Just as Tallinn harmoniously blends the old and the new, this article looks at two new event venues – Lillepaviljon and Fahle Gallery Street, and two conference hotels that are already firmly established here – Swissotel Tallinn and Hilton Tallinn Park. This article has been created by the Visit Tallinn team, who regularly visit various local hotels, venues and service providers. The aim of this article is to highlight important nuances that could be of interest and add extra value to tourism professionals.
Two new (or old?) venues for events
Respect for heritage and recycling have been two important keywords in Tallinn’s development. Looking into the future has also not been forgotten. Renovated buildings must meet all modern requirements, including functionality and sustainability. We present two new venues that harmoniously combine the old and the new – the Lillepaviljon and the Fahle Gallery Street.
Coming from the sea, the Lillepaviljon beautifully blends into the surrounding landscape. This modernist building, designed in the 1960s by Estonian female architect Valve Pormeister, is one of the first examples of the so-called Finnish design in Estonia. It is characterised by its inclusion of the surrounding landscape and its strong connection with nature. One of the biggest benefits of the space is the floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer a view of both the sea and the sunset. The building underwent major renovation in 2022. Very extensive work was done, including an addition of an auxiliary floor below ground with a spacious wardrobe, toilets, and a lift. The main hall of the Lillepaviljon is suitable for parties with up to 300 guests. In addition to the main hall, there are several additional rooms on this floor and a kitchen will soon be opened, which will enable the venue to prepare fine dining dinners. The Lillepaviljon is located about 4 km from the Old Town.
The second exciting venue for events is the Fahle Business District’s Gallery Street. Located under a glass roof, the landscaped inner street with a spring is warm all year round. The surrounding nature and acoustics are a limiting factor, but it is still possible to hold network events or receptions under orange, lemon, fig and pomegranate trees and magnolia blossoms. The number of people attending an event could be up to 150. Catering for the same number of people can be provided by the restaurant Argentina, located on the same site, with a menu focusing on grilled dishes. The Gallery Street is in the former pulp mill quarter, where the limestone facade heritage protected buildings were completed between 1909-1913. The Fahle Quarter is located at the border of Tallinn’s city centre, at the junction of the main streets. Developers in the area have taken remarkable steps to protect the environment. The Fahle Business District is the first in Estonia to be awarded the highest BREEAM green label.
Comparison of two conference hotels
Major international chains such as Swissotel and Hilton have long recognised Tallinn as a business tourism destination and have invested in building conference hotels here. The 30-floor Swissotel Tallinn is located in the heart of the city, next to other high-rise buildings. About a kilometre away, opposite the city park, is the Hilton Tallinn Park, which opened in 2016.
The two hotels have many similarities. Both have a large conference centre. The largest hall in the Swissotel can accommodate up to 500 people. The Hilton’s daylit ballroom is equally impressive, accommodating up to 530 people. Both hotels have stylish spas with swimming pools and various saunas. The number of rooms is also quite similar: Swissotel has 238 and Hilton has 202 rooms. Both have spacious presidential suites with very distinctive designs.
Another similarity is the thoughtful sleek design and stunning views of the city. In the case of the Swissotel, the Horisont Restaurant & Bar on the top floor of the hotel where you can combine a first-class dinner with a bird’s eye view of the city deserves a mention. In the summer, the Hilton charms with its terrace, which can be used by guests of the Able Butcher Restaurant and the spa.
Special details in Swissotel Tallinn:
It is one of the most secure hotels in Tallinn, often making it the preferred accommodation for diplomatic delegations and various high-profile sports groups.
The hotel houses a widely representative collection of Estonian art. The collection, curated by a professional art historian, includes paintings, sculptures, tapestries, glass and ceramic objects.
In the lobby there is a separate door to the car park where, in addition to cars, two buses can be parked.
On Mondays, there are frequent live jazz concerts in the Horisont Restaurant & Bar on the 30th floor.
The hotel has the highest presidential suite in the city, located on the 29th floor.
The Horisont Restaurant & Bar was awarded the title of Estonia’s Best Fine Dining Restaurant 2022 in the local gastronomy competition Silverspoon and is also on Michelin’s recommended list of restaurants.
Special details in Hilton Tallinn Park:
All the conference centre rooms have natural light.
The conference hall allows for big objects to be displayed, such as cars.
The hotel is decorated by paintings of prominent Estonian contemporary female artists specially created for the venue.
The large Executive Lounge can also be used for special events.
It is one of the few places in the city centre with a terrace for sunbathing.
There is a separate breakfast table for children and honey served directly from a honeycomb in the morning.