The hotel is a 15 minutes walk to the old town although a variety of public transport can be used to get there, including the number 1 trolleybus which stops outside the hotel. The staff at the hotel spoke very good English and tried to be helpful. I had paid for a deluxe room as reading other reviews the standard rooms are very small. The day I arrived the temperature in Riga had been around 30 degrees centigrade. On walking into my room it was like a sauna, but I was pleased to see an air-conditioning unit on the wall. Unfortunately I couldn't get this to work! I also noticed the space for a minibar was empty. I went down to reception but as it was late they couldn't get any one to look at the room. He provided a fan to help us sleep. Unfortunately I didn't sleep well due to the heat. The next day we went out all day expecting our problems with the room to be fixed.... but they hadn't! Down to reception again, only to be told the hotel was having the air-conditioning upgraded and anyway it wouldn't be turned on till July (despite the literature in the room stating otherwise). After a little discussion we were upgraded to a suite which we were told would have working air conditioning..... but it didn't, however as it was not directly south facing it was a little cooler. The deluxe rooms have a kettle but not coffee or creamer and mainly fruit teas. Our original room had a shower but the suite had a very nice bath. Breakfast was of a good standard with a variety of dishes, however the breakfast room is rather cramped and it is difficult to get through it when people are sitting at the tables.
This all sounds very negative, but I did enjoy my stay and this hotel has the potential to be excellent. Riga is an interesting city and I found the people to be very helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rixwell Gertrude Hotel is located within the central area of the Riga city in a nineteenth century Art Nouveau style building, which was restored recently. The Hotel offers 79 bright and spacious rooms with excellent soundproofing. All this make Rixwell Gertrude Hotel attractive for Riga guests and travelling families with children. Riga is an amazing city with European heritage and authentic charm. Its visitors are simply destined to fall in love with its parks, churches, canals and Art Nouveau buildings. Make sure that for your stay in Riga you choose a place that speaks the same language with the city and its people. Whether you are visiting Riga for business, leisure, social or family purpose, in Rixwell Gertrude Hotel we are commited to providing you with the highest quality of hotel services! We know that little things do matter when you are travelling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fg Gertrude Riga City Centre Hotel Riga