Travel Blogs from Riga
... Jakob's, had its bell placed outside of the steeple because people had to hear it from very far away. It was to be rung in case of emergencies. Legend has it that it would also always be rung if an unfaithful wife walked by. Toms said that never happens, so there must be no unfaithful wives in Riga. But on one of his tours once, the bell did ring as he passed by with his group, so he decided not to tell this story so he wouldn't get a heart-attack.
... so home; we stopped for a drink in a square in the Old City on the strength of a nice jazzy gypsy band that was playing, but following our usual luck with these things, it stopped as soon as our drinks arrived. And thence to dinner at the crazy-looking place right opposite the hotel, where we had yet another outstanding meal.
We have had four really, really good dinners since arriving in the Baltic States and are wondering more and more why this cuisine is ...
... Ilze, my guide, told me that by the end of the day, most of the booths will be empty of the fish, fruit, meat, etc. During nicer weather, the outside area is usually filled with vendors of non perishable goods but most of these booths were not open as we walked through in 0 degree C. weather. The buildings surrounding the former airplane hangers were storage ...
... which was a 15min walk away (not as close as we were hoping). We saw Foggy outside and he told us that they usually go to a place just around the corner so we thought we would give that a go. For the life of us we could not find it, we had a good look around where we had been told by Foggy to look before we gave up and headed to the shopping centre like the front desk told us.
The place we had been told about was a dry cleaning place, no worries we had gotten laundry ...
... here is as fluent as is Sasha.
Now, for some unofficial and one-sided information about politics. The President (Prezidente) of Lithuania is Dalia Grybauskaite. In office for two years, The Baltic Times reports in this week’s edition that she enjoys an 80.6 approval rating. Only 7.6 percent perceive her negatively. A critic, an adviser to the former president, calls her popularity a function of her communication style; she’s ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Metropole Hotel Riga
With so many good comments may be I was expecting too much so Im quite disappointed.
My girlfriend and I spend a weekend in Riga, Latvia in early December at the hotel Metropole. The hotel was easy to get to, we chose to take the bus from the airport which was far cheaper than a taxi, and very accessible.
Stayed for 4 nights in this superbly located hotel, adjacent to the old town, bus and railway station. Stayed in a 2nd floor room at the front of the hotel but no problems with noise from the trams and passing traffic. Although it was snowing outside and bitterly cold at times the hotel room was warm and duvet thick enough! Room was great but although bathrooms are good they are not quite up to UK 4 star standards. Buffet breakfast was excellent with a wide choice from egg and bacon to cheesecake. Staff were helpful and friendly and prices although higher than some other bars in town were still good value. Riga is a terrific place to stay with plenty of places to see and an excellent tram system at only 20 pence per journey! Lots of bars, restaurants, cafes near the hotel which provide good food at very good prices. I intend to go back again as soon as possible and would certainly stay in this hotel again.
Great Hotel in Riga
We spent 11 days at the hotel. The room was spacious, clean and faced the interior courtyard. It was very quiet and peaceful at night. The hotel employees were very helpful and courteous. The breakfast buffet was fresh and extensive. The location was ideal. It was close to the market, opera house, major tram and bus connections, and the old city of Riga. The business center had free connection to the internet. We highly recommed this hotel.
I recently stayed at the Metropole in Latvia. It is in a great location, very central for both the modern shopping centre and the old town plus very local for buses/trams and 5 mins to train station. It was my first time in Riga and I really recommend the city and the people.
Impressive interior and great bloody mary!
This is a central hotel that is very good value. I opted for a double room single occupancy at around £50 pn. It is a bit noisy at the front but ok in winter and you get used to the trams. These can rattle the whole building sometimes.
Has a complimentary sauna and internet room with printers.
As for the duvet, yes the bed only has one but the wardrobe has plenty of spares.
Would use again.
Good Value & location
Hotel Motropole is located at corner of Old Town. There is tram goes around the corner. If your room is facing the tram tracks, it can be noisy. The included buffet brakefast is a lot better than hotel Latvia.
There are 2 computers with Ineternet connection on the 5th floor. They are connected to a laser printer. If you have a Notebook PC with LAN cable, there is hub for it. Stockman supermarket is across the street. Open Market and railway station is less 10 minutes walking.
Great value hotel in central location
great hotel in the city center of riga, easy to reach from the airport, just a stone-throw away from the main train station. nice staff, very good breakfast buffet. rooms spacious, clean and quite
Hotel was nice, but duvet was too small for the double bed, only a single bed duvet, weather was warm so we survived, but I would not like to try
it in the winter