Sargava Guest House
This grand residence in the middle of stately grounds was originally built as a summer home but has been used as a guest house by the Tallinn city government since 1961. Today the mayor still uses it to house official guests, from top-ranking NATO officers to the Dalai Lama – and companies hire it out for weekend seminars – but Särgava is still (sometimes) available for private hire.
rnAlthough they prefer not to advertise (and are even trying to cut down visitor numbers) it is possible to stay in one of the house’s six grand rooms or its suite – provided you book far enough in advance. Särgava guesthouse is located in the middle of a suburb some way out of the city centre, accessible by bus or taxi, but greets you with an imposing, municipal splendour protected by electric gates, guard dog and the stately blue and white flag of the Tallinn city government. Inside the rooms are large, simple and old-fashioned, decorated in classic, Soviet-mansion style.