I stayed here two nights (8/17-19) which coincided with the Riga Indepenence celebration. I couldn't have asked for a more centrally located hotel from which to explore the Old Town. Just around the corner from the hotel is the square which contains the old Guild Hall, and for the weekend they had set up a stage where orchestras, choirs, and folksingers and dancers performed most of the weekend.
The room itself was a bit small and the cup in the bathroom was not clean. The room was quiet, though and the bed was comfortable. Like most hotels in Europe, there was no top sheet on the bed and it could get rather warm at night sleeping under the heavy comforter.
I also has a problem on the second day of my stay where my key would no longer open the electronic lock on my door. It took me three trips to reception to finally get a working key which would allow me access to my room.
I don't eat breakfast, so I can't comment on the quality of the included breakfast.
All in all, a decent hotel, in a great location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four-star boutique Hotel Justus is located in the very of the old town of Riga, literally a few steps away from the famous Dome cathedral, within the architectural area protected by UNESCO as a part of world heritage. The immaculate renovation of the historical building was completed by April 2009, and so today the authentic facade conceals 45 cosy rooms uniquely designed to embrace the charm of genuine brickwork combined with fascinating art objects, antique as well as contemporary. Personalised service matched with attractive pricing policy makes Hotel Justus of great interest for a wide range of guests. The hotel’s site possesses high historical value, since it was part of the plot of land selected by Bishop Albert as the location for his Baltic residence back in 1210. However, the medieval wooden housing was destroyed by the fire in the 17th century, so the architectural ensemble comprising Jauniela Street today dates back to the 18th century. The facade of the hotel itself underwent the last major alteration in 1874. The building hosted a tavern in the early 19th century that was later replaced by typography and lithography services, in the 20th century it was occupied by artisan workshops, pharmaceutical laboratories, and then a cinema gallery and offices. Charms of architecture and historical atmosphere made this place a favourite shooting spot of Soviet movie-makers. Now the hotel belongs to a small group of friends that has spotted an empty run-down building and revived it with artistic energy.Idea of making restaurant Aleks comes from the simple desire to enjoy Riga of the beginning of the previous century. Interior is made from the household items of those times, which gives the restaurant unique look. ... more less
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