Radi un Draugi
Travel Blogs from Riga
... my skin-coloured tights > "just go to HEMA and buy a new stock, because I will tear at least 2 per week now that the weather is nice enough to wear them".
By Wednesday, I had run through two glue sticks for my DIY mirror frame project > "just go to HEMA".
And the week before, I finally got my very own bike (which warrants its very own blog post, so be patient), and I needed a proper lock, a ...
... day I really will find out what those titles mean!) measuring the colour of the walls with bits of card. The breakfast was not as impressive as in Tallinn, but still pretty amazing. I could get used to eating large slabs of thickly cut smoked salmon for my brekky every day. The standard breakfast in the Balkans has been a table groaning with different sorts of smoked fish (in Tallinn, hot- and cold-smoked salmon, sprats and some other bits and ...
Riding out of Town
I have one day left plus a few hours. During that time, I've got to get from Riga, Latvia back to Moscow, find someplace to stash my luggage, take one last tour, pick-up said luggage, get to the airport, and get back to London. Never let it be said that I don’t over-pack my life (that would be both activities and luggageJ) With the internet, it is so darn easy these days to arrange everything before ...
... is also valued as a city with a unique collection of wooden developments in its central section.
In the course of history, Riga has traditionally served as a crossroads for trade and business between east and west. In 1282 it became a member of the Hanseatic League and remained an active member until its disintegration some 300 years later.
I bought from there some souvenirs and warm handmade glows, made ...
... side of the Riva.
Quickly back to Old Town, I head for the Occupation Museum of Latvia. It is here that I learn why nobody here smiles. This country has had a rough time of it.
The Russians, Soviets and Nazis have had their way, one way or another, with Latvia since before World War I. The Soviets occupied the country in 1940. On June 14, 1941, in advance of the Nazi invasion of this nation, The Soviets, deported 15,500 men, women, children ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radi un Draugi Riga
We atayed in this hotel in October 2005 on a "looking for roots" trip with our family of 4 kids 12 and 19).
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.............
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!
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.
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.
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!