I have been to the Estonian capital on many occasions but never had the chance to stay at the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel. I have been to the Lounge24 bar on floor 24 on a few occasions so I knew where the hotel was located and kinda knew what to expect when I walked through the main lobby. However on my recent trip to Tallinn, I decided to book a stay here and see what the Radisson is all about. I never had the chance to stay in one of the hotels before on my travels, so Tallinn seems to be the fitting place. As I stayed here, the restrictions for Covid-19 were eased a lot by the government here and to be honest apart from signs about the social distancing, the restaurant staff and front of house staff wearing masks, hand sanitiser at certain points in the building and the remote control in my room having plastic covering on it, it just seemed like business as usual (that is how I like it to be honest, I think after a few months of the lockdown etc, it was good to see a business which was operating to near-normal compared to other hotels on my trip).
The hotel is located about a ten minute walk from the Viru Gates on the eastern side of the historic and UNESCO World Heritage Site listed Old Town of Tallinn. If you are reading this and have never been to Tallinn, then check out my guide on what to do and see here. I came to Tallinn by car and Radisson Blu Sky Hotel does have a small (and secure) parking lot for twenty euros per twenty-four hours. However visitors will need to drive to the front of the building, check in first and then park the car downstairs. If the car park is full, the building is shared with another car park with similar price. If arriving by train and bus, the main terminals are also a few minutes walk away and of course, if arriving by ferry from Helsinki or Stockholm and are on foot, I would say fifteen to twenty minutes walk should be enough. No need for a taxi unless you have loads of luggage.
Front of the house, we (my family which includes one child and one baby) plus the mother-in-law who’s birthday it was (another reason to book a stay here), got a very warm welcome by a friendly lady who was also very professional and helpful. Check in was very swift and after parking the car, we were in our rooms within minutes. As a treat, we got a room on floor eighteen. Our side of the building we got a great view to the east of the city with the television tower and also the Baltic Sea. However in the corridor (right at the end and on the other side) there is a fantastic view of the Old Town of Tallinn. All of the spires of churches and rooftops can be seen. It is a beautiful sight at sunset.
We were staying in a standard room (I got us two rooms in case you are wondering). The mother in law was staying with Amelie whilst I was staying with Olga and Isabella. I will review my room of course. Our room was quite spacious with a huge bed and to be honest, with all the pillows, duvet and comfortable mattress, the bed was well worth paying for. Best night sleep Olga and I have had in ages now that we got two children in our lives. There is also plenty of space with the bedside cabinets, the desk under the television, table and chairs, mini-bar and a kettle with plenty of tea and coffee to choose from. As we had a seven month old baby with us, we requested a cot in advance to which we got a nice wooden one with a thick mattress. Isabella also had a great sleep.
Also to note in the room, there was an iron and ironing board, television (not much English channels but plenty of Finnish channels showing American programmes with subtitles so I was happy), and an in room safe. For the bathroom, we had a bathtub with a powerful shower, and a huge spacious area around the sink to put our toiletries around.
Breakfast was provided within the cost and this is located on the ground floor next to the Sky Lobby Bar. The buffet breakfast provided the usual continental items like croissants, however there were plenty of salad dishes provided as well as cereals. Here all the drinks are found and the staff were on hand to make sure everything was clean and quickly topped up if anything was running low. Once we sat down we noticed a small menu of hot food which we could order and be served to us. I had the pancakes with maple syrup which was simply lush and the others had a cooked breakfast which had a lot of scrambled egg on the plate.
We were very satisfied with our stay and I can tell the Radisson, as well as catering for business clients, they are very good at catering for families and know what the needs are. Would I stay here again? Of course I would. Would I stay in Radisson anywhere else in the world, well, put it this way, it would be one of the first hotel brands I would look for.
If you would like to book a stay here and from the UK, please contact me as I am also a travel agent. My details can be found here. Otherwise readers can book the hotel directly through their website here.