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... don't know what we're about to encounter in Uzbekistan!
We settle in for the next 7-hour flight with absolutely no entertainment or refreshments (we brought our own AH salads and our neighbours seem very jealous!). As we fly over Russia and Kazachstan I see so few lights on the ground that I start to wonder if there's even a country down there!
02:10 sharp - we touch down on Toshkent International Airport...
... When I came out of the exit door to the arrivals area, I was eagerly looking for my friend, but we had arrived quite early (about a half hour) so I was filled with all of this energy to see my friend that it was quite hard to wait 30 minutes, but have no fear because I was preoccupied with something else. While I was waiting for Liva, there was a man in about his 50s and I could sense that he was looking at me and I looked at him and smiled quickly just to let him ...
... you seem to keep moving for about 1/2 again as long as you were on the train so if I was on a train for 10 hours, for the next 5 hours, my body feels like it's still on the train. small price to pay for an enjoyable ride.
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Historic and vibrant Riga, which has been the capital city of Latvia for 800+ years, has a wonderful advantage over other larger European capital cities. Its charm is partly due to the amazing sights and activities that are right at one’s fingertips. The city is extremely clean with a picturesque center that spans less than 2 miles.
A tourist has the uphand here, with Riga’s extremely affordable hotels (a big factor ...
Riga, Latvia - Some call it the 'Paris of the North', some 'The second city that never sleeps', for everyone, this is Riga. A city with some of the most impressive art nouveau architecture in Europe. Gargoyles and praying goddesses line the buildings flowing from Riga's castle core. The fairy tale of the city is Old Riga. Winding cobbled lanes dividing churches and historical building while the evening provides an ...
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Great breakfast, friendly PATIENT staff for 50 partying americans :)
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¡El fantástico Hotel Viesturs!
Acabo de regresar de una estadía fantástica de tres días en Riga. Me quedé en el Hotel Viesturs. ¡Qué experiencia tan hermosa!- el personal de recepción es servicial y placentero, el desayuno es estupendo (gachas de cereales o panqueques o tortillas, etcétera, cocinado mientras esperas) servido por otra camarera encantadora, las habitaciones, cada una con su propio estilo y muy cálidas a pesar de las condiciones de hielo/nieve de afuera- todas estas cosas contribuyeron a un viaje inolvidable en Riga. Definitivamente recomendaríamos este hotel a cualquier persona que esté planeando un viaje a Riga.
Qué hotel tan fantástico. Este lugar es pequeño y compacto, ubicado en el centro de la vieja Riga. El personal era encantador y hicieron todo y más para que nuestra estadía fuera perfecta. La habitación era de tamaño normal y muy hermosa. El desayuno era una manera fantástica de empezar el día, situado en un sótano hermoso de piedra con un personal atento y una buena selección de comida. El desayuno dura 3. 5 horas lo que nos gustó pues nuestro horario cambió diariamente. Pudimos registrarnos temprano al llegar y ellos permitieron que nos quedáramos por más tiempo antes de irnos. La única desventaja es que la luz ambiental por las ventanas era bastante brillante aunque la calle estaba muy tranquila de noche. En general, no habríamos podido quedarnos en un mejor hotel durante nuestra estadía. Recomendaré este lugar a cualquier persona. Fantástico.
We opted for the penthouse suite which was very nice. However there was no instructions to use the jacuzzi or suana and the staff were not very helpful. We did manage to make them work a few times but not all the time. The breakfast was fine and in particular on one morning when there was different staff it was excellent. Our friends were not so lucky in that their room had a sloped ceiling and had they not paid in advance would have moved. The location is great and the room is quiet. Penthouse suite may not be good value in comparison to other hotels.
Great boutique hotel in center of Old Town
Great boutique hotel - beatifully appointed with period furnishings. Located on a nice quiet street (away from the noise of the stag parties), but still conveniently close to everything, including the bus and train station (5 and 10 minute walk, respectively). Hotel has an elevator, for those who have trouble with stairs. Breakfast was nice, with eggs and pancakes made to order.
Great little hotel in the heart of the old town. It's small and the rooms are of varying size. The hotel, bedrooms, and ensuite bathrooms are beautifully decorated. Breakfast is nice. You can help yourself to a continental buffet breakfast - bread, meats, cheeses, fruit, yoghurt, cereal, pastries, etc. They will also cook eggs, pancakes, and a few other items off the breakfast menu. We had no problems with noise. Some of the staff are very helpful, others are a bit more reserved.
Would gladly stay here again!
We are just back from a 3 night long weekend break in Riga, reserved the suite at the Viesturs as it was a celebration trip. The room was terrific, everything worked as expected, and the jacuzzi and sauna were a welcome treat! The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful, and the location of the hotel in Vecriga (Old Riga) was great. In contrast to reports of many other hotels in Riga, Hotel Viesturs was quiet - even with the windows open at night. Beakfast was fine - nice bread with cold cuts, or cereals, or cooked eggs a possibility. I would stay here again, without even checking other venues! It as great to experience Vecriga - a beautiful, compact, medieval old city not completely tainted by tourism (yet!).
A nice place to stay
Hotel Viesturs is in a great location, central to everything in old town. There is a lot of construction taking place nearby, but that's true with all of Riga. The morning breakfast was good. I found the staff very accommodating and friendly. The restaurants that they recommended were excellent and were not touristy, but rather filled with locals.
The only negative is that there is an empty lot across the street where some people loiter into the wee hours. With your windows open and the cobblestone street the noise could keep you awake.
For those traveling with children note that there is a hardcore pornography channel that is free and I do not know if it can be blocked.
Located nicely, very unfriendly service
We stayed for two nights at the penthouse suite. The hotel is located very well, right in the center of the old town. The roof top patio is great but the service is very unfriendly even compared to German standards. I would not book it again.
Small, attractive, but....
I have just returned from a 4-night stay at Viesturs. It is situated down a small lane in the Old Town, quite near the Opera House. There is a LOT of building/restoration going on in the area, but this hotel didn't suffer. Only 13 rooms, yes, but only 6 tables in the breakfast room? The room was small, but quite attractively furnished. But it was airless - windows looked out on totally enclosed area, and it was unbearably hot at night - they were having a hot spell. No air-con of course.
When I booked it was 71 Lats per night, but now is 89Lats. You might be able to do better, but check on building work.