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Konventa Seta Hotel
Ranked #29 of 109 Hotels in Riga
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“Probably the best location in Riga!”
Reviewed 4 August 2011

This hotel has to be one of the best places to stay in Riga just because of its excellent location in the centre of the old town. None of the major sights is more than a 5 minute walk, and the area is very safe. If you are a light sleeper (or in fact anyone who isn’t deaf or drunk) you might like to ask for a room at the back as the street outside can be noisy with passers by up to 3am!
We got a great deal through one of the hotel booking sites, and breakfast was included. Normally breakfast in European hotels (and especially Eastern Europe) is the kind of food that makes you glad you don’t live there, but this was actually very good. There was a nice range of cereals, croissants, fruit juice & even sausage & fried potatoes, plus cold meats and cheese for our continental cousins.
Wifi is free, available in the rooms, and high speed. Safety deposit boxes are also free, behind the reception desk. I had no problem with my netbook, but you won’t get a 15” laptop in there. The hotel do have a PC you can use (1Ls for 30 mins).
The hotel is also historically interesting. Built from a collection of buildings that was once a convent, you can still see part of the original medieval city wall (outside room 105). The service is polite and more efficient than you should expect from a country which only emerged from occupation 20 years ago, and although the rooms are basic, they are clean an nicely furnished for a short stay in this beautiful city.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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cathathowells@yahoo.com
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92 reviews
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

The hotel once we found it was in an excellent central location with lovely craft stalls outside and through a delightful archway into a courtyard just behind the cathedral.

Our lovely room just lacked a fridge and air-con (but in July even though it was warm you did not really need it). It had lovely old beams above the bed and a television with a good choice of TV English stations. Our room was in the roof on the 3rd floor. We were able to open the roof light windows and there were blinds on these.

There is a nice lounge area downstairs in the lobby and a free safety deposit box. There is also internet which costs 1 lat.

Breakfast is served in the next door hotel in a pleasant room or you can eat outside. This courtyard entrance is locked in the evenings.

Be warned that it is expensive in Riga, but we were lucky enough to find a deal printed on the menu of a chain of lovely café bars called “Double Coffee” which were all over Riga, selling 2 pints of decent local larger for 1.69 lats (a real bargain) and very reasonably priced nice coffee and meals – especially the lovely omelettes.

If you leave the main hotel entrance and turn right down the cobbled street you will find a very modern shopping centre, inside is an excellent supermarket for all of your supplies.

I know everyone will tell you, but visit the 2 excellent museums – the occupational one and the one in the powder tower. We also visited the outdoor historic museum on the public bus and can tell you about this. We also went by train to the Jurmala beach resort.

You must also visit the Skyline bar which is on the side of the Radisson Blue hotel behind the freedom monument. I cheated and bought an iced coffee instead of a cocktail and it was half the price.

There are 3 delightful squares with live music in each (in July). We would eat in a cheaper restaurant around the corner and then go onto the square for drinks to watch the entertainment and dancing. We managed to see traditional music and dancing one night.

Beware of a scam when a local asks you to change money for them.

There is also a delightful park by the freedom tower which I loved.

We stayed in Riga for 4 nights which was perfect as we had nice weather, and then moved on up into Estonia to Parnu and Tallinn.

It was warm there in July although it was much hotter in Tallinn. There were blankets available at every outdoor bar to wrap yourself in, but you really didn’t need them. The weather was unpredictable – it would be pouring with rain one minute (but still warm) and then it would be sunny 10 minutes later.

Any questions – give us a shout. Cathy & Kevin Hughes

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2011

We stayed in a family room for five nights in June 2011. This is not a flash hotel, but it was very comfortable. The room was facing a courtyard and so there was no loud music (which I had read about in previous reviews) and the kids went to sleep without any problems. Best of all was the location. It was so easy to get around the old town and being able to pop back for an afternoon rest without having to walk all that far was extremely useful. Breakfasts were pleasant (but not gourmet) and staff at the front desk were very helpful. Overall, we found it to be an excellent choice and good value for money.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 July 2011

The Konventa Seta consists of four buildings right in the old town and jsut a short walk from most of the old buildings, also the opera and the mai ntown square with its outdoor restaurants. We thoroughlly enjoyed our stay. When we first arrived, the bellhop noticed that we had been given a smoking room by mistake and had us moved to a non-smoking room in anothe building. The only disadvantage there was that we had t owalk up (and down) one level. The other building had an elevator.
The breakfast was huge and wonderful, and there are lots of reasonably priced restaurants in the neighbourhood for the other meals. And the internet was fast! For high priced Riga the price of 69 euros for two was just right. And the staff on the front desk all spoke English and were helpful.
Edelgard Mahant
Toronto

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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53 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2011

Konventa seta is among old town sightseeings,Seta means yard and hotel consists of 5-6 buildings in this yard. Centrally located.everything are nearby. Breakfast is delicious and rooms at building 4 were very spacious without any special decoration.
It's a great stay and value for Money if you are visiting Riga for a few days and you want everything around you. Wifi is free and available iin the rooms
Recommended

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

First class Hotel, All staff very helpful. Cleanliness of rooms first class. Breakfast buffet is superb. Great location. Very competitive rates.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Darwin, Australia
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231 reviews
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

We loved Konventa Seta. We arrived a bit early and deposited our bags while we headed off around the corner for a drink. Weather was perfect with day temps in mid to high 20's and lows down to 17.
On return, we received our key to 127 and found a great room but no refridgerator. As we were there for 10 days, we asked about one and there it was. Great service.
This is a big hotel and rooms are almost hidden in a cave like interior with coridors and stairs leading everywhere. Plenty of space in rooms and very comfortable. Air conditioning would have been great but, at the price, we were able to cope.
Staff were very friendly, from the maid, Mara, to the breakfast staff. Speaking of breakfast, it is huge and buffet style. This is the time you realise the size of the hotel as the breakfast rooms, yes rooms, are very busy. Might pay to eat early and return to room if you have a program for the day.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Konventa Seta Hotel
Address: Kaleju Str. 9/11, Riga 1050, Latvia
Region: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 109 Hotels in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Konventa Seta Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 141
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel Konventa Seta is a 3 star townhouse hotel situated in the heart of Old Riga close to Doma Square and the St. Peter's Church. Hotel represents a unique complex of 9 medieval buildings maintaining an atmosphere of the 14th - 16th centuries and offering a wide range of all modern conveniences. You will find gift shops, art galleries, bars and museums in the yard of Konventa Seta. ... more   less 
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