there were five of us in our party, 3 adults and 2 children. getting a red taxi from airport was easy, 15min drive, 7Lats, but beware being ripped off as we did on way back to airport, taxi drivers meter broke suddenly and he tried to charge us 14 Lats, we got away with 12 Lats but u should pay no more than 10, ask price first.
we managed to get a twin and a triple room. rooms are quite spacious, beds were comfy but in our triple room there was no carpet. we stayed in the bit they are renovating at present so we had no private bathroom facilities. this wasnt a problem as there were shared facilities on the floor. i dont think hotel was full as we had no queueing for loo or shower and they were clean enough. there is a cafe on 2nd floor thats open til 6pm. it serves breakfast, tea/coffee,snacks. breakfast was continental style and i think they like porridge as that was available also. it costs 3 Lats for a full breakfast but u can pay for individual items.
the staff were friendly enough and most can speak good english.
hotel is in a good location and you get what u pay for.
the centre of riga is about 15mins walk but buses go past every few mins. good shopping centre and a visit to market behind 'stockmann' is a must as is seeing the guards that march up and down in front of the freedom monument while being watched by a very picky sergeant.
one of the kids ended up with viral foodpoisoning and we had to call doc out. ended up spending a night in rigas childrens hospital. staff were very efficient but hospital was in need of repair.
my partner got accused of kidnapping my son and both were harassed by 2 drunken russian men, so just beware!!
riga is worth a visit for cheap beer, cigs, mcD's and the few monuments and churches but i wouldnt recommend for children as theres not much for them to do.
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- The hotel Viktorija is located in one of the main streets of Riga, 15 minutes walk from the Old Town and 15 minutes drive from Riga International Airport. Jugendstil architecture, cozy atmosphere, classic design gives the hotel special charm. All rooms are decorated in a classic romantic style in the best European traditions. ... more less
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