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Historical Traveler Reviews SemaraH Hotel Metropole Riga
With so many good comments may be I was expecting too much so Im quite disappointed.
ok here are what you ve got:
bedroom: 2/3 of the bedrooms are on the street side...and thanks to the Central location you've got 6 lines of tram right under your window. I can tell you that at peak time its one tram every minutes. And would you believe that peak time starts early morning from 5:45 to 6:15 am you ve got the whistling trams and some also give you the sensational feeling you are in the middle of an earthquake.
Very few non smoking rooms and Latvia got plenty of heavy smokers.
The bathroom with only a shower curtain looks quite cheap. Certainly not 4*standard.
breakfast: traditional buffet, bacon and eggs, fruits and veg, cheese. But when they praise themselves of baking their own bread you ve got only 2 type of their black bread. No croissants though on my last day I saw a few but they disappeared quickly and they had no more ( I guess they ve got 10 croissants every morning!) Another point, some may think its cosy to have your breakfast sitting in a sofa. I really dont like it. I was also quite surprised they dont put tablecloth on the tables. And the few tables near the entrance benefit from the local businessmen coming for a meeting and smoking right under your nose.
fitness room: ok, under the roof with 4 machines offering 4 different type of exercises. So complicated that you d better give up.
All in all if you are expecting an International 4* type of hotel you'll be disappointed. Its owned by a Swedish Cy so its also a place where you ll find mainly Swedishs travellers.
Excellent city break
My girlfriend and I spend a weekend in Riga, Latvia in early December at the hotel Metropole. The hotel was easy to get to, we chose to take the bus from the airport which was far cheaper than a taxi, and very accessible.
Once at the hotel the check in was quick and we were directed to our room. We were high up, and i think this was to our advantage because the noise from the trams outside by night was minimal. The room was excuisite, included a big living area (sofa, tv, dining table), a hallway to the bathroom and through to the bedroom. The ceiling was a little low but the rest made up for any small imperfections there were.
Old Riga is very close, the winter time is beautiful in the snow, and not as cold as I had imagined! The breakfast - included when we booked the hotel, was lovely, with an array of Latvian cuisine cooked to perfection.
When we got to the room, there were two guidebooks there which helped us a lot - the streets are small and winding, confusing if you are without a map.
I would definately recommend this hotel in Riga, it was a brilliant experience to spend a Winter break in Latvia. Even so, I think now that I have visited the capital, i wouldn't go back myself since i am drawn to other cities which i have not visited.
Stayed for 4 nights in this superbly located hotel, adjacent to the old town, bus and railway station. Stayed in a 2nd floor room at the front of the hotel but no problems with noise from the trams and passing traffic. Although it was snowing outside and bitterly cold at times the hotel room was warm and duvet thick enough! Room was great but although bathrooms are good they are not quite up to UK 4 star standards. Buffet breakfast was excellent with a wide choice from egg and bacon to cheesecake. Staff were helpful and friendly and prices although higher than some other bars in town were still good value. Riga is a terrific place to stay with plenty of places to see and an excellent tram system at only 20 pence per journey! Lots of bars, restaurants, cafes near the hotel which provide good food at very good prices. I intend to go back again as soon as possible and would certainly stay in this hotel again.
Great Hotel in Riga
We spent 11 days at the hotel. The room was spacious, clean and faced the interior courtyard. It was very quiet and peaceful at night. The hotel employees were very helpful and courteous. The breakfast buffet was fresh and extensive. The location was ideal. It was close to the market, opera house, major tram and bus connections, and the old city of Riga. The business center had free connection to the internet. We highly recommed this hotel.
Good quality hotel but noisy...
I recently stayed at the Metropole in Latvia. It is in a great location, very central for both the modern shopping centre and the old town plus very local for buses/trams and 5 mins to train station. It was my first time in Riga and I really recommend the city and the people.
I have given the hotel a 4 star rating, really I would probably give it 3 and a half if I could due to noise levels only. The restaurant for evening meals is excellent. The decor very nice throughout including the rooms which are a good size and Scandinavian style. The rooms were cleaned very well. Breakfast was buffet style and of good standard, service was good things were replaced quickly when they ran out.
One thing I will say is that the hotel is very noisy. The trains run right underneath so you get the room shaking slightly as they go past. On the 5th floor where my first room was, it wasn't so bad.
I was there on business and unfortunately had a very noisy group in the next room (walls turned out to be thin and this group were really quite noisy). They wanted to party and I wanted to sleep so in the end I changed rooms at about one in the morning because after asking them if they could keep it down twice, there wasn't much else to do.
Luckily the reception staff were understanding and let me move rooms just for the night and leave my stuff in the first one. This was all good except the new room was on the floor below and I can tell you that one floor down made a lot of difference to the noise levels from trains and trams! The next night I was back on 5th (I guess the party group was too hungover to do another night!) and I had a very good nights sleep.
The services in the hotel looked good but I didn't get the chance to try any of these unfortunately. TV was fine with all the usual Europe channels / BBC world and CNN etc.
So all in all I recommend the hotel and the location and certainly the restaurant and I would go back (but on the condition I was on 5th or 6th floor!) Noisy neighbours are really the luck of the draw and the hotel did their best to rectify the situation, so I was happy that they did what they could in the circumstances.
Impressive interior and great bloody mary!
This is a central hotel that is very good value. I opted for a double room single occupancy at around £50 pn. It is a bit noisy at the front but ok in winter and you get used to the trams. These can rattle the whole building sometimes.
Has a complimentary sauna and internet room with printers.
As for the duvet, yes the bed only has one but the wardrobe has plenty of spares.
Would use again.
Good Value & location
Hotel Motropole is located at corner of Old Town. There is tram goes around the corner. If your room is facing the tram tracks, it can be noisy. The included buffet brakefast is a lot better than hotel Latvia.
There are 2 computers with Ineternet connection on the 5th floor. They are connected to a laser printer. If you have a Notebook PC with LAN cable, there is hub for it. Stockman supermarket is across the street. Open Market and railway station is less 10 minutes walking.
Spent a long weekend there in cold wintertime.
Centrally located, both near central station, tram (stop 100m away from the hotel), bus stop from airport (take "22" and exit at "Stockmann" / Cinema), as well as near old town (which is not that large).
Had a spacious room with view to the railway station (means: front-side), nice bathroom.
Great breakfast with wide range of offers, both continental and english, with latvian specialties, and even cake being offered. Breakfast can be taken on nice sofas and armchairs.
Gym with sauna for free, and "business room" with facilities to check eMails (never tried this out).
Nice, very helpful staff.
You could see that it was wintertime when we realized that we were the only party on a certain floor when they started a renovation during our stay (no noise, but foil on the floor).
One word on the decor. Having seen some scandinavian hotels, this doesn't seem scandinavian to you if you think of IKEA and 70s space-age style or spartanic furniture. For me, it is rather very comfortable (a bit old-fashioned) style with warm colours which you can also find in Central Europe (but for the double price). Superb in wintertime.
Great value hotel in central location
great hotel in the city center of riga, easy to reach from the airport, just a stone-throw away from the main train station. nice staff, very good breakfast buffet. rooms spacious, clean and quite
Hotel was nice, but duvet was too small for the double bed, only a single bed duvet, weather was warm so we survived, but I would not like to try
it in the winter