Europa Royale Riga
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... or bus.
So I found a small corner underneath the stairs where I could chain my bike to a rusty water duct. After a few days, I found a little sign on my bike for the building's caretaker, in (apparently rather bad) Latvian, telling me not to park my car in front of the door. So since then, I carry my bike up one flight of stairs and chain it to the railing (with my specially imported Dutch AXA lock), where I can't help ...
Today is July 5th. Today we left Vilnius for Riga,Latvia by coach. Our travels took us to the lovely seaside town of Jurmala in Latvia where we had a lovely lunch. We are heading towards the Baltic for a quick little toe-dip in the Baltic Sea.
Our first stop when we arrived in Riga was at the Opera House wondering why we're doing ...
... what happened during the wars, it was really interesting to read the honest Latvian perspective. I think I spent a couple of hours there reading all the information.
Back at the hostel I had some new roommates, an american who was travelling with a couple more friends, another American and an Italian. Along with the two German girls, we all decided to go out on the pub crawl organised by the hostel. It was a good night ...
... the city.
No one from my group was here yet (I was quite early) so I ordered a beer and found a window seat. The view was indeed stunning, it was also quite relaxing and I found it nice to be inside and dry after quite a wet day out exploring. I was there for only about 15 minutes before Michael and Sav arrived, followed shortly thereafter by Helen, Laura, Kim and Hayley.
Over a couple of beers and a couple of hours we watched the sun fade and ...
... the old town where I got the tram to the bus station. At the bus station I got on my bus which had nice big seats that reclined a long way, as well as mini tvs on the backs of the seats with english movies and music, pluuus wifi onboard. Yay! Can't ask for much more on a bus, except maybe free tea and coffee, which they also had! So after watching 'breaking dawn' and 'whats ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 ...