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St. Olav Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Was a bit apprehensive after reading some negative reviews .However the position in the old town is excellent Our room was immaculate and cleaned everyday to a high standard Wii Fi , TV , Excellent shower REMEMBER It is an old historic hotel with no lift and a maze of stairs and corridors which after the initial shock becomes part of the character of this historic hotel Breakfast was included and was more than adequate We would return Thank you St Olav

First off, this hotel is very odd, not necessarily in a bad way, more like quirky with a lot of stairs winding all over the place in some kind of Harry Potter manner. The room was charming, but badly cleaned, with stains on the bathroom floor, mirror and shower. No shampoo or conditioner was offered. The beds where stiff but ok. During the night, the local nightclubs that where right outside of the hotel made it impossible to sleep without a pair of good earplugs, and even then the windows resonated from the bass making it impossible not to be disturbed. Also worth mentioning is that someone started putting a pile of cardboard on fire (Why not?) right outside of our friends window. The breakfast was a little disappointing offering some uninspiring sausages and sour cabbage etc. Staff was of varying quality. Some just stared at you until you spoke others where more welcoming. To summarize: don’t go here if you are easily disturbed by high noise during the night. And maybe take a breakfast somewhere in the city instead.

On arrival our party of 8 were told that the rooms were double booked; a group of other tourists were also occupying the lobby area in the same situation. Apparently they were sent to a nearby hostel. After an hours negotiation, we were allocated 4 rooms of varying standards, some quite nice, others like a garret. We were in an attic room with no window but a skylight - if you stood on a chair there was an interesting view of the surrounding rooftops like something out of Mary Poppins. A strong whiff of drains permeated the bathroom and an overlong shower curtain ensured a covering of vinyl around ones lower regions. Mazy corridors, no lift - 67 steps to lug up our suitcases - and a disco on the ground floor which didn't finish until 5ish, meant that sleep was difficult. The plus points are the location near the Christmas market square and the breakfast which was adequate. In one hotel corridor, a beam cut horizontally across the passage so that you had to duck to get under it. Boris Karloff might have enjoyed a stay here but for the modern traveller, it needs upgrading and better organisation.

The hotel itself is in a great location, however only stay here if you want to stay up all night either in the nightclub below the hotel or lying on your bed listening to the boom, boom, boom of the music with your windows vibrating which makes it Impossible to sleep. When we rang reception to ask what time the music would would finish they told us 5 am!!!! Don't expect to have a hot cup of tea or coffee here either, the water was so cold the tea bag wouldn't colour it. Not having a lift didn't worry me as we were on the the third floor and my husband is strong! Our friends didn't have a wardrobe in their room so couldn't hang up any of their clothes and when we asked if we could have another pillow we were told it was not possible. Not sure I have ever stayed in a hotel where only one pillow was provided! All in all a very disappointing visit, I would advise you to find another place to stay.

When we arrived at the Hotel 26 rooms were double-booked! Took well over an hour to get our four rooms which were scattered all over the hotel. The twin rooms had the smallest beds - only 2'6" wide. Out of three nights we were only able to sleep on the first night as there was a Nightclub in the Basement which boomed all night till 5.00am on the Friday and Saturday nights!! No lifts and no porters to help lug suitcases up three flights of narrow stairs. Only good point is the location of hotel in the old town. Would not recommend.

Only positive to say is location. We got a small, narrow room with a view to the backyard. No noise from outside, but creaking floors made a lot of noice especially when school classes ran around the night. Breakfast below average. Useful bathroom. Only one power outlet in the room for charging (night light must be disconnected) WiFi OK. Reading light only on one side of the double bed.

Paid for a 4 star hotel but because of greedy overbooking was taken to a 1 star hostel with lousy service, small room and useless breakfast. Asked for compensation and was given a hideous 1euro bottle of wine. Asked to speak with the manager but he/she never bothered to show his/her face. I highly recommend not to go to this hotel.

This is a great place to stay...location is awesome right along the Old City Wall and with access to the center of the Old City. Service is quite nice, Can be a bit noisy when busy. Desk staff is top rate and speak great English: they can answer questions you might have about where to go/what to see.

Quite quirky with green paint and patterned carpets but so very clean . Breakfast not exciting but substantial especially for the cost . Staff are very efficient . Would definitely recommend and the location is perfect .

Don't be fooled by the pretty pictures of the exterior. St Olav looks fantastic on the outside and its central location is superb. However, that's where it all ends. I just wished I had read all the former complaints. It couldn't be that bad ... they must be exaggerating ! I thought. Believe me they are not and neither am I. Entering the inside of the hotel is like being transported back 3 hundred years in time. Yes its quirky, and elements of the interior are interesting but the fundamentals of a decent room and bed are totally overlooked. We had a ground floor room with walls made of paper which meant we could hear everything including all night snoring. Breakfast is appalling with cold coffee and stale bread as standard. Overall a disaster and rooms that were well overpriced for Tallinn. Be warned. Avoid at your peril.

Lai 5 Tallinn

Hotel highlights

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

Located in Old Town, St. Olav Hotel is adjacent to Town Hall Square and within a 5-minute walk of other popular sights like St. Nicholas' Church. This 102-room, 4-star aparthotel has conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. It's in central Tallinn and also a short walk from St Mary's Cathedral and St. Olav's Church.


Explore the aparthotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


St. Olav Hotel's 102 apartments provide minibars, safes, and phones. LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Hair dryers and desks are other standard amenities.

Property features

St. Olav Hotel features free WiFi in public areas, 3 meeting rooms, and conference space. Transportation is made easy with an area shuttle for a fee. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include free newspapers, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Standard Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 3

Standard Single Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Standard Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

55% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 904 reviews