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... of driving was quite reasonable, but some Latvians and most of the Russians are on a mission and yield to no man. At one point we had a crazed Russian and a Latvian four abreast with a truck and a scared looking car driver. Fortunately the roads aren't busy, so they got away with it. The nearer we got to Riga, the busier it became. We skirted the old town and the traffic moved very slowly for about 20 minutes. I think the cars not being able to pass ...
... we had been there for about an hour already. Again, the customs agents asked where our stuff was. We stood up and showed him it was under our seat and he just asked us to leave the cabin so he could check the other two men. He never looked at our items but unpacked everything the other two men had. Finally they were through with our carriage and they have this inspection down to a science because almost all the customs agents exited the train at the ...
... not American. So, I am looking forward to 3 o'clock, when I place my husband in a cab and wave him off while secretly anticipating his arrival and what predicament he will find himself in. Am I wicked for delighting in this? No, I am just bored and need some excitement as the past few days of waiting to travel home have passed rather slowly.
We will return sometime for a brief trip in September for another appointment with the Orphan Court. Then ...
... day involved exploring Riga by myself. I enjoyed wandering around the city and lunched in the same place as we ate dinner.
I met Viktorija in the evening outside her work. She works in a bibliotech. She is a quiet girl but more in a way of when she speaks, you listen, there is no waffle or random chat to fill spaces. I have respect for this. I would say she is a little reserved if not shy, but her company ...
... We will be expecting some snow now any day and that means I'll upload some photo's of the city as well! It's going freezing here though, Saturday it'll be like -12, guess that'll prepare me for Siberia already.
Unbelievable! When I woke up this morning it was snowing! It's freezing outside and everything ...
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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