Just back from a 2 day stay at the Hotel Tia, Riga. Was pleasantly surprised at the standard of the hotel for the price. I paid 82 Euro in total for the 2 night stay. I booked through E-bookers and this is a little lower than the advertised rates on the hotel's website. It was a 5 to 10 minute walk to the old town so the location is ideal. The lobby area was large, clean and newly decorated. My room was small but not as small as i would have imagined for the price I paid. The bed was a little larger than the average single bed which was good. There was plenty of wardrobe and desk space and a 24" screen as opposed to the 14" you find in a lot of budget hotels in Europe. The staff were friendly even though the locals in general are a bit stand offish.
One thing I would warn other tourists about is, be careful booking a taxi back to the airport with the hotel. I took an airport (small red cars) taxi to the hotel for 8.0 lats. The hotel desk booked me a taxi back to the airport which cost 21.00 lats. I realise i arrived late at night when traffic was light and went back to the airport at rush hour and traffic was heavy but I dont think this accounted for the return fare which was almost 3 times higher. The taxi driver going back stopped the taxi just outside the airport and started explaining why the fare was so high before i even questioned it. She was speaking mostly latvian mixed with a little broken english and from what I could understand her company has an agreement with the hotel to provide taxi service and as they run Mercedes the fare is higher, she did also blame the traffic but to me the meter seemed to be going way to fast on the open road after we left the traffic behind. I think I was ripped of but had no option but to pay. You should get an estimate before getting into the taxi.
Overall i had a good experience at the TIA and would recommend it to people wanting to get a decent room at a good price in Riga.
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