Summer was a busy one for this HotelChatter editor as I traveled up the Baltic coast and finally found myself in the cobbled medieval marvel that is Tallinn. There I popped into the Savoy Boutique Hotel to have a look around. What I found was a 44-room property that can best be described as "romantic" (and I don’t use that word lightly).
The lobby is full of sumptuous textured fabrics and comfy seating areas, making you feel as if you're visiting a wealthy family friend’s 17th-century estate. Walls are sienna-colored painted plaster complementing the floral bouquets in the lobby. When you arrive to check-in, you’re handed a house cocktail made with cucumber juice, sparkling wine, lime, and a touch of sugar for sweetness.
Get a peek inside after the break!
Once you’re squared away at the front desk you head up to your room on one of six floors in an ornate gated elevator. All rooms are considered Superior but some are more superior in size than others. The smallest rooms—Superior First—are a mere 16-18 m2 (172-194 sq ft), unusual for our North American tastes but not for some older properties found in Europe. (Although the hotel building was reno’ed in 2006, it dates back to 1890 after all.)
These rooms, as with most of the rooms, are simply furnished with all of your basic necessities, but with medium-stained teak furniture (to our inexpert eyes), whitewashed white plaster walls, and black wrought iron curtain rods holding white gauzy curtains that cover the wood-shuttered windows, are the rooms leaning towards the romantic or what?
The three suites are larger at 28 m2 (301 sq ft) and they really up the romance ante. Here the furniture is not the dark-stained wood that lends a slight gothic flair to the rooms, but white painted wood. Further, the sitting room and the bedroom are separated by two white gauze curtains and the feel is that of a Mediterranean retreat, especially when the sun is glinting off of the whitewashed walls.
The rooms and suites all have modern bathrooms that are immaculate in sandy brown-hued granite. Although they look a wee bit out of place with the almost rustic decor of the rest of the rooms, it's a nice surprise when you enter one.
The Savoy Boutique Hotel has a nice bar to hang out in or have a bite to eat, as well as the wooden-beamed MEKK Restaurant, serving modern Estonian food which proved to be delish. We had the four-course Chef’s Special of lightly salted and roasted salmon with poached quail egg, dill and mustard sauce; rhubarb sorbet with Estonian sparkling wine; baked duck filet with butter roasted radish and spinach salad, roasted young potatoes, honey and mint yogurt; and strawberry and almond meringue with vanilla ice cream—all for an astounding 35 EUR ($47).
Rates at the hotel in November for a Superior Twin are 123 EUR ($166) and, for the Suite, 172 EUR ($232).