Fat Margaret's




The Hostelz.com Review

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.
by CaVa
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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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


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "Fat Margaret's" at Põhja pst 27.)


Põhja pst 27, Tallinn, Harju County, Estonia
59.444240, 24.749029 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

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.

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