Estonia’s vibrant and beautiful capital of Tallinn is an exhilarating mix of old and new, seamlessly blending a modern vibe with a medieval charm, narrow cobblestone streets, Gothic architecture, and centuries-old landmarks. Tallinn also boasts a charming and character-filled accommodation scene, with hotels ranging from beachfront boutiques to trendy downtown spa resorts. Here are my favorite cool and unique hotels in Tallinn, Estonia...
Our Top 3 Best Cool and Unusual Hotels
Oru Hub Hotel
I found an innovative design-led space at Oru Hub Hotel that redefines travel. The 1st-floor Hub was a favourite spot—a boutique haven where I could unwind amidst chic décor, light woods, and lush potted plants, perfect for reading, mingling, and relaxation.
My practical and stylish room ensured a tranquil night’s sleep. The hotel’s restaurant was a gem, inviting me to indulge in exceptional local and international cuisine surrounded by quirky artwork and a delightful ambience.
Moreover, Oru Hub’s prime location was a highlight—it’s just a brief five-minute stroll to the seaside promenade and a mere 10 minutes from Tallinn’s bustling business hub. I loved this convenient setting that perfectly balanced leisure and proximity to the city’s vibrant centre.
One of my favorite spots was the chic first-floor Hub—a cozy haven with lush plants, perfect for relaxation and mingling.
Breakfast buffet every morning
Local and international cuisine
Five minutes from seaside
First floor co-working space
Some noise from outside
breakfast is not free
Hector Container Hotel
Staying at Hektor Container Hotel in Tallinn felt like discovering a haven harmonising living, working, and mingling seamlessly.
I fell in love with the cutting-edge design embracing contemporary aesthetics; my room blended brightness and modern comfort, wrapping me in its embrace.
Aside from the high-tech coworking spaces, the place boasted a lobby bar, a kitchen, and cosy reading nooks where I rubbed shoulders with visionaries, locals, and fellow culture aficionados.
What struck me most was their commitment to sustainability; from natural products in the bathrooms and bedrooms to the kitchen, their ethos was deeply embedded in eco-conscious practices.
The commitment to sustainability stood out; natural products and eco-conscious practices made this place special.
State-of-the-art coworking spaces
Soothing reading corners
Continental and vegetarian breakfast
Recently rehabilitated spaces
Some rooms are a little narrow
Air conditioning can be temperamental
Rixwell Viru Square Hotel
Nestled in Old Town’s heart, Rixwell Viru Square Hotel became one of my favorite places. Its historical charm from the 1950s blends seamlessly with modern comforts. The interior’s neutral tones and warm wooden accents created an inviting ambience.
During my stay, I indulged in an authentic Estonian culinary journey at the hotel’s restaurant. The fusion of traditional and modern cooking techniques delighted my taste buds. The café Rukis, adorned with metal, wood, and grain motifs, also provided a serene setting for delightful homemade bites and exceptional coffee.
The authentic Estonian culinary journey was a delight; the fusion of tradition and modernity pleased my taste buds.
Contemporary rustic chic decor
Great for budget-conscious guests
Authentic Estonian culinary experience
On-site traditional Rukis Cafe
Parking can be expensive
No air conditioning systems
Some rooms have better views than others
Hestia Hotel Kentmanni
I found a haven of luxury and serenity at the Hestia Hotel, nestled on a bustling street adorned with stylish shops and trendy eateries.
My guestroom wasn’t just a space but a carefully crafted blend of functionality and comfort. The ambient lighting, customizable to my mood, made it feel like a personalized sanctuary.
Oh, the view from my room! A private French balcony overlooked the enchanting Kentmanni Street, and the contemporary décor inside exuded a chic elegance that resonated with my taste.
Meals at the hotel’s restaurant were nothing short of a sensory masterpiece. The artistic setting complemented the diverse European and Arabic cuisine served. And let’s not forget the on-site spa—an absolute sanctuary. The heated loungers, Jacuzzi, and steam room were my retreat into sheer tranquillity.
The spa was my sanctuary—a French balcony with city views and customizable ambient lighting created a personalized haven.
Private French balconies
Modern sophistication all around
Classic European and Arabic cuisine
Parking is a little compact
Breakfast menu is a little limited
Kalev Spa Hotel and Waterpark
Nestled between the charming medieval streets of the Old Town and the serene Kanut Park, Kalev is a 4-star sanctuary that captivates with its blend of comfort and convenience. This place has become one of my favourites in Tallinn due to its exceptional location and versatile services.
Recently revamped from top to bottom, Kalev boasts new luxurious additions to complement its already blissful spa and top-notch sports centre. The tranquil Sauna Oasis, a generously sized meeting room, and an exquisitely designed restaurant are now part of the offerings, elevating the overall experience.
The guestrooms here beautifully fuse elements of nature with both historical traditions and contemporary elegance, creating an accommodation that feels genuinely distinctive and special. I love how this place effortlessly merges history with modern comforts for an unforgettable stay in Tallinn.
The revamped spaces, like the tranquil Sauna Oasis, elevated the spa experience, making it a standout.
Restaurant Allee with special breakfast
Unlimited access to water-park
Relaxing sauna-oasis services
Panoramic views of Kanuti park
Parking is a little far
Some rooms are a little small
Metropol Spa Hotel
At Metropol Spa Hotel, the friendly, multi-lingual staff made me feel right at home. They went above and beyond, assisting me in crafting the perfect city itinerary.
Conveniently located a short walk from the historic Old Town, the port, and chic shopping centres, this place was one of my favourite spots. The guestrooms exuded understated luxury, with all the modern conveniences of a 5-star resort – from LCD TVs to fully stocked minibars and opulent bathrooms.
The restaurant and lobby bar, Nomad, embodied comfort and sophistication. Its stylish ambience and personalized service left a lasting impression on me, all with a modern twist.
The personalized service at Nomad, the stylish lobby bar, left a lasting impression during my stay.
Short walk from historic Old Town
European Nomad Restaurant
Private underground parking
Saunas and jacuzzis
Food is a little pricey
Spa can get books up
Parking is extra
Palace Hotel Tallinn
Visiting the Palace Hotel felt like stepping into a time capsule of style and history. The building, dating back to 1937, effortlessly merges its rich past with modern luxury, creating an inviting atmosphere that captivated me at every turn.
My room, one of the 79 cosy sanctuaries, boasted spaciousness, a luxurious oversized bed, and high-speed Wi-Fi—perfectly catering to business and leisure travellers.
The breathtaking view from my window overlooking Freedom Square and the Old Town truly stole my breath away. Mornings were a delight with Estonian-style buffet breakfasts at The Gallery Restaurant, while evenings were a treat indulging in classic European cuisine at Restaurant Konrad. The hotel’s charm and the culinary experiences made this place one of my favourites.
The breathtaking view of Freedom Square and the Old Town, coupled with Estonian-style buffet breakfasts, made mornings delightful.
Majestic Freedom Square panorama
Estonian-style breakfast daily
Classic European Konrad Restaurant
Modern and elegant interiors
Lack of storage space in rooms
Hotel Telegraaf, Autograph Collection
Hotel Telegraaf is a gem right by Tallinn’s medieval square. It’s a five-star haven, and it’s got this romantic aura that captured me. What’s special? It’s among the few Old Town spots boasting a spa.
What caught my eye was the blend of history and modernity – they’ve got this historic wing seamlessly merged with a newer part. The design is about this incredible mix of old charm and contemporary vibes. I opted for a suite in the historic wing. It felt spacious with those high ceilings and a calming, neutral colour palette.
The newer rooms, though, are a different delight – dressed in gorgeous Nordic wood with French balconies that added that extra touch. And, oh, the wellness scene here is top-notch! I got lost in a soul-soothing experience with a whirlpool bath, sauna, and steam bath, all right there on-site. Such a dreamy stay!
The blend of historic charm and modern luxury, especially in the suites and wellness experiences, made this a standout.
Nordic wood interior furnishings
French balconies in rooms
Soul-soothing wellness experiences
Russian and French Tchaikovsky Restaurant
Check-out is a little slow
No coffee-machine in the rooms
Drinks are a little pricey
Staying at the Schlössle Hotel was a delight. The historic vibes were captivating—a 13th-century merchant’s house restored beautifully. It’s housed the likes of Queen Elizabeth II and rock band Status Quo, which added to its allure.
The interiors struck a balance, maintaining the hotel’s historic charm while offering an intimate boutique feel. The lobby’s ceiling beams set the historical tone, echoed in the atmospheric Stenhus Restaurant and the cellar cigar lounge.
The guestrooms were a blend of history and luxury. Window alcoves, wooden beams, plush furnishings, modern amenities like minibars and radiant floor heating made my stay genuinely luxurious. The gleaming bathrooms were a perfect touch.
The intimate boutique feel, historic charm, and luxurious amenities in the guestrooms defined luxury and comfort.
Authentic and historic character
Stenhus Restaurant and Cigar lounge
Calm and peaceful surroundings
In the middle of Old Town
Parking is extra
Food is a little pricey
The von Stackelberg Hotel
Upon stepping into this 1874 building, history enveloped me. The stone walls, vaulted ceilings, and open-air courtyard spoke of a rich past. My guestroom echoed sophistication with wooden tones and plush traditional fabrics.
Emmeline & Otto’s limestone elements exuded intimacy, setting the stage for an elegant dining experience. The ambience promised a night of fine dining.
The ZEN Spa embraced Asian harmony and contemporary comfort. Modern facilities amidst serene surroundings embodied a blend of philosophies. Staying here placed me at the cusp of the medieval Old Town, within reach of the city’s preserved landmarks.
The historic stone walls, elegant dining at Emmeline & Otto, and the serene ZEN Spa combined for a memorable stay.
Large open-air courtyards
Emmeline & Otto Restaurant-Bar
Relaxing on-site ZEN Spa
Parking is a little compact
Bathrooms are a little small
On-site bar closes early
Lavendel Spa Hotel
Nestled within the serene Viims Peninsula, Lavendel Spa Hotel became one of my favourite places, a haven away from the city’s rush. The tranquil setting was perfect for blending work and relaxation. The funky purple lights added a unique vibe at night, while the decor radiated a laid-back charm.
Mornings began with exceptional breakfasts at the café, a highlight of my stay. The weekday lunch menu at the restaurant showcased gourmet delights, a treat for the taste buds.
Exploring the stone-clad spa centre was an experience in itself. State-of-the-art facilities offered pure indulgence, from the sauna and Jacuzzi to customizable beauty treatments.
The serene setting, exceptional breakfasts, and stone-clad spa made this a haven away from the city’s rush.
Funky and quirky nighttime vibe
Gourmet lunchtime menu at bistro
Stone-clad spa center
Bar closes fairly early
Rocca House by Larsen
At Larsen, every day is etched in my memory thanks to the expansive communal spaces, vibrant events, and the warm presence of the staff.
Rocca House’s thoughtfully crafted design in the contemporary lofts and studios, featuring private balconies, captivated me. It’s a haven for families—I cherished watching my kids enjoy the Xbox in the TV lounge and engage in thrilling table tennis matches while I basked in the sun on the outdoor deck.
For shopping enthusiasts like me, Rocca House is a dream come true, situated just across from one of Estonia’s largest malls.
The contemporary lofts with private balconies and the proximity to Estonia’s largest mall made it family-friendly.
Modern lofts and studios with kitchens
Estonia’s largest mall nearby
Free private parking spaces
Wi-Fi can be slow
Noise from the street
Campus House by Larsen
At Campus House in Tallinn, I found myself surrounded by stylish lofts, studios, and two-room units that exuded glamour. The dark green furniture and sleek seating created a modern sophistication that blended perfectly with the plush décor, crisp white linens, and luxurious bathrooms.
What I loved about Larsen’s brand was the emphasis on fun! I got to dive into various video games and indulge in many outdoor activities and sports competitions.
But the real gem? The hotel’s swanky terrace. It was an invitation to unwind, offering the perfect alfresco setting for enjoying balmy summer evenings.
Stylish lofts and a swanky terrace for unwinding made Larsen a chic and glamorous stay.
Glamorous and stylish lofts
Dark green sleek furniture
Large terrace with alfresco seating
Kitchen could be better equipped
Can get booked up
At Iglupark, I immersed myself in Tallinn’s vibrant hub, where the sea meets the land. Outside my cozy igloo, I basked in the endless horizon, soaked in the fresh Baltic air, and cherished moments of pure relaxation.
This place is a paradise for couples seeking a dreamy getaway. The terraces and chill-out zones beckon travellers to connect, swap stories, and savor breathtaking ocean views. The ultramodern igloos, complete with a kitchenette, fridge, and cutting-edge amenities, made it one of my favorite spots.
The cozy igloo experience with ocean views and the serene terraces created a dreamy getaway for couples.
Comfortable seating outside igloo
Eclectic terraces and common spaces
Customizable wellness packages
Beautiful views of the water
Can get booked up
Breakfast menu is a little limited
La Mare Boathouse, Tallinn
At Tallinn’s La Mare Boathouse, I discovered a gem on the beachfront. This charming boat property boasts two cosy bedrooms, a bathroom, and a welcoming living room.
The fusion of a nautical ambience and contemporary living instantly captivated me. The interiors were adorned with serene fitted furniture, rich wooden accents, and a palette of calming neutral tones.
Stepping onto the boat’s terrace was a breathtaking experience. From the jacuzzi or the swinging chair, I could soak in mesmerizing views of the water, immersing myself in a secluded yet outdoorsy setting. The sauna aboard the boat provided the perfect sanctuary for complete relaxation.
The fusion of nautical ambiance and contemporary living, along with the jacuzzi terrace, defined the charm.
Quintessential outdoor boat atmosphere
Blend of contemporary and nautical
Comforting and relaxing sauna
Ski equipment rental services
Pets are not allowed
Extra beds are not available
Pirita Beach Apartments & SPA
Nestled in Tallin’s prestigious district, Pirita Beach Apartments & Spa offers stunning views of the Old Town and the Gulf of Finland.
Yachts, boats, and cruise liners decorate the scenery while beach & water sports beckon nearby.
My time here was filled with lazy days lounging in the hotel’s outdoor spots—a terrace featuring a Jacuzzi, a glistening pool with scattered sun loungers, and lush seating areas adorned with plants.
In summer, the area around the hotel teems with beach bars, cafés, and restaurants, a delight for culinary exploration.
Views of Gulf of Finland
Beach and watersports facilities
Terrace with a jacuzzi
Plant-lined outdoor seating
breakfast is not included
Some rooms are a little small
Comparison of Best Hotels in Tallinn
In the table below, we have compared the top 16 cool and unique hotels in Tallinn. You can sort the table based on different factors like location, distance from attractions, price per night, and restaurants nearby:
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (Km) Neraby Restaurants
Oru Hub Hotel Narva maantee 120, Tallinn City-Centre, $78-$113 Yes 0.1 13
Hektor Container Hotel Telliskivi 62, Põhja-Tallinn $98-$124 Yes 0.4 16
Rixwell Viru Square Hotel Viru 11, Tallinn City-Centre $54-$138 Yes 0.1 18
Hestia Hotel Kentmanni 13 Kentmanni, Tallinn City-Centre, $143-$345 Yes 0.1 9
Kalev Spa Hotel & Waterpark Aia 18, Tallinn City-Centre $100-$214 Yes 0.1 10
Metropol Spa Hotel 9 Roseni, Tallinn City-Centre $117-$361 Yes 0.1 16
Palace Hotel Tallinn, a member of Radisson Individuals Vabaduse Väljak 3, Tallinn City-Centre $247-$343 Yes 0.1 13
Hotel Telegraaf, Autograph Collection Vene 9, Tallinn City-Centre, $178-$847 Yes 0.1 17
Schlössle Hotel Pühavaimu 13/15, Tallinn City-Centre $230-$1189 Yes 0.1 14
The von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn Toompuiestee 23, $225-$517 (2 nights) Yes 0.3 6
Lavendel Spa Hotel Sõpruse tee 9, $162-$357 Yes 1.4 6
Rocca House by Larsen 175 Õismäe tee, Haabersti $86-$109 No 1.1 10
Campus House by Larsen 32b Akadeemia tee, Mustamae $88-$107 Yes 0.2 6
Iglupark 7 Lennusadama, Põhja-Tallinn, $175-$200 Yes 0.3 7
La Mare Boathouse, Tallinn 6a Kloostri tee, Pirita, $759-$843 ( 2nights) Yes 0.1 3
Pirita Beach Apartments & SPA Merivälja tee 5, Pirita $64-$103 Yes 0.2 4
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