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Rixwell Hotel Konventa Seta
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

I stayed at the Konventa Seta as part of a group of 70; a children's choir and parents / grandparents who were there to compete in the World Choir Games.

Once we had all checked in (which was painfully slow), things couldn't have been better. My daughter and I were in building 2, which had large rooms, most with a small kitchenette (fridge, 2 ring electric hob, kettle), ample cupboard / wardrobe space and a large bathroom with hand soap and shower gel provided. There was no lift in this building though, which is something to be aware of. Also we were only given one key for the room, and as you needed to use it for the main door to the building as well as to the room, it was a little inconvenient - however, some of our party did request a second key, and people in building 1 seemed to have been given 2 key cards as a matter of course. Building 1 also had a lift to all floors.

There was a safe-deposit system provided at reception for passports etc. The level of English of the reception staff varied, but they were all friendly and helpful - particularly when we needed assistance with arranging transport to our competition venue, a rehearsal space for the choir and they were also amenable to us taking over one of the communal spaces in the hotel for hair and make-up.

The rooms didn't have air conditioning, and there was some noise outside, but as there was a major international choral festival taking place, that was to be expected.

Breakfast was very good, with a really wide choice - from toast / croissants / bread to porridge, via pasta and smoked sausages! I didn't eat any other meals in the hotel, so can't comment on the restaurant in general.

As previously mentioned, the waiter, Raimonds, was very friendly, spoke very good English, and put up with a lot of friendly banter from some of the women in our group (he is a good looking boy!).

Free wi-fi was very welcome.

The hotel is located right in the centre of old town Riga, with many many wonderful restaurants within walking distance - all of the restaurants I visited were of a very high standard and great value for money. There is also a large shopping mall 2 minutes walk from the hotel, with a relatively large supermarket, pharmacist, clothes shops etc.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Riga - and would recommend that you do visit Riga, it really is a lovely city.

Room Tip: If you need a lift to upper floors, ask to be in Building 1, as Building 2 doesn't have lifts.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Emma W
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

This was a lovely clean and comfy hotel. There was an old fashioned TV and no tea or coffee making facilities , as you would expect in many foreign countries. The bathrooms were absolutely spotless and the whole hotel has recently been . The breakfasts, available from 7 am, except Sats and Sundays until 11 are plentiful with a wide range of food, from continental to sausage, scrambled egg and a scrambled egg hash including sausage and other things. There is also local brown bread and herrings which were delicious. The management worked hard to accommodate us, and all the waitresses were unfailingly friendly and helpful. You cant really compare this with a western four or five star hotel, but it was clean, comfortable and spacious, with good food and friendly people.
The minus side was during the festival season, the hotel is in Riga Old Town, lovely old mediaeval streets .Negotiation is difficult for people in wheelchairs unless you come in the back way through the St Peter Church, or take a taxi to the hotel. There was also night time noise, which because of heat, we had the windows wide open, but had wandered around so much that we were tired and quickly went back to sleep again. For people who are disturbed by noise, it might be worth asking management for a possible room. There are lifts to all rooms.
There is an outside terrace where meals can be taken, in what was the convent cloister. The reception bent over backwards to help us, including the long suffering bar man, friendly and kind called Raimonds, who had a good sense of fun and spoke very good English! With lifts to all rooms, I would definitely come again! Free wifi too! Nearby restaurants on the square sell a large range of meals and Rockabillys provides live music at 3 euros per evening. This is kind of mixture of Elvis, Country and Western and standards, was quite pleasant and lively.There are rickshaw like tricyles to take you round the old town if you cant walk.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the main street if you are noise intolerant, ask specifically for a quiet room. At festival times in July and August, especially in hot weather, with the windows often, you will have to tolerate some.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Eve J
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Reviewed 22 June 2014

The location, right in the heart of the old town of Riga, could not be better, but otherwise this hotel left a lot to be desired. We arrived at 13;30, handed over our booking to a rather sullen young man who looked at it for a couple of minutes then said "Your room is not ready". No greeting, no offer of use of the lounge. Our room was in House 2. A porter took us to the entrance door, said "Second Floor" and went away - no offer to carry bags. The room was ample in size but Spartan in furnishings - just plain parquet flooring, one chair. Two small bottles of water with a note "1 Euro - pay at reception". No toiletries other than strongly scented liquid soap. A small kitchenette with kettle, but no coffee, tea, creamer, etc. Small old-style TV with channels that did not correspond to those in the guide book, Fairly ordinary breakfast buffet but with watered-down orange drink, not juice. Scrambled eggs floating in pale liquid. The overall impression was of a hotel catering to large tour groups staying at most for 2 nights and not looking for any repeat visits.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Graham L
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

The great tourist boom in the Baltic States seems to have resulted in many hotels achieving maximum occupancy without developing the strategies for coping with large numbers. When I last stayed at the Konventa Seta in about 1998 it was a more peaceful place.

'Peace' was not what we discovered on our first night. There is now a jazz club next door and at about 3.00 am I could quite distinctly hear at least three bands/discos in the vicinity all competing with one another. For the first time in my life I had to find a pharmacy next day to buy earplugs.

Then there was the battle of the breakfast. A group of 57 from the Far East clearly all wanted to breakfast together. As they came to breakfast wearing their rucksacks, camera cases etc. the rather cramped corridor in which the breakfast buffet was laid-out was impassable. That meant the staff couldn't readily replenish the dishes either. And finding anywhere to sit was extremely difficult. Some people gave up and took their breakfasts to eat in reception!

A simple remedy would be for the hotel to stagger group access to breakfast. Those on a tight schedule could be given an earlier slot; those with more flexibility a later one.

Things seemed to work better at dinner, and we enjoyed the food. The price of drinks was reasonable. The location is excellent. But I think I would want to look carefully at higher-rated hotels if returning to Riga.

Room Tip: Insist that you must have a quiet room. I'm told they do exist, but I'm not sure where!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank CanonEW
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Visited this cozy hotel three nights back the Mid Summer days in June 2012 (not 2013..). I was very well received, got a good room. WiFi worked well. Breakfast could be eaten outdoor too. Windows facing a pitoresque back yard. The only negative was the scaffolding on the outside wall, which gave workers easy access to my room if I kept the windows open. An excuse note was on the table when I arrived ... Nothing bad happened, and I had a nice stay in the historic center of Riga.

Room Tip: Central and convenient
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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2  Thank AaseRDA
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