I enjoyed staying in a hotel that is not right in the heart of the city centre, and that is not in the heavily touristed Vecriga (Old Town). Walking around the area (the upper part of Brivibas iela, Bruninieku iela, Baznica iela, Skola iela, I really got a feeling for the atmosphere of the city. I also liked the Dailes Theatre across the street: interesting Soviet 1970s architecture. And the Laima chocolate factory is close!
The hotel lobby is bright and spacious. All the staff at the front desk were very friendly, and gladly answered every question I had.
The room was large and comfortable (including the nice bed, and the bathroom). My room faced the inner courtyard, and was very quiet at night, which meant that I could sleep well. Some of the furniture in the room was a bit heavy-looking and outdated---but this just added to the charm. A minor suggestion: the overly decorative floral carpet in the halls looks very old-fashioned, and this could be updated.
I liked the idea of the breakfast room being on the upper floor, so one could see a view of Riga (facing north). The staff at breakfast were very attentive, and made sure fresh food was on the buffet table all the time. I liked how there were different items at the buffet that you usually don't get in hotel breakfasts in western Europe: small pancakes with sour cream; raw herring with onions; etc.
Overall, I would definitely stay at this hotel again. For me, the best thing was that it was not located in the busier city centre and Old Town. It is about a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel to the city centre along the main street, Brivibas iela (or any of the parallel streets), and walking there from the hotel gives you a good feel for the city of Riga.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- City Hotel TEATER is one of the most enjoyable 4 star hotels in Riga. The hotel is located opposite to the Dailes Theatre in a vibrant cultural and business part of Riga centre. Old town is only in 15 minutes walking or 3 minutes driving distance. Nearby the Hotel one can find many landmarks such as Arena Riga, Skonto Exhibition Hall, Galleria Riga shopping center, Royal Casino, Olympic Sports Center, Gertrude's church etc. The hotel is in a beautiful Art-Nouveau style building which was built in 1905. The 24h front-desk and lobby-bar are located under a glass roof which connects both buildings of the hotel. The hot buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant on the 7th floor with magnificent view over the city. Hotel offers relaxation in Sauna with pool, Beauty Salon and Terrace on the roof top. Hotel has smoking area with stunning views over the city. Wi-Fi is available in all areas and is free of charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- City Hotel Riga