Hotel Centra Riga
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Centra Riga
Excellent Hotel, downside is the noise level!
My husband and I wanted to stay for six nights, could only handle two nights because the noise level at night was very high.
The Hotel is very nicely decorated, we had a Junior suite, just perfection, we would have loved it here if not for the noise, we moved to a suite on the fifth floor, with no avail, slept well until 2:00 someone decided to drive the street and turn up his radio full blast, woke with a start and the night was over.
This would be a wonderful hotel if they could get something done about the noise level in the vicinity.
We were very impressed with the large number of Art Nouveau buildings and the good condition of them as well.
We also noticed that the average age of the people is very low, lots of young people and very well dressed.
The prices for dinner in the restaurants is very good and lots of Cafes as well all very nicely decorated and clean.
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.
Excellent, just excellent
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.
The only thing about the Centra is that it is so popular, so it is very hard to get a room here (since it is only 26 rooms).
The airport pickup is highly recomended - only 9 lats - also during the nights! It also takes you to the door step of Hotel Centra, which is especially good if visiting Riga for the first time. Many taxis doesn't have the lisence needed to take you inside the Old Town. Also, be aware of taxi drivers trying to charge more, be stressing that they put on their meters!
Our flight was delayed for hours, we arrived 2 a.m. instead of 10 p.m., and I called the hotel to inform about that. Still, the driver was at the airport when our late flight landed - at no extra charge. Excellent, since an ordinary small taxi would have charged 12-13 lats during the night.
Would definitely stay at the Centra again.
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.
Excellent value, central location
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.
One of the best things about hotel is the included breakfast buffet: really gets you off to a good start, especially if you visit in wintry weather, as I did. There's hot items that change daily (sunny side up eggs, ham) and a wealth of cold items from cereals, fresh fruit, preserved fruit, local breakfast food like Karums (cheesecake-like bites covered in chocolate--yum!), three kinds of fresh juices (including delicious blackcurrant), cappuccino, cold meats and hard boiled eggs, cheeses, and smoked salmon.
There's also a lunch buffet which I am told is really good value.
The place is close to everything in Old Town Riga.
One thing to note is that second floor rooms may be subject to late-night noise from the revelers leaving the pub across the street. Opt for a higher floor room if you're sensitive.
Could not fault Hotel Centra
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.
All staff were beautiful (like all Latvians), perfectly groomed, friendly and accomodating, and spoke very good english. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The only problem we encountered during our stay was on arrival some confusion with the bedding configuration we required in the room (being a same sex couple this is not uncommon). I do think however this was attributed to translation difficulties rather that rudeness or ignorance on the staff members behalf (the staff at the checkin desk seemed particularly forward in specifying that the room only had one bed).
The room was perfectly clean and very attractive with beautiful white doona on the bed. We had quite a spacious room on a high floor which had a lovely outlook on to the streets below. The amenities in the bathroom were the best (and excellently presented) that I have encountered in a hotel. The room was very quiet, having double glazed windows which also helped to keep it very warm inside (visiting in the dead of the northern winter).
Breakfast was a lovely buffet with cereals, pastries, etc. and some local cooked items such as pork and a selection of fruits and sliced vegetables, juices and freshly brewed tea and coffee are available from the bar area. The breakfast room is fantastic.
Will return to Hotel Centra without any hesitation on my next trip to this beautiful city.
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.