Hotel Centra Riga
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So we found out what happens when you put Sophie in charge of booking sections of our "backpacking" adventure. Have a look at the photos of the bus seating arrangements…. Oh and the hotel room. It's more like “flash-packing” J Admittedly the free hotel upgrade to the presidential suite was a bit of an unplanned bonus!
We booked this a day in advance and didn't check the weather forecasts before we left. We better had, it was minus 15c, but crisp and dry. We had a suite in Hotel Centra, a bit minimalistic, but very comfortable, with a large sitting area and large bedroom. Interior doors were impressive.
... olde hansa that was popular back then, and to be honest with you I understand why it is not popular now, it tasted like a glass of cinnamon. The food we ate also stuck to tradition, they did not serve anything you could not acquire or make no later than the 15th century. If it didn't exist then, they didn't have it. You couldn't order coke or any soft drink, it was basically water, mead or cinnamon wine to digest the bread, dips and quail wings down. The next day was a day ...
... and music. On the way to the bar though, there was smoke coming from Old Town Riga and as we got closer, there was huge fire in the President's Castle which is, according to Liva a big symbol for the Latvian people. It was the biggest fire that she had every seen and we were walking home at 3 AM, the firemen were still putting it out (I'll try to attach an article about it).
At the bar, we were greeted by some of Liva's friends and they were all very welcoming and all ...
... was due to leave. At 11:03, in Munich, we are still sitting there. People are streaming past our cabin in droves. We look out the windows and people are running for our train. We can't figure out what is happening. Four people pile into our cabin with us. The conductor comes by and makes them leave. They only had second class tickets. 11:10 and we are still sitting on the tracks with people still streaming by us. Another 4 people into our cabin and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Centra Riga
My husband and I wanted to stay for six nights, could only handle two nights because the noise level at night was very high.
Great hotel except for street noise
The Centra is a great place to stay and is within easy walking distance from the bus station. The only caveat is that all of the rooms face the street and there is a considerable amount of street noise at odd hours, like 4 AM. It was somewhat tolerable however, since our sleeping schedule was a bit off. I would recommend the Centra as long as you have earplugs.
Nice hotel - just the clubs across the street-
We enjoyed the stay in Riga a lot.
Hotel is very centrally located, easy to reach from the airport (take public bus No.22 to stockman shopping center) and within walking distance of all attractions.
the only catch of this hotel: there is a very lively new club/bar across the street and the noice is quite extensive.
Opening the window is not very pleasant due to the noice. Ear plugs are recommended. If you don't need to open them, everything is okay.
It is hard to beat the Centra. Friendly serviceminded staff who looks after you, great rooms, tasty breakfast, the location in Old Town is unbeatable.
Beautiful and comfortable hotel, located in the centre of the city. Very friendly staff, fluent in english and german. Luxurious junior suite. Would have loved to stay there for my next trip but was fully booked already. Recommended.
Beautiful Baltic Treasure
What an amazing place. From arrival to departure the service was unbeatable - cheerful, well presented and quite charming. The room was great, located at the back of the hotel, with a great sense of privacy and refinement. For a standard room, the space was divided into many distinct areas, lounge, entrance, bedroom and bathroom. For a little Aussie boy, nothing beats a heated bathroom floor in the dead of winter. Would recommend this place to anyone, its very individual and stands alone from the standard higher end hotel. Try it, and love it.
Design Hotel in a superb location in Rigas old-town. Everything is Riga is in an easily walkable distance. Airport Pickup with a limo. Prices are VERY convenient (minibar beer: 1,50 LAT, Airport Pickup 9 LAT). Rooms are spacious with real art on the walls. The upper rooms in this 6-storey building have a nice view, too. Very nice (but not overwhelming) breakfast.
Staff was extremely nice and helpful and arranged everything for us. All in all we were extremely happy with this hotel and will choose it again in future Riga visits.
Great hotel for price and location! I used the hotel airport transfer service and it couldn't have been easier to get there. They had someone waiting for me at the airport and arrived at the hotel in a limo, all for only 9 Lats (about 18 dollars). Rooms are clean, sleek design, with original local art hanging in th room and public spaces.
Spent 3 days at Hotel Centra Riga in December and could not fault it. Excellent old town location on Audeju Iela just steps away from the State Opera, Freedom Monument, Central Market, St Peters, House of Blackheads and Museum of Occupation. In the surrounding area their are many bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Most sights in central Riga were within easy walking distance.
I used to stay at different hotels until I came across this little jewel. While other hotels offer either the ordinary hotel style furnishing (you know - the kind that is easily cleaned and looks the same all over the world) or sport design that could have pleased you grandmommy this hotel went a different way. The room are spacious (there are some smaller ones but then - this is a converted townhouse so the rooms of course cannot be all in the same size). What I like best is that the rooms have a modern style - but are not sterile. And you can access the internet from all rooms - a big plus with me. The staff always made a very professional impression. They are young and are always very helpful (when I once asked where I could find a swimming pool they called all swimming pools in Riga to get me the business hours and prices!). The breakfast is all right (allthough not above the average). The hotel is situated in the Old Town wich mean there is no traffic exept taxis and deliveries for the shops. So its rather quite. If you have a lot of luggage you will have to carry it from the entrance of the Old Town. I usually ask the hotel to arrange a pick up for me at the airport - so the taxi will take you right to the hotel door and you dont have to bother with the luggage. Nor with paying the driver because the hotel will arrange this for you and you just pay everything with the final bill. If you want some nightlife - some clubs and bars are just around the corner. If you fancy shopping - all the nice shops are right there. The big park is just a 4min walk away. For me this hotel is the only option and I whenever I go to Riga I stay there.