Europa Royale Riga
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... we made introductions and ended up wandering around the city together, photographing and chatting. He's an interesting guy, a freelance locksmith who studied furniture restoration and who was on a three month motorcycle trip around Eastern Europe. We walked around exploring the Old Town for a while, and then grabbed dinner and drinks and had some really good conversation about travel and politics and philosophy that was the perfect distraction that I needed right then.
... the magic that takes place on stage. I cried, gasped and made effort every to burn the entire 2 hour performance of Otello into my mind for the rest of eternity. When Otello murdered Desdemona in sync with the terrifying symphony music, my life changed forever, I think. Sheesh. Really though, nothing I've ever seen before has given me so many feels. And now, I am going to bed with visions of Shakespeare ballerinas dancing in my head. Ata for now, and paldies for reading. ...
The Baltic Way or Baltic Chain was a peaceful political demonstration that occurred on August 23, 1989. Approximately two million people joined their hands to form a human chain spanning over 600 kilometres (370 mi) across the three Baltic states – Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. This protest marked the 50th anniversary of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. The pact and its secret protocols divided Eastern Europe into spheres ...
... distinct personalities but all were quite fascinating. One of Liva's friends was extremely straight forward and it was so fun to talk with him but we constantly got confused with each other as to what the other was saying. For example, he was asking me if I liked table soccer (fooseball) and I was confused because I thought when he referred to table soccer that it was a game where you played soccer on a table and it was a Latvian sport but he was confused with what I was saying so we ...
... a red sauce. Both were quite good. Typical food is usually some pork and potatoes.
Tomorrow is my last day in Riga and Latvia. My guide is going to take me out into the countryside and then bring me back in time to catch my overnight train to Moscow. My journey is almost done. So I think I need to go re-arrange my suitcase. It has gotten quite a bit fatter and heavier in my ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Europa Royale Riga
Gut und schlecht
Ein restauriertes Herrenhaus, dass sehr praktisch in der Nähe der Sehenswürdigkeiten liegt. Sie sollten aber kein Zimmer im 4.Stock buchen, da Sie sich sonst wohl möglich Ihren Kopf an den Balken stoßen werden. Das Essen im Restaurant war gut. Der Einrichtungsstil richtet sich nach mehreren Stilen, um es mal so zu sagen. Sie sollten Ihre Wäsche nicht dort abgeben, weil Sie meine Veste und die Hosen eines anderen Gentlemans verloren haben.
Good and bad
Very stylish hotel, the room was large (I had a business room), comfortable and well decorated. In the room it was smelling a bit from cigarette smoke allthough it was a non smoking room; the smell actually seemed to come from the AC.
The location of the hotel is excellent, close to the old town. The staff, especially at the reception, was extremely friendly and helpful.
What I didn't like at all was the breakfast; it was in a small room with only few tables. When asking I was directed quite rudely to a large table in the middle where some other people were already having breakfast. I like meeting new people when travelling; but not at breakfast time, and I certainly don't expect anything like that in a first class hotel. The breakfast food was also not very good quality and with quite a small selection, and the coffee was not fresh.
Great Breakfast and staff, shame about the single beds
Just returned from a long weekend in Riga, having previously stayed at the Europa Royale in Vilnius I was expecting great things. This was a mistake as the Vilnius hotel has huge rooms, plasma TV and jacuzzi bath which the Riga Royale does not.
The Riga Europa Royale bedroom was very clean and the the beds comfortable, however we had 2 single beds and 2 duvets although we had booked for a double room which was disappointing.
The bathroom was a good size and nicely decorated in keeping with the period of the hotel. The towels were a bit on the small and thin side though.
The Breakfast which was included offered everything you could want, cerials, fruit, bread, a selection of cheeses, hot eggs, meats etc and some lovely pancakes, you can eat as much as you like and it is served up to 10 am in the week and 11 am at the weekend.
The hotel arranged a taxi to meet us at the airport, this cost 10 Lats payable in your bill so you dont have to worry about having cash on arrival in Latvia, however on return they also arranged a taxi but this cost 15 lats. Not quite sure how this came about. so make sure you agree the price with the hotel / taxi first.
Exchange rate is about 1lat = 1UK pound.
Whilst we were there a wedding reception was held in the hotel. Our room was on the first floor adjacent to this and there was a lot of noise up to midnight and then intermittently in the night. Try to get a room on a higher floor to avoid this. Although the hotel is right on a main road the double glazing really did mimimise the traffic noise and this was not a problem.
The drinks at the bar and the mini bar in the room are very expensive, a small glass of red wine in the hotel bar costs approx £5.50 per glass. But wine was very expensive in some of the resturants too. There are bottles of mineral water in the room for 3 lats but there are shops all around that sell it much cheaper than this.
The best thing about this hotel is the location, its a 5 minute walk to the opera house and a 10 minute walk, maximum , to the old town.
The staff were all very friendly including the chamber maid and very helpful, their english was excellent.
We got a good deal on this weekend by combining with a BA offer. If I were to go again I would try and stay in the Reval hotel which has a bar on the 26th floor and superb views. If that was booked up though, I would have no hesitation in staying in the Riga Europa Royale again.
¡Uno de los mejores hoteles en que nos hemos alojado!
El Europa Royal en Riga fue un placer absoluto. Las habitaciones estaban bien decoradas, el personal era extremadamente servicial y placentero y la ubicación era muy céntrica (a 5 minutos a pie del casco antiguo). El edificio era una mansión convertida (creo que ha sido convertida recientemente en hotel) así que las habitaciones tienen techos muy altos, la entrada es muy elegante y las habitaciones están muy bien decoradas. El casino en el hotel era muy bueno también había numerosos juegos de naipes. Cuando visitamos el casino, había una fiesta para el personal así que pudimos cenar tres platos, beber cocteles y fumar cigarrillos gratuitamente durante toda la noche. También había un cuarteto de cuerdas con una cantante que acompañó esta noche lujosa. No estoy seguro si la comida estaba allí para la fiesta o si siempre está allí cada fin de semana. Definitivamente vale la pena ir si hay una fiesta pues nos divertimos mucho con el personal letón. Sobre todo, no podríamos pedir un hotel mejor donde alojarnos durante nuestro viaje a Letonia. Lo recomiendo sumamente a cualquier persona que viaje a Riga.
One of the nicest hotels we've ever been to!
The Europa Royal in Riga was an absolute pleasure to stay in. The rooms were beautifully decorated, the staff were extremely helpful and pleasant, and the location was very central (5 minute walk to the Old Town).
The building is a converted mansion (that I believe was just recently converted to a hotel) so the rooms have very high ceilings, the entrance is very grand, and the rooms are all freshly decorated.
The hotel's casino was very nice as well with many different card games to play. The night we visited the casino there was a staff party on so we got to eat an incredible three course meal, drink cocktails, and smoke fine cigars for FREE, all night long! There was also a live four piece string quartet with female vocalist that beautifully accompanied the luxurious evening. I'm not sure if all of the free food was there for the staff party or if it is there every weekend night. It is definitely worth checking out at least because we had a wonderful time drinking and socialising with the Latvian staff members.
All in all, we couldn't have asked for a better hotel to stay in during our trip to Latvia. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone traveling to Riga.
Good and bad
Restored Mansion convenient to the sights. Don't book a fourth floor room otherwise you will be bumping into the A frames of the building. Food very good in the restuarant. Furnishings of hotel ecletic to say the least. Don't get your laundry done here. They lost my vest and a gentleman two days before lost his pants
Just come back from Riga and a lovely stay in this beautiful hotel. The staff were quick to respond to my initial email to book a taxi from the airport and right from the minute we arrived were friendly and helpful. Loved the bed turndown and chocolate at night too.
The breakfast was good and everywhere very clean.
This is a renovated hotel and the decor was amazing from beautiful plaster ceilings to wooden floors. We stayed in a standard room which was large with a lovely bathroom with bath. The ceilings are high and molded and everything was in keeping with the history of the building.
Would definately recommend this for a special stay.
The bar and restaurant in this hotel are fantastic! The wood panelled bar with stained glass windows merits a trip in itself. The food is delicious and the service first class.
Very swish, but still working out the kinks
i just spent 3 nights at the europa. the hotel just opened and is still working out the kinks, but definitely very swish and a great location, steps away from old town as well as the art nouveau sections.
my one beef was their internet: they do have wifi and although i was able to connect to their network, couldn't get online and they could not fix the problem. and i know it wasn't me because i had no problems whatsoever getting online using the wifi in old riga and the skyline lounge at the top of the reval hotel just down the street ...
Great base in Riga
Have just returned from a great 5 night stay at the Europa Royale in Riga which exceeded my expectations despite a couple of problems with the hotel.
When we first checked into our room we were pleased with the decor, cleanliness & size (especially the beautiful bathroom) but it was a hot day and the air con wasn't working properly. As air con was my main reason for booking this hotel this was a major problem and meant we had a pretty uncomfortable first night, especially as when we opened the windows the mosquitos came in and feasted on us. We were offered a different room but that was just as warm and not so nice so we stayed put. Thankfully by the following evening this had been fixed and the rest of our stay was blissfully cool.
The hotel itself is quite stylish with some great features such as beautiful stained-glass windows in the bar area and chandeliers in the dining room. Breakfast was served from 7am to 10am which meant there was no rushing in the mornings. The selection of food for the buffet breakfast was very good and included hot pancakes, eggs & sausages as well as lots of fresh fruit and the usual meats, cheeses, pastries etc. Although the same things were served each day the choice was so good that it didn't bother us.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again but would choose a different room as ours (room 209) was situated above the bar/dining area which meant that we could hear music from below both in the mornings when breakfast started and also in the evenings. Although it wasn't very loud it was noticable and did detract a little from our stay. Also the glass lifts are opposite this room and people in the lift can see straight in so a lot of the time we kept the curtains shut.
The hotel is well situated for both the old town (about 5-10 minutes walk) and the new town.
Riga is a great place to visit - don't forget to have cocktails in the Skyline Bar in Hotel Reval (about 5 minutes walk from Europa Royale).