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Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars
Ranked #32 of 109 Hotels in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Stjordal, Norway
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Good base of operations for those who want to see the city”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Stayed here for 3 nights in June, and it's pretty much as I expected.

The room was a little small with basic facilities, but was very clean - as was the bathroom. The staff were friendly and spoke perfect English. Unfortunately I wasn't able to try the complimentary breakfast or dinner, but it looked fine for those in a rush, even if it wasn't anything fancy.

The location is fine if you don't mind a bit of walking, it's about a 10 minute walk to the old town area. There's not a lot of things to do in the immediate hotel area, but there are a couple of coffee shops close by, as well as a pharmacy and a cashpoint if you need to take out money.

The real advantage of this hotel is the great prices it offers. You definitely get more than value for money, especially if you take advantage of the food available. If you just need somewhere to get your head down, or good value for a family trip, then the Valdemars is definitely worth visiting.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Helen H, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Dear Crofteh
Thank you for posting a review of your stay at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars on Tripadvisor. I think you are correct that you do as a guest get a lot of value for the money whilst staying with us. The hotel is located about a 10 minutes walk from the old town, but still in a interesting area. Next time you come back to Riga I would recommend you to talk a walk behind the hotel where you find the well known art nouveau district well worth a visit.
Warmest,
Helen – General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

My daughter and I spend 2 nights at this lovely Clarion in RIga, right between Old Town and the Central Riga. The building is gorgeous: it looks like a castle, complete with a gated courtyard for parking and sitting. The history indicates that the owners had to flee when the Russians took it over as a headquarters for the KGB.

While searching the web for hotels, I was skeptical of the price, but after reading the reviews we decided to book. The reviews are spot on: the beds are quite comfortable. The free breakfast, tea and buffet supper made the package an incredible value.

The staff is very friendly and accommodating and the location was perfect for walking or taking public transport for sightseeing.

I highly recommend this hotel to visitors to RIga. You will not be disappointed

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Helen H, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
Dear Kfalandays
Thank you for writing a review of your stay at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars on Tripadvisor. I am glad to rea that you enjoyed your stay with us and experienced getting value for money and that you liked the staff.
Warmest,
Helen – General Manager
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We had a pleasant stay here: the room (5th floor) was very spacious with a separate seating area, a bedroom and a balcony with a nice view! The bed was super comfortable with plenty of pillows to choose from! We also liked the complimentary meals: in addition to breakfast, there's afternoon coffee + snacks as well as the evening meal; it's easy to grab a drink or a snack on the way. As we were travelling by car this time, we appreciated the secure parking that was available nearby. Also the location was convenient - no matter where you want to spend your time while in Riga, everything's pretty close; Old Town 10-15 min walk, for example. No major complaints at all, but a fridge in the room would be nice. Also the bathroom was a little worn, but nevertheless clean and ok! Anyway, a nice hotel with a cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and good value for money - could definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Helen H, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Dear KafijaSofija
Thank your posting a review of your stay at Clarion Collection hotel Valdemars on Tripadvisor. I am so glad read your review,you enjoyed your stay with us and managed to make a good summary of our location and Riga. Riga is a great city cause everything is within walking distance. YOU are welcome back at anytime.
Warmest,
Helen – General Manager
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Limassol, Cyprus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

The place is wonderful! Everything you may have forgotten to take to your trip, was available. Free Breakfast, coffe and Cake and Dinner Every Day. Free Gym, Jaccuzi and Sauna.
The place feels like home with very cosy spaces around the hotel. Outside the entrance there is a lovely open air space with couches and tables for Smokers.
The staff is very friendly and the overall mood is very cosy and comfortable.
The hotel is in a great location, 15 minutes walk to old town. Transportation also very easy by bus 3 minutes outside the main road of the hotel.
So to sum up, this is the best hotel I have been to so far with a cosy environment that feels like home.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Helen H, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 30 June 2014
Dear Limassol, Cyprus,
Thank you for the posting a review of your stay with us on Tripadvisor. I also at the same time would like to say a big thank you for the very nice review of your stay with us.
Warmest,
Helen – General Manager
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

We were delighted with our stay, great location with approx 10 mins walk to old town, very clean and comfortable and staff were amazing, so helpful and nice, a real family feel and some great offers. Not only a good choice for breakfast but they offered tea, coffee, cakes and nibbles free in the afternoon, and also a complimentary buffet from1800-2100, and very tasty too. The hotel has a lovely courtyard where you can sit and enjoy the sun and drinks, and this was one minor downside tho for us. Our first room was on third floor overlooking this courtyard and as room sadly doesn't have AC we had window open, it was very noisy due to one loud chap outside! We mentioned in am and we got moved with no fuss to fifth floor, but sadly still noisy and reception checked in am and apologised again, we asked that night guy would remind these guests that others were trying to sleep and she promised to pass on message. Our last night was peaceful, and we could enjoy sleep! The relax room was not well signposted but as it was so hot we couldn't face spa idea, so not too bothered by that.
The staff were always helpful and pleasant, special thanks to Anita on reception and the young bar chap as they were so attentive and caring, a real pleasure. I would go back but take ear plugs and fan!

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Helen H, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear Irene L,
Thank you for posting a review of your stay at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars on Tripadvisor.also a big thank you for the very nice review. Loud guests are a challenge for us, it is a very nice inner court and many of our guests enjoy sitting there but we try to get them to move away later in the evening so that our guests can also get some sleep.

You are welcome back at anytime Irene.

Warmest,
Helen - General Manager
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Gavle, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

Great value, especially when traveling with kids, as a group or if you just want a hassle free trip. Breakfast, afternoon snacks and dinner is included, though the food is not special by any means, it really saves times since we all know what a time consumer it can be to find a restaurant that suits all needs. The location is great close to the old town in Riga and the area was really quite and calm. Rooms were clean, wifi worked like a charm and the staff was helpful, spoke flawless english and really made an effort to accommodate all our needs.
The only downside i can think of right now is that we found the beds and pillows to be kinda hard, but that is a minor thing that don't really affect my overall view of the hotel.

To sum it up - great for familys with kids or larger groups. If you are in Riga for a honeymoon or just a party trip with friends, then i'll go for another place.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank jfrodin
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Helen H, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Dear jfrodin,
Thank you for writing a review of your stay on Tripadvisor.
I think your summit that it is a great hotel for families is correct. The evening meal served daily from 18-21 is good as everybody can find something that fills them up and you don’t have to stress around on your vacation to find a place to eat.
Warmest,
Helen – General Manager
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Wakefield UK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

This is the original review we posted:

“More than met expectations”

We weren't sure what to expect for this hotel as the cost of the stay seemed very good value for what was on offer and some reviews suggested the website did not live up to the reality.

It all started well as the pre-stay room request for a quiet, high room was honoured. The check-in was very efficient and the staff seemed keen to please.
We were in room 601 which was very spacious with the added bonus of a separate seating area. The bathroom was adequate with good lighting- something often lacking in hotels.

The hotel offers breakfast and evening meal included in the room rate and we were not disappointed with either - in fact pleasantly surprised with the evening meal. Sometimes the buffet ran low at busy periods but if you asked and were prepared to wait a few moments it was re-stocked. All day coffee and tea was available supplemented by afternoon cakes/biscuits. There was also a tea and coffee tray in our room but we had no use for it as the coffee on offer downstairs was good.

The public areas are all modern, clean and comfortable.
The jacuzzi did not work properly, reviews seem to indicate this has been an issue for quite a while.

The reception staff - particularly Liga - were very helpful apart from on one occasion when we had a problem with noisy guests. A group of middle-aged men - old enough to know better - were drinking/smoking/shouting in the courtyard at 12:45am. When we called reception it was obvious he did not want to deal with the problem - and didn't - it went on for over an hour. A big disappointment was that though we completed a comment card for the general manager we heard nothing even though the card was handed to the duty manager. There are regular comments on TA from the manager stating that they like to have issues brought to their attention so they can be dealt with at the time. We were there 60 hours after handing in the card but had no response.
So beware - the courtyard rooms may not suffer from road noise but if unruly guests are in it may cause problems if the hotel is reluctant to deal with them.
Luckily it was only the one night and it did not detract from an enjoyable stay but stops us from giving full marks.
Room Tip: Courtyard rooms do not suffer from road noise but can suffer from rowdy guest noise

The manager responded to this review via TA and we have been in communication since and resolved the issue to our satisfaction.

I am very impressed that she followed it up and it just proves that she does care about her guests - even after they have checked out.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank SMW20
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Helen H, General Manager at Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars, responded to this review, 18 June 2014
Dear SMW20,
It is for me important to follow up with all guests and make sure that they are happy not just whilst staying in the hotel but also before and after the stay. A hotel stay is not just about sleeping one night in another bed, it is about planning ahead of time. The visit and the memories and the feeling after the stay. I am truly happy that we did get in contact and could sort everything out, now at least I can sleep well at night.
Warmest,
Helen – General Manager
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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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