I'm pleased to say that the TA reports I read before booking this hotel for a recent stay were pretty much spot-on and hence I didn't regret my decision to book here.
Externally the hotel is very much a stand-out in terms of the art nouveau exterior and the excellence of its internal design and finish quality in all parts. The interior designers have done a great job throughout. Cool and comfortable but retaining the art nouveau feel.
Location is pretty much unbeatable - just a couple of minutes' walk from the Dom Cathedral and all the other major sights.
The room was large and comfortable though it had no view of anything very much - just walls and roofs. Maybe an upper floor - which I requested after I checked in - might have afforded a better outlook of spires and towers! A German tour group seemed to have pretty much taken care of the better rooms and I admit I didn't book very much in advance.
Breakfast was a slight disappointment - even in the context of Continental ones. There wasn't much choice of cereal and the cornflakes were of the uniform shape variety that don't have much taste at all. I stand to be corrected but I felt the orange juice came from a carton not an orange-squeezer and the cooked eggs appeared to be sliced up omelette rather than scrambled. There were just a handful of choices of cheese and meat. I know that breakfast on the continent isn't the same meal it is in the UK but after 2 or 3 identical breakfasts I was struggling to get very interested in what was on offer.
Generally, service was efficient but rather unsmiling - a feature of Riga and the Latvians in general I found. Sadly, the English in particular appear to have acquired a poor behavior reputation in Riga (and I witnessed some of it myself) so maybe they were suspicious of me (despite my old age!). Nevertheless - and particularly when you're travelling on your own - some interaction with folks working in the hotel - helps one to feel more at home. But there weren't many "hello"'s, "good morning"s or "good evening"s from reception or restaurant staff. A postscript - just 2 days later I was chatting with a very friendly Latvian lady working in a hotel restaurant in London - so maybe the Neiburgs prefers its team to be more efficient rather than they are friendly? Be interesting to see other reviewers' posts on this subject.
Like others I very much enjoyed a dinner I had in the Neiburgs restaurant (see photo). Excellent chicken and coconut (Thai) soup and sea bass - but I'll write a restaurant review separately. It's great to have an excellent restaurant just downstairs as part of the hotel.
So, all in all, I enjoyed my time at the hotel. Some things above meant I couldn't quite give it a 5 rating but definitely a 4.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the very heart of Old Riga next to the Dome Cathedral this 4* Hotel is an exquisite combination of historical heritage and contemporary design. All the spacious suites from 23 to 62 square metres are equipped with comfortable furniture, plenty of light fixtures and well-appointed bathrooms. Although all the suites have a kitchenette in an alcove the guests are provided with full 4* hotel service and rich buffet breakfast in the restaurant.A small gym, sauna and steam bath available for hotel guests.The library in the hotel lobby holds a collection of literature. ... more less
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