Radi un Draugi
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Shocker - to start - it's been over 48 hours since I've written anything. Yes - I can somewhat disconnect from being on-line. Well - not really - but on here less often over the last couple of days. Since the last post, I did surive the rest of the cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn, Estonia. One thing that did happen after I posted from the ship - …
... children will play with a stranger like me, and how gripping it is to witness teenagers acting tough on the outside, yet silently aching and hurting on the inside. Yes, some children did not take to us right away. Some are so hardened to any touch or reaching hand, that they indistinctly pull away with a hardness that is crushing. These are the children I worry and pray for. These are the children that scare me for their future.
With the ...
9. Children's Memorial : At the edge of the presidential lawns, almost obscured by the tall buildings all around, is the beautiful stone figurine of a little girl. A plaque at the site reads 'Dedicated to children deported to Siberia 1941-1949'. The busy, time-bound traveler pauses for a moment to ponder here. A poignant memorial to lost childhood.
10. House of the Blackheads : Beautifully ornate, seemed almost like a fairytale house. Little does it point to ...
... asked if he could speak to the Air Baltic Shift manager, but he was very rude to us and refused to speak to Laziz who wanted to explain to him about our LOI. The Shift manager would not give us his name and would only give us a feedback form to fill in. We immediately went online in the airport and registered our complaint. Laziz said he would go to the airport consulate (in Tashkent) the next day and try to get something else to convince Air Baltic to let us fly, ...
... it. Anyway I was so relieved to find someone speaking English here in Riga that I was euphoric the rest of the day and didn't care much about anything else. I also met Julia, who works at Durbe Language school, and she told me we would go to check out Riga after my Russian lessons. Being the only new student does have it's advantages. So good news, my teacher refuses to talk any English as well so that means I'm in exactly the same position ...
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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!