Hotel Monika Centrum offered great service during our four days vacation in Riga. It's conveniently located about 1,5 kilometers or 10 minutes walk from the old town of Riga.
There are a few restaurants very nearby, even though this embassy area of Riga was peaceful in the evenings.
Taxi to the old town cost about 4 LVL, but you can walk there easily through the park too.
Breakfast was better than usually in 3-star city hotels; several types of cold cuts, breads, vegetables, fruits and eggs. There were also bacon, some sausage and yoghurt. I also liked their apple and orange juices and coffee, and breakfast being available until 10 AM (on weekdays) and 11 AM (on weekends). The breakfast was quite crowded, though.
Some reviews touted spacious rooms, but our standard 2-persons room on 4th floor room was very small. It was clean and had a balcony, so I was satisfied.
The staff was friendly and spoke English well enough. They offered good tips about getting a taxi and popular restaurants nearby.
The red sightseeing hop-on-hoff-of bus stops just next to the Monika Centrum hotel. It was a handy way to see the most popular places for the first time.
The hotel offers a complimentary wireless network (WiFi) for guests. It worked very well in the lobby and our 4th floor room.
It was quite quiet during our stay, so the lobby bar was mostly empty during our stay. it was interesting to note drinks were more affordable there than in our minibar.
Hint for first time visitors in Riga: If you uss a taxi; choose the green or red ones who really drive based on a meter. Otherwise remember to negotiate the price in advance. We were charged 27 LVL for taxi from the airport, when the approriate price would have been around 10 LVL.
Hint 2: Vincent's Restaurant is just a few meters walk from the Monika Centrum hotel. It offered our best fine dining dinner in Riga. It's quite expensive, but worth the money for special occasions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Being thousands of kilometres away from home and still feeling welcome, enjoying the homey cosiness and comfort? Monika Centrum Hotels has taken care of that by inviting you to one of its hotels. The hotel Monika Centrum Hotels in Riga is located in the cultural and historical centre of Riga, the capital of Latvia, encircled by one of Europe's most eminent block of buildings in Art Nouveau style, which gathers the most distinguished elements of this architecture and lifestyle, the splendid Kronvalda Park, erected in late 19th century, with the decoratively arranged banks of Riga Canal and the rich array of trees and shrubs, the embassies of many countries, the ever-lively Port of Riga and the sports hub - Arena Riga. The 4-star Monika Centrum Hotels in Riga is set in the Neo-Gothic building from 1883 and located 500 metres from the Old Town of Riga. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monika Centrum Riga
- Hotel Monika Centrum