Modern Meets Medieval At the Merchant’s House Hotel in Tallinn

October 15, 2012

I’m a huge fan of bold colours so I was pleasantly surprised when we unlocked the door to our beautiful suite at the well-located Merchant’s House Hotel in Tallinn’s Old Town.

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tallinn hotel merchants house

We were guests in the stunning Merchant’s Suite, one of 37 suites and rooms in Tallinn’s most centrally located hotel, just steps from the Old Town Square. Tallinn is such an exquisite city and can be described as nothing short of romantic, so it was heaven to be tucked away in such a lavish room at the end of the day.

merchants house exterior tallinn hotel

The hotel buildings date back to the 14th and 16th centuries and have all of the intriguing features you would expect from such a historic property: wooden and hand painted ceilings, hidden staircases and passageways, balconies and fireplaces, all giving the hotel a warm and serene atmosphere – perfect for a Tallinn city hotel. At the same time, our room was equipped with all the modern amenities like satellite television, included broadband access, a safe and a mini bar. It was the perfect mix of old and new.

merchants house hotel bed

My favourite features of the hotel were the beds and the breakfast. Our sheets were incredibly soft and after a restful night’s sleep we awoke to a delicious cooked breakfast in the cellar restaurant. It was too difficult to choose between all of the different breads, croissants and cereals that accompanied the hot breakfast buffet. So we just ate everything and ended up stuffed before starting our day!

The hotel is quite large but feels boutique at the same time, which I prefer. We received a lot of personal attention from the knowledgeable front desk staff and enjoyed having a restaurant, cafe and bar on-site. While we didn’t get a chance to try any of their well-known signature cocktails, we did enjoy evening tea and coffee in the beautiful Ice Bar. Guests can also enjoy a sauna in the Relax Room and during the summer months the courtyard would be the perfect place to sit outdoors.

ice bar tallinn

ice bar merchants house

The Merchant’s House location leaves nothing to be desired either. We found ourselves right in the heart of the Old Town with all of Tallinn’s wonderful restaurants, shops and attractions right on our doorstep. Visitors to Estonia’s capital need look no further than the Merchant’s House Hotel for the perfect place to call home while in town.

merchants house hotel common area tallinn

merchants house hotel tallinn lobby


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  • Stephanie – The Travel Chica

    Very unique! I like it.

    • inspiringtravellers

      All the rooms are different – I would have loved to see them all!

  • Natasha von Geldern

    Looks like just my kind of hotel :)

    • inspiringtravellers

      Beautiful place and a perfect location =)

  • Megan

    what a beautiful place to stay!

    heading kind of out that way at the end of november and im seriously contemplating tallinn for a few days. seeing places like this is what is pulling me in that direction!

    • inspiringtravellers

      Definitely give yourself a few days – as I’ll cover in the next several posts, there is SO much to see there. We wished we had more time =)

  • Krista

    Oh wow! I love this place!! :-) Definitely want to stay here when I make it to Tallinn. :-)

    • inspiringtravellers

      You definitely should, Krista – great location and excellent value! =)

  • Andy at Buzztrips

    Wow! Looks fabulous, you’ve certainly sold me on it :)

    • inspiringtravellers

      I’m so glad, Andy – definitely the perfect place to stay in Tallinn! =)

  • Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    Yowzers — look at that tub!

    • inspiringtravellers

      I know! Definitely have not had one of those in a hotel room before…the perfect place to luxuriate after a day of sightseeing =)

  • Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista

    What an intriguing hotel! I could see myself staying there too.

    • inspiringtravellers

      It certainly was – I really enjoyed all the details =)

  • Cathy Sweeney

    I really appreciate it when a place does a good job of mixing old and new. Looks like Merchant’s House did it very well. I’d like to have a nice glass of wine in that bar, too.

    • inspiringtravellers

      Yes, that bar was so great – cozy and beautiful =)

  • Jenna

    Looks like a great place to stay. I love that it is so centrally located. I would love to visit Tallinn one day.

    • inspiringtravellers

      Location always helps, especially on a tight schedule =)

  • Sophie

    Tallinn in my favourite Baltic city. This hotel looks like it fits right in.

    • inspiringtravellers

      Such a wonderful city! =)

  • Kyle

    Loved this place!

    • inspiringtravellers

      It was so beautiful wasn’t it? At least you had a comfortable place to rest when you weren’t feeling well!

  • Jeremy (TravelApprentice)

    Looks like a very nice place to stay, wish I went there when I was in Tallinn! Such a cool little city with a great old town.

    • inspiringtravellers

      I agree, Jeremy – wonderful gem of a city =)

  • Shanna Schultz

    OMG, I am a HUGE bathroom fan…love those tubs!

    • inspiringtravellers

      I am too – love a creative bathroom space! =)

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  • cheryl

    I can’t wait to visit Tallinn myself and this hotel looks perfect! I really love that bath tub and also the stained glass windows by the bar. And glad to hear you’re stay was nice. :)

    • inspiringtravellers

      Definitely the perfect place to stay in the Old Town – hope you get to visit soon! =)

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