Baltic Hotel Vana Wiru
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... 1952). Next is the Rock Church, looks nothing from the outside but is a church hewn out of the rock with a copper roof and a circle of opaque windows. It is light airy and has a great atmosphere. Back on the bus for our last stop Tuomiokirkko, an impressive white Lutheran cathedral on Senate Square and a walk down to the market square on the dock. A drive around the port to our hotel. No group dinner so we head into town ...
... ending up in the more modern part of town where there are many buildings dating back to the 19th century or Soviet area. Many buildings are fixed up and some are not, it is a real mix! I eventually ended up in Freedom Square and then, the Old Town.
I ate dinner at a cafe, then meandered through the bustling Old Town streets, soaking up a final bit of medieval Tallinn magic as the setting sun gleamed off the historic buildings, before heading home.
After a leisurely breakfast we are out at 11.00 to explore the Old Town. We start by making our way to Toompae to the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral seen from the outside yesterday. It proves to be a bit 'lack lustre' inside in comparison to the small RO church in Riga. There are traditional, professional old lady beggars at the bottom of the steps that we manage to avoid thanks to the Chinese! We then follow the path down the hill to Freedom Square ...
... the bag. It was €10 per person. The last museum that we had the energy for was the Estonian Maritime Museum. it was housed in Fat Margaret, the cannon tower. It was very interesting but we were too tired to take much in. On top of the tower was another stunning view. We met Hindrek again at 6.45 and he lead us to Leib Resto ja Aed, one of the better Estonian restaurants in town. In the old city but out of the way of the tourist masses. The meals were well ...
... the plane was turning mid flight. I also played with the remote controlled boat and the machine gun shooting game. After the games we got to go one the old ice breaker ship that was outside on the water. We climbed down to the engine room and walked through the whole ship. There was an office and a ball room among lots of other rooms. On the deck there were two big chimneys. To finish the trip, we walked through the parking lot where I got to play inside old Red Army tanks and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Baltic Hotel Vana Wiru Tallinn
Fab central hotel
You can't fault this city hotel on value for money, cleanliness and location, and all the reception staff were very friendly and spoke very good English. On the downside however, our room wasn't ready when we arrived around lunchtime and we had to ask several times for items for the room ie. tea/coffee facilities, tissue and soap for the bathroom.
The buffet breakfast was very good with a range of hot and cold, fruit salad and cereals for the health conscious, and pancakes and syrup for the notso! And the adjoining pub was very handy not only for the short cut to the main street. Tallinn itself is absolutely beautiful and reasonably priced with loads of fantastic restaurants within walking distance of the hotel, Olde Hansa, Must Lammas and Balthasar to name a few.
We went in January and were hoping for snow, unfortunately it was just grey and chilly but will definitely return in the summer before it becomes too popular with the mainstream 'citybreakers'!!
We have just returned from a 3 night stay at the excellent 4 star Hotel Vana Wiru in Tallinn. It is an oasis of peace and tranquility right in the centre of the beautiful, medieval old town. The rooms are large, basically furnished, but very comfortable, well maintained and spotlessly clean. There is a large, comfortable lounge, an Italian restaurant and the hotel has it's own pub attached to it, which stays open until the early hours of the morning!! The buffet breakfasts in the restaurant are superb with a choice of porridge, scrambled eggs, boiled eggs, sausages, fried potatoes, cold meats, cheeses, cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, toast, jams and tea and coffee. The staff are very friendly and helpful. One afternoon we were sitting in the lounge on our own, recovering from a days sightseeing and the porter (unasked) made up a log fire in the large open fireplace and lit it just for us. Superb!! Tallinn old town is beautiful and all the excellent bars, restaurants and major sights are virtually on the doorstep of this wonderful hotel. I would thoroughly recommend the Hotel Vana Wiru and would most certainly stay there again. One tip: If you want to use a credit or debit card to pay for a meal in a restaurant in Tallinn and the bill comes to more than 500 Estonian Kroons, they will ask to see some ID such as your passport or driving licence.
We spent four nights at the Vana Wiru in August. The location is fantastic-right inside the city walls. It is located in a quiet courtyard area. We were lucky enough to get a room upgrade to a junior suite on the top floor. The views over the old town were fantastic, and we had the luxury of a sauna in the bathroom. Breakfasts were good and the hotel serves quality food in the evening. If you don't want to go too far at the end of a busy day the Vanu Wiru has a bar attached to it. Staff were helpful and courteous. Stay here if you want a four star hotel which is reasonbly priced right in the centre of one of Europe's most charming cities.
Wonderful hotel in the best location!
Just got back 4 days ago from a 5 night stay in this hotel and haven't got a bad word to say about it. The location is just perfect, just moments from the town hall square and right by the beautiful Viru Gates of the old town. Perfect.
We had a junior suite deluxe at an EXCELLENT reduced rate so we had our very own sauna in our room which was amazing! The room was on the top floor so we had a wonderful view of the old town looking across over St. Olafs Church.
Breakfast was ample and a good selection of hot and cold food and the staff were very friendly.
Oh and there is a pub located within the hotel which is very handy and the drinks are very cheap!
I can't fault this hotel or Tallinn - both wonderful!!!!
Thug on reception
The hotel is quite nice, centrally located and it's clean. However, I brought a guest back to my room and the guy at reception told me that I had to pay a supplement. That annoyed me but I said fine and went to continue on our way. Then we were stopped and made to pay the supplement there and then!! That made me think that this is a hotel I will never stay in again.
Vana Viru Hotel, The Perfect Stay in Tallinn
I just came back from a cruise to Tallinn, and from staying at the Vana Viru with my family. I am a very picky traveller and have to say that this Hotel is great in every aspect.
First of all its location, it is the best located Hotel i have ever been to, it is in the old town, the main tourist attraction. Not on a street but it is own private area that is extremely clean and pleasant. You walk around the corner and you enter the beautiful old town, with its medieval ambiance and filled with shops and restaurants, which are both great in prices and quality. YOu HAVE TO TRY THE SWEET COVERED ALMONDS
The Hotel is beautifully decorated, modern and elegant at the same time. Extremely clean. The staff very helpful and kind. The rooms are very big in size. Mine had it's own Sauna which looked like it had been just built. Amazed by the neatness of the entire Hotel. In front of the Hotel lies a Grill which serves the best meat dishes, freshly made right in front of you, plates large in quantity of food and at excellent prices. Also it has an incredibly cool pub which also serves delicious plates and a fancy italian restaurant. I am dying to go back just to eat the steak with the best grilled vegetables i've ever had( and again i am picky). The air conditioning in the room is the only thing that if you like sleeping with cold ac, it won't happen, but it is just cool enough to sleep at total comfort ( just ask for thin sheets). If you need to take a taxi, the Hotel staff will kindly order one for you and you will be surprised how cheap they are to anywhere you go. There is a 24 hour Drugstore at 500 meters from the Hotel which has everything you will need. And for all the parents out there,it has NANNY SERVICE! So I am planning already my next trip there, and would highly recommend this Hotel to anyone who wants quality, quantity, and the most pleasant visit overall you could have.
Fabulous Hotel - not one thing wrong!
Title: Great Hotel - not one single thing wrong
This hotel is in the middle of everything! Nothing to complain about
at all. Staff were very friendly, breakfast excellent and rooms great
size - with windows that fully open.
Taxi to this hotel from the airport was just 150EEK to 200EEK. All the
loc al restaurants were lovely and provided some entertainment. The
main square and all the bars etc was just 3 minute walk from the hotel.
The hotel looked like it had been recently refurbed as all paintwork
very clean and tidy - all hotel was very very clean!
Would stay here again for sure!
Not sure how many stars this hotel has... but should be a four or five
FANTASTIC!!! STAY HERE!!!
what a fabulous hotel! I have food allergies to fish and peanuts and the receptionist kindly translated this into Estonian for me... also the doorman was extremely kind in giving us directions etc. A very friendly hotel.
Bedrooms are very clean, recently renovated and quite large - have definately stayed in smaller rooms. Windows open fully to let in air - although seagulls are a bit of a nuisance noisewise.... but that cant be helped.
Breakfast is also super. A very wide selection of hot and cold food, cold meats, hot potaties with bacon, fruit, yoghurts, pastries.. all set up on a huge buffet from 8am to 10am.
We would definatley stay at this hotel again as was very very clean and very friendly - quiet at night (when windows closed from birds). This hotel is also located in the old town... all the fabulous restaurants are located about a 2 minute walk away. We ate very well locally - even the restaurants which look touristy are fabulous and frequented by the locals and russians.
STAY HERE!!! its wonderful! Tallinm has been the first place we have ever been to and never had a single thing to moan about.. usually there is a little something which niggles..... but nothing in Tallinn. Get a taxi from the airport... costs just 150-200 EEK
Siblings from suffolk
Stayed here a weekend in early March when even the sea was frozen. Right by Katherine's passage, with the woollen market situated right outside, and 2 minutes from the main square it has a great position. The staff were very friendly and the rooms large, warm, clean and modern. We had 2 rooms on the 5th floor (for a sibling reunion) with views over the snow covered city and, as there were few guests, it was like having private appartments. There was a large chioce for breakfast and the 5 oat porridge was excellent. Only negative is that we booked the steam suana for private use (great) but it smelt rather of drains. Still would highly recommend the hotel as great value for money.
Loved the Van Wiru
Stayed at the Vana Wiru just before christmas and had a brilliant time. Hotel was excellent, with friendly staff and a buffet breakfast serving hot and cold selection. Location could not have been better, just inside the walls of the old town and within walking distance to all sights. A nice cosy pub area is attached to the hotel if one does not want to brave the freezing temperatures. Would defintely recommend this hotel and certainly a visit to Tallinn before it becomes too touristy!! ( Before christmas is a nice time to go, although cold, the christmas market and the snow gave a lovely christmas atmosphere)