Set within the UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Old Town Tallinn, Hotel Telegraaf offers a larger-scale amenity-rich property with a historic edge. Formerly Tallinn’s post office and telegraph exchange, the converted hotel now offers 83 luxe rooms and suites with upscale dining and an Elemis Spa on site.
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With an incredibly textured history that dates back centuries, Old Town Tallinn is one of Europe’s best preserved medieval towns. It’s a scene out of a fairy tale with its iconic turrets and medieval buildings that have withstood the test of time. With a history that includes a heavy bit of German influence during Tallinn’s prominent period as a Hanseatic trading port to its more recent alternating occupations by the USSR and Germany in the 20th century, Tallinn has managed to exit with its own impressive identity and an old town that’s one of the world’s most spectacular.
Hotel Telegraaf is one of a handful of five-star properties in Tallinn’s Old Town. Each has a unique vibe and flair, and Hotel Telegraaf is no different. It could easily be categorized as one of the more business-friendly of the bunch with its larger scale and Marriott/SPG affiliation, but in some ways that down plays the properties history and location. Situated in what used to be the city’s telegraph exchange, the hotel building has expanded to include 83 rooms, with an impressive restaurant and an on-site Elemis Spa (one of the city’s finest). We stayed in a Junior Suite, which was perfectly spacious and extremely comfortable. Equipped with a king bed, a sitting space, and writing nook, it was probably more space than we needed but with five nights on property we were thrilled with the extra room. Make reservations for the spa and the restaurant in advance, and be prepared for a short wait at breakfast during prime time on the weekends.
Hotel Telegraaf is home to one of Tallinn’s most highly acclaimed restaurants, Restaurant Tchaikovsky. Darkly painted walls are the backdrop for paintings of the famous composer, with a living wall as an accent and a ceiling of glass panels that let light stream in during the day. As the name would suggest, the restaurant serves up Russian cuisine, with menu items like pelmeni and the requisite blini option including your choice of caviar or roe during dinner. We enjoyed our dinner, but it was our breakfast that wowed us (a complimentary perk for SPG Gold+ members). Served buffet style with a selection of hot options made to order, the breakfast spread will make anyone a morning person. The buffet selection includes fan favorites like smoked salmon, a range of cheese and meats, eggs, sparkling wine, a selection of freshly baked breads, porridge plus accoutrements. Made to order are a range of Benedicts (Scott tried all of them!), plus omelets and pancakes. If an evening bar scene is more your thing, you can enjoy the bar near the lobby and order bar nibbles and cocktails for a pre or post-dinner stop.
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