Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija
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... alternative for any of these products, but my biggest problem is: WHERE??!
In a country without HEMA, you buy light bulbs at the lamp store, tights at the underwear store, glue sticks at the office supply store, and bicycle chains... well, apparently you order those online, because even the bike shop doesn't sell them. So that means you first have to find out where all of those stores are, and then find the time ...
... years here as the Soviets were ruthless and oppressed native Latvians.
No wonder nobody smiles.
As I left the Museum of Occupation, properly sobered about what life had been like here during my carefree growing up years and beyond, I came across a four man jazz band playing outside the “House of Blackheads.” Dating from 1334, this building housed the Society of Blackheads, a group of unmarried foreign merchants. Bombed to ...
... they took the wallet, waved goodbye, and he was robbed! Looking around the streets of Riga before, watching the soviet-style policemen everywhere, I believe it.
So last night, I quickly realised that I was getting myself into the exact group I was avoiding - seven guys, drunk on the streets of Riga. It was the typical ****, where a bunch of older men are salivating over any girl they see, and discussing the dutch girls in the hostel (who happen to be in my room), and I ...
... spill back on them no toilet paper were ever given. People were forced to live and eat under this stench, absolute horror. When the Nazis over took the Baltic states from the Soviets, the Latvians were thinking the German were liberators, but instead, the Nazis started their horrific killing spree of the Latvian Jews. After the war, the Soviets returned for another 40+ years from 1944 til 1991. Latvians along with their ...
... and drinking sessions. Today though, the House of Blackheads is a museum and tourist information centre.
"See that spire over there?" I said to Jodie, pointing to our left. "It's the Church of St Peter and according to this guide book, there's an interesting story behind it." Jodie listened as I began to tell the tale.
The spire had fallen off or burned down so many times that Peter the Great, visiting Riga at the time, ordered a proper rebuild once and for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija Riga
Stayed at the Reval for four nights in July whilst on a (mature!) stag do.
Found the hotel excellent - very clean, good service with excellent facilities. The sky bar had good views and prices where reasoanble. Also worth a go in the sauna again for the views of the Old Town. The 24 hour Casino is worth a visit and offers a good exchange rate if you have any money left!
The dinner buffet whilst not cheap by Riga standards at 9 lats offers really good choice and quality.
Would definately go to the Reval again.
I stayed with my wife two nights at the hotel with a group tour. We got a nice twin room at the 8th floor with an view on the Orthodox Cathedral and the old town in the distance. Very convenient location to walk in few minutes into the old town of this beautiful capital, the only real capital of the Baltic republics. The bar at the 26th floor give guests an amazing view on the whole city. Breakfast is great. I was positively surprised by dinner buffet, a valid alternative to expensive restaurants in the old town. Every day you could read a short report of the news of the world in six languages. Very good Internet services. I don't like these kind of big unpersonalized hotels so I would not stay here again but I admit this hotel is really good. Ah, I forgot to say not to miss a long walk in the old town which keeps a lot of artistic and architectural (Jugendstil) attractions. Other attractions are... the women, I had never seen such a qualitatively high average of beautiful girls. One more reason to visit Riga, expecially for singles
As a hotel the Reval has pluses and minuses. It's situated perfectly, staring from its great height directly on to the Old Town, and the park that precedes. You can even see the 'Milda' statue, the pride of the parks that one walks through to reach the Old Town.
Central location, comfortable but miserable staff
The Reval Riga is a chain in the Baltics, central location , tall and comfortable. The restaurant is over priced and service so so, breakfasts were the best we had in Blatic statesthough. The check in and money exchange staff turned their back on you, answered mobiles etc, generally very rude. OK if you get a good rate and location fine.
Excellent location, within walking distance of the old town and provided your room is to the front of the hotel, excellent views. The lobby bar is a good spot, informal and with a good line in drinks and some fine bar food. The rooms are reasonably spacious, the bathrooms must be complimented as they are very modern and the shower is excellent. Overall, the staff working in the hotel were helpful beyond belief, all spoke fluent english and a special mention must go to the porters working in the lobby who helped us with suggestions for daily activities and even put in a good word with the taxi drivers not to rip us off! (it's very common! we nearly got badly stung on arrival but for the hotel staff's assistance) The main drawbacks would be that whilst the restaurant is good for breakfast, the lunch and dinner menus are not spectacular and the service isn't fantastic. Also the nightclub (voodoo) whilst a good nightclub, is packed with ladies of a "professional persuasion" so be very careful how you interact with them and the bouncers/security in here are VERY heavy-handed at times. All in all, a good hotel with a few minor drawbacks, but these are easily avoided.
We have just spent four nights at the Reval Latvija.On our arrival we were disappointed to be allocated a twin room as we had specifically requested a double.However we were moved to one the next day.The room was the size expected for a standard room,tastefully furnished with a large comfortable bed and was very clean.There was no room safe but we had use of one in reception .One of the reasons we chose this hotel was the Skyline Bar and it's reported views of the city.Unfortunately this is closed for refurbishment until April!But the view from our room was brilliant (20th floor initially then 22nd). The staff were polite and helpful.We ate in the restaurant on one occasion and the food was very nice as were the club sandwiches in the lobby bar.Enjoyed walking round Riga,really pretty.We felt quite safe but one word of warning - don't be fooled into changing Latvian coins into notes for anyone whatever their situation.Too embarrassed to say any more!
Good choice for Riga
Rooms are small for this price level, however the compensation is free wireless internet, and a very well equipped fitness club on the top floor with a glass-walled sauna having a breathtaking view over the old city from the 27th floor. Breakfast is excellent and the lobby is a pleasant meeting place. The location is perfect - I was in walking distance to all my meetings.
Good Place to Stay
We ended up here after leaving our reservation to the last minute. The size of the hotel means there are almost always rooms available. It was more expensive than what we wanted to pay, however, the rooms/views/food were all very good so we weren't disappointed.
The staff were also extremely helpful and organised a tour of Rundale Palace for us on the Sunday. Breakfast is included in the price and there was a variety of food to choose from.
I read the review in this forum before leaving that it wasn't clean, however, both our rooms were spotless.
It's probably not the best value for money as it is expensive by Riga standards; other than that however no complaints. A good place to stay.
Was a great hotel
I was very impressed with this hotel from the moment of check in to check out. I was upgraded to a business room, which was extremely spacious. Scandinavian design, a comfortable double bed and very clean throughout.
I took breakfast the next morning, which was included in the rate (around 100 EUR per night) and there was quite a good spread. The restaurant and lobby areas were all very nice.
I didn't make it to the sky bar, which I'd heard lots about as I was too tired when I arrived. To get to the airport you can arrange a taxi with reception for 5.50 LVL which is very cheap. Actually, if you go by meter it should be slightly less.
A great hotel in an amazing city, very calm and tranquil...
I hadn't visited Riga in 15 years and was looking forward to seeing how the place had changed since its independence from the Soviet Union. Riga is transformed and is becoming a world class cosmopolitan city--testimony to the power of freedom, democracy and the business enterprise system. Great restaurants, restored Art Nouveau architecture, a plethora of outdoor cafes, well dressed people, great public transport system and much history-heroic and tragic going back to the 12th century. It really is becoming the "the Paris of the North" once again.