Tallin Trip: Flight & 5 nights 4* half board for under £180

 

Introduction

My husband Demetrius and our son Simon are are off to Tallinn, the Estonian capital, for 5 nights at the end of March 2011. We found flights with Ryanair from Edinburgh for only £23 per person return (hand luggage only and payment by Mastercard prepaid debit card to avoid the £5 per person per flight admin fee). As the family travel expert, I was charged with finding a hotel for their Tallinn trip.

Tallin Trip

Tallinn by sashapo

Tallinn Hotel Criteria

  • Buffet breakfast included
  • Not more than one mile from city centre
  • At least 75% in verified guest ratings
  • Free wifi
  • A budget of £70 a night for either one twin room or 2 single rooms (in order to keep the cost per person to under £200 including flights for the 5 nights).

The Search

I started off searching for hotels in Tallinn on the HotelsCombined price comparison site. It quickly became apparent that single rooms cost almost the same as twin rooms.  Most hotels offered free wifi.

I was attracted by the 4* Hotel Barons at £67.40 per night for a twin room, which included buffet breakfast, afternoon coffee with pastries and buffet dinner, free wifi and wired internet, scoring an average guest rating of 80%. We find that going for the half board option makes it easier to stick to your budget when travelling.

Tallin Trip

Exterior of Hotel Barons, Estonia

After I spotted that Thomas Cook had a £30 off code (TCSAVE30) for hotel bookings of £300+, reducing the price of a twin room at the Hotel Barons for 5 nights from £337 to £307  i.e. £61.40 a night per room, we decided to book there. (No dates were given on the Thomas Cook site for expiry of offer).

Total Cost

With return Ryanair flights from Edinburgh to Tallinn at £23 and half board in a 4 star hotel at £154, the total cost per person is £177.

However if you’re looking for a budget Tallinn trip. you can find some B&B deals at 3 star hotels from around £25 a night for a double or twin room.

Click here for the lowest prices at Tallinn hotels