Fat Margaret's, Tallinn

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Fat Margaret's is a clean and comfortable hostel with sauna and a refreshing pool right near the Old Town and tram lines.

The Location

Fat Margaret's is located near the tram stops, from which you can reach Tallinn University and the hipster Kalamaja area by tram in twenty minutes. The hostel occupies the building near the seaport. The gates to the Old Town of Tallinn are right in front of the hostel. You can easily find those gates, as the roof of a round Fat Margaret Tower is seen from many points in the city.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Rooms are kept clean. There are lockers in the room, and the key is given at the reception. There are mirrors, chairs, tables, and bedside tables in the rooms. There is dim light (regulated) near each bed. Thick brick walls keep rooms isolated from the sounds in the corridor. Double-bunk beds are solid. Spring beds don't squeak, but the springs in them can be felt but however cause little discomfort. The linen is fresh and new, and is kept in the lockers for guests (the beds are not made). We couldn't find the towels, though.

Showers are newly made, with beautiful, small tiles. A shower cabin is divided into two parts with a curtain so that you can leave your clothes on the hangers. Shower rooms are equipped with stationary hair dryers. The walls between shower cabins are good, but on the floor the shower cabins are not totally separated, and some soapy water from another shower cabin may run to your cabin. However, it appears somehow that with so many people in this hostel, the shower rooms are usually empty. The toilets are on several floors so no crowds there either.

Common Spaces

During our stay, we heard a guest complaining about someone drinking in the room. However, it doesn't seem that it happens often in Fat Margaret's hostel, as it feels very safe there. There is a common room on the kitchen's floor where you can watch TV, play ping-pong, or sit on a sofa and eat your meal. It is nice to chat with other guests there. The kitchen is large with several cooking panels and sinks. We were a bit upset that during our stay there was neither coffee nor tea in the kitchen. The fridge is large and is kept clean.

The most interesting thing about this hostel is a sauna and a small swimming pool available to all guests of the hostel. The sauna and the swimming pool are open in the early morning hours, and you can take a shower after visiting the sauna. The change rooms are located on the same floor with the sauna, which is very comfortable, as in the hostel corridors it feels a bit cold.


Fat Margaret's hostel offers a budget-safe and quiet accommodation for all sorts of guests. Business people would find it comfortable that the hostel is located close to the transportation hub of trams and buses. Tourists will like it that the hostel is right near the Old Town of Tallinn. Students, backpackers, and young people will be happy to visit Telliskivi and the hipster area of Kalamaja located near Fat Margaret's.

The hostel feels a little bit soulless, and it looks more like a budget hotel. A bonus of Fat Margaret's is that you can try a real Scandinavian sauna for the price of the room there.
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The hostel is located in front of Fat Margaret's Tower
View from the street
6-bed female dormitory
There are tables, mirrors and chairs in the rooms
The toilet
Corrodir on the 1st floor
A shower room
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on 2016-11-12

Great location, dirty hostel

Good -- Location, price, spacy kitchen, sauna. Bad -- We stayed in hostel during the end of autum and the beginning of winter. Despite the fact that there was cold temperature outside, our room was without heating. The alternative -- small electric heating ventilator, which is actually very uncomfortable for using. If you use it, after few minutes you start to feel how your skin is getting dryer, and the breathing is going worse. So it is almost impossible to warm the room with that ventilator. Moreover, we stayed in 2 room, and the kitchen, showers, toilets were in the basement. So if you want to go to toilet at night, you walk three minutes upside-down, using very slippery and dangerous stairs. There was a toilet in our floor also, but it was so dirty, without sink and even without recycle bin! The worst impression was, that in no one WC there were no recycle bins! So if you are a women and have some used hygiene rubbish -- you got to go to the kitchen (where everyone at the moment are eating) and throw your mess in the bin, located near food! It was terrible, i can't believe that there are no bins in none toilet. Sure, the cleanness of the room also was bad. We reserved a private room, and it was with dirty floors and dirty chairs. And no wardrobe where you could stock you things. So our clothes and else all the time were just on the ground. We stayed 6 nights and no one came to clean room, take the rubbish or change the towels. I wouldn't go there again, because i prefer more hygiene places, but if cleanness is not a big matter for you, go there and have some great dirty holidays!

Age 25 | Lithuania

Good value for money. most guests seem to be very quiet couples.

suitable location if you arrive by plane, train, bus, or ferry. not too many stairs to climb with your luggage. car parking space available. hot water seemed to have run out on one of the 4 occasions i wanted to shower. other times, good and hot. comfortable bed and pillow. no bunk beds! spacious rooms. delightful staff with useful local knowledge. they are also open to dealing with small requests and will address problems if guests make the effort to tell them that the kitchen bin is full and needs emptying, or if the toilet paper has run out in one of the toilets, for example. a big bonus -- 2 choices of common room. the kitchen/cosy dining/sitting room, behind reception, or the tv/internet room, upstairs. a balcony off the upstairs common area is particularly useful for smokers, and it is appreciated when they remember to close the door behind them so their smoke doesn't waft back into the common area. reasonable kitchen, although the fridge needs to be monitored better as lots of food is crammed onto the shelves and has been left behind, (unnamed/unlabelled/undated) i suspect! very good wifi. so, everything is in place for people to have a pleasant, quiet stay in this hostel, or to mix, socialise and make new acquaintances. over the long weekend i have stayed here, guests were international, of all ages, but mostly, very closed and insular -- couples just wanting a low cost hotel room alternative. that is not the fault of the hostel. still, if you are a relaxed, open, friendly traveler, you should find some interesting people to talk to. i was fortunate to meet two likeable guys, a friendly guy, a sweet couple and a well traveled lady. her photos from super places outside of tallinn and tartu were inspirational. just one drawback for my needs -- no individual security lockers. no place for cameras, laptops, wallets to be kept safe 'under lock and key'. still, overall, out of the 8 hostels i have stayed in over the past few years, in tallinn, this is definitely one of my preferred top 2.


Fat Margaret's Reviews from the Web

Nice location, but overall pretty dirty


Exactly what needed when you need to spend the night somewhere before a travelling onwards. Simple, but has all the essentials. Good central location and fairly quiet.


Clean hostel in a location very convenient for Tallinn sightseeing. Extremely stale vibe. However, I have to say that having a sauna on site is the coolest amenity I've ever seen at a hostel.


Close to the train station and to the ferry. Right outside of old town, perfect location. Easy access, clean, comfortable. Would recommend!


Nice staff

Twin room curtain was broken


Great location but no plug by the bed, Wi-fi didnt work in the rooms and place had a slightly weird atmosphere.


I liked it here! The desk and bench in the 6-bed dorm made it nice and homey. The kitchen is spectacular, but the common area in the basement isn't welcoming or cozy. Great value! I didn't use the sauna and pool but they looked great.


Will surely recommend this place to fellow backpackers.


It was fine for what it was - but nothing special. The vibe was very strange, as were the people. Maybe it was just the time I stayed there, but that's the only perspective I have so I will share it. Showers are not on the same level as the dorms which was inconvenient. There was a group there (kind of like a class?) that really took up the entire common room/kitchen so that was not enjoyable. However one pro was the key system: you drop it off at the front when you leave so no risk of loss.


Ammazing staying! Absolutely love it. Great facility and amazing stuff


The management was super as the room and sauna. I tried to stay there a few days later when no beds wire available BUT did they recommend a hostel nearby, Lai 22, where they had a bed for me and was very good.


I had a great experience at Fat Margaret's hostel, I have been around other few hostels around Tallinn and anyone can compare with Fat Margaret's is definitely the best hostel in Tallinn. Thank you for the great times.


What a refreshing hostel to be in. After a month of staying at hostals that apply their Tetris skill to fit as many bunk beds humanly possible in the tiniest spaces leaving guests little to no room to move, this hostel understands that leaving some room to breath and walk around is appreciated and necessary. Beds are super comfortable, well located and staff is incredibly nice. It has a lot of charm and I would stay there again no doubt.


Easy to get to from both the train station and the ferry port! The gates to the old town are a short walk across the road! Sadly thats as about as good as it got for me. No aircon so super sweaty, not clean and very limited toilets and showers on my floor. No privacy curtains on the beds and if you room faces the road dont expect to get any sleep. No information about trains available from staff which being an INTERRAIL promoted hostel is plain strange. It is cheap but for good reason.


This was a terrific find. I wish Id had more time in Estonia to try their other two hostels. This location was perfect for walking to the Seaplane Harbor, Helsinki ferries, and the lovey old Town, and directly connected to public transit with a tram stop out front connecting to the airport for a couple Euros. It had a refreshing & well maintained sauna and cold plunge pool, great common areas, coffee/vending onsite, and a helpful staff.



A super adviceable hostel to stay in Tallin!!!


Very nice hostel, spacious room for 6, sauna with pool included. Stay that cool and impove towards perfect.


A wonderful hostel, not just for short stays; the kitchen is well equiped, and together with the common room in a really nice looking vault basement. The domitory rooms are spacious and tidy, every bad has an assigned locker. A Sauna can be used in the mornings for free (unfortunately didn't have the time to try that). Together with the price in regard a definite recommendation!


My No1 hostel. Well-arranged, good location. Everything is perfect.


The hostel is not bad overall. But the reviews were super overrated. It's just a regular hostel for that price, not exceptional



Friendly Fat Margaret's hostel can be found in the very centre of Tallinn.
It is located just at the gate of Tallinn's medieval old town - a minute's walk away from the busy port of Tallinn. Fat Margaret's is a perfect place to stay for ones keen on exploring the Historical Tallinn with its narrow streets and picturesque red roof-tops - not mentioning the cafes, bars, nightclubs and restaurants. The hostel offers for it's guests simple but comfy rooms, helpful staff and easy-on-the pocket prices, which make the place perfectly suitable for travellers of all ages. Hostel offers a possibility for a free morning sauna and pool.

Please note:

We have a 72 hours cancellation policy
Check In Time: from 14.00 until 24.00 (if not agreed differently)
Check Out Time: by 12.00

Location and Contact


• From the airport, take the buss nr 2 to the stop 'A-Terminal'. Continue your way as instructed below:
• From the Port of Tallinn terminals A, B, C and D - take the Laeva, Kai or Sadama street towards the Põhja street. The hostel is about 1 km from the port.
• For passengers arriving with Lindaline to the Linnahall port, the hostel is about 400 metres to the direction of the historical Fat Margaret's Tower of the ancient city wall.
• From the central coach station take the tram number 2 to the 'Linnahall' stop. From the tram stop, you should see a yellow 2-storey stone house. This is the hostel.
• UPDATE: During summer 2016, the tram lines are being rebuilt. Instead of the tram, take bus nr 2, which stops near the coach station, and get off at the last stop at the harbour (Reisisadam, Terminal D). Walk down Sadama street towards the city. Halfway through, Sadama street will turn into Põhja pst, which is where our hostel is located.
• Our address is: Põhja pst 27, Tallinn



Address: Põhja pst 27, Tallinn, Harju County, Estonia

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Website Fat Margaret's Tallinn www.fatmargarets.ee
Phone Number: +3725100916
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller




Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

City Tours

Luggage Storage


24 Hour Security


Credit Card Payments


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool

Table Tennis


Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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