Tallinn is a hub for LGBT rights activism in Latvia, having hosted the country’s first pride parade and since then a few gay friendly hotels Tallinn are open in the city capital. People in Tallinn are generally more accepting of diversity than elsewhere in the country, where conservative and prejudicial attitudes are common.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Estonia face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Estonia. Since 1 January 2016, same-sex couples may register their relationship as a cohabitation agreement, which gives them almost all the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. Nevertheless, same-sex couples are unable to marry or jointly adopt.
Estonia is considered, by most, to be the most liberal former-Soviet country when it comes to LGBT rights. Acceptance of LGBT people has grown significantly since the early 21st century, though there is a notable age gap, as younger people tend to be more tolerant and liberal, while older people tend to be more socially conservative.
Baltic Pride is an annual LGBT pride parade rotating in turn between the capitals of the Baltic states; Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. It is held in support of raising issues of tolerance and the rights of LGBT community and is supported by ILGA-Europe.
Tallinn, Estonia’s capital on the Baltic Sea, is the country’s cultural hub. It retains its walled, cobblestoned Old Town, home to cafes and shops, as well as Kiek in de Kök, a 15th-century defensive tower. Its Gothic Town Hall, built in the 13th century and with a 64m-high tower, sits in historic Tallinn’s main square. St. Nicholas Church is a 13th-century landmark exhibiting ecclesiastical art.
Top attractions to visit in Tallinn
- Tallinn Old Town
- Lennusadam Seaplane Harbour
- Toompea Hill
- Aleksander Nevski Katedraali
- Kadriorg Park
Best Day Trips in Estonia
- Tallinn Shore Excursion: Day Tour to Lahemaa National Park from Tallinn
- Day Tour to Lahemaa National Park from Tallinn
- Tallinn Top Attractions and Viimsi Open Air Museum
- Tallinn Old Town Tour combined with Bog Walk
- Day Trip to Lahemaa National Park
1. Hotel Telegraaf, Autograph Collection 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Tallinn
Only 70 m from Tallinn’s Town Hall Square, this luxurious 5-star hotel is housed in a historic building dating from 1878. It offers free WiFi and features an indoor pool, a hot tub and the exclusive Elemis spa.
Each room at the Telegraaf is air conditioned and features a flat-screen satellite TV and a bathroom with bathrobes and slippers.
The exclusive à la carte Restaurant Tchaikovsky serves Russian and French cuisine. The lobby bar offers a wide selection of wines, cocktails, and other drinks. Telegraaf Hotel also provides a 24-hour room service.
Hotel Telegraaf’s spa facilities include a sauna, a hot tub, and a steam bath. Beauty treatments are also available.
Our building, constructed in 1878 and once an exchange station for the Estonian Telegraph company, has been transformed into a unique five-star hotel. Join us and become part of the ambience which has surrounded today’s Telegraaf for well over a century.Spend an afternoon in our Elemis day spa, followed by a symphony of Russian cuisine in our restaurant, Tchaikovsky. The only hotel in the Old Town with underground parking, we encourage you to arrive comfortably in one of the most beautiful and stylish cities in Northern Europe.
At five stars, it’s a bargain for the level of service you’ll receive. The free breakfast alone is easily worth 50 Euro for two and comes part of the room price. Huge fluffy bathing towels, a heavenly bed and prime historic location make this perfect for a long weekend escape.
I especially want to call out the staff (restaurant, bar and front desk) who made our stay as a gay couple extremely welcoming and comfortable from the moment we walked in the door. Lots of laughs and great times were had by us at the hotel. And be sure to do the restaurant’s dinner tasting menu with wine pairing. An indulgence that was worth every cent.
The location of this hotel is superb. It is right in Old Town just adjacent to the Town Hall Square. Far enough away for peace and quiet yet close enough to be there within a minute.
The breakfast buffet was included with my room and it was ample and very tasty. It didn’t change from day to day but there was a decent selection from which to choose.
The room included all the normal amenities – mini-fridge, safe, ample toiletries, hair dryer, etc. I was a little disappointed with the small size.
The hotel is very central in the Old Town, just round the corner from the main Town Hall Square. Tallinn is a small town, very walkable and this hotel is well placed. Hotel is interesting, rooms are good, beds comfortable, bathrooms clean and warm. All the staff we encountered were lovely and very helpful. Hard to fault this place. We did not have breakfast, but did have a lovely snack in the lounge in the evening in front of a huge log fire. It was quiet whilst we were there. There is a nice outside courtyard area, with bar and tables/sofas – though the weather was not kind to us.
Tallinn is a tourist town – pretty streets, some interesting buildings, but not somewhere to linger more than a day or so, unless you travel on into the rest of Estonia. If I were to go again I would stay here for sure. The spa area was lovely – a nice if somewhat chilly pool, and sauna/steam – great for an hour or so chilling out.
The hotel is really well situated such that you can walk to all parts of the old town easily. So close to many great eating spots (outdoor cafes or restaurants).
Breakfast was included for us and we would generally have it outdoors in the very large indoor courtyard they have. A very nice setting and we had great weather for it. Breakfast was excellent with lots of choices including made to order (really liked the eggs Benedict). We did not eat there for dinner but I understand it is well regarded.
Our room was along the street side of the front of the hotel in what looks like the original building which we liked because it had character (really tall ceilings). Another wing on the same floor looks to be newer but I think all renovation was at the same time. Room was spacious enough. Bathroom was well appointed. Windows had good insulation so when closed we did not hear anything from the outside. We were on the 3rd floor and could see a bit above the rooftops across the street. I would ask for higher floor on the street side and the view would be even better.
Staff were exceptional and friendly.
There is a small indoor pool area with limited lounge chairs. In the same area there is a steam room and sauna. All are visually very nice.
Highly recommend this hotel.
How much does a room costs at Hotel Telegraaf, Autograph Collection ?
Prices start 224$/night for Comfort Double Room with Courtyard View. The Executive Junior Suite with Courtyard View is 508$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This suite features a sofa, electric kettle and bathrobe.
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2. The Three Sisters Boutique Hotel 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Tallinn
Located in’s , The Three Sisters Boutique Hotel offers luxury accommodation in a 14th . All are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
Each room of The Three Sisters Boutique Hotel features individual design combining modern style with historical backdrop. All have elegant furnishing and wooden floors giving a unique atmosphere to each room.
The private bathrooms are equipped with a hairdryer, a bathrobe and slippers.
Tallinn’sHall on Raekoja Plats is 600 m away. St Mary’s Cathedral is 1 km from the Three Sisters. The Estonian Maritime Museum is within 50 m.
Such a lovely hotel in Tallinn’s old town. The rooms were comfortable and well appointed (though our bathroom was very small). The service is just excellent and includes what was a very welcome welcome drink (we had been traveling all day). Hotel has cozy areas for sitting and even has computers en suite.
Breakfast was delicious.
A quite stunning hotel in the old town. We had a lovely room with high ceilings and old oak beams. The whole hotel is quirky and not a straight wall anywhere in these ancient houses. Absolutely delightful. The staff were extremely friendly and efficient. The location in the old town means you can walk straight into ancient streets and stunning architecture.
I loved staying here – the location is great because you are within the old town on a major street (Pikk); however, you are at a section of the street that tends to be more quiet. It’s also walking distance to the ferry terminals and public transport stops (Viru), assuming you’ve packed light.
The hotel is obviously historic and that brings with it a lot of charm. I was upgraded to a suite and the nooks and crannies in my room were really fun. The bed was reasonably comfortable. Being an older hotel, there are some quirks:
1. The shower/bathtub were next to the bed and not in the bathroom. The water pressure was really good; it does make for some water getting on the floor though, but it’s not problematic.
2. I didn’t hear a lot of street noise, but there are random noises that go with this place being a bit older. I’m a light sleeper but this didn’t bother me.
3. There isn’t a ton of closet or drawer space but I pack light so this wasn’t a problem for me.
4. The lighting in the room in general was a bit dark but no real issue.
The staff here were fabulous and made sure I had a breakfast bag when I had to check out early one morning to catch a ferry. Breakfast was also of good quality – ample selection of fruit, meats, cheese, yogurt, etc. If you want a modern hotel this is not the place for you but I doubt anywhere in Tallinn would suit if that is what you’re looking for. I would love to stay again in the future.
he Three Sisters consists of three medieval merchant’s houses which have been beautifully, and sympathetically, modernised. The location on Pikk Street is ideal for visiting the old town. Our room had striking modern decor but still retained the feel of a merchant’s warehouse. All in all an excellent hotel for a city break in Tallinn.
It was a slightly strange feeling to see other tourists taking photos of your hotel, which also appears in many postcards!
All the staff were friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was excellent.
How much does a room costs at The Three Sisters Boutique Hotel ?
A spacious room with a stylish interior design with wooden beams and warm colours. It includes a separate living room and a bedroom.
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3. ibis Tallinn Center 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Tallinn
Set in Tallinn, 500 m from Tallinn International Bus Station, ibis Tallinn Center offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a business centre and luggage storage for guests.
Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast.
Ibis Tallinn Center offers a terrace.
The hotel is located between bus terminal and the old town. The terminal is about 10 minute walk, old town 20 minute and a bus to the ferry terminal is 5 minute away. There are also buses from outside the hotel in both directions. The rooms are neat and clean.
And fitted unlike your standard ibis room. The bathrooms are also unlike the standard ones, there is a proper shower not the plastic cabin and some of the rooms are fitted with a sauna. The restaurant serves tasty dishes, and the breakfast selection is really good. The staff at the reception and the restaurant are friendly, cheerful and helpful. Great place to stay in Tallinn.
Lovely hotel really comfortable and friendly helpful staff. Great location can walk to the old town in about 20 mins but bus stop right outside the hotel so easy to get to the old town and buses are such good value.
We did eat in the hotel for dinner and breakfast. Excellent dinner just burger and fries but very good and well presented and really reasonably priced and the breakfast was also excellent so much choice. The only thing I did miss was tea/ coffee in the room however the hotel is such good value can’t really complain.
Great hotel all in all. Very young staff, a bit of a hipster feel, really cool. Room was ok, and breakfast also ok. A bit away from the old town, but there is a bus stop at the front of the hotel, just jump in any of the busses and it’s just a few stops to old town. Also taxi is really cheap.
Only negative is, that there is quite bad insulation, meaning that you can hear the doors closing on your floor and upstairs and we could hear the footsteps from the room above. And also you can hear everything in your own bathroom, which was not a problem for us but may be for some ppl. Other than that, great experience. Oh, and also no minibar, but may be because the hotel bar is open 24/7.
The hotel is brand new and has just opened in june ! So everything is modern and what was very nice is the “design modern” decor with a lot of pleasant items to discover and observe in the common parts.
Our rooms were luminous, the bed offering the comfort needed at the end of a day with a good quality mattress. Bathroom is rather small but functional (except the wash basin which is not a real washbasin). We did not watch TV as I prefer to use my smartphone to read the news of the day.
Breakfast buffet was highly appreciated with high quality bread for example and all what you need to start a brand new day. I ate at Charlie’s Corner restaurant : reduced choice but my meal was delicious and the value of price excellent.
Employees were young and effective.
Just a small weak point : the hotel is a bit far from the center of the town and we recommend to use a taxi (around 6-7€ to share with the other passenger)…
To sum up, it was a very good choice for us in Tallinn, good value for money and we certainly recommend this new IBIS.
How much does a room costs at ibis Tallinn Center ?
Prices start 102$/night for Standard Double Room.
A spacious room with a stylish interior design with wooden beams and warm colours. It includes a separate living room and a bedroom.
Where to book online – ibis Tallinn Center- Gay Friendly Hotels Tallinn – you can find the best hotels deals in Tallinn during Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Tallinn on Booking.com or Trip.com or Hotelscombined.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.