About this listing
Enjoy a real local vibe of Tallinn by staying at my little loft apartment! The place has an eco-friendly interior appropriate to the wooden houses of Kalamaja district, complete with many recycled and vintage items and a bohemian vibe.
Since the loft floor is a new addition to an old house built early 20th century I designed it using environment-friendly materials, including repurposed wood, natural plaster and clay paint on walls, tadelakt in the bathroom etc.
It has one bedroom with a double bed, a joint toilet & bathroom with an open shower and a living room with an open kitchen. Several roof windows let in a lot of natural light (when it's not the nordic winter).
I leave a light self-service breakfast for all my guests, which consists of coffee and tea, muesli and yoghurt, eggs, bacon and tomatoes (or sandwich stuff) as well as a selection of fruits.
If you are looking for an empty apartment that is only used as a rental property, you are in the wrong place. This is a real home with real things. My kitchen with all the dishes and equipment is at your service for cooking. There is wireless internet available in the apartment like appropriate to an Estonian home and speakers for music.
Interaction with Guests
When I am in town, I'll be happy to show around some of the less discovered sides of Tallinn, but if I am travelling or out of town, you are welcome to ask me for any advice constantly via sms or Airbnb messaging.
The surrounding Kalamaja area is a hip district with lots of creative and fun things going on. It is a perfect mix of colourful wooden houses, industrial buildings from the beginning of the 20th century, soviet remnants and plenty of art and alternative culture. Also, it's right outside of paid parking area, so it's great for people travelling by car.
However, it's not for everyone. Houses here are mostly about 80-100 years old and each has its own quirks – so if you want perfection and like everything brand new you probably shouldn't stay in Kalamaja. For those that are into the atmosphere there are many places not to miss if you're looking for a real local experience – download a Like A Local Guide for more truly local discoveries in Tallinn.
My house is a 20-minute walk or a 5-minute bus ride from all the main attractions of the Old Town. The best public transport is bus number 3 that runs from various stops close to the Old Town, such as Mere pst or Linnahall. My stop is Kungla which is at the end of my block (also Kungla).
Other Things to Note
This flat is my first real home and I only rent it out for weekends, occasionally also for longer when I am travelling (check my calendar for details), but when I am not hosting I actually live there, so the place is filled with the usual personal items you'll find in someone's home. I wouldn't recommend my apartment to someone with small children because of the many small things they could swallow or break.
In general I am very flexible, but I expect my guests not to smoke anywhere in the house, bring along pets or party too hard that they break something.
We had a lovely time in Tallinn, made all the better by the lovely accommodation. The flat was very homely and comfortable. Very easy to meet on the first day, and lovely to have some breakfast food left for us. All the tips on Tallinn were very helpful and made our trip so easy.
Ülane has been extremely helpful and considerate providing the accommodation. She's always on SMS and very responsive. A really nice experience.
We were greeted with the warmest, most kind-hearted welcome and Ülane took such good care of us with her tips around town, fridge full of breakfast items and even home-made banana bread. It was a real pleasure staying at her appartment! She was quick to contact and kept us up to date at all times. The neighbourhood is really pretty and peaceful and the appartment even prettier, not to mention how clean and tidy everything was. I think the location is fantastic: for example, the restaurants at Telliskivi Loomelinnak are just a 10min walk away. I recommend highly!
Ülane was a fantastically helpful and welcoming host. She was very responsive to messages in advance and on arrival provided us with lots of advice, a map and a guidebook. She had very kindly stocked up on great breakfast supplies for us, and even offered us her own coffee, tea and delicious homemade honey! She also sent us tips during our stay on events she'd heard about that she thought might interest us, which we really appreciated. The apartment itself is gorgeous - even better than the pictures - and the neighbourhood is perfect if you're keen to stay in a (very picturesque!) area away from the main tourist hub but within walking distance of all the major sights. Highly recommended!
Die Kommunikation mit Ülane war immer perfekt, die Wohnung ist genial, der Empfang durch Ülane war sehr herzlich mit guten Tipps zum Stadtteil und zu Tallinn. Alles in allem war das für uns Gastfreundschaft vom Allerfeinsten. Danke!
Ulane was very welcoming and full of useful advices, she even offered to come to pick me up at bus station ( for the price of the taxi ). Anyhow the taxi I took was good ( around 6-7 Euro ).
Neighborhood is very nice, peaceful and quite, with a nice park nearby. Perfect location. Supermarket 10 minutes on foot. Centre at 20 minutes on foot.
The apartment is great. Ulane normally lives there during the week and this is a guarantee of well kept place. Bathroom floor is even heated. Bed very comfortable. The atmosphere inside is very warm, totally the upside down of an hotel room or many bnb apartments, it is like being home away from home. She also was very kind to leave some food in the fridge on the first two upper desks. The honey made by her grandfather's boyfriend for example is delicious Totally recommended and I would go there again if ever.
Ülane’s flat close to the center of Tallinn is a really perfect place for two people. It really is as stylish and wonderfully designed as it looks in the photos.
Communication with Ülane was easy, she waited for us in her flat even though it took us some time to find the right bus. She also gave us some interesting ideas for what to visit and excellent restaurant suggestions. The flat itself was really tidy and clean, with a fully furnished kitchen and a few groceries waiting for us. I would definitely come back and recommend the place to anyone!
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About the Host, Ülane
I am a founder of several travel-related small businesses and a passionate traveller with friends scattered around the world. I host people in my own home when I am away on weekends, which I tend to do a lot with my family living 2 hours from Tallinn and lots of friends around the world.
I have been to more than 40 countries and couldn't travel without meeting locals everywhere I go. When at home I run culinary experiments in my kitchen, hunt for second-hand & vintage treasures or discover Tallinn's many wonderful restaurants.
I own an alternative tour company Tallinn Traveller Tours that is top rated on TripAdvisor as well as recommended by Lonely Planet and Rick Steves, publish city maps in the Baltics and Helsinki, as well as develop a travel app called Like A Local. So giving travellers a better and more local impression of places is not only my passion, but also my work.