Six of us stayed for 3 nights at the end of september 2008, i have to say i booked this totally based on reviews on here and the reviewers were spot on.
The foyer is clean and has a free internet connection running for guest`s use, the rooms are warm and well appointed, nice bathroom, plasma tv`s and we had great views over the city.
Breakfast was brilliant, served downstairs in the cellar, the usual continental stuff plus bacon, and eggs etc, loads of cereal, youghurt and all the fresh made tea and coffee you can consume.
we took the bus tour around the outskirts of the city, it was worth it as we boys got to see the trains in the railway museum across the river!!, most of the stuff to see is inside the old town which is right on the centra`s doorstep or a matter of a few minutes walk from the front door, the museum of the occuaption of latvia(the best museum in the city) is 2 mins walk away.
To the left outside the front door is the irish bar, which all of us hated, the beer was flat and it was full of stag nights watching EPL games, a better bet is the belgian beer cafe which is 50 yards away along the side of the centra hotel, the food was brilliant and the beer was amazing, latvian beers and a large selection of good belgian beer. However our best bet for a good drink in good company is the "backpackers pub", can`t say exactly the street but if you walk right out of the centra down past red fred`s (which was ok, at best) then turn right walk along about 100 yards its there on the right, pints of 5.0 strength beer for about £1.
Book the transfer, its the same price as a cab, around 13euro, bonus is you don`t have to stand in line, we was met with driver with our name on a clipboard, whisked straight thru and we were all in our rooms 20 mins later. You can just ask for the front desk to call you a taxi when you are ready to return, its the same fare.
Overall Riga is not as cheap as you would think, however it is alot cheaper than London, a meal will be around the £10 mark and a pint (mostly) is around the £3 mark, but with cheap Ryanair flights its a great place for the weekend, either in a group, with the lads (of girls) or a romantic geteaway.
enjoy it, we did
martin & sharon
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- Located in the center of Old Town, an area favoured by locals, tourists and businessmen alike, Rixwell Centra Hotel is the perfect place where to stay in. This cozy hotel is unique with its spacious rooms with high ceilings and romantic views over the City. The Hotel is a seductive blend of the historical and the modern, providing 27 spacious and comfortable rooms with fantastic views of the Old Town. Constructed in 1884, is a vivid example of charming Old town architecture. Though the exterior remains untouched the interior has been completely newly renovated. ... more less
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