With its unique copper exterior, this hotel is easily found just a short distance from Toompea Castle and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.Built on Toompea Hill in 1900 when Estonia was part of the Russian tsarist empire, the Cathedral is a richly decorated Orthodox Church in mixed historical style well worth exploring. Legend tells that the Danes received their national flag in 1219 next to Toompea Hill and the lush Danish King's Garden commemorates the occasion. Worth a peep is the massive medieval defense tower on the slopes of Toompea hill dubbed Kiek in de Kok, peep into the kitchen where soldiers would sneak a look their meals being prepared. Once part of St. Michael's Nunnery, the Imperial Hotel building now houses St Michael's Cheese Restaurant where waiters dressed in monks' garb preside over its medieval style restaurant. Visitors are warned though that while the dining experience is unique, traditional favorites include heavy dishes such as tournedos with Roquefort.