When it comes to hotels, I don’t need much. Give me a clean room, warm bed and a working bathroom, and I’m happy. But when I walked into the lobby of the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Tallinn, I immediately knew I’d be a little spoiled on this vacation. Every element of the hotel, from our greeting at the front desk to the design of the room to the rooftop bar made us feel like first class guests. And the super convenient location made it even easier for us to explore everything Tallinn has to offer (and there’s a lot).
The contemporary lobby welcomed us with sleek décor and funky light fixtures. The Sky Lobby Bar was buzzing with activity as business folks gathered around the shimmering bar sipping cocktails and wine. Part of me was ready to jump in and join them, but the 40lb bag at my side reminded me we still needed to check in before our Tallinn adventure could begin.
The woman behind the desk was bright and friendly, and the check-in process was quick and issue-free (not always the case, but that’s a story for another time). She happily answered all our questions about breakfast times, distances to attractions and best dinner spots. In fact, every time I stopped at the concierge desk, the person working went out of their way to assist. Certainly, makes you feel special.
Our room was located up on the 20th floor, and we were lucky enough to have a city view. Since Steve is a Club Carlson member and card holder, we snagged a Business Class Suite. The spacious room featured a queen bed, Nespresso coffee maker, soft bathrobes and slippers, and, as I had hoped, a stellar view of Old Town and its stunning rooftop spires. When we arrived, a welcome note, fresh bowl of fruit and water welcomed us on the window-side table. If you aren’t a member of a hotel rewards club, I highly recommend it!
The décor of the room was hip, but not over the top. The desk and side tables had clean lines, while the lounge chair had a certain retro flare. On the wall behind the desk was a map, backlit by a bright blue lamp (fitting for travelers). The bathroom featured an open-concept shower, with a sheet of glass separating it partially from the sink and toilet; and the counter offered plenty of space for our many toiletries.
Seasons Restaurant, next to the lobby, is where we fueled up for the day. The breakfast buffet has an endless array of food options. I went straight for the meat and cheese table, picking up some warm rolls and jam on the way. If that’s not your style of breakfast, there’s cereal, yogurt, eggs, sausage, pancakes, the list goes on and on. We washed everything down with a piping hot cup of coffee, and we were ready to explore.
An important part of the hotel experience, for me at least, is their fitness center. Usually, I’ll go for a run around the city to get my work out in (and do some sightseeing), and the Radisson offers some pre-made courses, called #BluRoutes, that you can choose from for your run. These are walking, running and cycling routes guests can follow that easily start and end at the hotel. This is super helpful, especially since most guests aren’t familiar with the area and may not have cell service to access GPS.
A run is generally my go-to fitness option, but if weather doesn’t permit, or I feel like changing things up, having a good fitness center is important. The 24-hour health & fitness center features multiple cardio machines, weight machines and free weights. When I visited for a quick workout, there was only one other guest using the equipment, and I had the freedom to use pretty much any machine I wanted. The fitness center is located on the lower levels, and it doesn’t face the city, so the views are spectacular. But checking out the view isn’t really the point.
Our last night in Tallinn, we dined at Lounge24, located on the 24th floor of the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel. This is not only a great restaurant, but it offers one of the best views in Tallinn. (It’s true, even our guide book told us to go here.) Lounge24 offers a spacious outdoor terrace where you can overlook Old Town Tallinn. There are couches and tables, and plenty of heaters (because Tallinn gets cold, even in the summer). The inside dining room is drenched purples, blacks and blues, but it doesn’t feel dark at all, thanks to the large windows pouring light into the circular room.
When we arrived, there were only a couple spots left out on the terrace. Even though I wanted to have dinner with a view, it was windy and cold, and rain clouds were creeping in. We played it safe, and grabbed a table inside (and I’m glad we did, because the rain started coming down a couple minutes later). With our Business Class Suite, we received two complimentary drinks. We’d been filling our bellies with beer for three days, so we decided to go a little classy and order wine. For dinner, I had the snap pea & spinach risotto, with gratinated goat cheese; and Steve went for the oven baked fillet of pike-perch. It was one of the best meals we had in Tallinn. The perfect way to end our visit.
Our stay at the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel, Tallinn, was beyond expectations. We felt completely spoiled, without paying a high price tag for it. That’s right, the Radisson is totally affordable with rooms starting at EUR 119 per night. Now, I realize that might still be a high price tag for some people, and if you’re truly a budget traveler, it’s probably out of your price range. However, if you build up enough points (like we did), you can get most of your nights free. We stayed four nights and only had to pay for one, that’s a pretty good deal right there.
If ever I visit Tallinn again (and I hope I do), I’ll book a room at the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel. And to anyone heading there soon, I highly recommend this hotel.
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