Radi un Draugi
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... to the oldest church with distinctive decor of wooden coats of arms. Out to a viewpoint across the town either its old walls and turrets. Down into the a Town Hall Square and along many of the narrow streets off it. At last to the hotel and we have a room with a great view through the picture window. After the group meal we go out for a wander around the ...
... outwardly detailed building in Riga and it is pretty in a gaudy way. Next to this building was the church of St. Peter. There is a tower that overlooks the town and you can climb it from a stairwell in the church. We went inside to learn that they charged each person 7 euros to climb the staircase. Are you crazy? Come on church... that is overpriced.
With nothing else left to see on the map that really caught out eye, we headed back to the hostel to warm up a bit. ...
Riga was immensely memorable. It was just the type of experience I treasure. Places steeped in legends,lore,myths and history. Walking downstreets which might have looked just the same hundreds of years back. Getting lost in musings of the past, a past that lives,breathes and speaks to us across the curtains of ages - stories of pain, of loss, of oppression, of triumph, of victory, of noble deeds, of survival of the indomitable human spirit.
Ravishing Riga indeed!
... 8217;s house museum,” I began to wander the tangled streets one by one until I realized that it seemed as though I was seeing the same streets and shops over and over again as they are so tangled that, I was indeed crossing the same path repeatedly, so I made the timely choice of boarding a small “train-like" tour tram that was a 1/2 hour tour through the inner sections of Riga, pointing out the main buildings, such as the oldest structures and historically ...
... Well independent is what I mean.
Riga's on a harbour, and later this afternoon I went for a wander by the harbour - there were HUGE chunks of ice, maybe as big as small cottages racing downstream.
This evening I met up with the Swedish girls again at the Riga Opera House - we saw Verdi's Aida for about £3! It was great, though I can't get used to Opera Houses looking all old and sensible ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Radi un Draugi Riga
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!