Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Update: Below are some hostels that used to be in our top 3 until they closed. We keep this content here for your information.
CLOSED: Red Emperor Hostel (former #2 hostel)
Imagine a mix of historical Tallinn and a bearded Australian. This particular Aussie created a hostel with community spirit, creativity, excitement and tons of fun.
Red Emperor Hostel also just so happens to have a bar attached, open to guests and locals alike.
But don’t worry, this isn’t one of those crazy up-all-night party hostels.
Well, it has the potential to be if you like! Yet a good, quiet night’s sleep can also be enjoyed.
What other enticing perks are there?
Live concerts, karaoke, pub quizzes
Indoor skate ramp (whaaaat!)
Chill, quiet common room
Fully-equipped kitchen & dining area
Have a watch of the cool hostel video (down below) to get an idea of the size and separation of nightlife and room life.
Rooms come in dorm and private sizes, all with linen and lockers. Private rooms come with en-suite and Old Town wall views.
Bunks are sturdy and rooms are spacious. But don’t expect privacy curtains here – this is a sociable hostel, inside and outside of the rooms.
Important: Groups large and small are welcome, but make sure you contact the hostel in advance.
The staff deserve mentioning. They’re friendly, fun and always welcoming.
Location: Inside the Old Town District, surrounded by medieval architecture, gothic spires and cobbled streets. A supermarket, ATM and restaurant are within short walking distance.
CLOSED: Tabinoya – Tallinn’s Travellers House (former #3 hostel)
Tabinoya stands for ‘Traveller’s House’, and it really is a home away from home.
Forget party party; Tabinoya is the place to be to enjoy a cup of tea, read a book, surf the net and enjoying a chat over a quiet drink.
Like we said, this is a homely hostel. And the rooms are no exception.
We love the ample choice on offer:
Quadruple room w/ ensuite
4-bed female dorm
8-bed mixed dorm
Each room has its own design. We particularly love the little window nook in the 8-bed dorm. Grab a book and get snuggly!
Bonus: here you’ll be treated to a free, filling breakfast each morning.
And if you fancy, there is also a fully-fitted kitchen to cook up a storm.
Treat yourself to a sauna experience after a day of exploring.
It’s only 5 euros for one hour, so how could you refuse?
Other perks include a common room, 24/hr security and free tea and coffee.
Location: Also within the Old Town, 100m from the town hall square and best restaurants around. Also close by to great districts such as Kalamaja and Telliskivi.
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