We stayed at this hotel because we wanted to experience both the Old Town and Art Nouveau districts of Riga. Initially we thought we had made a big mistake coming from the Old City Boutique Hotel when we were shown to our Junior Suite at the Monika. Two rooms and good bathroom but very dark and gloomy, overlooking the central shaft of the hotel so no view or natural light. The gloom became even worse when, during the night, we realised that a horrible smell of sewage was permeating the bathroom! The next morning we complained (nicely) and asked for a change of room and were given a magnificent huge room with a balcony overlooking the Elisabetes Avenue and park which was clearly an 'upgrade'. From that point on we really enjoyed our stay and the beautiful area of art nouveau buildings where all the magnificent embassies are located. Others have mentioned the walking distance from the old city but there are excellent cheap public transport links nearby, both buses and the number 6 tram. The Tourist Information Office in the Old City will give you maps and sell you tickets. (Also plenty of good information about transport, in English, online). This is an interesting hotel, part of a small chain it seems, and is used for local business conferences. The service and standards perhaps not quite up to western Europe expectations but why are we travelling if we want everything to be the same wherever we go? Found it quite difficult to rate this one given our unfortunate start but feel our whole stay warranted a 'very good'.
- 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