The Hotel Telegraaf
Just 70 metres from the heart of Tallinn, this carefully restored 19th century buildingis established as a luxurious 86 room first class hotel with an exclusive restaurant and the only spa within the old city walls. The hotel of choice for many Royalties and celebrities, it was the obvious choice to us for a romantic stay.
The hotel boasts a comfortable bar area, lobby, lounge and extensive sheltered patio area. It is the only hotel with secure underground parking and is on a quiet street with very limited vehicle access.
Small but perfectly formed and very well thought out, the Spa is on the ground floor of the hotel, discreetly accessed by a separate staircase to avoid guests in robes and slippers in the main hotel foyer.
The pool is just big enough for swimming laps if you are that way inclined, and in comfortably warm for a leisurely dip, with a very good jacuzzi to one end. The entire pool area is bright and airy by day, and with very subdued lighting for the self-conscious by evening, with plenty of comfortable sun loungers.
With so many Finnish guests it was little wonder that there is a very good sauna and steam room with intricate mosaics and none of the musty aromas you can get in less well maintained spas.
In their quest for the best experience for their guests, The Telegraaf have chosen Elemis for their spa, and complimentary Elemis products are in all of the rooms. We tried two different massage treatments; their most popular “deep tissue” massage which induced instant deep sleep, and a de-toxing massage. Although there are only two treatment rooms we had no difficulty in booking treatments, and the rooms were well equipped and spacious. The therapists, as you would expect from Elemis, were very highly skilled, thorough and friendly.
The Telegraaf boasts a range of rooms from Executive and Superior rooms, to one and two bedroom suites and the ultimate in comfort; the Presidential Suite.
Each room is very tastefully decorated, clean, large and airy and the bathrooms were very well appointed. Unlike other hotels there was not a vast difference between the different room grades, other than space.
The suites have bolder choices in colours; choose from red or navy in addition to the more usual taupe colouring. One suite has a private sauna and one has a TV above the bath, so ask for the Suite to suit you when booking.
The beds are generally huge, and exceptionally comfortable with deep mattresses and thick, soft pillows and duvets.
Arguably the best hotel in Tallinn, the Tchaikovsky Restaurant on the hotel’s ground floor offers a a fusion of French and Russian cuisine in a beautiful setting with highly attentive waiting staff.
Named the Best Restaurant of the Year amongst some fierce competition and one of the 25 Best Hotel Restaurants in Europe, an evening in Tchaikovsky will be one of your trip’s highlights.
The Hotel Telegraaf