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I travel a lot with my job, and I’ve stayed at all sorts of hotels, which is why I’m always happy to come back to Nordic Hotel Forum – not only does it have a fantastic creative atmosphere, but the staff really make you want to keep coming back.

Kaupo Karelson, producer

They say there’s a thousand different things you can do to pass the time in Tallinn

Tallinn’s a city where you’ll find quite a few world-class restaurants. And we’re very happy to be able to say that one of them is situated right here in our hotel.
Thankfully, we’re not the only ones who think so highly of it. Our opinion is shared by the Culinary Institute of Estonia, the national centre for the development of the art of haute cuisine.
In order to sort the wheat from the chaff, as it were, the institute’s taken to marking out the city’s best restaurants using the logos and signs of the Tallinn Dining Menu.
The idea is to present the people who live here and those who visit the city with the very best that our kitchens have to offer. It also draws people’s attention to the charms of northern European cuisine, and to the fact that as European Capital of Culture in 2011, Tallinn is also the capital of the continent’s food culture. This gives restaurants the chance to showcase the diverse landscape of Estonian cuisine and the country’s four distinct seasons, offering the very best ingredients from its fields, forests and waters. It is also a doffing of the gastronomical hat not only to those with more refined tastes, but to those simply looking for a quick and satisfying meal.
We’re glad to be making our own contribution to this initiative, and give credit where it’s due – to our head chef Oleg Alasi!

Congratulations to Estonia’s newest pop idol!

The finalists in this year’s series of ‘Eesti otsib superstaari’ (the local version of Pop Idol) stayed with us here at Nordic Hotel Forum from February to June.
From the very first show the audience wondered who would make it through to the grand finale and win the €10,000 prize and recording contract with Universal Music. Now they have their answer: Estonia’s newest superstar is Liis Lemsalu!
Despite her tender age and the title she’s won, Liis hasn’t let success go to her head. She won’t be resting on her laurels, she says, but working hard to get everything she can out of her record deal and hopefully breaking through onto the international stage – and not merely to make a name for herself, but for Estonia as a whole.
We’re glad to have been of help to this rising star and hope that one day, when she’s taken the world by storm and returns home, she’ll enjoy staying with us again then as much as she did during the making of the series.

Come and take part in the song festival!

The debate is never-ending: what kind of nation are the Estonians, really? A forest nation? A maritime nation? A potato nation? Probably online, since we’re the biggest nation of Internet users per capita in the world… aren’t we? 
There are just as many answers to this question as there are Estonians in the world, and although the debate rages on – occasionally getting quite heated by our standards! – the fact remains that the majority of people consider us to be a singing nation. There’s good reason for this: over the last 800 years, during which we’ve been masters of our fate for a meagre 50, it’s been singing that’s held us together as Estonians. Our singing traditions culminate in the song festival, which brings together thousands of people with no other desire but to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and sing the very songs that have made us – and kept us – Estonian over the centuries. As ever, of course, there can be too much of a good thing, which is why the festival isn’t held every year. Luckily, 2011 is one of those years that will see it held once more – this time led by our younger generation. It goes without saying that the festival is worth visiting; it’s certainly something that we here at Nordic Hotel Forum are encouraging. If you’re coming from further afield, you’re more than welcome to stay with us. And if you’re local, why not come and enjoy the procession as it makes its way from the city centre to the song festival grounds from the comfort of our summer terrace? There’s no better place in town to watch it from!

The song festival will be held from 1-3 July 2011.

Offering something special

We like to try and outdo ourselves. That way, every time you stay with us, we can offer you something new and different. To this end, we often put ourselves in your shoes – that way we get a better handle on what it is you, as our guests, would like. That’s also why we opened our popular summer terrace again this year. But what’s the best thing to order there? Wine might seem a little bit too fancy, while beer perhaps is a bit too workaday; what would be suitably light and summery? Prosecco: it’s the embodiment of light and summery, not to mention stylish. But it normally comes by the bottle, and you’re probably not quite that thirsty. So we took a look at how they get around this little problem in other countries and hit on the perfect solution: you can now order Prosecco by the glass on our summer terrace straight from the barrel. And believe us when we say it tastes just as good as a glass poured from a bottle!

But come and find out for yourself – our summer terrace is open every day until midnight!

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