The Three Sisters
What We Love
- An acclaimed Relais & Chateaux hotel graced by numerous celebrities, with breakfast and moreKnowing that everyone from rock stars to royalty has stayed here
- Dining at Bordoo, a destination restaurant with ambitions to gain its first Michelin star
- The eclectic, timber-framed Nordic style
- The old wooden staircase and huge arched doorways
Like the city of Tallinn, The Three Sisters is an enchanting blend of old and new. So named after the three 14th-century merchants’ houses that comprise the property, this charming boutique find is a dream of wooden beams, antique chandeliers and contemporary Nordic style.
Interiors reveal carefully restored frescoes, huge arched doorways and 600-year-old timber, now paired with artisan furnishings and discreet modern technology. If antique sleigh beds and historic wooden staircase aren’t quite enough to tempt you, perhaps Bordoo will. At the hotel’s own up-and-coming gourmet restaurant, you can enjoy cutting-edge Nordic and fusion food like sambuca scallops, complemented by a comprehensive wine list.
Located at the end of a cobblestone street in the medieval walled old town, this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning hotel is a lovingly preserved heirloom of Estonian history.This five-star Relais & Chateaux member has not only earned acclaim from international press (including The New York Times and The Telegraph), but played host to countless rock stars, royals and dignitaries. The country’s own prime minister has checked in here, as have Queen Elizabeth II, Sting and Lenny Kravitz (though not all at once, disappointingly).
Individually designed, each room is dramatically different from the next. The theme is eclectic, comprising a marriage of Old World charm and hip Nordic style.
Bordoo restaurant is one of the finest dining rooms in the city, serving an ambitious and unique menu of Nordic and fusion dishes. Signature dishes include the Nordic sea broth and “The Perfect Beef,” cooked at 135 degrees for flawless succulence. Desserts include dishes like cheese cigars made with olive and cloudberry, plus light, heavenly blinis.
Tallinn is a medieval city of cobblestone streets, historic churches and pretty courtyards. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there’s a sense that this city is on the cusp of becoming a favorite of the European fashion crowd. While compact, it has plenty of top-flight boutiques, markets, cafés, restaurants and nightclubs to uncover. The must-see Kardriorg Palace and Garden and the National Art Museum are east of the hotel, about a 30-minute walk or 15-minute drive away.
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the medieval surroundings make this historic monument one of the beste located hotels in town. the service is attentive. the gastronomic restaurant has a balanced choice on the menu and the disches are contemporary and elaborated.
Very nice,warm,welcoming staff, who gave us directions and tips for walking in the old city. So happy that we got uppgraded to a suite, amazing room, beautifully decorated. There would be nice with more variety at breakfast, but the quality was fine. Perfect hotel for a romantic trip i Tallinn!!
There was nice character and ambience with this hotel. The room upgrade was a bonus, and yet I would have appreciated a nicer view. Some junior staff however were not knowledgeable. Upon checking in I asked where I could purchase a travel card for buses and trams and was sent on a wild goose chase across town. Neither the Tourist Information office nor the petrol station that I was advised would sell them did in fact do so. To make it worse the Tourist Information office then sent me to an R-Kiosk which was closed. An hour wasted. Another source of dissatisfaction was the fact that after the first splendid breakfast, things changed dramatically for the second and third mornings. Some cooked items were withdrawn from the buffet - because of a lack of guests, I was told - and to receive some of those withdrawn items, an order would need to be made to the kitchen which would involve a charge. So - my three day booking which was to include free buffet breakfast, would have incurred a charge for breakfasts 2 and 3, if I had wanted the same breakfast as breakfast 1, which had been free of charge. Not really 5 star standards.
The Three Sisters does not live up to the Relais & Châteaux brand and I think it's status under that hotel chain should be reevaluated, though perhaps if I hadn't previously stayed at R&C hotels my expectations wouldn't have been so high. Still, it's a very nice average hotel in a gorgeous city.
The building itself is stunning and beautifully done. Our room, Junior Suite 28, was spacious and comfortable, though some of the furniture (couch and chair) were very worn and dated. The bed was large and comfortable enough, but did not have luxury bedding or pillows.
The bathroom situation was a bit odd. There was the toilet room with a sink by the entrance to the room and a second bathroom with a tub, shower, and sink in the main part of the room. When we arrived, the toilet room had hand towels at the sink. By the 2nd of 4 nights, the towels were gone. When we asked the front desk why our towels were not replaced, we were told that each room gets one set of towels. We requested the towels be replaced and they finally were, but that's not something we should have to ask for. The water pressure in the shower was very weak and disappointing. When toilet paper was finished, they did not replace the rolls.
Also, all of the towels have a hotel's logo embroidered on them. I brought my own towel for my hair and left it hanging one day. There is a framed sign in the bathroom that hanging towels will not be replaced. Sure enough, my towel was taken. I'm willing to take some of the blame because it's a white towel (albeit, no logo and hanging). Getting the towel back was much more of a hassle than it should have been and although I got it back washed, that outcome was uncertain until it was in my hand, as they couldn't promise they would clean it (after mixing it in with all the hotel laundry).
Breakfast was included in our rate. The offering did not vary day to day but had adequate variety. There was an option to order eggs or pancakes, but the cooking was inconsistent day to day. One day the eggs were delicious, the next they felt like rubber discs. The breakfast service was also inconsistent. When the juice ran out, I let the waitress know when I was back at my table. The juice was filled, but no one brought any to the table. If we ordered tea, a chipped teapot was delivered, but not poured. These are not traits of a luxury hotel. Also, and worst of all, I found hair in one of the breakfast salads.
We did not eat in the restaurant for dinner because the menu was not appealing at all.
As for location, the hotel is situated at the north end of Old Town next to Fat Margaret. It was far enough from the main square to be relatively quiet but close enough to walk to everything quickly, including areas outside of Old Town like Kalamaja.
The Three Sisters is a perfectly adequate hotel. When we brought our complaints to the front desk, the staff seemed baffled as to how to respond. I think that as Estonia's tourism grows, the finishing touches on service will make their way into the hotels.Right now, everything seems a bit unpolished and to call this hotel luxurious would be a stretch.
The three sisters hotel -left me Great experience. Friendly staff, great rooms. Very good breakfast.
Excellent location in the old town near city wall and 10 minutes walk from most attractions