Hotel Telegraaf Tallinn: Baltic Bliss In Estonia
Tallinn, the charming capital of Estonia, has become a popular choice for European travellers seeking a satisfying destination for a long weekend city break. With celebrations of the country’s 100th anniversary of independence in 2018 having already commenced, no doubt sophisticated travellers from other parts of the world will be making their way to this Baltic city whose medieval Old Town is a step back in time.
Located among the beautiful buildings of Tallinn’s Old Town is Hotel Telegraaf, a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection that delivers a superb hotel experience to those who expect nothing less than the best. Occupying the former central post office building, Hotel Telegraaf provides a stylish retreat after a day of sightseeing. Smartly decorated guestrooms are as comfortable as they are well appointed, public areas are impressive, and the staff are as polished as the brass. Keeping in character with Estonian culture, Hotel Telegraaf‘s employees are both discreet and hardworking in doing the best job possible. They succeed admirably; the hotel’s Symphony Lounge is a relaxing place to read the newspaper the old-fashioned way, have a drink or two, or engage in lively conversation with friends and fellow guests.
Across the street from Hotel Telegraaf is the Katariina Gild, a bastion of creative preservation of traditional Estonian handicrafts. The paper, textiles, leather, and other good made here are of the highest quality, as are the chocolates found in many shops around the Old Town, with the candlelit spaces of the friendly Kehrwieder café especially appealing. For a more formal dining experience, Hotel Telegraaf‘s Tchaikovsky restaurant ranks as one of the best dining establishments in Estonia. As in the hotel in general, the Tchaikovsky staff excel in making a culinary experience here (and it is an experience rather than merely a meal) both exceptional and memorable. A menu of classic Russian and Estonian dishes is complemented by innovative modern options reflecting Estonia’s appreciation of the past and the present.
Other memorable experiences are to be had in the immediate vicinity of Hotel Telegraaf. Nearby is the Marzipan Gallery, where visitors are able not only to buy some of the best marzipan in Europe but also take classes to learn how to sculpt marzipan into fruits and other forms from faces to places. The Great Guild Hall, one of the main sights in Tallinn, is a must-see to appreciate the long and fascinating history of the city, cleverly brought to life at Tallinn Legends, where live actors are part of the performance pieces in a surprising experience unlike any other―an apt description of Tallinn itself.