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“Little, nice hotel”
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Riverside Hotel
Ranked #45 of 109 Hotels in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
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“Little, nice hotel”
Reviewed 31 August 2012

The Riverside-Riga is located in the centre of Riga, you can check it on a map, and it is 15 minutes more or less from the Old City, you can walk or take trolley n°15, but is not really worth, while walking you discover the market which is the biggest among the Baltic countries,it's a very cheap and colourful market where people can find from glasses to fruit... and if you cross it you'll find a quicker way to the old city.
The hotel is small, very clean, the room is quite comfortable, the bathroom very modern excellent shower. The breakfast is very complete, (the pancakes with that Latvian toffee syrup are delicious!) and there is a spa: jacuzzi and sauna, it's €6.50 an hour per room, as guests reserve better in advance, and the spa is just for you, very very nice!
The girls at the reception are really kind and helpful, they speak different languages, and Arta, one of the receptionists is really nice, she is ready to inform you about any topic concerning the country or Riga, she speaks very good English.
At the airport we went to Information and there we were lucky to find a lady whose name is Inese, she was absolutely nice giving us all the clues about the transport, etc. The price from the airport to the centre is 10 Lats by taxi. Remember 1 Lat is €0.70
We really enjoyed our stay and if you're looking for a little, nice hotel this one is correct. The only inconvenience is that there is no lift, the view from the room window is the parking or a kind of green space, but who cares? By the way, there aren't restaurants near the hotel. But there are so many in the Old City!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

we found the hotel on trip advisor and the reviews were accurate. it was perfectly adequate. the room was big enough. it was clean. breakfast was fine. price was very reasonable. The neighborhood was not as bad as the reviews indicated. It felt perfectly safe to us. we sometimes walked to town and sometimes took a trolley. both ways to the old town were easy. I would recommend the hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

While considering stay at this hotel be aware of some pros and cons;

PRO:
1. Very decent (unbeatable) price for hotel and guarded parking place - Riga is an expensive city.
2. Quite tasteful breakfasts.
3. Wifi access available everywhere in hotel facilities.
4. Rooms are air-conditioned, bathrooms clean.
5. Quiet area.

CON:
1. Unpleasant surroundings of hotel (former Soviet district).
2. Totally messy car route if going from city centre to the hotel, and from hotel towards river due to traffic signs.
3. Walking took 20 minutes to get from the hotel to the old town (wouldn't be a problem if area would be nicer).
4. No restaurants/bar in hotel area.
5. Small rooms and crackled beds.

Room Tip: No elevator so choose a room at the ground floor.
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 28 June 2012

Spent a night at Riveraide Hotel with my father on a cross-Baltic drive/vacation. Price was the chief motivator and Riverside does not disappoint. Our total was around $45 for a twin room, guarded parking and a pot of tea (room service). The location is about a mile away from Old Town and you have to walk through a rather drab, back-of-the-railway-station area or take public transport to get there.

The room itself is small but well-appointed for a budget hotel. The three stars are definitely one too generous as there isn't a mini-fridge in the room and the hotel lacks an elevator which can be very family-unfriendly as the only twin rooms are on the fourth floor. The hotel advertises a sauna and hot tub but they aren't free and are rather pricey at around $10-15 per use. The reception staff is friendly and speaks English and Russian well.

If you're a budget-oriented traveler and don't mind being a bit off the beaten path, you will do just fine, but I wouldn't recommend the hotel if you're after even slightly above-average luxury.

  • Stayed June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2012

Riverside hotel is located about 15 mins walk from the centre of Riga, which is perfect as you are close enough to the action but far enough to get some sleep! The hotel was clean and comfortable and the room (double) was large with an excellent shower. There is limited free parking and the supervised parking across the road is very cheap. The staff are the best thing about this hotel. On checking in the receptionist was very helpful in giving us a map, drawing the route to town and pointing out a couple of interesting places. The other receptionist (black hair, I'm so sorry I never got her name) is fantastic. When I was ill on my trip and needed to see an English speaking doctor on the Latvian national holiday she went above and beyond and found me a clinic 15 mins away. She also took the time to write out specific driving instructions as the route was a little complicated. If we are in Riga again Riverside will be our first choice.

Room Tip: If wifi is really important to you ask for a room closer to reception - our room was at the end and...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lincolnshire, England
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

A modern and clean hotel just outside the City Centre. Quiet location with friendly and helpful staff. Room was basic but spacious and bed was comfortable. Bathroom was very clean. I chose the hotel based on previous reviews because I wanted sometwhere a little quieter than the City Centre which thankfully it was. Bedroom overlooked a car park and it is about a 10 to15 minute walk (or 5 minute bus ride from a stop just around the corner - only costs about 70p) to the City Centre but we walked it easily several times during the day and even late at night with no problem. I enjoyed our stay there and it was very good value for money. Would happily recommend it to anyone who wants a very reasonable rate hotel in a quieter location and doesn't mind a short walk to the city centre.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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North West, UK
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

Enjoyed a nice 3 night stay in a twin room at this hotel. The rooms and communal areas were clean, fresh, and well maintained.
I contacted the hotel via email before arrival to see if we could drop bags there before our room was available at 2pm. They replied back very promptly that that would be no problem. In fact the room was available when we arrived at midday and so we could go straight in.
The reception staff were friendly and helpful and we soon had a city map and a few choice phrases in Latvian written down for us.
The room was not big, but it was clean and the beds were comfortable (we asked for an extra pillow each). The bathroom was nice with a power shower, small soaps and shampoo were provided. The bedroom has a flat screen TV with a variety of channels in various languages (only English channel was BBC World - but who goes away to watch TV?).
There was no tea/coffee making facilities in the room but 24hr room service is available - black coffee is 0.90 Lats, milky coffee 1.0 Lat. Sandwiches and food also available at reasonable prices. Breakfast is available downstairs some room tarriffs include breakfast others don't so check. We didn't have breakfast included we were told it would be 3.5 Lats extra, but we eat out so don't know what it was like.
Location was about 10 mins walk from central markets and another 5 mins into old town. We walked it there and back a couple of times a day with no problem. If you are not as fit then you can always catch a bus (0.7 Lats) / journey.
Overall enjoyed our stay and would be happy to recommend this hotel to people who are happy with the walk or the bus.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Riverside Hotel
Address: Natana Barkana iela 5, Riga 1003, Latvia
Region: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Riverside Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Riverside Hotel is located in a quiet and calm district in the center of Riga. It takes just 15 minutes by bus to get to the airport, just 5 minutes to get to the central train station and 7 minutes to the passenger harbor. Our friendly hotel's staff will make your stay comfortable and pleasant! ... more   less 
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