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Baltic Hotel Vana Wiru

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Where to start? The 4* rating is nonsense. I booked a double room (bed) with a walk in shower in the bathroom. On arrival, we were directed to room 209. It had twin beds pushed together, and the bath was so high that a stool was provided, presumably to help you climb in! The bin in the bathroom had not been emptied from the previous occupants, yuk! although the room was otherwise clean. I asked to change rooms, but was told there was nothing else available. Of course, you never know if this is true or not. Breakfast was not included and, at €12 per person, is expensive. On the first day, the hot food was stone cold. Thereafter, we breakfasted elsewhere. To add insult to injury, I checked my credit card bill today and found that I have been charged €5 for a minibar purchase which I did not make. I emailed the hotel, and received a rude reply, implying that I had deliberately left without paying for it. An expensive mistake. Please don't make the same one.

Location is inside the old town gate. Small hotel and rooms. Room 215 was a bit noisy at night because the main trash shoot was just below the room. The whole night people kept on throwing trash there. Room was small but the bathroom was big. It was not so bad but quite pricey, I feel.

Arrival Arrival to Baltic Hotel Vana Wiru is really easy. I arrived by plane and taking tram 4 to Viru street made it easy to get to you. For me this was an important thing. From that point of view Vana Wiru has that advantage. Parking I arrived by plane, so I was unaffected by parking space. The parking lot for guests seemed rather small, though, but you do warn about that on your website. Location I love the location! The hotel is located at the beginning of the Old Town where most of the things happen. Old Town Square is easily reachable, as well as all other main attractions in Tallinn. The only thing that seems a bit further away, is the seaport. Check-in There are a two things that I do not appreciate within check-in. The hotel room was prepaid and yet, I had to leave my credit card details on a piece of paper. I find this dangerous, because paper can get lost and/or in wrong hands. The same thing goes for leaving my phone number. I do not see what you need my phone number for. The lady at check in could not explain that either. Besides that filling out a form in 2018 seems outdated to me. Estonia is technical far advanced. Even more advanced than some countries that are considered ‘former Western Europe’. I would appreciate it, if the hotel and Estonia would work together to get this paperwork out and do even more electronically. The key card that would give access to the room did not work well. It was a problem to figure that out. Besides that the key card does not seem to like phone cases with a magnetic lock. I had to have my key card reset a few times. Putting the card in my wallet (without magnetic) worked better. Room The room is a bit odd. Everything to offer a 4-star hotel is there: a minibar, a large shower, a hair dryer, plenty of room, etc. Nevertheless, the room did not feel like 4-star. I am not sure if this is something that is to improve, because it might be the old building stopping you from upgrading to better layouts. For a 4-star room, the room was a bit on the small side. What I like a lot, is that the room was well maintained. In that I mean how the way the beds were made for example. Like anything else in Tallinn, it seems to be difficult for the hotel to keep the dust out. This is something that the hotel might want to look into; especially under the bed and along the sides of the wall. I also like it that the hotel has real glasses in the room. Most 4-star hotels have a coffee maker in the room. That is something that missed here, but I never use the coffee maker anyways, so it was not a problem for me. The room has 3 electrical sockets, as advertised. I heavily depend on electrical sockets, simply because I depend on being online a lot. One of the sockets is behind the mini-bar, though... so not really usable, although I used it anyways after by moving around the mini-bar. Reception The staff is professional. It would be nice if they would smile a little more. A smile make guests feel welcome. However, not smiling seems to be a broader problem in Tallinn. It is a shame and may be you could ask the staff to make a difference here. I promise you that it will go a long way. Breakfast This is probably a sensitive topic. Your hotel asks EUR 16 for breakfast. I am sorry to say that for Estonian standards, this is overpriced. One will never eat EUR 16 in breakfast. Tallinn offers breakfast options that are a lot cheaper. I understand that these options might not have the standards that your breakfast has, but ... for me... it’s just breakfast. The place that I liked breakfast best was Vana Toomas on the Old Town Square. They offer a good selection of food in an ‘all you can eat’ style for EUR 6.90. In conclusion I am happy with my stay in Baltic Hotel Vana Wiru. I will most likely book here again, should I come to Tallinn once more. I do not make recommendations to others, rather than that, I will point to my review on Tripadvisor and stick to the facts as described in this mail. Potential guests will have to make their own decision based on the facts as I experienced them.

The hotel is located just inside the old city walls and as such is the perfect location for exploring Tallin as everywhere can be reached easily on foot. All of the main attractions, plus many restaurants and bars are very close by. The hotel itself is fairly basic, but has everything you need except maybe tea making facilities in the rooms.The underfloor heating in the bathrooms is a real bonus in winter too. the staff are typical Eastern European, polite and efficient without being overbearing. Maybe not to everyone's taste, but we find it much more appealing than some of the over the top false friendliness you get in some hotels. We cannot comment on breakfast as at 16 euros each we didn't bother. Personally, I wouldn't bother with a taxi from the airport as the tram is only 2 euros, takes about the same time and drops you 2 minutes walk away.

The hotel is in a great location, very easy access to a lot of shops and the key sights. However, the official hotel address is not accessible and you have to go to the side road to enter instead. I was not aware and kept going up and down the Viru street trying to find a door entry! The taxi dropped me just outside the Viru gates, as he couldn't drive to the front of the hotel but its easily a 200m walk only. Cost of taxi from airport to hotel is only 8 euros, which i consider cheap even if its for a 15 mins ride. While the location is super, the room i had was average, looking old and no coffee making facilities. The price is also slightly above average, as there is no breakfast included unless you pay for an additional 16 euros more, which is too expensive! There is a McD just opposite, and a very nice little cafe, Rukis which is open for breakfast.

Tucked away around a corner just inside the Viru gate this hotel is well placed for walking around the old town of Tallinn. The room had a view into a narrow alley, so no spectacular views, but the room was decent, the beds were comfortable and the breakfast good. We only had two nights here, but I would have happily stayed longer. It was very good value for money, especially after the hotel prices in Helsinki.

When we arrived to the hotel, staff didn't know we were coming. We did the reservation 7 hours before going to Vana Wiru hotel. We had to wait 15 mins when they did the new reservation... And they didn't even apologise. The hotel room was ok, but the window was straight to the other wall, so there was no good view. It was Saturday evening, and the noise from the street was very loud up to 4AM. Yelling people and loud music. Could not sleep well. Notice that if you pay the hotel with cash or bank card, you have to give 100€ warrant of the minibar. You will get it back when leaving. Breakfast costs 16€/person which was too much. From the cafe of Old town we got really good breakfast, and it was only 6€/person.

This hotel is located close to pretty much everything. A quick trip from the airport (costing about €12-14) puts you by the gates of Old Town and a 200 meter walk from there is the hotel. Rooms are simple but clean and comfortable. We had a superior room on the 5th floor with a very nice view. The hotel breakfast is not as good as you would find in similar places in Europe. But the hotel cafe is good with a lot of breakfast options including a delicious omelette and really good coffee.

This hotel is located in the heart of the city. The price was good, and the facilities and breakfast were great. Rooms were clean and the front desk personell was very helpfull. We arrived at midnight and they arranged a transfer.

My wife needed a room in Central Tallin for 6 nights while attending a Conference and I joined her for the last night before we headed off for a few days round Estonia and Latvia. It has a great location in the middle of the old town and the entrance is off a courtyard away from the main street - if you get a room facing the courtyard it is quiet and you will need that because there is no air-con so on a warm night you will want to open the windows. There is nothing special about the room, it's adequate though a reasonable size - not one of the micro-rooms gaining popularity in some places. Breakfast wasn't included, not surprising as the rate averaged less than 80 Euros a night. But the hotel does have a decent restaurant/bakery so you can get a coffee and a pastry reasonably cheaply, and of course there are other options nearby. 6 nights in one of the major hotel chains in Tallinn would have been expensive, this made the whole thing affordable without going too far downmarket.

11 Viru Street Tallinn

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Town Hall Square and St. Nicholas' Church
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Concierge services

Located in Old Town, Baltic Hotel Vana Wiru is adjacent to Town Hall Square and within a 5-minute walk of other popular sights like St. Nicholas' Church. This 82-room, 4-star hotel has a restaurant and a bar/lounge, along with free in-room WiFi. St Mary's Cathedral and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral are a short walk from the hotel, which is in the historical district.


Dining

In addition to a meal at the onsite restaurant, you can also enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served each morning for a fee.


Rooms

All 82 rooms feature minibars, free newspapers, and desks. Guests can expect free WiFi and satellite TV. Hair dryers are also included.


Property features

Guests of Baltic Hotel Vana Wiru enjoy a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. If you drive, self parking is EUR 20 per night, and there's also limo/town car service. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a porter/bellhop.

Room options

Superior Room, 1 Double or 2 Twin Beds

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

72.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 481 reviews