Braavo Spa Hotel2.5 out of 5.0
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Location of this hotel is actually quite good. It is bit hard to find if you visit that place first time. The room was okay for that price but that is actually all. It was bit hard to adjust the water temperature of the shower and I am not so sure that the sheets were totally clean. Breakfast was not worth to even mention.
As far as the Hotel goes it's not so good, I feel the rooms were just an add on to the business. Room was clean but unlike other reviews there was no fridge and two massive skylights in the ceiling and the worst pillows I have ever tried to sleep on and towels that were paper thin. The location is great so I can see why our tour company booked it but it was the worse hotel of my five week holiday.
Hotel is a stretched description as people have said, it's a leisure centre with gaudily decorated rooms attached. Well located a quick walk from the old town centre with large parking (noisy). We were able to leave our bags in a very tightly packed luggage room prior to check-in, as we had arrived early. Check in was efficient and rooms are very clean, with mini-fridge so you can stock up at the Rimi nearby. We had a large wet room as our shower/toilet. Protect your toilet rolls people, they get soaked! Room was large on first floor of adjacent building, with 5-6 steps down to the room on entry from corridor. On reading other reviews we were lucky not to have any skylights, just a half a window at floor level. Curtains are pretty transparent, so not great if you need dark to sleep bring an eye mask. Room was warm in August and no a/c, so it was the usual choice between losing sleep due to noise (bring earplugs) or heat. SPA is available free of charge as long as you go in the morning and are only there for 1.5 hours! Very specific instructions presumably to ensure the best revenue for the leisure centre. Husband was determined to go before breakfast and he enjoyed his visit. Breakfast however is a scrum, not enough seating areas and very basic choices as things run out quickly and are slow to be replenished. That said, if all you need is a place to sleep and treat the spa and brekkie as a bonus, then its absolutely fine. Overall a clean place to sleep (eye mask and ear plugs required), quick to get into the old city for the culture and the new city with restaurants and bars are close too.
The hotel is actually the largest sport center in Estonia! The room was standard, basic, the swimming pools are good but it lacks of a decent lap pool for serious swimming. However there are a number of excellent spas which really help you to relax, and the sauna in the change room is good too, it's very important when you walk around all day sightseeing and come back to have a sauna and spa! The hotel's internet is fast and reliable, the free breakfast is basic but sufficient.
As the SPA is advertised along with the hotel package, don't get high hopes for the SPA when choosing the hotel. Sauna in guys' shower is closed for repairs for months, they recommend using the general spa saunas. Wood-heated sauna was quite nice, ..when it worked. It is off 4 days of the week, but guess what, on the rest of the three days when it is scheduled to be working there is a notice "Not working TODAY due to technical problems". Steam sauna used to be nice too, but now for several weeks the door is broken and does not stay closed. Who has any experience with steam saunas, knows, what a useless moist room it is if the door fails to keep the steam inside. Ventilation in locker rooms is usually non-existent. When inquiring at the reception, when might the saunas be fixed, I get a response "Am I a repair man?!". But well, gym is kind of ok and it is in the centre.
The hotel is nice, rooms are clean and cozy, staff is very helpful. The biggest plus is great location - in the old city, and cheap parking. This time not visited spa, can't say anything. Sometimes parking is full because of the gym visitors.
One word to some up Braavo Hotel: functional. Think hostel rather than hotel. The kind of place youth groups might stay in - although when we visited (August), clientele was older adults and families. There are 37 rooms attached to a gym and swimming pool - if you feel so inclined between the hours of 6am and 10am you're welcome to use these for free, including towels, otherwise it's €4 pp. Bizarrely, our room was both very bright (2 skylights) AND had no windows. Blinds were broken and curtains a token gesture. The 'double bed' was two singles pushed together - mind the gap! Each bed had a foam topper which seemed to have a mind of its own and was sliding around on the mattress underneath. Provided: TV (English language channels: Euronews, BBC World News, MTV Europe), hair dryer, mini-fridge (no mini-bar, just a fridge). Top tip: go to Rimi supermarket 2 minutes down Aia Street (same as hotel) to get supplies and turn your mini-fridge into a mini-bar! Not provided: kettle, tea/coffee, air conditioning. Rooms can be quite hot and stuffy. Wifi is supposedly provided but isn't very strong - even if you manage to connect, it keeps throwing you out again. Ensuite is a wetroom with good strong shower. Even if you manage to sleep through the brightness, you might still wish to guard your eyes against the garish green and orange colour scheme! Breakfast, like the room, was basic - served 7-10am. Not nearly enough tables in main breakfast area, so feel free to use 'overflow' in meeting-room type cellar. Porridge, boiled eggs, generic boiled sausages, bread, cold meats, sliced cheese, banana pieces (yes, pieces), coffee machine (expect queues). We heard rumours of omelettes but they were pounced upon by people as soon as they appeared, and weren't replaced whilst we were there. If you're prepared to wait a while you can put a hearty breakfast together but don't hold your breath for an enjoyable atmosphere. Minus points: basic standard, hot bright rooms, no windows in some of the rooms, unreliable wifi. Plus points: clean, reasonably priced, excellent location a few minutes from the main sites in the Old Town. Bring: sleep mask, ear plugs (traffic from car park), supplies for fridge, mini kettle. Stay here if: you want a centrally located, functional place to kip. Don't stay here if: you're looking for ambience, let alone the olde-worlde charm of medieval Talinn.
There are quite a few bad reivews about this hotel. I would say that it depends on your expectations. My friend and I turned up a bit early, and only with the intention of leaving our bags, but we were rather abruptly told that we were too early, not the best first impression really, but when we got back the check in was very quick and the lady was very helpful second time round. The room was very bright and airy, it was an orange room, my friend was not happy with the room due to how bright it was, and with 2 un-curtained sky lights. there was no aircon or anything and the room was very hot, although the hotel is on an almost culdesac there is a surprising amount of traffic at night, and also all noise echos. this left us with the choice of sleeping in a sauna, or almost sleeping on the road. Gym and pool/sauna areas were faultless, very impressive. Breakfast was very good. So, I was happy, my firend wasnt - i wasnt bothered by light or trafffic noise, he was. Make your own decisions. It was a cheap hotel though, and some may say that you get what you pay for. Incidenatlly there was a fridge in the room which is always a nice suprise. My only negative was that the bedside lamps were loose, attached to the wall above the beds, so were hanging down, on our 3rd night my light was on and as I got into bed the back of my arm brushed it and i sustained a 4 inch burn from the metal shade which had heated up to a high heat in about 10 minutes, while this as sore at the time and is still sore 5 days on, and will no doubt leave a scar, I am just relieved that it was the back of my arm and not my head or face. I advised reception when i left, and was asked to email the manager as that lady didn't speak English well. I have had a response from the manager, which was just that they would investigate and were sorry. The location of this place is spot on for the town, i would stay here again and I would recommend it to others.
I stayed at the Braavo Hotel for just two nights before moving on to tour Estonia. I was in room 202 that overlooks a square/car park. Cars have to go through security gates to use this private space. The hotel has just 37 rooms and is part of a sports/health centre. The room was a bit Spartan and decorated probably by the same people who do EasyJet's planes etc. with its bright orange highlighting. I guess its a bit of a no frills place but that being said it has free Wi-Fi in the rooms and comfortable beds There is a small café attached which doubles as the breakfast room. The breakfast is a basic ham, cheese etc. affair with a coffee machine. It is possible to use the swimming facilities in the sports club but apparently it is only free in the mornings. After that you pay. The room was not to noisy even at night when I had expected noise from the car park.
The rooms are average /good but the sauna, spa, pools are unbelievable, a real cultural experience. Location is excellent, good access to the old city and Tallinns attractions. Got everything you need. Stay here.
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