Comfort Xpress

Mind ootab homme ees üsna pikk päev autosõiduga ja selleks, et end natukene säästa, otsustasin ma täna poolele teele ära tulla. See tähendas omakorda sobiva hinnaga hotelli leidimist Oslos. Kui natukene uurida ja otsida ja planeerida, siis leiab Oslos väga mõistliku hinnaga hotelle, kuid võib ka juhtuda (eriti suveperioodil) et midagi mõistlikku lihtsalt enam pole.

Tavaliselt ööbin ma Oslos ühes Bekkestuas asuvas airbnb korteris (hind ca 35 eur öö), kuid loomulikult oli see välja üüritud Õnneks leidsin ma hea pakkumise Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget (https://www.choicehotels.com/norway/oslo/comfort-inn-hotels/no104) lehelt. Hind ca 70 eur/öö.

Hotell on suurepärase asukohaga. 10 minutit Oslo raudteejaamast jalutada, Oslo kesklinnas, nii et nii parlamendihoone, toomkirik, Karl Johan, ooperimaja ja kuningaloss on käe-jala juures.  Tuba on ruumikas ja korralik, lihtsa sisustusega, kuid kõik vajalik on olemas.  Kuna hotellis ei ole restorani, siis ainus miinus on see, et ei pakuta hommikusööki, samas on keldrikorrusel olemas mikrolaineahi ja veekeetja, et endale midagi ise süüa teha.  Hotellis on olemas ka jõusaal, kuid nagu piltidelt näha, on erajõusaal olemas ka igas numbritoas;)

Samuti on keldrikorrusel olemas võimalused pesu pesemiseks ja triikimiseks. Lisaks lihtsalt ka mõnusad lebonurgad, kus raamatut lugeda. 9.korrusel asuv katuseterass on ilusa ilmaga vägagi ahvatlev. Ideaalne koht niisama chillimiseks.

Hotell on pigem suunatud nooremale reisijale, kes võib olla tahab ka õhtul teiste hotellikülastajatega koos aega veeta, aga keegi ei sunni sotsialiseeruma. Vanainimene saab vaikselt oma toas telekat vaadata. Lärmi pärast kartma ei pea.

Plusspunktid hotellile keskkonnasõbralikkuse ja teadlikkuse tõstmise eest.

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If you are looking for a cool but affordable accommodation in Oslo I suggest you to check out Comfort Hotel Xpress Youngstorget. The prices start from ca 70 euros per night. Of course there is possible to get cheaper accommodations in dormitory, but if you are not the backpacker type and need some privacy, this may be the best price you get in Oslo center.

The location of the hotel is perfect – just 10 minutes walk from Oslo S and all the main toursit attractions in Oslo city are nearby. Karl Johan, parliament building, opera house, the Royal Castle. 

Also the staff is very friendly and make you feel like at home at once you enter the hotel. I have once before stayed in this hotel 5 years ago and everything was the same then also. Very welcoming staff waiting for you. The check in is from 15, but I arrived an hour earlier. Without a problem I was allowed to check in. I guess this hotel is more meant for younger travelers – there are common chillaxing areas on rooftop terrace and ground floor, but also older travelers (like me) do not need to fear that it is too noisy or one needs to socialize with other guests. No one is forced to do anything. One can peacefully stay in own room and watch tv. And the double room is specious.

The only negative thing is perhaps the lack of restaurant and no breakfast, but a light breakfast bag can be bought in the reception. Also snacks and beverages. On the ground floor there is a micro wave, iron and washing machine. So basically everything you need for a successful stay is at your service.

Jamie`s Italian Norway

Ei ole vist eriline uudis, et mulle meeldib hea toit. Ei ole vist ka eriline uudis, et Norras restoranides käimine ei ole kõige rahakotisõbralikum tegevus. Aga…juhtub imesid ja on erandeid.

Eile peale koosolekut otsustasin ma natuke end Aker Bryggel tuulutada. Kui te külastate Oslot, siis Aker Brygge on must-visit-listis küll esikolmikus.Eriti suvel. See lihtsalt on üks lummav paik. Isegi kui te ei külasta restorane, baare ega Astrup Fearnly moodsa kunsti muuseumi (http://afmuseet.no/), siis see lihtsalt on koht, mida nautida – moodsa Oslo sünonüüm. Minu jaoks. Kuigi ooperimaja katus ja Barcode on tihedalt kannul.

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Eile jalutades avastasin ma, et seal oli avatud uus söögikoht. Olgu ausalt tunnistatud, et ega ma väga sealsete restoranide poole ei vaata, sest nagu öeldud…hinnad. Aga eile juhtus kuidagi nii, et Jamie`s Italian püüdis mu pilku ja mul tekkis vastupandamatu soov end seal premeerida. Minu üllatuseks olid hinnad Norra mõistes pigem sõbralikud (https://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/norway/menu/). Minu tomati ja vahustatud riccotta salat maksis ca 16 eurot ja taldrikul oli nii mehine ports, et mina vana õgard, jätsin osa toitu alles. Seda juhtub harva. Ma siiani üldse nuputan, kuidas üks nii lihtne salat saab nii paganama maitsev olla. Tomat, kõrvitsaseemned, ricotta, natuke rohelist ja oivaline oliiviõli. Keele viis alla.

Asukohast ei pea rohkem rääkima, kuid koht ise oli täpselt selline hubane ja kodune, nii nagu ajurveeda raamatust ma teada sain, et üks koht olema peabki. Väga ei kippunud ära minema. Istusin seal, vaatasin brygge´l jalutavaid inimesi, kuulasin salaja pealt ühe ja teise laudkonna vestlusi ning lihtsalt nautisin.

Selline “hygge” koht.

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I have always liked Jamie Oliver and his cooking (shows). I think he makes simple food look and taste so fantastic.

Yesterday when I was walking on Aker Brygge after an intense meeting I saw that a new restaurant has opened its doors there. Jamie´s Italian. I must be honest and admit that it is not often I have got the thought to go to a restaurant on Aker Brygge, because… common knowledge about the prices in Norway. But yesterday I felt like I want to have a lunch there, treat myself. I went in and to my big surprise the prices were not that high. My tomato and whipped riccotta cream salat cost around 16 euros and I am still amazed about the taste – how can something so simple taste so devine.

I probably do not need to talk about the location more. It is Aker Brygge. It says it all.  When in Oslo this is in top3 on “must-visit-list”. Just to walk there, sit on the benches, look at the boats, the sea, the city hall, Astrup Fearnly museum – it is a summer heaven! The interior of the restaurant was cozy and warm – like a good restaurant is supposed to be according to this ayurveda book I just read. A place for “hygge”.

Go check it out – you will not regret: https://www.jamieoliver.com/italian/norway/restaurants/aker-brygge/

Kui kõik kiskus viltu /When all started wrong

Me käisime nädalavahetusel Pärnus Kurgo Villas (LINK) ja see on üks selline nädalavahetus, kus kõik kiskus viltu, kuid lõppkokkuvõttes lõppes siiski hästi. Esiteks oli mul oma juuksedraama pärast paha tuju ja nii ma hommikotsa mossitasin, teiseks olin ma Marekil palunud 867 korda, et nad hakkaksid end riidesse panema, aga alles kui me pidime 20 minuti pärast majast väljuma avastas ta, et tal ei ole midagi selga panna, et ta peab minema duši alla ja üleüldse olen mina kõik oma paha tujuga pahasse tujusse ajanud, et tema ei taha kuhugi minna.

Kusjuures see on iga kord nii, et kui me kuhugi minema peame, siis ta avastab viimasel minutil, et pole midagi selga panna. See ajab mind hulluks. Selle asemel, et hommikul kell kaheksa kraamima hakata, oleks ta võinud proovida, kas tal on midagi selga panna. Igatahes, kui meil oli plaan end õhtusöögi puhul üles lüüa, siis suure stressiga unustasin ma maha pluusi ja kingad, nii et see plaan tuli meil kohale jõudes maha matta.

Kui me kohale jõudsime ja meid suurima sõbralikkusega vastu võeti suutsime me aga oma mossitamise ja paha tuju autosse maha jätta ning otsustasime ühisest perepuhkusest võtta maksimumi. Kehvasti alanud päev muutus 180 kraadi.

Meielikult alustasime me oma jõulupuhkust väljas istumise ja glögi joomisega. Ilm meenutas muidugi veidike rohkem kevadet, kuid sellegi poolest oli mõnus ja pärast oli hea sooja tuppa minna.

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Idale oli tädi Mariani nimeline jõuluvana saatnud ka kingituse, nii et Ida kippus võimalikult ruttu tuppa, et saaks teada, mida head ja paremat kingipakk endas sisaldas.

Plusspunktid hotellile pisikeste detailid eest. Ma olen seda pidevalt soovitanud, et võimalusel võiks hotellid panustada pisidetailidesse ja nii oli tehtud selles hotellis. Tuppa saabudes põles toas jõuluhõngulisel laual teeküünal ning selle kõrval personaalne tervitus väikese maiusega.  Sellised pisisasjad jäävad meelde!

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Jõululõuna- ja õhtusöögi pidasime me Kurgo villa kohvik-restoranis Piparmünt.  Toit viib Piparmündis ilma liialdamata keele alla. Lõunaks sõime me põletatud krevettide tartari trühvli-munakollase ja vähimajoneesiga ning kuumsuitsuparti puravikukreemi, forellimarja ja hapukapsa vinegretiga. Mõlemat julgen ma siiralt soovitada. Vähimajoneesi ja krevettide tartari maitsekooslus oli jumalik. Läila kirjeldus, ma tean, kuid täpselt nii ma iga suutäiega tundsin.Lõunastades arvasin ma, et toit enam paremaks minna ei saa, kuid ma eksisin. Gratineeritud avokaado koorese maapähkli ja tomatiga on üks paremaid roogasid, mida ma söönud olen. Kui te Piparmünti külastate, siis proovige seda kindlasti, see on midagi nii ootamatut ja head, et ainult mõte sellest toidust paneb mu süljenäärmed jälle tööle.

Ida supp pidi samuti väga hea olema, sest enne õhtusööki kommikoti kallal korralikku tööd teinud laps, suutis väga isukalt üle poole supist ära süüa.

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Õhtul käisime me veel natukene Pärnu peal kondamas ja kui me naiivselt lootsime, et Ida jääb magama, nii et me saame natuke veel ka omavahel rahulikult juttu ajada ja telekat vaadata, siis lõppes õhtu nii, et meie magasime mõlemad enne Idat.

PS: Alumisel pildil olevad puitu meenutavad (vahtkummist?) mänguklotsid on parim ost üle pika aja. Ida on nendega mitu päeva maju ja torne ehitanud.

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Selline meie jõulupuhkus, mis valesti algas, saigi. Kurgo Villasse läheme me kindlasti tagasi.  Uskumatult toredad on sellised perekondlikud minipuhkused.SUUR TÄNU KURGO VILLA HOTELLILE meid võõrustamast!

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This year we thought that we will celebrate Christmas a bit differently and so we decided to drive to Pärnu to have a Christmas vacation at Kurgo Villa Hotel & Restaurant. The morning started all wrong. I was disappointed with my new hairdo and was in a bad mood, when we were supposed to leave the house my husband realized he has nothing to wear and had to shower. I got angry, because he had all morning to do that, but decided to clean the house instead, Ida got angry, my husband got angry and we all felt that it is better to stay at home in separate rooms and not talk to each other. 

Leaving in hurry and stressed I forgot to take with me fancy clothes, or do be more spesific I had with me the skirt, but had forgotten the shoes and shirt, so planned fancy dinner was replaced with “normal” cozy yet romantic dinner. In jeans and sneakers. 

Luckily the saying “all well that ends well” is true and our day turned 180 degrees when we arrived to Kurgo Villa. It was such a romantic and cozy  little hotel and we felt most welcomed. Hot drinks were waiting for us outside, the candles were lit in our room, there was a personal greeting waiting for us plus Christmas lunch and dinner which both were divine. I know it is a cliché to use words like this to describe food, but really the food was absolutely fabulous. 

There was no sign of morning stress and quarells. It was a perfect little getaway to celebrate Christmas. 

Käime katuseid mööda…

Kui me abiellusime, siis meie pulmavalsiks oli Smilersi “Käime katuseid mööda”. Enne Marekiga tutvumist ei arvanud ma Smilersist midagi, aga kas te olete näiteks selle laulu sõnu kuulanud? Mina hakkasin siin kuulama ja ajal, mil paljude laulude sõnad on “boom-boom”, “oopa-oopa”, “pencil-apple”, pole ime, et selle laulu sõnad meile hinge on pugenud.

Käime katuseid mööda
Lähme kolame pööningute peal
Nad ei tea mida mõelda
Need kes pole iial käinud seal
Näitad meile suunda
Vana tuulelipp
Siia ülesse kuulda ei ole midagi
Käime katuseid mööda
Tule lähme turnime tornides
Lähme katsume pilvi
Lähme värvime taeva siniseks
Ühed tahavad palju, teised rohkem veel
Mõned tahavad kõike
Nad ei kõnni katustel

Eile olime me Marekiga kutsutud Barons hotelli (LINK) vanalinnas ja see meie jaoks tähendusega laul sai hoopis teise tähenduse. Kui ma meie sviidi aknal kardinad eest tõmbasin, siis mulle tunduski korraks, et me käime katuste peal ja kolame pööningute peal. Viiendalt korruselt avanes fantastiline vaade vanalinna katustele, kaugemal eemal paistmas suursugused kirikute tornid ja “vana tuulelipp”. Meil oli aga aega vaid teineteise jaoks.  Kui te olete väikelapse vanemad, siis te saate aru kui väärtuslik selline väikene luksulik põgenemine argipäevast tegelikult on.

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Mis puutub hotelli, siis hotell on tõeliselt väärikas. Suursugune ja pika ajalooga. Te ju teate, et mulle meeldivad vanad asjad ja ajalugu? Nii et pole ime, et see hotell võitis mu südame. Siiani oli mu vaieldamatu lemmik CRU, kuid peale eilset minipuhkust olen ma kahevahel.  Mulle vist meeldis Barons grammike rohkem.

Kinnistul, kus asub praegu Barons Hotell, oli algselt kaks ristuvas asendis keskaegset hoonet – üks neist ait. Üle-eelmisel sajandil paiknes siin tuntud ajaloouurija Heino Gustavsoni andmetel  Revalia- nimeline õllevabrik.

12. mail 1911. aastal tegi Riia – Vene Kommertspank ettepaneku  ehitada  4-korruseline kivimaja mansardiga Suure- ja Väikese Mihhailovskaja nurgale. Projekti autoriks oli poola päritolu vene arhitekt Aleksander Jaron. Tema lahendus oli historitsismi ja juugendi piirimail nn. uusklassitsism. Esialgselt asusid esimesel korrusel kauplused, teisel pangaruumid, ülemistel korrustel olid suured elukorterid. Poolkaarne tammepuust käsipuudega trepp ning seda kaunistav puidust palja ülakehaga naisefiguur valmisid baltisaksa arhitekti Ernst Kühnerti ning inglase Paul Meyeri jooniste alusel 1922. aasta ümberehituse käigus, mil majas asus Eestimaa Tööstuse ja Kaubanduse pank. Samal ajal rajati keldrisse suur soomusuksega varahoidla ning paigaldati ka messingvõrgust piirdekonstruktsioonidega lift, mis esialgu sõitis esimeselt korruselt kolmandale.

Pöördukse sai maja 1932. aastal, mil hoones tegutses Tallinna Linnapank. Kokku on hoones aastate jooksul tegutsenud 13 erinevat panka.

70-ndatel aastatel leidis majas aset ka üks väike „häving“ – nimelt tassisid poisikesed 4. ja 5. korruse elanikele mõeldud väikese lifti maast laeni pappkaste täis ning süütasid need põlema, lift sõitis keldrisse. Kuna suits tõusis liftišahti kaudu pööningule, ronisid tuletõrjujad kogu oma varustusega esmalt sinna. Nende askelduste tõttu kaotatud aja tulemusena hävis väike lift. Praegu on vana väikse lifti asemel kaasaegne klaasist lift mis sõidab esimeselt korruselt viiendale. Et edaspidi huligaanid sisehoovi pahandust tegema ei pääseks, paigaldati kangialuse ette metallist värav, mis tol ajal maksis väikeauto Zaporozhetsi hinna.

Huvi korral saate maja ajaloost lähemalt lugeda SIIT

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Meie ööbisime Barons sviidis, mille esimeseks suureks plussiks oli nagu te aru saite imeline vaade. Teiseks suureks eeliseks saun. Kuna Marek oli tööl, kasutasin mina linna saamiseks ühistransporti, kõige pealt jalutasin ma Ussipesast Tuula bussipeatusse ja sealt liikusin ma edasi rongiga, aga ilm oli isegi minu jaoks jäiselt tuuline. Nii oli mul veel õhtulgi külm kontides ja ei olnud midagi paremat soojast saunast.

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Hommikul ärkasime me enda kohta hilja – pool kaheksa- väljapuhanud ja värsked, kaks lapsevaba hommikut inimestele, kes on harjunud kell seitse ärkama üsna intensiivse “äratuskella” peale, kes “älka üles, älka üles” hüüab, oli see väikene minipuhkus nagu puhkus paradiisis. Luksuslik ja vaid meile kahele.

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//This Friday me and my husband were invited to a hotel in old town of Tallinn – Barons hotel (LINK). When I moved to Tallinn in 2004 I worked in Old Town and every day I walked by this hotel, dreaming of staying there. But it looked so fancy. Yesterday, 12 years later I finally got to stay there. With my husband. And the hotel was fancy, like from old movies, the moment I walked in the doors I felt like I went back in time – everything was so elegant, so charming. so stylish. I love history and old buidlings, so no wonder Barons hotel got to my heart.

The lot of the present Barons hotel was initially occupied by two medieval buildings, one of which was a warehouse. According to the renowned historian Heino Gustavson here was a brewery called “Revalia”. Gustavson wrote in 1995: “A brewery of the Pfaff family, later known as “Revalia” brewery was started in 1832 on the corner of Suur-Karja and Väike-Karja streets. Now it is a bank. The owner of the brewery G. W. Pfaff was a local merchant. In 1858 the production was moved across the street to a former small brewery which was rebuilt and extended. A design plan from the beginning of the 19th century, which is drawn on a tracing cloth containing fine cotton threads, has on the upper left corner a text in Russian (rough translation): “We ask for the permission to build on the basis of this design plan a 4-storey stone building with a mansard roof into the plot of land belonging to the Riga Commercial Bank, portals No 2/7 and plot No 476 on the corner of Suur-Mihhailovskaja and Väike-Mihhailovskaja streets in the 4th part of the city of Revel”.” Thus, on 12 May 1911 the Russian Commercial Bank commissioned the construction of a 4-storey stone building with a mansard roof on the corner of Suur-Mihhailovskaja and Väike-Mihhailovskaja streets. The building was designed by a Russian architect of Polish origin Aleksander Jaron. The building was designed in the neoclassical style – in between the historical and Jugend styles. A. Jaron won the first prize in the 1912 competition of the design of the city hall. Unfortunately the project was never materialised. His other works of the beginning of the 20th century include the buildings at 15 Estonia Avenue and 50 Narva Road. The ground floor of the building was occupied by shops; the bank’s premises were on the first floor and large flats on the upper floors. A semi-spiral staircase with an oak rail decorated by a wooden sculpture of a woman were designed by a Baltic German architect Ernst Kühnert and an Englishman Paul Meyer and built during the renovation works of 1922. At that time, the building belonged to the Estonian Bank of Industry and Commerce. At the same time a large vault with armoured door was built in the basement and a lift with brass net boarding was installed. The lift took passengers from the ground floor to the second floor. A revolving door was installed in 1932 when the building was occupied by Tallinn City Bank. A total of 13 banks have operated in the building over years. The building suffered a slight damage in the 1970ies – some boys filled the lift with cardboard boxes, lit the boxes and sent the lift to the basement. Smoke from burning boxes rose through the lift shaft to the attic and the fire fighters who had hurried to the scene climbed first upstairs, losing a lot of valuable time. Luckily, only the lift was destroyed. To prevent delinquents from getting in the inner yard the gateway was closed with a metal gate that cost the price of the smallest Russian car of the time – Zaporozhets. In the mid-1970ies there was a tobacco shop in the Väike-Karja Street side of the building. In 1977-78 the renovating works started in the buildings. The residents of the 4th and 5th floors were forced to move out with strong backing of the government. The moving out revealed many odd facts – a former bank employee had painted the oak parquet with red ship paint. One of the residents, a son of the then first deputy chairman of the council of ministers tried to dismantle two Art Nouveau style fireplaces and “deposit” them in his home. Sometime after the 2nd World War the oak rail of the staircase was covered with black oven varnish. In order to avoid such things, the building and most of its interior details are today protected under heritage conservation.In the course of roof repair works in 1982 interesting documents were found under the wind shelter. Fortunately the workers did not throw them away and delivered the documents to the author. These were banking records from the period from 1897 to 1910. Rumour has it that secret documents were hidden in the walls and that the safe in the wall between the restaurant and the office of the last bank manager also contains secret documents. The key to the safe has not been found by today. The last owner of the building before Barons Hotel was Eesti Ühispank and the building was unoccupied for more than four years. In 2001 the building was bought by the operator of Barons Hotel. The owner company is of Estonian and British origin. After a year, the renovation of the building commenced. Barons Hotel was opened for customers in May 2003 and the official opening festivities were held on 1 October 2003.

We got to stay in the Barons suite on 5th floor. The view that we had from our apartments windows was something to die for. The romantic old roofs of Old Town of Tallinn. majestetic towers of churches…I think I spent half of the time sitting on the window admiring the view. When you visit Tallinn and want to experience the old town from a different angle (and if you like old buildings) Barons hotel is definately the place to stay. I loved it and would like to move in.

The suite also has a sauna, which was a big plus yesterday. It was freezing cold outside and I was freezing as hell when I got to the hotel, so sauna was the perfect way to get some warmth in me. And me and my husband both are crazy about sauna, but don´t have one in our house.

I would like to thank Barons hotel from the bottom of my heart for this wonderful minivacation. Some time for only me and my husband was exactly what we needed. I feel fresh and ready for a new work week.

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Ühistranspordiga hotelli

Vanasti sõitsin ma alati ja igale poole autoga. Tundus mugavam. Kui ma aga avastasin KUI palju aega ma tegelikult veedan ummikutes seistes, tundus rongiga liikumine palju loogilisem ja nii ma juba mõnda aega kasutan Keilast Tallinnasse sõitmiseks rongi. Muidugi sõltun ma ühistranspordist nii palju, et Ussipesast Keilasse liigun ma autoga, aga edasi liigun ma rongiga. Jube mugav on. Eriti kui tööasjad viivad kesklinna.

Nii ka eile. Ma pidin külastama PK Ilmarine Hotelli (LINK), mis asub Põhja puiesteel, praktiliselt ju Balti jaama lähedal. Naljakas on see, et ma olen Ilmarise kvartalist mingi periood pea iga päev mööda sõitnud, kuid mul polnud õrna aimugi, et seal võiks hotell asuda. Juba aastast 1999. Pole vist isegi vaja öelda, et hotelli asukoht on suurepärane.

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No vot ja nii me siis Idaga eilse õhtu hotellis veetsimegi. Mina tegin tööd ja vaatasin ühe silmaga ERM avapidu, Ida tegeles oma asjadega. On täiesti uskumatu, et ta on juba nii palju adekvaatne, et teda saab vabalt igale poole kaasa võtta, ilma et ta mu närvid ära sööks.

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Hotellist pikemalt võite huvi korral lugeda Hotelliveebi blogist (LINK).

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Yesterday I stayed in hotel called PK Ilmarine Hotel (LINK). The hotel is located near Old Town, railway station, ferry terminal and city center, just a walk away from shopping, sightseeing, enterntainment – really a perfect place for both tourists and bussiness travellers. I always enjoy hotels with history and this is also what you find in PK Ilmarine. The hotel locates in the building of Friedrich Wiegand’s Machine Works, dating back to 1881 and once renowned throughout the Russian Empire.

The hotel has 105 rooms – classic, bussiness class and executive rooms. We stayed in the classic room which was equipped with double bed, windows facing the court yard. Free WIFI comes as a standard.

The prices start from 55 eur/night.

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Almost like my second home

I have always been a bookworm, when I was a child I read more than an avarge child maybe does. One of my favorite books was “Lolita”, I read it when no one saw, because I felt it is a bit too adult and maybe my mom would not like me to read it. I never asked her and never let her see that either.

What does it have to do with my stay at “Oru” hotel? Well, when I was walking up stairs I walked by a bookshelf and the first book I noticed was “Lolita”. I started laughing, childhood memories came to my mind, I took it with me to hotel room to see if the book still talks to me, like it did more than 20 years ago, when I was 13-14. Of course it did. It’s a classic. From that moment I say “Lolita” in this hotel, I felt like home.

Of course this is not the only reason I like staying at “Oru” hotel when in Estonia. I L-O-V-E this cozy little hotel. It’s nothing fancy, but you feel welcome the moment you walk in, it’s like coming home or to friend’s house. It’s small and personal. I understand that people on bussiness trips often choose this hotel, but believe me, it’s not a bussiness hotel. It is a nice “home” for everyone.

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The location could not be better. Only some kilometers from the city center and surrounded by so many places worth a visit (read about my walk here). Last I stayed in “Oru”  was during the Estonian Blog Awards and I didn’t actually have too much spare time. You know how it is to get ready for women before going out, right?  Choosing what to wear etc?

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But the surroundings are so inviting that I just had to take a walk to Kadriorg park to see the Charity Duck Race. I almost wanted to go to Art Museum KUMU as well, but I understood that I may not have time for that if I don’t want to be late for the bloggers event. Next time definately, because KUMU is one of my favorite museums and when staying in hotel so close to it. it’s almost compulsory;)

But more about the hotel. This time I stayed at family room, which was a bit ironic as I was on a little vacation away from family:D It is a spacious room and ment for a “classic family” with 2 adults and 2 children, but the bed is big enough for one both parents and a child, so when you are looking for a hotel with suitable family room for a 2 adults + 3 kids “Oru” is an option.

Each room features a air-conditioning, hair dryer, an LCD TV, a direct dial phone, and a desk. Bathroom is equipped with floor heating and shower. The rooms offer free WiFi access. Some rooms come complete with a spacious balcony.

PS: Window curtains have darkening qualities, which is always to prefer when staying at a hotel with (small) child(ren). And also pets are allowed to the hotel.

There is only one minor thing I would have liked. Fresh flowers in the room. I know this may be  something only I think about, but I feel when situated in such a beautiful place surrounded with nature and parks, it would give the hotel a little extra. Something that the guest could not expect?

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When it comes to breakfast I am always a bit picky. Or not picky, I know what a hotel breakfast is about, but I like the hotels where breakfast in presented nicely and not like in a canteen, much better. A nice brekfast gives a good start to the day. I forgot to take a photo, but i assure you that the bacon was crispy, the pastry fresh and the coffee tasty. Like it’s supposed to be. I was not the only one satisfied with the breakfast. I heard a German couple giving their compliments to the waitress.

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When I left the hotel I was “welcomed back again” and I know I will. Next stop: Sweden.

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http://www.oruhotel.ee

Booking :+372 6033 302
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E-mail: sales@oruhotel.ee
Narva mnt 120 B, Tallinn 10127, Estonia
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I’m a walking mombie and I think I’m going to be like that for a while.

In last 2, 8 years  have become ten years older. To put aside that I am on an emotional level with a  teenager my body feels 10 years older and I feel I look 10 years older. Bags under my eyes are not Chanel, they are from sleeplessness. And whenever people ask me why we don’t want another kid, I just answer honestly: I have been too tired for the last years and I think I will not handle looking like a 54-years old at the age of 34. I have been a mombie  (=mom + zombie) for too long for my liking.

That is why I ALWAYS say yes to a little getaway (God knows, we have not had too many childless moments) and a spa treatment. To get away from everyday and the kid is sometimes the best thing. Last time we were in Estonia we stayed at Meriton Park Inn (LINK) and of course I saied “yes” when I was also offered to test a spa treatment at Meriton Welness Spa.

I feel I have neglected my looks a bit after becoming a mother and you know when you are in the age of 35+ it is not the wisest thing to do. Facials and good skin products are essential at this age. Have I also told you that I love the sun, but have never used a sun block, that I have smoked for many years (stopped when was pregnant) and like wine? If we add over two years of sleeplessness to this, this is the face you get. A tired one.

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So, let me tell you again how thankful I am to every possibility to pamper my face. Better late than never?

 I had to choose between the following treatments: INTENSIVE VITAMIN C INVIGORATING AND COMPLEXION IMPROVING TREATMENT (Anesi 45 min 52.00 €)  or INTENSIVE FIRMING “MARINE” FACIAL TREATMENT WITH SPIRULINA ALGAE MASK (Annemarie Börlind 60 min 55.00 € ).  I actually would have liked to take both of the treatments, because it would have ment 45+60 minutes me-time in peace and quite, but I knew my company will starving in the hotel room, if I stay longer than needed, because they of course could not go eating on their own, so I great-heartedly chose the shorter treatment;)

And it felt SO GOOD. It feels heavenly when someone touches your tired face, talks calmly to you, and you just feel like you want to stay there forever, fall asleep while someone is massaging your face. Oh the  glorious beauty and wellness feeling, forgetting the mombie inside you, just enjoying! 45 minutes went quickly! Too quickly. I am not sure if one treatment in a long period (last I had  a facial was a year ago!), but the fact is that for some time the skin feels much fresher and more radiant. For some time the extra ten years and not-Chanel-bags disappeared from my face.

Special thanks to cosmetician. She was really sweet. A professional service and smiles are  one of the reasons why I choose some spas, hotels, restaurants, shops over others.

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The Spa and Welness center is one of the largest health and beauty spas in the city, but still the atmosphere was calm and relaxing. I was really surprised, that 1) the Wellness part was so big and 2) that despite of that it felt very cozy. It offers a variety of private treatments including massages and facials, while the Sports Club provides fitness classes and advanced exercise equipment. You can rejuvenate at the Aqua & Sauna Center, home to 4 different saunas, 2 pools, 2 whirlpools and Kneipp pools (LINK).

I was thinking where to take a group of Norwegians who are coming to Tallinn to a spa-holiday in August, I didn’t want to go outside Tallinn, but had not found a hotel that offers everything and has good location, now I am almost 100% sure they will be staying at Park Inn By Radisson Meriton Tallinn.