We stayed at the hotel for three nights in September 2011. After booking online we contacted the hotel to request that the room would be near the elevator and preferrably with a view on the upper levels. The response was quick and friendly. When arriving we had a nice suprise when our standard room was upgraded to superior without any extra cost which was really nice!
The only drawback was that there were two single beds instead of a double-bed which we had originally booked, but this was a minor issue.
The hotels location can be argued about. It is NOT a short walk away from the centrum and there aren't any decent restaurants near it if you do not want to eat at the hotel. The positive thing is that there are two tram-stations just opposite the hotel which offer easy access to the centrum (lines 4, 5 and 2). Trams go every 5 to 10 minutes and travel time is around 10 minutes (three stops from the hotel). Just remember to purchase a local area pass from the airport!
The hotel offers a shuttle service to and from the airport which is 10eur or 7LVL for two people (5e/person). The shuttle bus drives an default route to pick up and drop passengers, but the Maritim is one of the first drops from the airport (and last ones when heading to the airport). Travel time is ~15-20 minutes depending on the traffic. If you are travelling in an group it might be an better idea just to take an taxi outside the hotel which costs 7LVL for the whole car (4-5 people). There is also an regular bus line from the centrum bus station which is really cheap and goes every 20 minutes or so.
The rooms are pretty tidy and cleaned every day. Some rooms on the upper levels have an balcony and windows can be opened. Superior rooms are larger, have bath-tubs, include a safe without extra cost and have complementary bath robes. Superior rooms also have an flat-panel TV (a couple of english speaking channels, 2 movie channels and adult entertainment). Every room has air-conditioning which is great!
The hotel has a restaurant, a bar, couple of small souvenir shops, lounge, business center and a spa. Note that the spa services costs extra and nothing is included in the room price.
The bar is pricey but the restaurant at the top of the hotel is REALLY expensive. Head downtown to a Chili or an Lido (highly recommended) if you are travelling on an budget.
Breakfast is quite good, but nothing spectacular. Mostly the products are of high quality and the variety is nice. The only things that looked a bit suspicious were the fish products..
On an international level I would give this hotel 3+ stars and the local 4 stars is justified. The only negative thing we have to say is that the service was not nice and the bar/restaurant is too expensive.
I'm not sure what we did wrong upset the staff, but we did not feel welcome here at all. I would really like to know what was the reason for this behavior.. :(
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the Bellevue Park Hotel's main assets is its convenient location, within walking distance from Riga's Old Town and across from the picturesque Uzvaras Park. Our guests enjoy strolling along the park's quiet footpaths, which provide the opportunity to unwind in a pleasantly natural setting that lies in the middle of one of Europe's most dynamic and exciting cities. An ideal tramway connection will bring you straight to a number of prominent city destinations - including the National Opera, the Old Town, the central shopping districts, charming Art Nouveau neighbourhoods, the Central Market, and the railway and bus stations - all within just a few minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maritim Park Riga
- Hotel Maritim Park