A comfortable hotel with 37 rooms built in the medieval residence of a Hanseatic merchant

Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Client: Hansafond Grupp, AS
Commission: 2004
Completed: 2005
Area: 2,000 m2

The hotel is located in the medieval residence of a Hanseatic merchant on Dunkri Street in the Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia. The oldest parts of the building date back to the 14th Century. The hotel incorporates several buildings located around an inner courtyard that have been joined together.

All the historic details under heritage protection were conserved and restored during the reconstruction of the building and have been left on display; modern technical systems have been concealed in the walls and floors. The new elements of the building necessary for the hotel have been constructed in a minimalist and discrete manner so that the medieval walls, ceiling paintings and decorated ceiling beams would have their full impact. Each hotel room has its own character.

Depending on the shape and features of the room. In some cases it has been possible to make use of the medieval niches by placing baths in them, while other bathrooms have the bath in the middle of the room as a feature. The colour schemes are inspired by medieval colour combinations – vermilion, deep blue and other vivid colours are used as a contrast to the white plaster and grey limestone walls.

A restaurant has been set up in the vaulted cellar, and there is a small spa in the hotel. The former merchant’s bedroom has been turned into an Ice Bar, evoking the atmosphere of the cold Nordic climate, with stained-glass windows, real ice on the bar, wall lights reminiscent of ice and a pattern of leafless trees on the upholstery.