Tallinn Backpackers Hostel, Tallinn

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Tallinn Backpackers Hostel is a very friendly and fun place to be; it is a wonderful middle ground between a relaxing hostel and a party hostel -- once you arrive, you will not want to leave!

The Location

The hostel is located within the Old Town of Tallinn, a little further north than the Town Square. This is a great location as it benefits from being within short walking distances of the main tourist attractions, nice bars, and a range of restaurants to suit every budget, and yet is within a quiet residential area, allowing you to sleep at night (assuming that you wish to!). The location is easy to find. From the airport, you can take a reasonably-priced taxi, which takes about fifteen minutes, or the No. 2 bus for about ten minutes to the stop "A. Laikmaa," and walk about fifteen minutes. The buses have electronic read-outs of each stop, so it is simple to request the stop that you need (plus, youll spot all the other tourists/travelers from the airport getting off at this stop, as its the closest one to the Old Town!). Whilst having a map already would be useful in navigating the walk to the hostel, there are maps dotted about the Old Town, which will guide you, especially as Tallinn displays its street signs very prominently.

Although the location is easy to find, the hostel itself requires you to be a little more eagle-eyed ... there is a very small sign in the window of the door; miss that, and it is easy to think the hostel is just another house in a row of houses! You will need to buzz into the hostel, but reception is open twenty-four hours, so there is always someone available to let you in; though do remember to remove your shoes before entering reception and the rest of the hostel (this is customary in Tallinn and there is a large shoe rack at the top of the first flight of stairs). On arrival, the staff provide a comprehensive introduction to the hostel and the city, particularly providing recommendations on places to visit, eat, and drink.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorm rooms of six or eight beds are available; all are mixed and some are en suite (for those that are not, there is an additional bathroom on the same floor and a convenient separate toilet downstairs by reception). Each bathroom is spacious, consisting of a good hot shower, useful towel racks/hooks, basin, and toilet. The bathrooms are steam-cleaned daily, so they are usually very clean.

The rooms are quite small and compact, consisting of bunk beds and complimentary bedding. There are lockers, but these are located in the corridor outside of the rooms. You are provided with a key to the room and a key to the locker that corresponds to the bed that you have been assigned. Although you can request a change of bed (and the staff will do their best to accommodate you), it is preferable to keep with the bed and locker assigned, as confusion can arise with respect to locker access, especially as you may then find your locker is on a different floor than your bed! Towels are available for a reasonable fee, and a monetary deposit or your passport is required for the keys to be issued. Private rooms of five or six beds are also available.

Common Spaces

The common spaces are very spacious and homey. The reception sits in the corner of a large sitting room, consisting of several very comfortable sofas, a freely-accessible computer (although there is also free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel), a foosball table, a "Beer Pong" table (or a "Gin Pong" table, as some backpackers affectionately renamed it when we were there!), and a convenient vending machine. Most of the sofas are arranged around a large coffee table to encourage social interaction, but there is a sofa and some beanbags away from this if you just wish for some peace to read a book or catch up on some sleep! The staff also sell cheaply-priced local beers and cider from a well-stocked fridge behind the reception desk, allowing you to start early before joining the nightly pub crawl, run by a sister hostel a few minutes walk away, or to have a quiet beer and a catch-up with fellow travelers.

The atmosphere really is very friendly and welcoming and as social as you wish to make it; no one minds if you would rather curl up on the sofa and catch up on some journal writing or if you want to start (or continue or end) your travels with a bang and initiate some drinking games ... anything goes, as long as everyone leaves the common areas by 11 p.m. This is fairly strictly enforced (and a little sneakily too, as the clock in the sitting room is set fifteen minutes fast!), but for good reason, as the hostel is within a residential area. It is not an issue though, as there are plenty of bars to suit all tastes within a short walking distance; there is even a bar directly across the street with comfy sofas and free tea, if you just want to continue chillaxing!

In addition to the sitting room, there is also a spacious and well-stocked kitchen, with free tea and coffee. There is, however, no point in cooking! Firstly, there are plenty of places to eat in Tallinn for a range prices, and secondly, particularly for the tightest budget, the hostel puts on a home-cooked meal every night (assuming people have signed up for it), which is cheap, has massive portions and is absolutely delicious (well ... depending on whos cooking, of course!). No breakfast is provided, but then, as was the answer when we enquired about this, no one is up early enough anyway!

Summary

This hostel has an amazing atmosphere and is so welcoming and homey that you will want to return to it again and again (which is what we did, in and around our travels in Estonia!). It is the perfect place to relax or the perfect place to party; it is entirely up to you!

Emma C
2014-08-10

Perfect!

This hostel is just amazing -- the staff are friendly and get the parties going, the price is good at just under 10, as is the location near the ferry terminal, yet within the beautiful car-free zone of "Old Town" Tallinn.

Thomas
2009-09-07
UK

Great

I felt like at home in this hostel! The kitchen, the common room, the bathroom are such that you feel you are in a real house, a big family house and not in a hostel. Wi-Fi worked perfectly and the location is great. I recommend it without hesitation.

Javier
2007-09-29
Venezuela

I loved it

the atmosphere is great -- from the first time you step into the hostel. there is one big dorm and everyone is passing through, because it is the only way to the kitchen. There is a huge bathroom, and there is another upstairs. they even have sauna in it. the kitchen is place to hang out with other travelers, there is also a table football you can play. because it is so small (i think they have only twenty or twenty-five beds) it really looks so cute. after midnight it is always quiet. it was a bit messy, but everything else was just great.

mojca
2007-07-10
slovenian

Cold, boring hostel. Often without hot water! Ran by a bunch of euro hipsters who live there free and treat you as an unwanted intruder! They take up all the best spots. Once one of the drunk freeloader/managers came into the commons area at 10 p.m. and ordered everyone out because he was drunk and wanted to sleep in the commons area because the place was sold out and his bunk was taken! When we refused, because we were the ones paying to stay here, he actually wanted to start a brawl! Can you imagine? Stay away!

Danzig
2007-03-05

Tallinn Backpackers is also called Old Town Backpackers and is ideally located in the old town. It is a rather unique hostel with quirky additions. The greatest draw-card has to be the gorgeous free sauna and big screen to watch one of the many movies they have. This is ideal in the cold winter months especially since Tallinn is one of the coldest cities in Europe! The one dorm room is laid out like a mini-golf course, complete with green felt flooring, little hills, and holes -- playing golf amongst the bunk beds is a very different experience! The other dorm room also doubles up as the lounge and TV room so could be annoying if you fancy an early night.

The well-equipped and modern kitchen has another small lounge leading off it and just down the hall is an amazing bathroom. It's beautifully tiled, massive, and has an awesome power-shower cross jacuzzi bath (though the jacuzzi is disabled at the moment). Showering in this bathroom you can momentarily forget that you are a dirty backpacker and feel pampered and posh! The hostel is kept spotlessly clean by the team of staff who working and living in the hostel and the hostel is kept warm and cozy by the log fire in the lounge. This is a good hostel for socialising and partying, especially since there are quite a few good clubs nearby.

Bronwyn Fanshawe
2006-11-15
UK

An awesome hostel, brilliant location in the old town, a really really friendly place! the staff are all young mostly backpacking themselves so really go out of their way to help you and have fun, the kitchen is very well equipt, the lounge/communal area is comfortable and extremely sociable so you'll meet loads of people, and the bathrooms -- ok so there's only two but they're really clean and one is absolutely enormous, total luxury with an awesome shower. Would definitely recommend this hostel!

Hanna
2006-08-27

Description

Tallinn Backpackers is a place for those with the true backpackers spirit: cozy, easy going and THE place in town to meet other travellers whether it be to swap stories or have a big night out in town.

We are located just around the corner from the town square and mere footsteps away from some of the coolest bars and pubs in Tallinn. Our building is a recently renovated, ex-ambassadorial residence with a modern kitchen, luxury bathrooms, sauna, huge and comfy common room and even a great balcony overlooking the old town where you can relax and enjoy the sun.

In our common room you can watch TV or movies on our big screen, chill out to some music, challenge someone to foosball, make some new friends or just flop down on a couch to read a book and regain some energy.

Our staff are a mix of travellers and locals who can help you out with anything you need, be it about the Tallinn and Estonia, travelling around or even where to go out (we'll probably join you, too).

Just be aware: you might like it so much that you don't want to leave and end up working/volunteering here, as many already have before you!

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NB: If you book the 8-bed room you may have people walking through it to use the sauna!
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Location and Contact

Location

• *** We are now located at Olevimägi 11! ***
• DIRECTIONS
• Tallinn's Old Town is small and with a map it won't be hard to find us. We are situated at Olevimägi 11.
• Coming from the harbour:
• The easiest way to get here is via Uus street. Simply follow Väike Rannavärav into the old town (it becomes Uus street) then take the first street on your right, which is Olevimägi. Our building is the yellow one on the big intersection at the end.
• Otherwise, if you find yourself at the Pikk street gate entrance (near the big Fat Margaret tower) walk into old town and take the first street on the left close to the big church. This will lead you to Sulevimägi street. Turn right and follow the block down and around the corner to the intersection and you will see our door in the yellow building on your left.
• Coming from the bus station:
• Take tram #2 outside the main entrance of the station 5 stops and get off at Linnahall. You will then be very close to the Pikk street entrance and can follow the directions from the harbour above.
• Coming from the airport:
• Take the bus 5 stops to the A. Laikmaa stop. You will see the Viru Keskus shopping centre. Walk through it and exit into the park. Follow the crowd and paths towards the old town, where you will see the Viru street gate towers next to a Hesburger restaurant. Walk through the gates, past McDonald's to the top of the street. Turn right onto Vene street and follow it to the end. We are in the yellow building straight ahead.
• Coming from the train station:
• Enter the old town via Nunne street (across the road). Continue following it until you see a big stone archway leading uphill on the intersection of Nunne and Pikk streets. Turn left onto Pikk street and follow it until you see a fork in the road. Take the downhill path and we are in the yellow building in front of you, on the big intersection.
• Coming by taxi:
• Taxis that you find on the street tend to overcharge. Try to negotiate a price with them and try not to pay more than 10 euros (150 EEK). If you can, it's much more reliable and cheaper to order a taxi on +372 638 0000 to pick you up (pay attention to the car number that they tell you) and expect to pay 50-125 EEK, depending on traffic and whether you are coming from the harbour, bus station or airport.
• Coming by car:
• It's impossible to park in the old town, but the closest car park is just outside, on the end of Uus street. From there you can follow the directions from the harbour above.

Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

City Tours

Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Bike Rental

Lockers in Lobby

Towels

Bar

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking

Evening Entertainment

Gameroom

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

TV

Walking Tours

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 24 Hours

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)

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