We stayed at the Kolonna Cesis for 3 days, corner room on the second floor with the small balcony. It is a hotel in the neo-classic style of the 1930-40s with peaceful interior in warm pastel colors. The location of the hotel in ideal on the main square of the town. Grocery store and 24 H pharmacy are just the opposite the hotel. The Wenden (Cesis) castles and the Old Town are in 3 min walk. The parking in front and at the side of hotel is free of charge for the hotel guests . Cafe and restaurant at the same building with the hotel, sharing the big terrace with breath-taking view to the May Garden - beautiful small green spot with sculptures, fountains and flowers.
If weather allows, it is worth to have a breakfast at that terrace. The food at the buffet breakfast is quite OK, but it was all the same during 3 days. However the service at the Alexis restaurant is quite unprofessional and unfriendly, they were running of coffee, cups, plates, bread, cheese, vegetables literally every 5-10 min. It was impossible to have a proper peaceful breakfast there.
The WiFi connection is one of the best we ever have had in the hotel rooms - quite speedy, no problems connecting any kind of device (smartphones, laptops, tablets). The bathroom is quite spacious and has a bathtub, proper ventilation, good supply with both hot and cold water. Very comfortable bad (be aware, that double beds in that hotel are only 140 sm wide), you can ask the extra pillows at the reception. The service at the reception is ideal: very fast, efficient, extremely and sincerely friendly. It is indeed the good value for money.
However, the room was small, there is a strong need for redecoration - the wallpaper was dirty, the ceiling was in the dust, on the walls there were strong signs of the roof leaking. There were too many pieces of the furniture for such a small-sized room, it was very uncomfortable to stay there two persons. The remote-control did not work properly. It is quite OK room only for a overnight sleeping, if you do not stay much in during the day, exploring Cesis and the surroundings. The room was quite uncomfortable for the longer stay more than 1 person in the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cesis is one of the most beautiful towns in Latvia with an ancient history and traditions. It has a unique combination of gardens and parks, historical buildings, narrow roadways, wooden houses and lovely squares. Kolonna Hotel Cesis is situated in the very centre of the town, near the city park. The historical scenery of the town is adorned by the Castle of the Livonian Order (1206), Cesis New Castle and St. John’s Church (1284). This hotel was built 1938 and its first name was Tervete. Later it was renamed Hotel Cesis. In December 2005, the hotel became a member of the Kolonna Hotels Group. Kolonna Hotels Cesis offers 40 rooms and can accommodate up to 77 guests. For the guests comfort, hotel offers cozy and comfortable sauna and solarium. The hotel accepts payment in Latvian lats, major local and international Credit Cards: Euro Card/ Master Card, American Express, Visa Card, Visa Electron. ... more less
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