As we stepped off the plane and onto the tarmac, snowflakes were falling around us. I couldn’t hide my excitement and felt a smile spread across my face; despite having three hours sleep and arriving at the airport at 6am, we had arrived in Tallinn and it was SNOWING!
Estonia’s capital reminded me a lot of Riga, with its pointed roofs and church spires rising from the city’s skyline. The people are friendly, there are big furry coats everywhere to be seen, and you can get some of the best chocolate I’ve ever eaten at this wonderful little shop in the Old Town. Covered in a white blanket of snow, Tallinn was as much the fairytale dream we had hoped for – and despite it being mid-January, the Christmas tree was still standing proud and tall in the Old Town square!
But with the snow comes the cold. Where were we going to stay? When researching our accommodation options I knew we needed somewhere warm, with a great location to the Old Town (so we wouldn’t have to spend hours walking in the cold) and if we could find somewhere that served a vegan breakfast, that would be a bonus…
Checking into Hotel Bern, we were met with a friendly smile from the receptionist. She gave us many recommendations on great photo-opportunities whilst in Tallinn and without her knowledge we wouldn’t have explored the delights of Telliskivi or Balti Jaam market (more on these sites in an upcoming post!)
Customer service is such an important part of a hotel stay and I feel it can make or break your time while you’re away. We felt confident that the staff at Hotel Bern were always on hand should a problem have arisen or should we have needed anything further.
One of the best things about Hotel Bern is its proximity to the Old Town; it’s just a five minute walk to the Old Town Square. Tallinn is not a huge city, and all of the major sights are within 20-30 minutes walking distance from Hotel Bern, so you can visit one of the many churches or museums easily.
Hotel Bern is a few minutes walk from a supermarket as well as many restaurants, and it’s just around the corner from the bus stop to the airport.
If you are looking for a hotel with a great location, look no further.
Hotel Bern’s rates are affordable and reflect the level of service you receive when you stay here. Room options include the Economy Room, Standard Room, Superior Room and Double DeLux Room – which has a jacuzzi!! You can browse room options on their website here.
Hotel Bern opened in 2007, but although it’s a young hotel it has quickly understood the importance of making its guests feel at home. There are fifty rooms and family rooms have connecting doors. Rooms are warm in temperature and colour to invite you in from the cold outside; the duvets are soft and the mattresses are extremely “sink-in”-able (yes I did just make that word up…)Whilst Hotel Bern is by no means a luxury accommodation, its comfort and coziness will make you want to linger longer.
There’s no need to bring toiletries because they are all provided for you – as well as towels, bathrobes and even slippers! There’s even underfloor heating in the bathroom so no cold feet when you get out of the shower! Little things like this make your stay here so enjoyable – you can feel like a Princess (or Prince) without breaking the bank.
In my many years of travelling I’ve stayed in different accommodations – from hostel dormitories to AirBnBs, from a campervan to guesthouses and hotels. In almost every place I’ve stayed, there is always something missing. Either there aren’t enough hooks in the bathroom, or the TV doesn’t work properly, or the beds are too uncomfortable or the wifi is too slow… there always seems to be room for improvement.
They have really thought of everything at this hotel, which makes it such a comfortable and enjoyable experience for their guests; from the fast wifi, to the excellent shower, to the ample storage space, to the comfy beds (that were oh-so-difficult to drag ourselves from in the mornings!)
A selection of teas and coffee are provided so you can make yourself a cuppa whenever you like, and there’s a sewing kit and even a shoe horn – those little extras that you might find yourself needing when you’re away from home.
In every room there is a safe, so you can lock away your valuables while you’re out exploring. The door to the room locks with a programmed card, which is also required to turn the electricity on… I’m all for energy-saving tactics!
Hotel Bern offers its guests breakfast in the restaurant all morning. There are a huge range of options, from cold meats and brioche to toast with jam, cereals, fruits and more.
As I’m vegan, I’m always a little worried that restaurants won’t be able to cater to my non-dairy, egg or meat diet, but the staff at Hotel Bern went above and beyond to make sure my sister and I left for our day full up on a delicious breakfast.
We enjoyed porridge with soya milk, nuts and fruits; toast with jam; and the chef even got us a dairy-free yoghurt each! Sometimes it really is the little things that put a smile on your face.
You can also get in touch over email at bern [at] tallinnhotels.ee.
Thanks for reading and happy travels!
Disclosure: Thank you very much to Hotel Bern for organising our stay in a Standard Twin Room from 19 – 21 January 2018. We received a complimentary stay and breakfast for two nights, in return for providing a blog post and coverage on Spin the Windrose’s social media channels about our experience. All opinions are my own, as always.
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