Tallinn is a deceiving city. While small, it looks huge on a map. Distances that take mere minutes to walk look like epic journeys. At least, this is what I thought when I was obsessing over whether we’d booked the wrong hotel for our two-night stay in the city.
As with most things Tallinn-related, I was so wrong.
The Hotel Metropol (or Hotell Metropol, depending on your language preferences) is a medium-sized, 3.5 star hotel located in the centre of Tallinn. We booked it using Hotels.com because the price was right and the location seemed okay. Thankfully, it turned out to be the perfect hotel for our short trip.
We could not have asked for a better location from a hotel, as the Hotel Metropol was no more than a 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal and the Old Town in either direction. What a relief, given that I’d spent days worrying I’d booked us into a hotel that would require epic treks to get anywhere.
The Hotel Metropol was also located conveniently close to numerous restaurants and bars, bistros and pizza places—whatever your taste or budget, there was something within a short walk that would satisfy you.
It was also situated just off a main street, so public transit was just a hop, skip and a jump away.
The hotel itself is nothing special; it looks like your average hotel and could be found in any city. What surprised us the most was the room. It was HUGE.
Long and narrow, our room had one large window that faced into what I thought was a courtyard, but turned out to be the lobby. At first it was a bit odd not to have a real window, but given that there was daylight from 10:30-2:30 each day we weren’t missing much. This also meant that our room was insanely quiet.
The room consisted of a double bed (with two single comforters, which is perfect for us as we often have cover wars), a seating area with two rather comfortable chairs, as well as a desk with a mini fridge. With so much furniture you would expect the room to feel cramped, but it was just the opposite. The room felt so spacious. You could host a serious dance party in there.
Then there was the bathroom. What it lacked in a tub (small, built-in shower only) it made up for in heated floors and space. Again, you could have a serious (and seriously warm) dance party in there. It also came equipped with a heated towel rack (my new obsession), a very decent blow dryer, and that shampoo-body wash hybrid that we all know we shouldn’t use, but do anyways.
Our stay included free WIFI and the room came equipped with a TV, so we were plenty entertained when it got too cold or dark, or we were just too tired to be out wandering. Although small, and awfully far from the bed, we had access to multiple TV stations in almost any language imaginable: English, Finnish, Estonian, Russian, Ukraine. It was seriously impressive
Breakfast being included in our stay was a nice surprise. I was convinced we hadn’t booked that option, but the desk clerk told us otherwise (and I wasn’t about to argue).
The breakfast was nothing special—and very typical of a post-Soviet state hotel: meats and cheese with hearty breads, hard-boiled eggs, beets and pickled fish options. We waited until the last possible moment to go for breakfast, so there was little to choose from, but we were able to scrounge up enough to put together a pretty decent plate. We clearly weren’t the only ones who waited until the last possible moment because the dining room was packed and overflowing; people were set up in the lounge and lobby eating off their laps. We were able to grab a seat at the bar, but others weren’t so lucky.
While, the Hotel Metropol wasn’t extra special, the price was right (less than $100 CDN per night), the rooms were comfortable and the location really couldn’t be beat. Overall, it was perfect for our stay in Tallinn, and I wouldn’t hesitate staying there again—or recommending it to a friend.
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