Hotel Telegraaf, Tallinn
Tel: 372 600 0600
Concierge.com's insider take:
The 86-room Telegraaf (opened in 2007) vies with its sister property, the Three Sisters, for the title of Tallinn's top hotel. It's delightfully free from both dull minimalism and medievalism—you'll get your fill of that while walking through Old Town. The lobby sets a dramatic tone with dark gray walls, low black chairs, and marble floors, while the use of strong colors—petrol blue, mustard, terra-cotta—continues in the bedrooms; high ceilings and courtyard views keep the rooms feeling spacious. Pictures of postage stamps and the suites' names, such as Samuel Morse and Alexander Graham Bell, point to the building's former use as a post office. (Book a room in the newer wing for more modern design than the classic luxury of the original building.) Befitting a high-profile property, there are plenty of modern conveniences, including a small Elemis spa with a 32-foot indoor pool and Finnish sauna, and 24-hour room service from the Tchaikovsky restaurant. The Russian cuisine, such as Siberian pelmeni and rabbit stew with buttered vegetables, is great but far from light. Arrange an airport pickup, and the super-friendly service starts even before you reach the hotel.
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
A stunning 86-room property just off the Town Hall Square, the Telegraaf perfectly fuses old and new Estonia, much like its sister property, the Three Sisters. Half its rooms are in an elegant former post office and classically furnished in a cream-and-white palette, while those in the new wing have bolder colors and modern furniture. All bedrooms have clever little service cabinets that can be unlocked by staff to make deliveries—room service, laundry, faxes—to guests. Downstairs, the restaurant, Tchaikovsky, has a Russian-themed menu (a bit too heavy on the caviar), or you can pick something lighter off the bar menu; the spa features a 32-foot swimming pool. The hotel acknowledges its past as a communications hub with suites named after Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Morse, not to mention quirky carpeting decorated with images of stamps, postmarks, and handwritten letters.2008 Hot List
When to go: May, when the weather is best and the Old Town isn't too full of bachelor parties.
Which room to book: Any Superior room on the fifth floor. They have the edge over the modern-style Executive rooms, as well as glorious rooftop views.