I took Mrs Capricorn to Tallinn for her [REDACTED] birthday. The hotel was booked by my travel agent: on return to the UK I rewarded her with flowers. That ought to provide a clue as to the tone of this review.
On arrival, the staff could not have been more helpful, efficient and friendly. They offered coffee as we conducted check-in and answered my numerous questions quickly and comprehensively, which is always a good sign.
The room was very well appointed, clean, tidy and agreeably warm. There was a spacious wardrobe (which held an iron and ironing board - a definite plus!), a small sofa (which could be converted into another bed), a large TV (the selection of channels on which was eclectic), a very comfortable double bed and a well appointed bathroom with a hairdryer.
Water pressure was excellent and could fill the large tub quickly. The tub had a very high rim and this might pose problems for those guests with impaired mobility issues; if wet room-type bathrooms are available, it might be better to ask for one. The hand basin had no plug and the bowl had a flat bottom; this necessitated cleaning the hand basin after every use.
The window was of the 'suicide-friendly' type in that it opened fully inwards.
There was an almost complete lack of outside noise at night, which made for good quality of sleep.
The location of the hotel could not be bettered, being close to the ferry terminals and the Old Town and next door to the Nautica shopping centre, of which more later.
Breakfast was excellent with a full range of hot and cold options, very drinkable coffee and a range of juices. There was also the excellent local 'leib' (bread) available.
Dinner in the restaurant, sadly, was simply awful: lukewarm soup, under-cooked fish and slow service. This is an area in which the hotel might consider making a serious effort to improve. Until and unless it does, my advice is to dine in one of the many excellent establishments (Peppersack is personally recommended) in the Old Town, which is within 600 metres of the hotel.
The hotel lounge is large and comfortable. Tourist information is available in a number of languages.
The Nautica shopping centre next door houses, among other shops, an excellent branch of the Rimi supermarket chain. It opens at 0700 and closes at 2300, so even if one arrives late it is still possible to obtain items which are inconvenient to take through airports.
On the other side of the marina the Sadama Turg is well worth a look for food and drink and local crafts. The Sadamarket, on the other hand, should simply be avoided unless your taste runs to Nazi memorabilia, sex shop lingerie and/or offensive T-shirts.
The proximity of the ferry terminals to the hotel makes it almost imperative that a trip to Helsinki be included in any stay. At time of writing the return fare for two adults on a day trip was 64 euros. The ferries are state-of-the-art and travelling on them is a pleasure.
In spite of the restaurant, I can recommend this hotel thoroughly. Certainly, when Mrs Capricorn and I return, we will be staying here.
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel Tallinn
- Tallinn Clarion