I stayed in the Dodo as part of a stag party in Sept 2008. There were only 6 of us, 5 on the first night, between a number of rooms. Now first thing to say is that the rooms are mostly twin from what we saw and the same price for 2 people occupying as it is 1. ** Unless you get a great deal, It is only good value if you get 2 in a room. ** The hotel also doesn't look as it does in the pictures!!
There have been mixed reviews on the location, it would seem. The tram is on the doorstep and cheap (0.50Lat to go anywhere one way) and that goes into the centre fine. You can also get to other locations as well and although it can get busy, the price negates this in my opinion. Around the hotel itself, there is a tiny shop next to it that looks very 'interesting', but alternatively a big shopping centre and supermarket is a short walk away. There is no fridge in the room (so don't buy milk!), but water and stuff is well priced here.
Around the hotel is the same as most of the Riga suburbs, Russian style, war torn buildings where you feel you could easily be shot at, with the odd bit of westernisation dotted about. The centre of Riga is better, with bars in the 'old town' and a very nice bar at the top of the skyline building (the tall one) on the 26th floor. On the ground floor (Floor 1 when in Latvia), there was also a good casino.
I can see why stags go here but be careful and book your excursions through a reputable third party. And even then don't expect things like club entry and stuff to be sorted for you. I personally wouldn't go back but it was an experience. It's also not as cheap as you think it will be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dodo Hotel is the first low cost hotel concept in Riga, built in 2008, which offers small and cosy rooms at a significantly lower rate. Convenient location to Old Riga (Dodo Hotel was awarded "closest budget hotel to Old Riga" by the famous Latvian magazine "Vakara Zinas" in May 2009). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dodo Hotel Riga