Hestia Hotel Ilmarine, Tallinn

We have only stayed at the Hestia Hotel Ilmarine in Tallin once, but were very happy, especially given the overall service and comfort, and the very reasonable price. Therefore, we happily recommend this hotel for people travelling with pets, especially if you also have a car.

The staff were very friendly and efficient, the room was very comfortable, and it is in a great location. For example, it is easy to get to by car from the ferry port, short walk into the old town, close to a couple grassy areas for the dog, and a few minutes’ walk away from the market (Balti Jaama Turg).

First, the room was very clean, spacious enough, the bed was very comfortable, and there was a mini-fridge and tea or coffee making facilities. Also, the bedroom, bathroom, and linen were all very clean and comfortable and there was piping hot water and good water pressure in the shower. Not a big issues, but worth noting that there was no view to speak of.

Second, as noted above, breakfast was included and there was a good spread of tasty food and drinks. We are not huge fans of hotel breakfasts, unless it is an Asian buffet breakfast of the likes found in Malaysia and Singapore, but the breakfast at Hestia Hotel Ilmarine was better than many we have had in European hotels.

Next, the staff were very friendly and efficient. For example, check in was easy, and in the evening, I asked for an ice-bucket from reception, and even though it was quite late and there was no bar open, it was provided with no fuss or judgement.

Finally, as with all hotels, there are number of things worth noting for those thinking about staying with dogs. First, we think there is a limited number of dog-friendly rooms, so it is best to book in advance and make sure to make a note that you have a dog at the time of booking. Second, it costs €20 per night for pets, which is on the higher end of what we have been asked to pay, and like the Original Sokos Hotel Viru, they do not provide a “welcome package” containing snacks and poop bags. Finally, however, the hotel is a few minutes’ walk from a kind of grassy boulevard area, and there is a grassy area right outside the hotel (but it is a residential area, so not sure how happy the residents are about people walking their dogs there), so either way, it is very convenient and comfortable for walking your furry friend(s).

In summary, I am not sure if the Hestia Hotel Ilmarine is a 4-star or 3-start hotel, but it felt like a great 3-star, and we had a very nice stay and will definitely come here again. A great option for those looking for a dog-friendly hotel in a good location of Tallinn.  

Number of Visits1
Last VisitMay 2022
Dog PolicyAll dogs welcome
Author: BTB