Radi un Draugi
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Best place for a family
We atayed in this hotel in October 2005 on a "looking for roots" trip with our family of 4 kids 12 and 19).
We received a very spacious room with 4 beds, sitting area, minibar, TV, tea/coffee maker and a big bath. Everything was perfectly clean and new.
The breakfast was great and fitted all the different habbits of each of us - from a great cerail to a hot sausage and fresh fruit.
The place could not be better located in the heart of the old city and absolutely safe at night. The staff was extremely helpfull and assited with everything.
The wireless internet goes for 1.5 Euro an hour and 10 Euro for 24 hours if you need to stay connected.
The attarctions including very nice tea houses are minutes away.
Taxi from airport takes 10 min. Reserve at their site.
Great place, great price!
Stayed here for two nights in October. The hotel is well situated on the edge of the Old Town and comes in at an excellent price. It is on a quiet street though my guess is that with the windows open in summer, it might be noisy. In autumn that wasn't a problem. We paid extra for a junior suite. Large room with a small room off. Small room has the bathroom, a sitting area, the TV and a fridge. Tea and coffee making facilities are in the room but you only get tea bags once. They are not replenished each night of your stay. Take your own! Rooms are decorated in that slightly drab Eastern European style, but very comfortable though the single beds are a little narrow. The curtains don't meet, so if light bothers you.............
The reception staff were very friendly and helpful though the breakfast staff were rather more glum looking and didn't really clear the tables much or make an effort to please diners. Breakfast is quite good with a fair choice.
The cafe/ restaurant / pub attached seemed rather expensive for a fairly ordinary place,in contrast to the hotel which a very reasonable, but there is so much nearby, there is no need to make that mistake.
Hotel is handily placed for Old Town, museums, station and markets. Many pubs, restaurants and shopping nearby.
Overall an excellent, value for money centrally located gem. A taxi to the airport is 6 lats.
Good service , no problem with noise
Stayed here for 3 nights and had no problem with noise, the windows are double glazed and only opened them during the day
Breakfast good and staff very helpful
Ate at the Lido, make the effort to take the short journey out on tram 7 or 9 from bus station across the canal , you wont believe the Latvian food choices
Fantastic Location in heart of old town
Fantastic location in the heart of the old town. Reading other reviews this seems to be accompanied by evening street noise. We experienced this only on one (Saturday) night over our 4 night stay, but we did have a room facing the quieter side street.
Adequate and clean rooms with all the basic facilities you would expect from a modern hotel - except no bath (shower cubicle only).
Reasonable choice at breakfast and friendly and helpful service from reception - overall would recommend to a friend visiting Riga as a good value (approx £45 pn), good location hotel.
Beware of noise in double rooms!
Stayed for 4 nights in September.
EXPERIENCE ONE - Spent 3 nights in a large twin bedded room and would class this as the PERFECT hotel.
EXPERIENCE TWO - Spent one night in a much SMALLER double room and got about 3 hours sleep due to the noise from the street (this was a Thursday night) and would class this as the hotel from HELL. (We had an early morning flight to catch and needed the sleep!)
Location is unbeatable - service is very good - breakfast is excellent - twin rooms are very spacious - value for money is awesome
Just make sure you get a twin room, not a double!
The street noise was terrible!
As several other reviewers have noted, Radi un Dragi is a located in a nice section of the Old Town in Riga. We stayed at the hotel for three nights in June, 2005. As other reviewers have stated, the hotel is neither the dregs nor luxurious and charges rates accordingly.
We stayed on the street side of the hotel on the 5th floor and found the noise from the street a very bad problem indeed. There are two bars on the same street that play loud music (we were there during the week, not the weekends) blasting it out their doors until about 2 a.m. This would not be a problem if the hotel were air conditioned and one could shut the windows.
The hotel is not air conditioned and the temperatures during our stay were quite high. We would have suffocated if we had shut the windows. The hotel lent us a fan, but this did little to mask the throbbing beat.
We asked to move to the rear of the hotel (facing a courtyard) but were informed that all of those accomodations were singles.
To aggravate matters, the beds were also extremely hard, giving both of us neck or back problems.
On the positive side, the room was very clean, breakfast was great, and the public areas of the hotel are nice.
Unless one is in a single room, I would advise that one stay elsewhere when in Riga during the summer months.
I spent three nights at this hotel last week, and cannot fault it for value for money or location. The breakfast was very nice, although the staff were a little slow at clearing tables and making them available for other guests. My only other gripe is that as I was catching an early flight on the morning of my departure, I asked reception the previous evening for both a wake-up call and to book me a taxi for the next morning. Luckily my own alarm didn't let me down and there were cabs available at 6am, because the hotel forgot to honour both of my requests! However the lady on duty the next morning did apologise profusely and said she would look into what had gone wrong. Generally the staff on reception had been very good and helpful.
Other than that, great value for money and well worth staying at.
Radi un Draugi is great
We have just come back from a weekend in Riga and are very pleased we chose to stay at the Radi un Draugi. As the other reviewers have also pointed out, the hotel is clean and friendly, the guest and public rooms have a relatively high standard and the location is just about perfect. We couldn't fault the hotel. There are trendier and swankier places to stay, but this hotel is a gem offering excellent value for money in an unbeatable location. And don't forget to go to the opera and have tea and cakes at Aspara's (both just around the corner).
This hotel has an ideal location in the heart of the old town, but not too far from the transport hub. It is clean, resonably priced and the rooms were a good size. There's a fridge in every room and a tv with a couple of English speaking channels (BBC and CNN). It is located very close to all the main sights and there are plenty of bars and restaurants close by - although don't bother with the Dickens pub. I enjoyed my stay and would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants somewhere with good location, cleanliness and a good price.
Stay in the heart of Old Riga!
I have stayed at "Radi un Draugi" several times. The accommodation and service has always been excellent (in general, but especially by Latvian standards). It's situated in the heart of the old part of Riga, the capital city of Latvia. Everything of general tourist interest in Riga is within walking distance. The meals include typical, heraty Latvian dishes. The service is always pleasant and courteous. In fact, I'm off to Latvia again in just a few weeks and yet again will be staying at Radi un Draugi while I'm in Riga. And the tariff is unbeatable - truly value for your money!
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Yet again we had won the bus lottery and began wishing the 4 hour journey from Vilnius to Riga was longer. TV screens and a selection of movies in English, and unlimited free hot drinks! As there was only 3 others on the bus, it was difficult to refill so many times as the noise of the machine could be heard all around the bus, how many drinks could 5 people have?! I managed 3, while watching Ice Age on the TV!
Once we had arrived in Riga, we took the ...
... heading down to the old part of town next. The euro is still new here and many prices are in both euros and the former Latvian currency; our tip was the higher price was the euro.
The highlight in the old town was the St John the Baptist Church. Pictures were allowed inside, a rarity so far on the trip. Most of the Catholic churches have simpler interiors than the Orthodox churches.
Mike asked if my camera was working. I told him it was now ...
RIGA, LATVIA AUGUST 12
Last night was the Captain's welcome party and we had a wonderful time. Natalie, the head purser had us all at her table and we had a really terrific dinner with live music and dancing. Today we are sailing to Riga, Latvia.
We arrived in the early afternoon and went on a half day excursion. We went first to the Art Nouveau area. The buildings there are spectacular. All have ...
... when we joined up with the rest of the group. An extreme example of this was on the night before we arrived, the boys were out having drinks and one of them exchanged “words” with some locals who proceeded to use his head as a football and send him to hospital. Now all of that seems to have disappeared.
Later we got chatting to Artu who explained the difference “5 years ago Riga was really cheap so we had lots of British stag parties ...
... Needless to say most people got far more than they needed and there was a lot of stuffed people by the end of the meal (note that it was not bad Italian, pizza and pasta).
As the next day was a free day the leader Billy and Foggy were up for a good night and we joined in. The first stop (and for us the last stop) was the Kiwi bar, yep a New Zealand bar in Latvia. The place was not bad but we did not feel like it was a place we could not miss so fairly quickly we headed back ...