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    Stop Press: Estonia-Russia Border Crossing by Car

     

    As of August 1, 2011 there will be changes in the Estonian – Russian border crossing procedures.

    A new online based border crossing queue system GoSwift will be in place on all land border posts in the Republic of Estonia (Narva, Koidula, Luhamaa) towards Russia and is obligatory for all motor vehicles. The new system will help make border crossings between Estonia and Russia more comfortable and delay-free. Near these three border crossings new waiting areas will be available for the drivers.

    Pre-booked border crossing requests at www.estonianborder.eu or by phone +372 6 989 192 are available in Estonian, Russian and English and bookings can be made 90 days in advance.

    A vehicle with no pre-booking can register border crossing on live queue at the self service kiosks at the waiting area or with the help of a waiting area service personnel.  
    More information from www.estonianborder.eu.  


    Special Message from Pedaste Manor, Muhu Island, Estonia!

    We would be delighted to welcome you again and experience the magic of Pädaste this summer. For us it is a lot of fun to raise the bar each year and we are confident that we have risen to the challenge yet again! We are totally uncompromising in our pursuit of attention to detail, we are passionate about hospitality with a twist and we have a dedicated team which shares our dreams and ambitions.
     
    What’s new? We have refurbished the suites in the Carriage House, they are now nothing short of splendid  -  we are providing a complimentary in-room iPad  -  our Spa offers more indulgence than ever before and Alexander Restaurant has reached new heights with our award winning Nordic Islands' Cuisine – this is just to name
    a few .......

     
    We very much look forward to you revisiting our unique haven of peace and enjoyment, we know you will be enchanted!


    Information on Meal Basis At Discount Hotels on Select-a-room.com

    Some of our clients have recently asked us about the meal basis in the hotels we offer.

    When you run a search on Select-a-room.com we list the inclusions for each hotel.

    Bed and breakfast and room-only are pretty clear; Half-Board means that we include evening meal, bed and breakfast. Full Board means 3 meals daily - breakfast lunch and dinner are included. All inclusive means all 3 meals plus drinks - this applies to many of our resort hotels.

    All prices are per room and not per person and include taxes unless specified on the search.

    Note: a small number of hotels in Russia and Ukraine charge a small booking fee - also specified when you book.

    Any questions - just ask! We are here to help!


    New Ferry Route Helsinki-Tallinn Opens

    The maiden voyage of Blue1 across the Gulf of Finland from Tallinn to Helsinki took place yesterday January 31st.


    The event featured a ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a flight to the Finnish captial with Vice-President of Commercial Affairs Juha Järvinen and Airport Member of the Board of Directors Erik Sakkov.  The added flight between the two capitals, has already brought down prices of competitor Finnair, which currently operates the same route. 
     
    For Hotels in Helsinki: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/finland/helsinki
     
    For Hotels in Tallinn: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/estonia/tallinn
     
    Welcome to Helsinki, Welcome to Tallinn !


    New KGB Museum Opens in Tallinn in the Viru Hotel !

    In Soviet times it was rumoured that the KGB had files on everyone and that they operated in Viru Hotel. The latter rumour turned out to be true. Those intrigued by the city's secret history can now visit the newly opened hotel museum. It's the first of its kind in Estonia.
    The museum on the 23rd floor of Sokos Viru Hotel
     (Viru väljak 4) includes expositions of spying equipment which have been collected from the hotel's own archives.

    The best way to enjoy the experience is as a part of a tour.
    Registering in advance is highly recommended by phone +372 6809 300

    Tickets:
    7 Euros (5 Euros for hotel guests)
    Family tickets: 15 Euros, valid for two parents and up to 3 children. 

    Opening times:
    Jan – April, Oct - Dec, Sat-Sun 10 am tour in Finnish, 11:30 am tour in English, 1 pm tour in Estonian and 3 pm tour in Russian. 
     
    May - Sept, every day from 10 am until 6 pm tours every full hour
    (Group reservations will be accepted outside normal visiting times)

     


    Select-a-Room.com Experiences Rapid Growth in Hotel Bookings in 2011 !

    Select-a-room.com has seen massive growth in hotel bookings wirldwide in the first 2 weeks of January 2011 - recording an increase of over 400% from the same period in 2010!

    Director Steven Penney says "the growth in bookings is down to the great prices secured by our large volumes and strong contracting, a user-friendly booking engine and a great team of experienced customer service staff who give personal atention to the needs of each and every client".

    Welcome to our world of discount hotels - worldwide!

    Select-a-room.com Customer Service Team

     


    Free Night Hotel Offers in Tallinn, Estonia!

    Take a look at our great value FREE NIGHT offers in Tallinn Estonia - Euroland since 1 January 2011!

    3 Star Go Hotel Shnelli, Tallinn 3 nights for the price of 2, valid 10 Jan - 31 May 2011 - http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/estonia/tallinn/go-hotel-shnelli
     
    4 Star Sokos Hotel Viru, Tallinn - Stay 3 nights or more and save 20%!! Valid: 11 January - 20 December 2011 - http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/estonia/tallinn/sokos-viru-hotel
     
    5 Star Telegraaf Hotel, Tallinn 4 nights for the price of 3 - valid 3 Jan – 22 Dec 2011 - http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/estonia/tallinn/telegraaf-hotel
     
    Three Sisters Hotel 3=2 01 Jan – 30 apr & 01 Oct – 29 Dec 11; 4=3 01 May – 30 Sep 11.
     
    Welcome to Tallinn!!


    Tallinn Joins Eurozone and is Capital of Culture - and Lower Hotel Prices in Estonia!

    1 January 2011 sees the introduction of Estonia to the Eurozone - and new and lower prices in many of our hotels in Tallinn! Welcome to the Euro and Welcome to Tallinn - European Capital of Culture in 2011 ! Tallinn will be full of special events and promotions - 2011 promises to be a great year for a visit to this historic Baltic city.


    Mikhli Uniquestay Hotel Tallinn Becomes Kreuzwald Hotel !

    The Mikhli uniquestay Hotel has changed its name - and become the Kreuzwald Hotel ! Welcome to Tallinn!


    New Flights Between China and Estonia?

    Hainan Airlines in China is holding negotiations with Tallinn Airport aimed at creating a direct connection between China and Estonia. Enterprise Estonia representative Valle Feldmann confirmed that the talks are serious. Former Estonian Air President Erki Urva notes that it is difficult for him to understand the business logic of why an airline like Hainan should start operating flights to Estonia. “I cannot imagine that masses of Chinese people will start to fly here. Especially when Tallinn is the final destination. There seem to be some larger-scale future plans behind this case,” he suspects. The former Estonian Air boss said that Finnair has for example been building up its own flight connections with Asia for the last 30 years.


    Aerosvit Instigates Direct Flights Kiev - Tallinn

    The Ukrainian airline Aerosvit will begin flights between Tallinn and Kiev in March, filling a gap left by Estonian Air in its flight schedule. No official information has yet been given, but the Amadeus booking system shows that flights will begin from 23 March 2011. Estravel Marketing Director Mari-Liis Ruutsalu said that her company sold Aerosvit's extremely competitively priced tickets to Asia very successfully during a couple of weeks last summer.


    Easyjet Flights for Summer 2011 are onsale NOW - Book Hotels Here!

    Easyjet flights are available now from London Gatwick for summer 2011 - so time to book your hotels online on Select-a-Room.com now! Great hotel deals - Europewide!


    Tallinn - European Capital of Culture 2011 !

    Throughout 2011, the 20th anniversary since independence from Soviet rule, the Estonian capital of Tallinn will be hosting daily art, music, literature and cultural exhibitions, festivals and performances as the city takes on the role of European Capital of Culture, 2011

    During the year 251 different events are planned, with one large festival each month, such as the Jazzkaar jazz festival in April, Tallinn Old Town Days in June, the Youth Song and Dance Celebration and Tallinn Maritime Days in July, the Birgitta Festival for opera in August and the Black Nights Film Festival in November.

    This is the largest cultural event in the history of Estonia and will attract some of the world’s biggest names in art, literature, music, film and culture.

    Estonia Tourst Board’s director, Tarmo Mutso, said “The city is going to be buzzing every day as visitors, performers and venues make the most of Tallinn’s role as Capital of Culture. This is a fantastic time to be in Tallinn. The city’s hotels and event organisers have responded admirably to the challenges presented by being the cultural capital with high quality hotel packages and some world class events.“

    He continued “Tallinn’s hotels are mostly 3* - 5* and on a par with the top hotels in Scandinavia, while rates are around 30% less than most mainstream European destinations. Coupled with three new Ryan Air routes from the UK and Ireland starting in December and January 2011 (from London Luton, Edinburgh and Dublin), a new route by easyJet from Liverpool to Tallinn and existing flights from both Gatwick and Stansted with Estonian Air and easyJet, we very much look forward to welcoming British and Irish visitors in higher numbers than ever before“. Check out best hotel rates from Select-a-room.com !

    Tallinn has chosen for its Capital of Culture theme `Stories of the Seashore’, to tell the story of Tallinn and Estonia’s spiritual and cultural associations with the sea-shore, as the city continues to re-open to the once heavily fortified coastline.

    As part of the seashore development the new Estonia Maritime Museum will open in July 2011 in vast, renovated concrete sea-plane hangars, located on the coast to the west of Tallinn centre. The route to the museum will be along a specially marked walkway, enabling visitors to walk the one kilometre route from the city to the Maritime Museum.

    Ahead of 2011 key events include the 23rd European Film Awards, attended by European film makers, EFA Members, nominees and winners, in December 2010, and the opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture on 31st December 2010, when a full day of events is topped by celebrations late into the night as the city welcomes in 2011.

    A full programme of events has been scheduled and information about the daily events in the city can be found at www.tallinn2011.ee with a `What? When? Where?’ event planner and search engine to help visitors plan the date and itinerary of their visit to Tallinn.

    Tallinn is easily accessible from the UK and Ireland:-

    Best online hotel deals: www.select-a-room.com/hotels/estonia/tallinn
    Twice daily flights from Gatwick with Estonian Air, www.estonianair.com
    Six times weekly flights from Stansted with easyJet
    New three times weekly flights from Liverpool with easyJet, starting in April 2011.
    New flights from Luton, Dublin and Edinburgh with Ryan Air, starting in December 2010 and January 2011.
     



    Select-a-Room.com - New Local Office Support in USA!

    We are delighted to advise that we have added North American phone and live chat support to suit North American working hours! Use our contact number, our Skype link - or our live chat for instant support! Welcome to Select-a-room.com in the USA and our world of low-cost hotels!


    Champions League Fixtures for Autumn 2010 - Discount Hotels to Follow your Team from Select-a-room.com

    For many years, Select-a-room.com has been the preferred discount hotel provider for fans supporting their team in Europe - whether it be for UEFA Champions League, the Europa Cup, the European Championships or even the FIFA World Cup. We offer discount hotels with instant availability in pretty much every host city in Europe - including Zilina in Slovakia ! - and our specility locations in Eastern Europe, from Moscow to Kazan, Kiev to Donetsk. We have great discount hotels in London, Manchester, Paris, Marseilles, Bremen and Munich, Milan and Rome as well as Belgrade, Enschede, Cluj, Amsterdam, Madrid, Valencia Auxerre, Lyon, Kopenhagen, Athens, Tel Aviv, Bursa (Turkey) and Braga (Portugal!) and Barcelona! Check out our prices and follow your teams throughout Europe! For travel on a budget, check out Select-a-room.com !...and our sincere apologies if we have missed anyone out!