Just visited Riga for a few days in early June 2005.
Stayed at the Vecriga which is a sweet little hotel (only 10 double rooms!) conveniently located in the Old Town. The building dates back to the end of the 13th century, but it has been renovated in the last few years. Breakfast is a little samey by day 4, but adequate nevertheless. It also boasts having the Dalai Lama as one of its visitors!
Best thing is the location though. It's very near a Konditorei of the same name in Kaleju iela just round the corner as you step out on the road. We must have gone there every day! If you aren't a tea aficionado - although there are the Apsara tearooms if you are - and all you want is a big cup of tea and a cake, the Vecriga Konditoreja has a wonderful variety of cakes and savory piragis. I didn't eat the same cake for the five days we were there! Tea and cakes for three people were under £2.
Other things I can recommend are their beauty treatments which Riga is famed for. My mum and I went to one call Aqua Villa in Tirgonu iela which is not far from the Vecriga hotel. Mum had a cut and perm for under £28 and I had the best massage for under £25 which would easily cost me £50/60 in London. The massage was 1 hr 20, being smothered in lovely smelling unguents and heated in a strange duvet thing for 15 mins. Absolutely blissful at the end of holiday.
Weather was pleasantly sunny with fresh air blowing in from the Baltic Sea. Food and restaurants are cheap and plentiful. Bought myself some amber earrings as well.
Would definitely recommend Riga to the traveller who wants to go a little further afield in Europe!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Vecriga in Latvian means "Old Riga." The romance of the medieval ages together with 21st century comfort, warm welcome and personal attention to every guest have made the hotel popular among tourists and business travellers. Hotel boasts an extensive collection of contemporary artwork, which is considered to be one of the finest in Riga. Hotel celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2009. Quite a few famous people stayed in our hotel during these years: Dalai Lama, John Malcovich, Harry Harrison, Vladimir Molchanov, Tamara Gvardciteli and others. Hotel’s guestbook has numerous autographs and comments from well-known artists, politicians, writers, scientists and musician. ... more less
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