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What do people leave in hotel rooms?

It is quite usual that people leave their glasses or a used shampoo bottle at the hotel, but there have been instances where, for example, a suitcase full of diamonds has been forgotten at the hotel. At Oru Hotel, it is customary that we contact the guest, but of course, you are always welcome to call our reception at +3726033300 if you discover you have left something behind. Luckily or sadly, there has not been any extraordinary finds in our hotel. Could you imagine forgetting your pet when packing? This happened in a hotel in Scotland where the staff found...
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We’ll stay

Imagine, this year 26,000 singers and musicians with more than 70,000 onlookers participated in the 12th Youth Song and Dance Celebration “Here I’ll Stay”. Imagine the mass of people. Imagine the mass of people on the Song Festival Grounds. And now multiply the people on the Song Festival Grounds by twenty… This totals to more than half a million! More specifically, 503,534 people have found their way to our house over the years. Hotel Oru has been open since 2002 when the 9th Youth Song and Dance Celebration took place. Back then there were 19,000 singers. And just like the...
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What do you remember from 2002?

What do you remember from 2002? Do you remember that Eurovision was held in Tallinn that year? Or that Nokia was introducing its new models 6310, 9210, 3410 and 3510, with the latter supporting Multimedia Messaging Service? How about the music charts? Missy Elliott and Nelly and Eminem who conquered to top spots with their hits? This all happened 15 years ago. So close, yet so far away. All these things sound familiar to us when someone happens to mention them. But if someone were to say that this was all 15 years ago, some of us raises an eyebrow...
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Valentine’s Day

I like the fact that in Estonia Valentine’s Day is also celebrated as Friends Day. Not everyone has a “Valentine” or “Valentina” on call, yet we all have friends and giving friendship the recognition it reserves is a sweet thing to do. Besides, it’s a well-known fact that our spouses and partners are oftentimes our best friends. If there are kids in the family, it’s nice not having to “get rid of them” on Valentine’s Day and, rather, be able to celebrate Friends Day all together. What am I getting at with this introduction? At the end of last year...
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The Key to a Perfect Good Night’s Sleep – It’s Joutsen!

To be completely honest, I have a quirk. When I go to bed, I like to wrap myself in a soft and warm blanket, so that only the tip of my nose and my toes are showing, and in order to ensure especially sound sleep, my pillow has to be comfortable and top-quality. If possible, I always take my pillow with me on longer trips, because for me there is nothing worse than a nice holiday ruined by bad sleep. Decent blankets and pillows are important! And there is no place where they are more important than a hotel. No...
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From Scooter to Caater and to Oru Hotel!

Unexpectedly (just like every year), the summer has suddenly turned into autumn and in connection with this I have to apologize to all blog readers that I have been so busy enjoying the late summer moments that I have not shared one guest story with you. But a proverb says “better late than never”. Well, you know that one of the biggest advantages of our hotel is the immediate vicinity of Tallinn Song Festival Grounds and so there is nothing to wonder that the hotel is rather quickly sold out during major events that take place there. Which one of...
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Oru Hotel truly is my second home

Oru Hotel truly is my second home. Yet not because I spend a lot of time there due to work – well, that too, naturally; what I mean is the special feeling you have when at home. Oru Hotel is small, yet cozy. You know the Estonian children’s song – “my home is teeny-tiny, yet so dear to my heart”? That’s it. That’s the feeling. On my first tour of the hotel we walked past a bookshelf in the hallway. Nabokov’s Lolita caught my eye and I couldn’t help but smile. When I was still a small child, Lolita, standing...
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Culture mile to Oru Hotel

I’m really into walking. Every time I end up in a new city, I can walk for hours, discover new and interesting places, take photos, going at my own pace. But why not take a walk in your own home city? Get reacquainted with the sights, take your time and just enjoy. I was in the city centre, about to go on a bus to get to Hotel Oru, and although I was dragging behind a tiny travel suitcase, at one point I found myself thinking that I wanted to walk to the hotel. And so I did! Next, I...
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Hotel Oru and fashion design – what is the connection?

Alexandre Vassiliev, legendary Russian designer, historian, and collector of fashion, is a man who apparently needs no introduction, neither in his homeland nor abroad. Having collaborated with prestigious publications, such as the Russian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Vassiliev is probably best known to Estonians for the KUMU 2014 exhibition A Party within You. Art Deco Fashion from Alexandre Vassiliev’s Collection, and for his lectures on fashion. Alexandre Vassiliev has published nearly 40 books about fashion history in several languages, produced documentaries, worked as a lecturer, and developed a range of fashion projects. He has given lectures and seminars on fashion...
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Eveliis on Duck Race 2016

Before I headed to the Blog Awards Ceremony last Saturday night, I also popped by the Duck Race in Park Kadriorg with my colleagues. In passing, I have to point out that to some extent Hotel Oru also participated in the Blog Awards Ceremony, offering a small vacation for a busy-as-a-bee worker. But let’s move on to the Duck Race. Obviously, it goes without saying that this is an ingenious and praiseworthy event to raise money for charity while having fun. The gold sponsor Hotel Oru donated for the Duck Race charity 2 euros from every night paid for by...
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Duck Race 2016

Just a couple of years ago, I mostly associated yellow rubber ducklings with the pub named The Snuggly Duckling from the animated movie Tangled. You know, the place where they sang about dreams. Today, however, I mostly associate it with the Duck Race. The Duck Race is a charity event brought into being by the Estonian Childhood Cancer Parents Alliance (ECCPA) in 2014 – a rubber duck swimming competition aimed at raising awareness about the situation of children with cancer and their families. But you already knew this, right? At this moment, there is probably no one who has not...
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So close, yet so far

Have you heard the saying “so close, yet so far”? I think that is just the right expression I could use to describe my relationship with Hotel Oru. I have stood at the door of Hotel Oru on at least five or six occasions, never ending up inside. I once even had a reservation for a night, but on the last minute, I needed to be somewhere else for work, so I had to cancel my reservation. Back then, a couple of years ago, my job took me away from the hotel, but this year my job brought me back...
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