroom was well-appointed, with tub/shower, heated towel rack, and Elemis products. At one point when we turned on the TV we noticed that the sound played in the bathroom, which was a little odd, but I suppose people might like that. They also have a feature that I would likely not use, but others might love. There’s a closet beside the door that has a bell to the service staff. You can put your laundry in the provided bag, ring the bell and leave it in the closet, which they can open from the outside so that they can collect your laundry, clean it and replace it without bothering you. This might be great for business travelers or others who don’t want interruption. The hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, which I had booked through, and as such we received a nice fruit basket and a letter of greeting. (Maybe everyone receives these niceties.) They also provided two complimentary bottles of water daily, which was nice.
Breakfast at the attached Restaurant Tchaikovsky was included in our room rate. It’s a beautiful space, and the breakfast didn’t disappoint. They had eggs, sausages, bacon, porridge, yogurt, loads of awesome pastries and breads, meats/cheeses and assorted Estonian goods that I admit I didn’t eat, fruit, juice, coffee/tea, Prosecco. (A glass of Prosecco with breakfast = fabulous bonus!) For no additional charge, you can order from a menu as well as enjoying the buffet. As a change of pace, we tried the Eggs Benedict and the pancakes one morning, which were both excellent! (Of course I still had to have my daily Nutella croissant. There are no thoughts of calories or carbs on vacation.)
Overall, the breakfast was very tasty, filling and staff was courteous and professional. In fact, everyone we encountered on the staff was friendly and polite. On our last morning, we were catching an early ferry, and the front desk staff not only called us a taxi for the appropriate time, but went out of their way to get coffee and tea for us before the restaurant opened and made sure that we had breakfast before departing.
We used the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and pool available to guests as part of the on-site spa. It was not crowded at all, and was peaceful and relaxing. FYI, I didn’t care, but there is a unisex locker room, so although it does have changing rooms, some people might prefer to put on their swimsuits in their hotel rooms and walk over in the robes provided. I didn’t take my camera to the spa, but the photo below from the hotel’s website is exactly what it looked like when we were there, except there were more lounge chairs.
There is a Summer Terrace outside in the hotel’s courtyard, but they only opened it one day during our visit, probably because it was raining off and on. It looked very nice, but we didn’t actually have a chance to use it.
Overall, this was an excellent choice for our stay in Tallinn. Location is always my #1 priority, but along with a perfect convenient location, the hotel was beautiful, the staff was professional, and it felt luxurious without being stuffy or pretentious.
Stayed: May 31 – June 3, 2014
Current rate for Superior room with breakfast: Approximately $300 in USD
(price quoted is per company website at the time of writing; rates vary)