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Average 25-30usd accommodation per day for two (use airbnb, tripadvisor recommended homestays and B&B).In general I would devide accomodation like this - 10-20usd very basic room, fan, breakfast included but if travelling around is completely enough, 20-45usd room with AC & breakfast, may include minibar, may have swimming pool and restaurant, 45-70usd ...
... realise how this incident would get me back but little Martia from Latvia, who now walks around with plaster shoes, must have got around to precisely 50% of the people in this country and explained to them her sad story and instructed them not to be nice to me. This would explain why 50% of the people are rude as f**k in this country and would also explain my last information point about Latvia having a split personality. Approaching people, including workers in shops, ...
... were many concerts going on that could be heard randomly throughout the city. There was also what I am convinced was an SCA event going on in downtown Rīga. I recognized quite a few things as probably SCAdian. If not SCAdian, then there was most assuredly a Latvian Renaissance Fair. Who would have though, me crossing the ocean only to watch part of an SCA event? It even seemed that Latvia had a version ...
... their independents. All these type museums that web have been into reveal a lot of torture and problems that the eastern bloc countries have been through over the past 200 odd years. A lot that I did not know about and some of it fairly recent. It kept raining nearly all day about one of the first days that this has happened to us since leaving Sydney.
Tomorrow we will be walking to the coach station to catch our coach to ...
... has seen only parts of the castle restored.
On the walk back to the train we stopped at Gutman's Cave, a sandstone cave that is famous for the inscriptions carved into the walls.
On the train ride, we worked out that there appears to be only one main industry in this part of Latvia and that is forestry. Once we left the urban edges of Riga, both sides of the railway line comprised seemingly endless plantation forests of pine and some birch, with ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsOld City Boutique Hotel Riga
Great breakfast, friendly PATIENT staff for 50 partying americans :)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Old City Boutique Hotel Riga
¡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.