What: Medieval mystery and charm join hands with 21st century design and high-end comfort in this bewitching northern beauty of a hotel.
Where: In the quaint old streets of Tallinn, Estonia, surrounded by 570-year-old walls, a stone’s throw from St. Olaf’s Church, once the tallest building in Europe, now a bastion of history.
Why: The “three sisters” are not actually real women but rather three houses in the old town of Tallinn – medieval merchant houses built in the 1300’s, with winding staircases and hidden passageways which have been connected to create this hotel, which has just 23 rooms and suites. After having fallen into neglect for decades, the structure was taken in hand and given two years of restoration work, with owner Tarmo Sumberg calling on the talents of interior designer Külli Salum. And though the furniture and other appointments are new and sleekly minimalistic, with marble and granite in the bathrooms, old touches from the original houses have been restored, including frescos on the ceilings discovered after painstaking renovation work. The hotel is now a delight, both old and new.