For millennia, Tallinn has been a gateway between East and West. Sokos Hotel Estoria is like a key that opens up phenomenon called Estonia. It is a unique and cosy business class hotel that provides high-quality service, opportunity to rest, relax, and learn something interesting about Estonia at the same time.
As the name implies, this hotel is here to tell you stories about amazing Estonia. We have 93 unique rooms – every room has a different theme, its own story. Pick your favourite topic from the Storybook and explore epoch-making Estonia!
Did you know that the artist Adamson-Eric was awarded two certificates of merit for his porcelain painting and carpets, known as “diplômes d’honneur”, at the 1937 World Exposition?
Adamson-Eric (1902-1968) was an Estonian artist and designer, who created both applied art and Paris-inspired paintings. As an artist, he drew inspiration from everywhere in Europe: France, Italy, Greece, the South of France, Spain, Norway and Finland.Read more
Did you know that the oldest object with the likeness of a dragon in Continental Europe was found in Tallinn?
The knife sheath, presumably made in London in the 13th century, is in the archaeological collection of the Estonian History Museum.Read more
Did you know that one of the most famous sumo wrestlers in Japan is the Estonian Kaido Höövelson?
Kaido Höövelson (sumo wrestler name: Baruto Kaito 把瑠都 凱斗,meaning “Man from the Baltic States” and also “Balti Sea”) is the first Estonian to become a professional sumo wrestler in Japan. Kaido went to Japan in 2004 and accomplished a meteoric rise to the level of ōzeki in 2010, winning the hearts of millions of fans in the process. Kaido, who ended his sumo career due to a knee injury, hosts guests in his native homeland at Barto Guest House in Lääne-Viru County and organises trips to Estonia through the travel agency Barto Tours.Read more
Did you know that the first scientifically proven meteorite impact craters in Europe are located in Estonia?
Here, meteorite impact craters number approximately 400 times the average on Earth. Saaremaa has Estonia’s biggest natural rarity, the Kaali Crater, the meteorite origin of which was the first to be proven in Europe and the second in the world after the Arizona craters in the United States.Read more
Did you know that orchids in Estonian folk tradition are known for being aphrodisiacs, arousing love and passion?
Orchids are thought to symbolise allure, resilience, and rare and fragile beauty. They are the subject of numerous legends and beliefs to this day. Common spotted-orchid, Dactylorhiza fuchsii.Read more
Did you know that the only place in the world to have succeeded in propagating and preserving three extremely endangered fern species from the island of Kaua’i (Hawaiian Islands) is Tallinn Botanic Garden?
There, you can enjoy one of the biggest plant collections in the Baltic States.
Once a year, the Queen of the Night entrances visitors with its beauty.Read more
Did you know that a 16th-century theme park operates at Rakvere Castle year-round? In 2013, it was visited by more than 100,000 people.
At Rakvere Castle, you can have a horseback ride, practice archery, order mediaeval feasts, or hold corporate summer events, weddings or birthdays.Read more
Did you know that a mediaeval sepulchre may be visited in Tartu?
It all began in 2008, when archaeologist Martin Malve was investigating the cultural layer amongst the ruins of the Dome Cathedral and found a mediaeval tombstone.Read more
Did you know that the biggest jazz festival in the Baltic States has been going a year longer than the Republic of Estonia’s renewed period of independence? Jazzkaar has been held since 1990; Estonia regained its independence on 20 August 1991.
Performers at Jazzkaar have won a grand total of over ninety Grammys over the years! The highest number of Grammys, twenty, have been won by the guitar king Pat Metheny, who was also the featured performer at the Jazzkaar anniversary in 2014.