Narva-Jõesuu is renowned as the most famous resort town on Estonia’s north coast. Every year for a century, it seemed to rise from the ashes at the start of the season, only to return to its long dormant period when autumn arrived. It no longer manages to draw hundreds and thousands of visitors of all ages and social classes as it once did. Nowadays, many are drawn to particular resorts for reasons more than just the existence of sun and a sandy beach.
The glory days of Narva-Jõesuu coincided with the Soviet era, when it was the most famous resort in the region and drew people from all across the USSR. The cultural centre on the corner of Poska and Aia streets was designed by Toomas Rein; built in 1985, it dates towards the end of the Soviet period and has long since fallen into disuse and deteriorated. Aia street is one of the most important streets in the town, lined with spas on one side and a sandy beach on the other.
The goal of the KOKO architects was to give Aia street a new building to be proud of. The new sanatorium’s entrance communicates with Aia street through the terrace facing the south. It smoothly transitions to the hotel lobby and doubles as an extension of the restaurant seating area in warm weather. Both hotel guests and locals can use the ground-floor lobby to access the spa and restaurant. Besides the ordinary sanatorium features, the building has a conference hall that allows the hotel to host more business-like events. The distinctive location on a spit of land between the River Narva and the Gulf of Finland means that hotel guests can enjoy incomparable views, including those from their personal balconies amidst the pine forests.