Pärnu’s Ammende Villa among “most charming hotels” in Europe

Pärnu’s historical mansion house, the Ammende Villa, now housing a hotel and a restaurant, was nominated in the “Best Charming Hotel in Europe” category at Villegiature Awards in Paris.

Ammende Villa was among the six hotels in the 2015 list of nominees at the international competition.

Ammende Villa

The annual Villegiature Awards was created in 2003. The jury, comprising of journalists from all over the world, rewards the best hotels in Europe, Asia, Africa and Middle-East.

Ammende Villa IV

Ammende Villa, located in a resort town Pärnu, is one of the most impressive early examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Estonia and is a cultural heritage monument. It was built in 1904 by local merchant for the wedding of his daughter.

Ammende Villa III

Throughout times, the mansion has served as a summer casino and club, library and also as a dental clinic during Soviet occupation, before being restored and converted in 1999 into a luxurious hotel.

Ammende Villa VI

The 2015 Villegiature Awards were announced at Hotel Paris in France. The Grand Prix in the “Best Charming Hotel in Europe” category was awarded to Capri Palace Hotel & Spa in Italy.

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About the author: Silver Tambur

Silver Tambur is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of Estonian World. He has previously studied journalism at the University of Tartu, and politics and society at the Birkbeck College, University of London. Silver has been the editor at the Estonian Public Broadcasting’s news service in English, as well as contributing for the Business Sense magazine in the UK, Deutsche Welle and Radio New Zealand. You can also follow him on Twitter and like his page on Facebook. You can write to Silver at silver@estonianworld.com.