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“A bit more foresight, please”
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Radi un Draugi
Ranked #7 of 112 Hotels in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 June 2014

I've never been a fan of those reviews which mark a place down savagely because of just one or two minor defects. You know the kind of thing - "a perfectly good hotel, but my dry-cleaning came back half an hour late and they didn't replace the shower gel every day, so I'm only going to give them one star". If I were being charitable I would give Radi un Draugi four stars, but the deficiency that leads me to give it no more than three was fairly central to the experience of staying there.

The positives first - an excellent location in the Old Town; comfortable room (not over-large, but not cramped; decor a bit unimaginative); bathroom perfectly adequate; reception staff a bit variable, the women mostly smiling, the men mostly a bit dour. Breakfast seems to be included in the room price as a matter of course.

And there is the root of the problem. I suppose that the management could make an informed guess about how many people are going to be taking breakfast every day, and cater accordingly. So why were the restaurant staff constantly just behind the game, on each of the three days we stayed? There were no plates: oh, they're just coming. There were no knives: oh, they're on their way. There is no coffee; oh. I'm just making some more, but you'll have to wait five minutes (and this, unlike the previous two deficiencies, happened every day). The waiting staff were all young and all looked a bit harassed, but it surely can't take too much foresight to see that it might be prudent to have two coffee dispensers on the go, or at least to start brewing up the next batch as soon as a full dispenser is put out. And sometimes the cups seemed to go faster than they were replaced.

If the breakfast were startlingly good it might be possible to forgive this, but it was really no more than a bog-standard hotel breakfast. There were more varieties of cheese than one often finds, and herring too, but in a Baltic capital this is probably not out of the ordinary.

The restaurant also serves dinner, but since it's then open to passing trade as well I'll review it separately for that.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

Its a great hotel right in the center of old Riga, just steps away from the hustle and bustle from old town and close to the train and bus station which makes getting to it a breeze. With extremely helpful staff and clean rooms that have all the necessities for a visit. It's not the most luxurious of places but its a great place for a few nights
The biggest surprise was the amazing restaurant with food quality to match. A must to visit even if not staying at the hotel

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

This was the perfect hotel for me in Riga. It is close to everything in the old town that you could want to see and easy access to the bus terminal and the huge Sunday market. The staff were ever helpful and the breakfast was as good as any I've had in my 39 years of travelling to Europe. And of course location, location, location makes it the easy choice.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Steve Q
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We recently stayed two nights in this hotel. Everyone spoke English (as we spoke no Latvian). In the heart of old town with easy access to museums, landmarks and a variety of night life options. The room was clean and large! The bathroom was large had a modern shower and included a rain shower in addition to the handheld shower. The breakfast had lots of choices and included some typical Latvian dishes. There is some noise from the night clubs, so I suggest higher floors or if you only need a single, face the back side of the hotel. We were on the top floor, and even then we could hear the base at the bar across the way. Our room didn't have black out curtains so it did get pretty light very early (although they had shades). If you get there on a Wednesday or Saturday, don't miss the folk dancing at a local tavern a block and a half away!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Every time I visit Riga, Radi un Draugi is my choice. The rooms are very clean and well kept up and the beds are comfortable. Breakfast is a good local breakfast. The location is excellent for touring the old town and just a short walk to all the other parts of Riga and Museums so you can avail yourself of the many wonderful restaurants and sites of Riga. The train, ferry, and bus stations are just a 10 minute walk from the hotel. The hotel staff is a great help and very knowledgable of the area. The will let you know of any special attractions or festivals held often in the area. An excellent value for your money. I am looking forward to my next stay there.

Room Tip: All rooms are nice, but most of the rooms face onto the street and when the clubs let out it can be...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

very nice accommodatin in the center of Riga. A very excellent starting point to make a trip through the Old town of Riga without car.The Service is very friendly and helpful. Rooms a clean and comfortable. Breakfast Buffet very good. A very good Hotel for a Trip to Riga



  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Elke111111
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Stayed at this hotel a few nights on a business trip. Of course it is conveniently located in the old town but that is not the only reason you should stay here: Comfortable beds, clean and modern bathroom and a good breakfast.

Their excellent reception staff and service is the best reason to pick this hotel. They are ready at your demand and highly efficient, always letting the customer know they want you to be satisfied. It is just so lovely to feel welcome, not just to be welcomed.

Room Tip: Most rooms seem to face the street with their bars, so ask for a room on the courtyard if possible.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled on business
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Additional Information about Radi un Draugi

Address: Marstalu iela 1-3, Riga 1050, Latvia
Region: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Riga
#7 Luxury Hotel in Riga
#10 Romantic Hotel in Riga
#18 Business Hotel in Riga
Price Range: £49 - £83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Radi un Draugi 4.5*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The four-star hotel in Riga „Radi un draugi” ("Family and friends") is situated in the heart of Riga – the Old Town - and close to many historic buildings, offering: - 72 well-appointed bedrooms, all of which are equipped with everything necessary to ensure your comfort and well-being; - 2 modern and fully equipped conference rooms, which can be used for a variety of events, including seminars, conferences and private parties; - the restaurant „Niklavs”,which is popular with Riga’s visitors as well as with those residents, who enjoy a good meal out. Your friendly hotel in Riga "Radi un draugi"! ... more   less 
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