Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga
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Overall a fun city. We held our seminar at the Latvian military outpost about 20-45 min drive from the hotel depending on the traffic. Old Riga provided a great place to watch the Champions League Championship between Spain and Man U. There were a surprising amount of English in the area watching the game and at the bar where we saw it. Checked out …
... we took up a game of basketball. I am amazed at boys and girls who have never played on leagues, are so adept and talented in sports. The same with swimming, I asked them, "Who taught you to swim?". I wanted to hear, A sister, an aunt, their mother perhaps. Most answers I got were said in with a laughing tone, "I got thrown in (by one of the other children), and I learned how to swim, or I would die".
There is this sweet little pond near the ...
... scars. The reconstructions doing justice to this centuries-old building, battered,destroyed and buried at different stages. Located at the Town Hall Square, it now serves as a museum (astonishingly beautiful display of dolls, doll houses and other artworks) and sometimes concert hall.
11. The Three Brothers - A trio of adjacent buildings, quite non-remarkable in appearance, but with a significant history of being the oldest residential establishment of Riga.
... so the next flight was not until Monday, 3 days away. Masha, told us to go and get a hotel for the night, it was now quite late so we had a meal (and a much needed bottle of red) at the airport and walked despondently towards a hotel sign we could see in the distance.
The next morning by 10.00am, true to his word, Laziz had another document emailed to us which we got hotel reception to print and walked back to the airport to do battle. A new shift ...
... am in my host family. Same name as well, Olga. She taught me some basics today and she actually insists I write Russian in curved letters instead of my usual blocked letters. Since I can't talk English I can't explain her that my handwriting is simply like that. Ah well, I'm getting used to the fact that nothing goes the way you want it here. When I finally had a break from the 3,5 hours lesson I had to introduce myself in Russian to every ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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The Radisson Hotel in Riga is excellent, a compliment to this delightful city The rooms are very comfortable, the facilities first rate and the staff always friendly and helpful. The breakfast is second to none.
We booked this hotel because we were extremely unsure of the others. At the airport, local people said it was a "very good" hotel, but the Ridzene was better. Our room was very spacious and overlooked the river and Old City, which was nice. The staff was very, very helpful and the shops and pool nice, as well. Even on the 6th floor, you could hear the traffic. At least the traffic was not in full gear until the morning. The bridge you walk over to see the Old City is pretty long. We did take the hotel shuttle, but it only runs every hour, which can be inconvenient. The breakfast buffet was extraordinary and the restaurant in general was great. All staff could speak English which helped alot. I would say for a chain hotel, on a scale 1-10, this one is about a 8. I would stay here again, but would probably pick the Ridzene next time for location.
Stayed in the Radisson SAS over the weekend for a stag do.
The hotel is a concrete block still remembering the soviet era in some details of the building and in the service attitude of the hotel staff. The reception desk staff avoids any redundant sentences like "Good Morning, can I help you, did you enjoy your stay, have a good day". The breakfast restaurant ist 100% self service, so don't await any of the waitresses to adress you with a single word, look or smile. My suspicion is, they are only paid to clean the tables. This is by far under Radissons usual standards and has nothing to do with a five stars hotel. I have no problem to pay a first class price for a hotel with refurbished interior of the soviet era, but I am not willing to accept such lacks in the service attitude.
The hotel was not quite 5 star, but reasonable. A word of advice, don't walk back over the bridge from old town Riga after midnight. Take a taxi. We were confronted by two guys who emerged from nowhere, luckily we evaded them
First Class hotel and service
Just returned from 3 truely lovely days and nights in Riga.
We stayed in a Business class room in the Radisson and could not complain about anything.
The service is 1st class and facilities available are outstanding.
At breakfast, the hotel provides such an enormous variety of fresh and beautifully presented food, from traditional bacon and eggs to smoked salmon, fresh fruit and cereal.
Its about a 5 miniute walk over the bridge to the heart of Riga. If you are lucky enough to get a river view room the views from it are spectacular.
Highly recommend a stay in Riga and at the Radisson.
PS - try the Mojitos and also the Zelta beer goes down far too nicely!
Overall the Radisson is OK, but a little disappointing if you're expecting a 5-star experience. Room was average, but only real problem was the air conditioning which kept switching off making the room very hot. Staff were a mixed bag; grumpy on reception but otherwise nice (I guess that happens anywhere though). Breakfast fantastic. Has a great amber shop upstairs, and also a decent "corner shop" on ground floor.
We stayed at the Radisson SAS in Riga over Easter 2005. From the outside the building looks like a shabby grey 1970's concrete block. Although the hotel is rated as 4* on this site it has 5* on display in it's reception. The overall impression on entering the hotel is quite good, the reception area is large and clean, but on check in our first experience, which sadly was repeated over and over throughout our stay, was miserable unsmiling staff. We found the communal areas to be well maintained and resonably attractive, and exactly as you would expect of a 4/5* hotel.
This hotel has a good outlook over the river and the reception looks smart, but the rooms are old and so small the bed is right up against the window. Our friend said the towels were what she would use to dry the dog!
On our first night, we were kept awake until 6am by noisy stag nights shouting and banging on doors, and no-one would answer the phone in reception when we tried to complain. However next day the manager moved us to a quieter floor.
There are other, refurbished hotels in the old town, that we will use if we are ever in Riga again.
As you'd expect, a very pleasant hotel to stay in. A shame that all of these hotels are exactly the same anywhere in the world, so really you're not staying in Riga, or experiencing anything Latvian, but experiencing a generic worldwide hotel. There seemed to be a lack of accommodation in Riga, and what there was seemed pricey, so the Radisson seemed a bargain. The hotel itself is located in a great location overlooking the river and the city. It's a large, modern, clean hotel with good facilities and a very good buffet breakfast.