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Hotel Highlights

  • The only true boutique hotel in Tallinn
  • A perfect base to explore the magical Estonian capital
  • Crystal-clear Baltic waters only 20 minutes away

Overview

At the end of a cobbled street in a corner of the mediaeval walled old town, next to St Olav's church, Three Sisters hotel in Tallinn is comprises a trio of renovated 14th-century merchants' houses. Inside, you'll find sleek slate floors, high ceilings, chalky walls, modern washes of tangerine light, beautifully restored frescoes, an old wooden staircase and 600-year-old beams.

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Here's what you get for booking Three Sisters with us:

A glass of sparkling wine on arrival

Facilities

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Three Sisters hotel – Tallinn – Estonia

Need To Know

Rooms

23, all different, including five junior suites, two suites and the Piano Suite.

Check–out

Midday.

Rates

Double rooms from $116.17 (€92), excluding tax at 9 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast.

At the hotel

Satellite TV, CD/DVD player, free Internet connection, laptop available, shoe-cleaning service, laundry and valet service.

Our favourite rooms

The Piano Suite, with a piano in its drawing room. Room 37, an attic room with an old-fashioned bath in the bedroom. Room 26 has a four-poster with white muslin drapes – very romantic.

Packing tips

An Estonian (Eesti Keel) phrasebook – although more and more people speak English. Warm clothing in winter.

Also

Beware of the ghost: the lady of the night has been known to sneak up when least expected and touch your shoulder. The hotel also has a wine cellar in which you can store your own favourites.

Children

Welcome. Babysitting service available.

Food & Drink

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Three Sisters hotel – Tallinn – Estonia

Hotel Restaurant

The Three Sisters Restaurant is open for breakfast 7am to 6pm; lunch from midday, and candlelit dinner 5–11pm..

Hotel Bar

The wine bar in the basement boasts fab wines at good prices (this is where you can also store your own). It is customary to have a pre-dinner cocktail either in Bar Cloud Seven or in the courtyard garden.

Last orders

In the restaurant, 11pm. The bar closes when you do.

Room service

24 hours.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Laid-back Baltic chic.

Top table

In summer, sit in the courtyard; indoors, choose a corner table.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Arts and culture Visit Kadriörg Palace (www.ekm.ee) on Weizenbergi. An art gallery and a museum, open daily, it also hosts concerts.

Something for nothing Opposite the palace is Kadriörg Park. Folk come to watch concerts in the pagoda here in summer from a boat on the lake. The Old Town Square is the most famous and busiest part of the city; still, it’s a great spot to sit in one of the many cafés and watch the world go by. But the biggest treat is Pirita Beach, about seven kilometres from the city centre, where you can swim and surf, or rent a boat and visit the islands.

Shopping You don’t really hit Tallinn to shop, though on Viru, the main shopping street, you can pick up typical souvenirs – textiles, wooden crafts and vodka. Avoid buying in the old town where prices are hiked up; instead, visit traditional craftsmen in Kadriörg. Katariina Kaik is Tallinn’s most enchanting alleyway, where you can watch artisans making jewellery, pottery
and stained glass.

And… Naissaar is an island and nature reserve in the Gulf of Finland (+372 639 8000; www.naissaar.ee) where you can take tours. Naissaare Reisid(www.naissaarereisid.ee) offer trips around the island in a revamped Soviet army truck. The best way to get to and from Naissaar is on a boat from Pirita harbour called Monica (+37 52 55 363).(see above in Bars and Restaurants).

Local restaurants

Bocca on Olevimägi (+372 641 2610), is a stylish restaurant/bar in town, serving delicious Italian cuisine at lunch and dinner. Place-of-the-moment Pegasus on Harju (+372 631 4040) is a minimalist bar and restaurant on two floors. The chic interior showcasing young artists and cosmopolitan cuisine give it a Manhattan feel, but the view over mediaeval buildings reminds you that you’re in Tallinn. Le Bonaparte on Pikk (+372 646 4444), is Tallinn’s best French restaurant and Troika on Raekoja plats (+372 627 6245) is fun if you want a Russian experience of stroganoff and folk music. Restaurant Ö (+372 661 6150) is a stylish and airy environment to enjoy international and Japanese cuisine. The most fashionable folk flock here to look pretty over tasty soups and fresh sushi.

Local bars

Café Moskva (+372 640 4694) on Vabaduse Väljak is a modern bar and restaurant, buzzing with Tallinn’s most glamorous types in very cool, contemporary surroundings; it serves fusion food and stays open until midnight. Bocca (+372 641 2610) on Olevimagi is a hip Italian bar and restaurant with good-looking staff, again popular with the fashionable crowd. Make sure you book at least ten days in advance to eat.

Local cafés

Café Anglais (+372 644 2160), on the second floor of the Teachers’ House on Raekoja Plats, has a warmer atmosphere than other cafés in Tallinn. A great place for a coffee and cakes, it also serves a divine hot chocolate made from real chocolate bars. Black and white photographs adorn the walls, and soft jazz and blues plays in the background.

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Mediaeval merchant's house

Three Sisters

71 Pikk /2 Tolli, Tallinn, Tallinn 10133

Planes

From Lennart Meri Airport, the drive to the hotel will take 20 minutes. A shuttle service to and from the airport is put on by the hotel on request.

Trains

The main railway station in town is Balti Jaam. The hotel shuttle calls here for pick-ups and drop-offs.

Automobiles

From the airport, take the E20. There’s a carpark and valet parking.

Reviews

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Three Sisters hotel – Tallinn – Estonia

Anonymous review

by Alex Proud , Proud gallerist

We arrive at 22h, just in time to see the first of three glorious red-gold sunsets on our way to the Three Sisters Hotel. At the end of a cobbled street in a corner of Tallinn’s mediaeval walled old town, next to St Olav’s church, three 14th-century former merchants’ houses (the ‘sisters’) have been knocked together and renovated to form one of the first contemporary …
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Three Sisters

Anonymous review by Alex Proud, Proud gallerist

We arrive at 22h, just in time to see the first of three glorious red-gold sunsets on our way to the Three Sisters Hotel. At the end of a cobbled street in a corner of Tallinn’s mediaeval walled old town, next to St Olav’s church, three 14th-century former merchants’ houses (the ‘sisters’) have been knocked together and renovated to form one of the first contemporary boutique hotels in Estonia.

Outside, huge arched doorways and windows echo the shape of the roofs above. Inside, first impressions are good: sleek slate floors, high ceilings, chalky walls, modern washes of tangerine light, beautifully restored frescoes (discovered by the owners under 14 layers of paint and wallpaper), an old wooden staircase and 600-year-old beams. Young and very attractive (something of a theme in Tallinn) staff whisk our bags to our quarters at the top of the stairs.

The door opens to reveal three big rooms within. Hip Nordic touches such as blocky natural-wood window sills, a granite loo and low-slung sofas sit cleverly next to an antique sleigh bed and intricately carved French screen. That’s not to mention the huge flatscreen telly that keeps me preoccupied while Mrs Smith splashes in a look-at-me way for half an hour in the tub.

It’s 23h, and the hotel’s cellar bar beckons. Tallinn has always been a party town. Even back in Soviet days, Finns would pile over by the boatload to go clubbing and get hammered on cheap Russian vodka. We weren’t going to miss out. A dry martini and a Raspberry Collins later, I’m yanking the lady down a snaking cobbled street towards the town’s main square. Her Helmut Newton-inspired stilettos, combined with the bumpy road, make this look like something police would describe as an ‘incident’.

First stop is Pegasus, a moment from Raekoja Plats, the mediaeval town square. It is a simple bar, white with splashes of colour, packed with stick-thin blondes moodily sipping cocktails in repro Tulip chairs. This makes it an ideal location for practising the Italian cuddle (leerus maximus: the art of pulling a loved one to your chest, hence clearing a line of vision above their head).

Countless bars later, we stumble into the Moskva, an industrial-looking cocktail bar, to try the local tipple – a lemon vodka. Here, I learn a couple of lessons. One: it is, quite simply, paint-stripper. Two: no quantity of this poison will loosen your date into the idea of joining you for some lapdancing at nearby Club X, even if you ask repeatedly.

The following morning I am forgiven, once I have expunged my sins with the locals in one of Tallinn’s spas. A 100ºC-steam, plunge pool and massage at a local spa leaves me clean, fragrant and ready for culture.

There’s a lot to see, and it’s all pretty close together – ideal for a weekend. Mrs Smith has done admirable research and, despite fairly atrocious map-reading skills, has us hiking up Toompea Hill in no time. There’s been a stone castle on the hill for more than 800 years, but it’s the onion-domed Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral that dominates now. Inside, it is intricately decorated with icons and mosaics imported from St Petersburg; at around 40 metres high, it’s built on an awesome scale. Next door is the pink Baroque Palace, which was built in the 18th century for Catherine the Great. A short stroll further on, we stop to take in fantastic views of the city below.

Raekoja Plats is the perfect spot in which to have a beer in the evening sun. Tallinn is no shoppers’ paradise and, 24 hours since her last retail hit, Mrs Smith starts seeing possibilities in unlikely places: in this case, an open-air folk market. I’m enjoying my beer, and heighten my pleasure by withholding our funds. The power is quite dizzying.

On Saturday night, we dine on delicious Italian food in a restaurant called Bocca, before hitting Club Privé. Beyoncé and 50 Cent pumps out of the speakers, while white, dreadlocked youths hold dancing competitions. If you don’t like the sound of that, or locals’ favourite Hollywood, with its split-level bars and caged dancers, there is Sigari Maja, a more gentlemanly affair with leather armchairs and cigars, on Raekoja Plats.

Back to the Three Sisters; where,we’re happy to report, bar snacks are available throughout the night. During more civilised hours, the hotel’s intimate restaurant, with more than 300 wines in its cellar (where you can also park your own booze), is one of Tallinn’s finest. If you want to, you can eat a six-course meal in the kitchen, watching the chef cook by candlelight; in the summer months, the cobbled courtyard is romantic, too.

On Sunday, we dither between taking a look at Kadriörg Palace, commissioned by Peter the Great in 1718,which sits in parkland peppered with cherry trees near a huge lake; or seeing for ourselves how good the city beach is – we’ve heard lots about it. In the end, we counteract the excesses of Tallinn nightlife with some more wholesome wildness: just over an hour from Tallinn port by ferry is Naissaar, an island in the Gulf of Finland that has been turned into a nature reserve with beaches, woodland and, allegedly, deer and moose. There are Red Army trucks available, left over from Naissaar’s days as a Russian military base, but we prefer to explore on our own by bicycle – invigorating yet exhausting.

I just want to clear something up. Tallinn is a very popular stag-weekend destination; you’ll notice this as you wait to board the plane. But don’t be put off. First, the majority of the population (six-foot-tall blonde ladies) redresses any imbalance that might concern male visitors at the outset of their journey; second, there wasn’t a bachelor party in sight during our weekend. Like (or, perhaps, because of) Irish theme pubs, stag troops are easily avoided.

Before we leave, my soon-to-be wife and I opt for a cooling spritzer in the courtyard, where the summer smell of passionflower fills the air. We have explored, but there’s more we haven’t seen: the hotel is an intriguing puzzle, with its secret staircases, choice of different rooms and higgledy-piggledy layout, it must feel different every time you stay here. I mull over the possibility of having my own stag weekend in Tallinn. My arguments are good, strong ones: Estonia has recently joined the EU, so scheduled flights would be cheap (return tickets start at £36), and we have made local friends, who could show my friends a good time. Then a stunning blonde sashays in with our drink, and Mrs Smith vetoes the plan. Sorry boys.

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