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Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars
Ranked #32 of 109 Hotels in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Stockholm, Sweden
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4 reviews
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“Friendly staff and right in the center of Riga”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2011

I visited Riga on business in mid March. Riga was a bit chilly on that day, but the welcome I received at the hotel was warm and friendly. I appreciated the atmosphere of the hotel with its helpful staff, excellent dinner buffet and generous breakfast. The internet connection was also very good. The central location with the Old Town just a few blocks away, makes it easy to enjoy the historic and beautiful buildings and medieval cathedrals which make Riga so special.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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ZaneBusa, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 18 April 2011
Dear Guest,

thank you for posting so nice review!
We are happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and Riga!

Hope to see you some other time!

With friendly greetings,
Zane Busa
General Manager
Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2011

After read all the nice reviews we had great expecations. Hélas, did not the hotel live upp to all of them. Instead we found a nice 3* hotel, with a rather small room, a slight smell of mildew in the bathroom and an extremely hard bed. A rather bored lady was working at the front desk. Tthe dinner as well as the breakfast was just OK. The waitress working in the bar and at breakfast was really nice and very effective and serviceminded. The price for all this was almost nothing, so we got a lot for a small amount of money. On the other hand it seems like hotels in Riga have very moderate pricing.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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ZaneBusa, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 18 April 2011
Dear Guest,

sorry to hear that you left our hotel disappointed!

After reading your review my suggestion would be mentioning things you listed to the reception during your stay, for example - hard bed - we have different size and softness for beds. We could be able to arrange a 'bed testing' to you, so in the end you could find the one that is the best for you.

I hope that you will consider returning and will give us another chance to show you that we can offer a great and comfortable stay!

With greetings,
Zane Busa
General Manager
Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2011

We stayed at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars during Valentines weekend and would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who wants to visit the beautiful city of Riga. I have been to many European cities and I have not stayed in a hotel that has provided such a high quality for such a low price.

I could not fault the hotel. It was in a great location just 10 minutes to old town and the hotel itself was spotless and the staff were polite and helpful. The room was spacious and contained a safety deposit box free of charge. The price also included a buffet breakfast which had a varied collection of hot and cold options and set you up nicely before venturing out to face a very cold Riga. The dinner buffet was also first class so much so we had our evening meal at the hotel on the 3 nights of our stay. The hotel also offers free coffee, tea and fruit all day in the bar area and pastries between 3pm and 6pm. It was great to be able to come in from the cold and have immediate access to a hot cup of coffee or tea. I could not recommend this hotel highly enough and if we ever returned to Riga there is only one place I would be staying.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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ZaneBusa, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 21 February 2011
Dear Guest,

thank you for such a nice review! It was a pleasure to hear that you truly enjoyed your stay at our hotel and recomend us to other travelers.

We hope to see you some other time again!

With greetings from Riga
Zane Busa and everyone at
Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2011

When you pay so little for a hotel you do wonder what to expect. This was way above our expectations. 6 of use travelled here and loved the hotel. It was a nice 10 minute walk to the Old Town and at all times you felt completely safe. The rooms were perfect and beds comfortable.
The hotel has recently been renovated very tastefully. They have kept lots of the old original features of the hotel on view, such as the stonework and fabulous staircase.
The free tea/coffee in the reception was a lovely touch and allowed guests to mingle with each other - creating a lovely atmosphere in the hotel.
The dinner that was included in the price was good. Nothing amazing - but if you want a night trying the pubs of Riga rather than the restaraunts, it's a definite must!
The staff were polite, friendly and couldn't do enough to help.
I would certainly recommend this hotel and will be staying when we visit Riga in future. A must if you are on a budget and fancy seeing Riga.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
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ZaneBusa, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 31 January 2011
Dear Guest,

thank you so much for writing your review!

You are absolutely right - we have kept as many historical details as possible, it took a lot of work and effort to renovate them, but we all are for 100% sure that it was worth it and your comment confirms that!

I will send all the best regards to everyone at Valdemars form you! :)

Hope to see you again,
Zane Busa
General Manager
Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars
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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2011

The first meeting with this hotel was the polite, nice and helpful personal. We got a big, clean room with no noice from any streets. May be good to ask for a room oposite the Valdemar street. The breakfast was good, both warm and cold dishes, maybe exept from the sliced bread which were a bit hard and dry.
A perfect 10 minute walk from the old town and the big centers.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2011

Very comfortable rooms and simple, well-equipped bathrooms. The hotel is very good value with an excellent breakfast and dinner buffet. Good, simple, fresh food. Free hot drinks 24 hrs and afternoon pasties are an added bonus.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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ZaneBusa, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 18 January 2011
Dear Guest,

thank you so much for posting this review and complimenting our hotel!

Greetings from everyone at
Clarion Colection Hotel Valdemars in Riga!

Zane Buša
General Manager
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2011

We spend 3 nights at Hotel Valdemar in New Year 2010/11. It was very well worth the money! The hotel has this old genuine feeling due to the delicate renovation keeping old staircase among other. It has recently been renovated so it`s also fresh, clean and modern.

We felt at home very quickly and could easily have stayed longer. The homely feeling is partly caused by the clarion collection concept: free coffee at any time, free dinner buffet ant of course breakfast buffet. The house has been in the family for some generations and its fascinating story can be read in the hotel presentation. Together with the cosy hotel bar section this hotel has amazingly relaxing impact.

Our room was small, had no radio and no electricity near mirror. TV was good with at least 2 English channels. The room was also clean, nicely and modern furnished with a very good shower and had an old character with high ceiling, old windows and so son.

Dinner and breakfast buffets was over expectation considering its free. We could easily have had all our dinners the hotel.

I was a bit disappointed that the nice pool/sauna section was only available between 17-22. But maybe ok considering the fact that some other hotels in Riga actually charge their guests for using hotel spa section!

It´s a 10-15 min walk to old town which we appreciated after just hanging around our room and hotel bar getting lazy! Old town is very cosy and genuine, the city itself quite small and easy to overview. During our stay Riga was full of snow and the parks was fairytale like with a lot of trees with lights and festivities on many places.

We spent one day at the spa Jokerclub a bit outside the city. Hotel has an own taxi that can take you there for 5 ltv. Its very nicely made with many different saunas, Jacuzzis, massage, solarium and a well equipped bar. We had a full day including 60 min massage an drinks for 43 ltv each.

I really must recommend spending New Year in Riga! Lots and lots of people out, big fireworks in the park, gluhwein stands everywhere and a big Paris wheel in old town in witch we spend the 00 a clock, magic! Our restaurant Zila govs had performs including traditional dancing involving guests, we felt transported to a different time. After midnight we went to sky bar and saw some show numbers, had champagne and enjoyed the spectacular views. A New Year to remember!

We will absolutely go back and then most definitely to Hotel Valdemar!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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ZaneBusa, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 12 January 2011
Dear Guest,

Greetings in 2011 and thank you for posting this review, you have mentioned also many good tips that I think might be useful for other travelers, thank you!

We are very glad to read that you enjoyed your stay with us and felt as at home (by the way, the electricity plug is located right above the mirror in the bathroom, you probably just didn't notice it). We will be very happy to welcome you again!

With best greetings from white Riga,
Zane Busa
General manager
Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars
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Property: Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars
Address: Krishjana Valdemara iela 23, Riga 1010, Latvia
Region: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Family Hotel in Riga
#14 Romantic Hotel in Riga
#17 Business Hotel in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars 3.5*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Hotel Valdemar you live in comfort and style in the heart of Riga's history and culture. The over 100 year old house is an example of Riga's unique Art Nouveau architecture and total renovated in 2006.Hotel Valdemar is located in central Riga, only a few minutes walk from Old Town. On the tranquil courtyard, you can during the summer months enjoy a cup of coffee in the sun, while the one million city of Riga pulsates just outside.We want to take good care of our guest we therfore offer all our guest complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meal between 18:00 and 21:00. ... more   less 
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