Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija
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... Sure enough a pickpocket attempt, the zip of my bag half undone, I stare at the woman and say "excuse me!" She looks me straight in the eye then shrugs her shoulders and makes off with her male accomplice to the top of the steps. We watch as the pair the go back down into the subway to look for the next victim. Luckily I had put my purse right at the bottom underneath all those extra clothes! Slightly shaken we go on into the huge market. It is enormous, ...
... wrote down the information on the sign, then I thought another minute and decided to go ahead to the address listed and talk to the director in person. It only took a few minute conversation before there was a comfortable rapport between us and I knew the tour would be great!! I booked it for the following afternoon and was completely stoked!!
Since I had such a bad sleep last night, I decided to turn in early tonight and just rest after this beautiful and relaxing ...
Strangely, there is no rail service connecting any of the segments Warsaw-Vilnius-Riga-Tallinn-St Petersburg (all capital cities except the last). The bus from Vilnius to Riga took about 5 hours and cost $20. We got a double room at the Old Town Hostel for $50 with private bath and a view over the canal. The Latvian currency at $2 to the latt, is the only one I can think of that is more valuable than sterling. Prices in the grocery ...
... have nicer cars than the majority of us do in the UK, there are lots of massive shopping malls and it's not even that cheap either. I just wanted to point this out as people keep telling me to be careful now I'm in Eastern Europe which seems silly considering I feel more threatened cycling through Manchester. I'm sure that it will change, I realise there are some countries, not mentioning and names (Bulgaria, Albania), where it is a bit more dodgy, but the Baltics are fine and you ...
... for lunch. David went to the supermarket & bought bread & a few other essentials. He was quite proud of himself because he & another tourist worked out between them how to use the bread cutting machine. So he bought a loaf of that multi grain bread we like, with sort of yellow bread (that might be corn) & this time it was sliced on a machine. (Lots of new skills learned this trip!) I stuck to a lunch of bread & apple juice & bottled water, David finished off the ...
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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.
Good hotel, nice view
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
GOOD HOTEL - BEAUTIFUL BAR- AWFUL STAFF!!!
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.
The rooms are very clean and smart, as one would expect from a modern hotel chain. They have little character, however - chain hotels the world over are increasingly identical in format. This is no criticism, though. The height of the hotel means your view will depend on what floor you are on. As the hotels was going through a major extension project while I was there, I was looking down on a buliding site. The project is nearly over, so don't worry on this front.
The bars are very nice- the one on the top floor is amazing. I suggest anyone who visits Riga visit the Reval bar on the top floor, whether they stay at the hotel or not. I believe it's 20+ stories high, and looks over the panorama of the whole beautiful city. It's not cheap, and they specialise in cocktails that take 5 minutes to make, so expect to wait to get your order in. All worth it though.
The downstairs bar is very comfortable and spacious, again, very relaxing day or night. The drinks are reasonably priced too.
My one gripe echoes another reviewer here, so I doubt is coincidence. the staff are not friendly or helpful at all. To attract their attention can be a task in itself, and they even seem put out that you've disturbed them. And yes, they do turn their backs on you!
I'd booked the room for 3 nights. On the 2nd night, my entry card wasn't letting me into my room. I assumed the card was faulty, and went to check with the desk. They told me I'd only booked for 2 nights. I assured them I'd booked 3, but couldn't find my reservation details. They seemd very blase about, and at one point it looked like I'd have to find another hotel. They finally found another room for me to book, so I had to pay again.
I arrived home and contacted my booking company, who confirmed I had booked 3 nights. The hotel then backtracked, when the booking company contacted them (who obviously demanded more respect than a lowly customer). Apparently I had personally rang up on the 2nd night and cancelled the 3rd night of my stay! This was a blatant lie to cover up their own error.
I was refunded the extra night I'd had to book, as my booking company proved I'd paid for the full 3 nights originally. This left a bad taste about my stay. My advice- book through a reputable booking company, not directly through the hotel. If they make a mistake -you could well be out of packet or even homeless at nighttime, looking for a hotel room!
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.
A good hotel with one or two tiny drawbacks
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.
Nice hotel with great views
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...
A great view, perfect location and wonderful service
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.
The purpose of the trip was help set up my daughter for a year in Riga as a Fulbright scholar. The travel party also included my mother (born and raised in Latvia) and my wife--her first visit. I had arranged two rooms at a weekend rate of 85 Euro through a direct booking by email with the very competent Revel Hotel reservation staff (Agnese). We arrived in the evening of August 27 at the modern first class airport terminal on a British Airways flight from London to begin our two week stay. Fifteen years ago the airport arrival in Riga meant a tarmac full of Soviet aircraft, no weather proof gangways, an ancient baggage handling system, no duty free shops and stern looking airport security and passport officials.
After two incredibly expensive days in London and the confusing environment of Heathrow we sensed a different more charming experience. We quickly found our driver Valdis arranged by the Hotel for 5 Lats ($10). He groaned at the sight of 10 pieces of luggage but successfully loaded them on to his Mercedes Van for the 15 minute drive to the Hotel. We gave him a good tip. (We ended up retaining Valdis for out-of town trips to Priekule, Liepaja, Ventspils and Rundale Palace.) After crossing the Daugava River -with a wonderful view of Riga Castle and Old Town--we checked into the sparkling lobby of the Hotel Latvija on 55 Elizabetes Iela (street). The former Soviet style hotel in the center of Riga is now a full service hotel and recently renovated. It is the tallest building in Riga. Our rooms were on the 15th and 17th floors and we had an expansive view down Brivibas Boulevard, Freedoms Monument and Old Town (with the stately steeples of Dome Cathedral and St. Peters Church). The massive statue of Lenin that was across from the hotel 15 years ago is gone. The city perspective was just magnificent and inspiring-even saw fireworks displays. It cast a magic spell on my wife. We proceeded up to the 27th floor Sky Lounge for a late night snack and cocktails and the city view was even more impressive.
We were delighted with the location, amenities, and service of the hotel so we decided to book it for the remainder of our stay in Riga and got the same weekend rate-- despite the fact the hotel was booked to 100 % capacity with tours, businessmen, wedding groups and conference activity. Many thanks again to Agnese of the reservation department.
A good feature was the First Client Card issued by the Revel Group (free registration on the web site) which gave us a 10% discount on meals and purchases on the hotel property. An interesting benefit of the card is the 50% discount on rooms if you check in after midnight if rooms are available. For checking email -- the business center offers 30 minutes of free internet access. There is an excellent top-floor sauna and fitness center on the 27th floor with 180° views which my daughter took full advantage. The morning breakfast buffet until 10:30 am (11:00 on weekends) included in the room rate was quite extensive. Most of the hotel staff is English literate and guests are all quite friendly. We met a group of Finns on a sports outing from Helsinki who praised the quality of the Latvian golf courses. The lunch and dinner service at the spacious Restaurant Esplanade is fabulous. We entertained a number of our friends and relatives and were very pleased with the menu and high quality food and service. There are many other first rate restaurants nearby. For entertainment you will find the Voodoo discothèque, nightclub and casino in the lower levels of the hotel.
The Latvija is very conveniently located to trolley lines and buses-but since the weather was so pleasant we often just walked to various destinations nearby. The picturesque park across the street would take you to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, the National Art Museum, various outdoor shopping stalls and onto Freedom Square and across the canal running into Vecriga (Old Town). For less than 3 Lats ($5 US) taxis can take you to nearly all sections of central Riga.
The location worked out very well for my daughter - the University of Latvia is a short walk so she could register for classes and meet with her advisor.
I highly recommend the Hotel Latvija. There are other hotels with more spacious and well appointed rooms -and you will pay substantially more. The combination of great views, location, services and price can't be beat for a first time visitor from the US.