The comfort, cost and friendliness on offer at most Tallinn accommodation also tick boxes for a truly great weekend...
Located on the Gulf of Finland, on the northern shores of Estonia, Tallinn is often overshadowed by popular nearby city destinations such as Helsinki, Stockholm, Riga and St Petersburg, all of which lie within sailing distance. However, picturesque Tallinn's medieval beauty and modern-day treats will reward those who pick the city over its more famous neighbours.
With a modern attitude and fascinating, ancient sights, one of Tallinn's best points is its range of amazing eateries. Choose a patisserie or café by day and head to one of the city's charming, candle-lit bistros or restaurants for an evening of gastronomic finesse.
Picking a central Tallinn hotel will put you within easy reach of the best eateries, as well as the main sights. Read on to discover the city’s hotel hotspots.
Then, when you’re ready to find a cheap hotel in Tallinn, you can make use of the search tool on TravelSupermarket to compare the hottest hotel deals.
Discover which two areas make up the historic heart of Tallinn and why booking here is advisable...
Many Tallinn hotels are situated in the city's historic Old Town (also known as Vanalinn), which is a Unesco World Heritage Site of cobbled streets, markets and romantic Gothic spires. However, hotels are also in good supply in attraction-laden Toompea, which, together with Old Town, makes up the central historical core of Tallinn.
Across the two, which are almost encircled by idyllic parks and lakes, you’ll find every type of accommodation – with both budget hotels and luxury hotels crammed into the ancient architecture. But if you're looking for newer hotels, Tallinn's modern city centre to the south of Old Town is a better bet. While still offering easy access to Old Town and its attractions, this lively, skyscraper-filled part of town contains many excellent hotels, eateries, and shops.
Most hotels in Tallinn are locally run, but you can also find international chains such as Radisson, Swissotel, Scandic and Park Inn.
When you’ve had your fill of the destination’s cuisine, take a stroll to any of these tourist-pleasing attractions…
Top five attractions
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
An exquisite and iconic orthodox cathedral that almost commands you to point your camera at it.
Museum of Occupation
You can learn about the Soviet occupation of 1940 to 1991 at this unusual and engaging museum.
House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads
The city's only surviving Renaissance building and one-time home to this curiously named band of well-meaning merchants.
Old Town Hall
This is a striking ivory building that has been dominating Tallinn's Central Square for more than 800 years.
Built especially for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, the observation deck delivers what has to be the best view of Tallinn.
Party with the locals throughout summer at any of these annual events in Tallinn…
Old Town Days festival; June: Locals have a knack for the spectacular when it comes to festivals and this has to up there with the best. Jaw-dropping circus stunts often get celebrations under way, followed by performance art, live music, eating and drinking.
Midsummer's Night; June: When Estonians party, they do it like they mean it. And Midsummer's Night is no exception. This is a street party to remember with feasting, dancing and merriment going on into the early hours.
Beer Festival; July: Estonia is responsible for some of the finest hops in the world. Help the people of Tallinn celebrate this fact by taking part in what is rapidly becoming one of Europe's biggest beer festivals.