In reserving the Park Inn by Radisson Central Tallinn months in advance at a very good rate I wondered how central it would turn out to be but found my fears misplaced as it offers a convenient base to explore both new and old Tallinn.
Hauling myself, a small carry-on and a big case of jetlag having flown from Edmonton via Amsterdam and arrived on an evening ferry from Helsinki I was happy to hear upon check-in that my standard room had been upgraded to a top floor superior room. The elevator ride to the sixth floor left enough time to ponder whether having confirmed a travel consultant rate may have helped with the upgrade but the doors opened before I could mull the thought over further.
The large room with a Nordic design features two twin beds, a small sofa, flat screen TV with international channels, desk, closet with in-room safe and a bathroom with tub & shower.
Despite it being dark I did notice the office block opposite the hotel which made lounging on the outdoor balcony less private, at least during weekday office hours. There is a side view from the balcony toward the port as I discovered the next morning which dawned clear and bright.
Wanting to soak some of the jetlag away I began to fill the tub but noticed the low water pressure which after ten minutes had barely filled the deep tub a quarter and exhausted the hot water as what trickled out was tepid at best. As my patience ended around the same time as the hot water I gave up and made do with a quick bath before heading down to the buffet breakfast served in Restaurant Kompass just to one side of the hotel lobby. There is a good choice of breads, cereals, hot & cold meat (the bacon could’ve been crispier for my liking), eggs and fruit allowing guests a large breakfast and in my case a lighter lunch. This breakfast area does get full around 8 AM as the first morning I found almost every seat full so next day arrived earlier and was one of the first diners at around 6:30 AM when it opens. Lots of low tables for two are available in the restaurant which this solo traveller prefers to the longer, higher tables & chairs. After having been given the cold shoulder in the bath the full, hot buffet breakfast was a welcome way to head out for a day-long sojourn through Tallinn’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Europe’s best preserved medieval walled towns.
Tallinn map in hand I solicited directions from the front desk staff only to find once out on the street that the spires of Old Town loom large enough to use as a landmark making getting lost between the hotel and historic district virtually impossible. A casual 10 minute walk brings one both to Old Town as well as well as the port as I found after check-out when I opted to walk to Terminal D for my ferry ride back to Helsinki.
For location this Park Inn lives up to its central billing offering those searching for value accommodation an able alternative to more modest lodging in Old Town. With rates often around EUR 70 or roughly CAD$100 with a full hot breakfast buffet there’s enough to like about this hotel despite a few little quirks.