Before I had even reached the CRU Hotel where I was staying I had already fallen in love with Tallinn.
It was a much needed change from the ultra-modern and seemingly sterile countries that I had been visiting in Northern Europe and I didn’t realize it at the time but I was craving a traditional old town such as the one that Tallinn had to offer.
It was cold and dreary outside as I made my way to the hotel but when I finally walked through the front door I quickly warmed up.
The candles burning along the staircase gave off a refreshing aroma and the dark red carpet, rich in color, was definitely a welcoming sight after traveling for so long.
Before I even made it to the room I could tell I was going to like the hotel.
I had stayed at quite a few modern and boutique hotels over the previous few weeks and the CRU Hotel offered just what I needed – a solidly built, well-designed, and spacious medieval inspired living space.
What I mean by medieval is that there were solid stone stairs, wooden floors, and original wooden rafters in the ceilings like you would expect to find in a traditional Estonian house.
I feel that these types of accommodations, the more traditional kind, really offer a much more unique experience, especially when they’re done right.
Sometimes the more traditionally designed hotels can be of poor quality, like what I experienced at the hotel in Edinburgh, but this didn’t turn out to be the case here in Tallinn.
In this post I want to share the experience that I was fortunate enough to have at the CRU Hotel in Tallinn and provide an in-depth review of my stay so that I can show future visitors to the city why this hotel is definitely one worth staying at.
The CRU Hotel in Tallin: An In-Depth Review
Check-In and Interior
The hotel was easy to find and it was located in a large blue building just steps away from the main square.
Right after walking through the sliding entrance doors there is a staircase that leads up to reception and the room area.
There’s also a restaurant on-site and it’s possible to access the restaurant from the open entrance to the left of the hotel doors.
Halfway up the stairs was a small reception area where I was greeted by a friendly young girl that asked about my trip so far and then helped me check into the room.
The interior was warm, well kept, and took on a medieval/traditional appearance so right away I was able to feel the cultural and historic vibe of the city.
On the level where the rooms began was a seating area, which I guess makes up for the lack of space in the reception room, and although I could hear other guests during my stay I never saw anyone sitting down in this area.
An interesting feature I noticed was that there were actual curtains that you could close to hide the doorways if you were so inclined – this helped to add an additional level of privacy if that was something you were looking for.
The door to my room was up a pair of short steps and after unlocking the door the young lady checking me in gave me a quick tour of the room.
Like the rest of the hotel the room followed the same medieval interior design style.
There were wooden beams across the ceiling and the walls, and the patterns of the cushions definitely felt historic to me (don’t worry – they weren’t that old).
The wooden floor didn’t creak at all when I was walking across it and it felt nice to walk on the wood floor compared to the carpet or tile floors that I had been experiencing.
Despite being in an older building the room smelled quite fresh, airy, and there wasn’t any musty or damp smell like you sometimes experience in older hotels.
The room was huge, so much so that I was surprised by its size when I first walked in, and it stretched the entire length of the building.
The large windows at either side of the room let in plenty of natural lighting throughout the day and at night there was a pleasant glow coming in off the lights and storefronts on the street.
At one end of the room was a desk that I used as a workspace and a smaller seating bench.
There was also another couch-like seating spot in the room but unfortunately nothing too comfortable that I could use to relax on for an extended period of time.
On one wall, behind some sliding glass doors, was a large closet storage area that could be used for storing luggage or clothing during either a short or long-term stay.
The room itself was quite spacious so I didn’t have any issues with keeping my things organized and leaving everything out and ready to access when I needed head out to explore for the day.
There was a decent selection of outlets around the room so I was able to keep my devices charged without having to move any furniture or hunt for outlets to use.
The bed was positioned in one end of the room as well and there was plenty of room to move around it so it wasn’t taking up too much space.
I found the room to offer more than enough space for one or two people for a short-term stay in Tallinn and I only wish that there was a more comfortable or well-designed seating area.
The thing that shocked me the most about the bathroom was the huge tub.
It was more like a jacuzzi than a regular bathtub and it could easily hold two people with room to spare.
Unlike the rest of the hotel the bathroom was surprisingly modern and updated – it even came with heated floors to help keep it warm.
Of course there was a toilet and a large counter that offered plenty of room for keeping bathroom accessories and other amenities that might be needed during a trip.
As for amenities, a choice of amenities was provided by the hotel.
There were dedicated options such as shower gel and shampoo and there was also soap pumps on the wall where the products inside were “made in Estonia”.
I definitely took a long bath and enjoyed full advantage of the huge tub but there was a problem when taking a shower.
Unfortunately there wasn’t any shower curtains so whenever I used the shower water would get all over the bathroom.
Thankfully, the heated floors helped to dry everything very quickly and I never noticed the bathroom space to be damp or humid once I was finished using it.
A selection of towels were provided and in the closet in the bedroom were some bathrobes and slippers as well for anyone looking for a more cozy bathroom experience.
The bathroom was equipped with a decent selection of amenities and was definitely well-suited for one or two people to comfortably use during a short-term stay.
Tallinn is definitely a budget destination and it’s a great place to visit after spending some time exploring Scandinavia and Northern Europe where the prices are much higher.
There are a wide range of hotels to choose from in Tallinn for reasonable prices regardless of what your accommodation budget is.
The CRU Hotel offers reasonable nightly rates and depending on the type of room that you choose you can find rates starting at around $125 USD.
Given the location and quality of the rooms at the hotel I find this to be a very competitive and reasonable rate.
There aren’t many other non-chain hotels in Tallinn that you’ll find with a better location and friendlier staff so if you’re visiting the lovely Estonian capital and you’re looking for somewhere to stay I would definitely recommend checking out the CRU Hotel.
As always, I recommend booking your room as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates so that you can secure the best possible rate and avoid any issues with availability.
One of the best aspects of the hotel is its prime location right in the heart of the Old Town.
The Old Town Square can be reached in less than a minute on foot and from the hotel it’s possible to walk all around Old Town area of Tallinn without having to use public transportation or Uber.
Despite being such a walkable city there are still quite a few things to do in Tallinn and you can easily spend a few days wandering around and enjoying all that the city has to offer.
Breakfast is offered at the hotel but I like to venture out and see what I can find nearby.
There is a wide selection of restaurants, small eateries, cafes, small shops, and other interesting stores to check out all within an easy walking distance.
Many of the restaurants and small cafes offer daily menus for breakfast and lunch so if you’re looking for something more affordable I recommend keeping an eye out to see what you can find.
As for reaching the hotel, I arrived at the Tallinn Ferry Terminal and I was able to walk to the hotel in less than 20-minutes.
The bus station and the train station are a little bit further away but thankfully it’s possible to take an Uber in the city so you can quickly and affordably reach the hotel without any issues.
There are plenty of options for getting to the Tallinn Airport using either Uber or public transportation.
For those driving, I can’t comment accurately on the availability of parking so I recommend taking a look at the parking in Tallinn page to see what your options are.
The wireless internet at the CRU Hotel was fast, easy to connect to, and very reliable.
It was an open connection so there wasn’t any need to go through an annoying login process every time your device connected and it was also really fast.
Thanks to the quick internet speed I was able to upload photos to Flickr, upload videos to Youtube, and seamlessly browse the web without any issues at all.
If you’re a digital nomad, travel blogger, or you just want a fast and reliable connection then you really can’t go wrong at this hotel.
With such a great location, spacious rooms, and friendly staff the CRU Hotel is a great choice for mid-range accommodation in the Tallinn city center.
I had a wonderful time staying at the hotel and the location made it really easy for me to explore the Old Town without having to walk too far or rely on public transportation to get around.
I would definitely recommend taking a look at the CRU Hotel if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Tallinn.