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Well it's late & we've only just arrived back in our rooms & I'm tired & it's very tempting to leave this until tomorrow. Especially as I just started and wrote for nearly 30 mins & then my PDA crashed & I hadn't yet done a save ... And lost it all ... I don't feel like trying to repeat all that again. I'll skim the first bit. We were up early & …
Well we had a later start this morning, because of the late night last night. I finally uploaded the blog entry this morning & added photos & then we went downstairs to breakfast. A little less variety than our breakfasts in Finland & Estonia, but we're getting the hang of how these breakfasts work. When we went outside it was cold, overcast but …
Well I'm starting this early today - David has gone to the supermarket, while I have returned to our room. I'm not feeling wonderful today. Nothing serious, quite possibly just from different foods and water, and probably coupled with being tired. Earlier today we stopped in at an Apotek (pharmacy) & I bought something like Mylanta. David is back, …
I probably should have written this earlier, but things have been completely crazy and updating this has been a last priority ( at least I'm finally getting to it now. After a very short two days in Berlin ( which was not enough time at all to see everything, but at least everything we saw was amazing) we flew to Riga. The same morning that we left …
"Is that the only shirt you brought with you?" Ellen asked as we walked hand-in-hand along the canal in Riga, Latvia. "It says where I'm from and I'm proud of that. I wash and dry it in the night while you sleep, my pretty little bird." Beautiful Old-Town Riga has been found by both the Germans and the British. I sometimes feel fortunate that the …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Konventa Seta Hotel Riga
Location, location , location
Great hotel , great location..
In the heart of the Old town...
Very clean....seperate buildings means noise is kept to a minimal...
Great Location, excellent hotel
This is a 3 star hotel, but has definite aspirations!. We loved the location - in a very central setting, and handy for everything. The setting is quaint - it was a former convent and is surrounded by lovely courtyards and buildings, and just over the road from St Peters (best view of the city 2 lats per person - 1 lat = £1 GBP). The staff were tremendously helpful, and went into great detail (all accurate) when asked for directions by bus to the Riga Motor Museum - well worth the trip by the way.
The restaurant was definitely worth a visit, or in our case three! excellent food, good service and very competitively priced.
We had a suite and found it comfortable, if a little on the bare side (in keeping with the convent, we suppose)
All in all, we couldn't fault the place, and were very happy with our choice. Do visit the teashop next door, the War Museum and gunpowder tower and the Museum of the Occupation (both free). We found the city bus tour to be a rip-off at 9 lats per person for a little over one hour, but it did have the advantage of giving us our bearings.
The main square has a good information centre and if asked nicely they can be persuaded to tell you what you want to know(!) next door in the Blackheads house there is a nice bar/coffee shop, and dotted around the city there are Double Coffee bars which are reasonably priced and have good snacks and drinks.
Great hotel, great city
We stayed in a terrific hotel in the centre of Riga, the Konventa Seta. The rooms, location, breakfast, staff and services were all excellent. Our room had a simply wonderful view of the Old Town. I would wholeheartedly recommend this hotel to anyone who is visiting Riga.
Riga is a beautiful city, Jugendstil architecture abounds, and parts of the centre look more like Disney castles than city buildings. It is also very green, with great swathes of parkland right through the centre, beautiful old churches and medieval houses make up the wonderful mixture that is Riga
Riga market, a place where you can buy almost anything from mobile phone covers to fish to clothes and even furniture not forgetting booze, food and strange looking liquid which came from barrels on the back of carts, I think this last one is a relic of Soviet days, but I have no idea what it was. We walked around for hours and I think we probably only saw half of it. The fruit and vegetables sold outside the market seemed to be of high quality, we tried out the strawberries and they were delicious and about half the price you would pay in the UK. Beyond this market, just a little further along the river is another very different market. Here you can buy a broken camera, a used spare part for your Lada, dirty used clothing, and general tat. This is the place to find soviet memorabilia.
We visited three museums while we were there. Firstly the Occupation Museum, entry is free but you can leave a contribution towards its upkeep when you leave. This museum is housed in a black cube which looks out of place, but represents what the various occupations have done to this country. The exhibits take you through time, from the original Soviet occupation, to the Nazi period and ends with the Soviets leaving in the early 1990's. It is harrowing, it tells of the murders, the deportations into exile, shortages and hardship. There are books to take round in various languages which explain each exhibit and you can sit and think and try and make sense of it all while you look and read.
The next was the Fire-fighters museum, entry is nominal and as foreigners we were given our own guide to take us round to explain the exhibits. It is an interesting museum, a great place to see with the kids. You can have a go with a hose, shooting water at a target and work out with buttons and lights where the fire hazards are in the home. Lots of shiny red engines, flags, pictures and uniforms.
Lastly was the Railway museum, not much to say here, except they have a good model railway, which the man will turn on while you are there, and a real train drivers cab which you can climb all over. I expect in a few years time when they fill it with a few more items it will be more interesting. The best thing about the three museums we have visited is, unlike every other Eastern European museum the people who worked in Riga were helpful and friendly.
Whilst in Riga a trip to the seaside is a must. We went to Jurmala by boat, ate a lovely meal in Marjori and spent a couple of hours on the splendid beach before returning to Riga by train. The beach is soft and sandy and the sea surprisingly warm.
There was everything there for a perfect family holiday.
We flew to Riga with Ryanair, I love all the no frills airlines, they have opened up Europe for us and given us the chance to discover the beautiful Baltic States.
Wonderful historic hotel
I spent 3 nights at the Konventa Seta as part of a group (Elderhostel). It was a very pleasant experience. The hotel is actually several buildings (6?) in a compound that has been beautifully restored. The exteriors remain virtually original but the interiors have been nicely modernized. My room in the "main" building was on the top floor (2 elevators, slowwwww) and had sloping "attic" ceilings on one side but so high that it didn't interfere. Original beams mixed with modernist Scandinavian-style furnishings, wonderfully comfortable bed and modern bathroom (small and functional). Others in our group in a different 2-floor building complained they didn't have an elevator, however.
Only ate breakfast at the hotel. As others have said it can be crowded with other tour groups, but the food was plentiful, varied, and tasty.
Incredible location perhaps the best feature of the hotel. One hotel exit is directly opposite old churches and a small park, 2 others open directly on old town pedestrian streets only a block from the main square, filled with outdoor cafes and restaurants and internet shops (the hotel provides wireless internet service but it's a bit pricey compared to the places nearby).
All in all it was a very pleasant stay and I'd definitely stay in this hotel should I ever return on my own.
Ok for a 3-star
We stayed in Konventa Seta in mid-June for 3 nights. Our room was quite big double room and it was clean and comfortable if a little too dimly lit. Nothing fancy, but you wouldn't even expect that from a 3-star hotel. Our room was on the kaleju iela side of the hotel, which made it noisy at night as we had to keep the windows open because it was so warm and the hotel doesn't have aircon.
Konventa Seta is located in the middle of the old town and the location could not be better. And there is an excellent restaurant Melnie Muki just a few metres away.
Breakfast was ok with good variety. Only problem was that it was very crowded during breakfast time and it was hard to find a seat. Lots of tour groups in this hotel.
My biggest complaint would be the service. I don't think it was either friendly or very professional. Especially the reception staff were unwelcoming and reluctant to help. If you wanted late check-out it would cost 5 euros (if I remember correctly) per hour.
I loved Riga and will definitely go back, but not to this hotel. There must be better service elsewhere.
A hotel with history
I had a great suite with my own cooker! Overall the rooms were comfortable if a bit plain. The staff were very good and the breakfast was excellent (go for the smoked fish). The location, right in the middle of the historic part of town was ideal but then Riga is quite small and nowhere is too far away.
Excellent location, great breakfasts, roomy, water not hot
We stayed here 15 to 18 February 2005.
We were accomodated in a large suite in the Garten House.
We found it strange that there was a fridge and hot plates and sink, but that no utensils, cups or tea/coffee were provided.
The bedroom was large with wooden floors though not furnished stylishly.
A shelf fell out of the wardrobe because the positioning of the supporting pins were almost as far apart as the depth of the shelf.
The bed was comfortable and there was multi-channel TV.
Water took a long time to run warm (>5 minutes continuous running) and even at maximum temperature it was only hot enough for a shower - not really hot enough for a shave.
Excellent buffet breakfast (> 60 items on display) in a stylish restaurant/cafe available from 6:30.
Excellent position in Old Town and a ten minute walk from bus and train stations - certainly not worth getting a taxi.
Good value at €80 per night B & B for two people.
Central Location, Great Value
I stayed there with my parents 27-29 Nov 04. We chose a superior suite. This hotel is right in the middle of the old city, within walking distance of all the major attractions.
The superior suite was a 2 floor apartment. Lots of room, first floor with the sitting area, futon couch, and half-bath with a "kitchen". I wouldn't get excited about the kitchen, just a small stove and a sink tucked in the corner. The top floor had a master bedroom with a queen sized bed, and a another bedroom with just a single twin bed. The main bath was in between the 2 rooms at the top of the stairs -- no bath tub, just a shower. Both bathrooms were a bit crowded compared to the rest of the suite.
The hotel is spread out amongst several buildings, which definitely gives it the feel of coming home to an apartment as a local, versus a hotel as a tourist.
I made a reservation via email (no cc #s passed) and they arranged to have a pickup for my late arrival at Riga airport (10 Lats for 3 people). The pickup was just a pre-arranged taxi, but it was nice to have my name on an easel coming out of baggage claim. The return trip was booked as well through the hotel at a 10 Lat fixed rate. Service was professional and helpful.
The breakfast buffet was quite adequate with a variety of Latvian and European fare. Service in Latvia is quite efficient and unobtrusive - everytime I emptied a plate, they materialized to wisk it away.
The only thing keeping this hotel from being a 4 star, is the fine touches - better quality linens, furnishings, a bathtub, a slightly more efficient layout, etc. I definitely would visit here again and would recommend it to family and friends!
Stayed 5 nights 08-13 November, 2004. Friendly, efficient Front desk staff.
My room, on top (4th) floor, overlooked rooftops and St Peter's Church Spire, and though it was rather bland (White walls, no artwork), it was immaculate and functional. Breakfast buffet each morning was varied and plentiful.
Walked to many museums, The Opera House, Shopping areas, Central Market, etc. which made the city seem more village-like. Had a terrific stay here.
Find yourself in the middle of Riga - close to everything - even a drug store and McDonald's. The centre of Riga leaves you with a sort of comfort like coming home after a number of years abroad. Still Riga's got app. 800,000 inhabitants - but not in the neighbourhood of Konventa Seta. All my recommendations to especially the placing of this hotel - but don't use the hotel restaurant if you are more than hungry - you can get much more for your money in one of the many cozy restaurants in Riga. enjoy your stay!