turing the work of Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, or Erkki-Sven Tüür, who are among Estonia's
best modern choral composers and arrangers. Estonian groups have put out a lot of good
CDs; you'll find a good music shop on the top floor (A5) of the Kaubamaja department
store (daily 9:00-21:00, behind Viru Keskus mall).
Swimming: The indoor water park and 50-meter pool at the Kalev Spa is lots of fun.
It's at the edge of the Old Town; many Finns come here on fitness travel packages (€10.50/
2.5 hours, €8.50/1.5 hours, €6.50/1.5 hours weekdays after 15:00; Mon-Fri 6:45-21:30, Sat-
Tallinn has a good selection of hotel choices. There are some bargains in the Old Town,
but even more if you're willing to stay a short walk or bus ride away.
More than in most cities, it's important to start your search on hotel websites. Room
prices vary with current demand. Many hotels, especially the bigger ones, list their best
price on the website and offer walk-in individuals only the inflated rack rates—the bulk of
their business comes from agencies anyway.
(€1 = about $1.30, country code: 372)
S = Single, D = Double/Twin, T = Triple, Q = Quad, b = bathroom, s = shower. Credit
cards are accepted and breakfast is included unless otherwise noted.
To help you sort easily through these listings, I've divided the accommodations in-
to three categories, based on the full price for a standard double room with bath during
$$$ Higher Priced —Most rooms €90 or more.
$$ Moderately Priced —Most rooms between €60-€90.
$ Lower Priced —Most rooms €60 or less.
Prices can change without notice; verify the hotel's current rates online or by email.
Summer is high season (Tallinn has more tourists than business travelers), and prices
almost always drop from October to April, except around Christmas and New Year's. I've
listed high-season, summer prices here. When I give a range, expect the higher rate during
busy times (typically Friday and Saturday nights) and the lower price on slow days.
Use a taxi to get to your hotel when you arrive, and then figure out public transportation