Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRadisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga
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Be aware that there are a few Radisson's in the area.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga
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.
Above average, but location could be better
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.
Good hotel...depending on what room you get
Stayed in the Radisson SAS over the weekend for a stag do.
There were 20 of us in total - 3 per bedroom.
The quality of rooms ranged from the average, to the great.
My room (953) had two walk in wardrobes. two bathrooms, dining table, King size bed and a kitchen!!
Whereas the 'stag' had a room which you would get in a Holiday Inn.
The facilites in the hotel were good.
Breakfast was from 7 - 11, and was the bog standard you expect.
I didn't try the retaurant, but had room service a few times. The food was good, but took an age.
There was a gym, swimming pool, jacuzzi, and other facilites such as hairdressers.
The hotel is located along the river, so the view (from our room) was great.
To get into old Riga, you have to cross the bridge (takes about 15/20 minutes walking).
We didn't visit any standout bars, but there were a few cracking clubs.
Essentials being the best (R n'B music).
Fashion was O.K., as was Voodoo.
I would definitely go to Riga again. Though I would be tempted to stay somewhere more central i.e. near the pubs/clubs!
Though it is not as cheap as I though it would be.
Not a 5 star hotel
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.
By the way I found two pieces of broken glass in my scrambled eggs. After complaining I was answered that this was not in hotels responsability, as the meals were delivered from outside.
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!
Good but not 5-star
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.
One thing though - try to get a room overlooking the river. The view over the Daugava into the old town is superb ... or it would have been if they'd let me move from the back (which is a bit grotty). Handy 10min walk across the bridge into town. Also a free shuttle bus into town and back to airport.
So generally a good hotel and has some decent rates off season.
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.
Unfortunately I can't say the same for the bedroom. The room was a very odd shape, which we everntually managed to work out was because it was in fact two tiny rooms joined together. The result was a long thin main room area, which was so thin that you couldn't get out of bed without climbing to the end of the bed. This area also contained a desk and chair, TV and easy chair. Around the corner, seperated by a wall but still effectively in the same room, was the sink. Through a door to the side of the sink was the tiny bathroom with half bath, very good shower, and, as reported by another reviewer, the dry crispy and well worn towels! On the opposite side of the hotel room was the largest walk in wardrobe I had ever seen, incidentally it was exactly the same size as the bathroom, and clearly must have been a bathroom before the two rooms were joined. The heating system in the room seemed to permanently reset itself at a temperature which was too high for us, so we had to keep opening the windows to let in the -5 degree air from outside! As a result we were constantly boiling or freezing. The room, although quoted as a double, contained 2 twin beds squeezed side by side and wall to wall into the room. The real plus of the room was the fantastic view over the river to the old town, it was beautiful looking out over the frozen river. In fairness, my boyfriend, who stays in Parisian 3* hotels regularly said that the room was fine, but personally I didn't feel that it was to the standard that you would expect in a 4/5* hotel.
The bar and main restaurant were both very good, and resonably priced, although by Riga standards the food was quite expensive. The breakfast was excellent with a selection to suit every taste, and served from 7 - 11am catered for pretty much everyone. There is a small shop on site with long opening hours, as well as a car rental office and I think there was a hairdressers too. The gym was small, although the equipment was latest technology and there was a large weights room. The swimming pool was large and rarely had more than 2 or 3 people in it, but it was slightly cold, and the jacuzzi was disappointing. There was also a steam room and three saunas, one in each of the changing rooms and one communal one, but they were all turned off during our visit.
We used the business centre to access the internet, it was well equipped with plenty of computers, flat screen monitors and high speed internet access.
There is a casino on site, you have to register and have your photo taken on entry. The girl who took our pictures on the front desk was, to her credit, the only smiling friendly person I experienced in Latvia. The casino is quite small, but there is live entertainment, although whether you enjoy this will depend on your individual taste!!! The drinks are free while you are playing the machines/tables.
A lot of the websites we visited said that the hotel was quite far from the old town, but we found that it was only a ten minute walk, straight over the river, and if you didn't feel like walking a free shuttle bus ran regularly from the hotel.
I don't think I would recommend staying in this hotel if you are looking for a complete 5* experience, but in fairness, some of the facilities were good, the room was the biggest let down. I don't know what any of the other hotels in Riga were like inside either, so I can't make a completely fair comparison.
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.