Kid Friendly Hotel In Tallinn
The Original Sokos Hotel Viru goes above and beyond for little ones making it an ideal place to stay on a family visit to Tallinn.
We booked a family room at The Original Sokos Hotel Viru. This meant we had two single beds, made into a queen bed and a set of bunk beds. There was plenty of floor space for the infant’s bassinet. (We use the Diono Travel Bassinet. You can read a complete review here.)
The staff at the hotel is top notch. They were so kind to the kids. After our first night there they asked how our day was and what we had seen out and about. They provided wonderful recommendations for what to do with the kids. On several occasions they went out of their way to help us enjoy our stay.
At check-in the kids each received a little gift. The big and middle littles got craft packs with a coloring book, stickers and crayons. Our little little got a squeaky book he could chew on.
The room was also decked out for our little ones. There were special plastic cups for them, kids body wash, flashing rubber duckies and even kids tea cups. In addition to the bunk beds, there was a tiny portable potty and a step stool. The kids felt so at home. These are all such small things but they go a long way to make you feel welcome in a hotel with kids. Some hotels have made us feel like children are a burden but Sokos embraced our clan.
The breakfast spread was amazing. It is served in one of the ballrooms and there is plenty of seating. They have high chairs available. The variety of food is excellent. Plenty to make up a meal for the whole family. One morning when the little guy was asleep, they even got Jeff a tray so he could bring a full breakfast up to me in the room after he and the older boys finished eating.
When we got back from dinner one night, the boys borrowed a domino set from the kids lending library and we played some dominoes as a family. There were also books to borrow, unfortunately none were in English.
The hotel also has a small play area in the restaurant. It’s really nothing special but my kids still begged to play there nearly every day. They had some blocks, trucks and a few small ride-on toys, Legos and a play kitchen. We did eat dinner one night in the restaurant while the kids played. The food was good, but portions were small. (You’re likely better served to head into Old Town for some food. However sometimes eating a meal while your kids play makes any food worth it.)
I’d be remiss not to mention the shoe shining machines that are on each floor. My kids absolutely love these things. This may have been their favorite feature in the hotel.
The hotel’s location could not be more perfect. You can see it in the photo above peeking through the Old Town gates. It sits just outside the wall. It’s a 3 min walk, even with kids, into the Old Town. The bus and tram lines all stop just outside the hotel as well. There is a mall built onto the back as well. We did not explore the mall but I glanced at a directory and there were plenty of offerings for shopping and food.
The view from the hotel is stunning. The top floor hosts the KGB museum, which can only be visited on an arranged tour. Jeff hopped on to one, thanks to the incredible hotel staff, and got to see this stunning night time view from the balcony.
If you’re headed to Tallinn, with or without kids, The Original Sokos Hotel Viru is the perfect place to make your home base.