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Hotel Monte Kristo
Ranked #44 of 109 Hotels in Riga
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“Very-very bad!!!”
Reviewed 15 June 2012

Very small & dark room, bad room design, a lot of strange (and not good) smell in the rooms! Breakfast was awful!!!
From outside this "hotel" looks very nice & interesting, but everything good ends on the reception zone!
The one and the only plus is location: Old Town and Stockmann (in 3 minutes)

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

The Monte Kristo is an excellent place to stay while you are in Riga. Step outside to the cobblestone streets of the old town.You can't get a better location as you are in the heart of the old town, and across from the bus station. The hotel staff are helpful, friendly and very professional, albeit a bit shy at times. Don't hesitate to ask for their help. They are more than accomodating. Rooms are diverse but very pleasant with some more spacious than others. Breakfast is quite good. All in all a great spot to stay while in Riga!

Room Tip: 1st floor rooms can be a bit noisy
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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174 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2012

We stayed at this hotel for a single night with a 3 year old, but could have stayed here more if we were in Riga longer. The airport shuttle knew the hotel and dropped us just a few yards away.
First the pros - the location is fantastic, in the old town itself, so you don't waste much time getting to the old town. The Central markets and the bus stands are right across the street. The room was well furnished, nice big bed, good linen, one cupboard, kettle for tea coffee and a mini bar. They don't provide milk for the tea though- I thought it was an oversight, but when I called them they said they would charge extra for it. The bathroom is nice and clean - bathtub with a good shower, a good hairdryer etc.

Cons- the breakfast was strange a mish mash of various things. The pancakes were not very good. The ladies at the reception were not very polite - they kept looking at each other and smirking, while we were talking to them

Would recommend the hotel for a short stay. Nothing bad about this hotel really, but nothing spectacular about it either!
There is a good bike rental shop near the hotel, if you need a bike, great way to explore the old town!

Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

We stayed here early June for a couple of days - accommodation in Riga seems reasonably cheap compared to many other cities and we found this to be a good place to stay in the "old town".

We ended up taking the shuttle bus from the airport - the staff at the desk told us how the bus doesn't actually travel into old town but that the driver would be able to stop on the outskirts with the hotel a 200m walk from there. The driver was very helpful indeed, despite initially not knowing of the location of the hotel, and ended up letting us off and pointing to the hotel, which was clearly visible from the drop-off location (near the bus stop).

Upon arriving, we noticed the hotel was advertising cheaper rates than we had paid. However, the very next day we overheard a gentleman asking for accommodation and being told the place was booked out. The hotel itself looked somewhat dated but was very clean. The room we were staying in was quite small with there not being any real room to put our suitcases - the bathroom was almost bigger than the room itself with a shower over the bath.

The bed was ok with spare blankets and pillows in the wardrobe. There was also a fridge and a mini-bar that was reasonably priced; as was the restaurant although we never ate there. The free wifi worked well and was faster than many other hotels we've stayed at.

Breakfast was an odd combination of everything from yoghurt to cheese pancakes - you will find something to eat. You can choose to eat your breakfast indoors or on the terrace but because of the weather, 6-10 deg C when we were there, we had ours in the cellar.

Staff was helpful - helped arrange for taxi to airport and also held our luggage after checking out as we had a late flight.

Location was really good, we ended up walking all over old town and kept coming back to the hotel for a bit of a rest. There are lots of places to eat - look for the business lunch which typically includes three courses at a very reasonable 3.5-4.00 lat, compared to a normal lunch which would otherwise set you back anywhere between 6-10 lat. Don't be scared to ask what the business lunch is if not written in English.

Never did find out what's with all the cats roaming around old town.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2012

Hotel is looks great and well presented. Room was more than we expected which was great. Breakfast was ok, delicious pancakes. But did not like the staff since they did not seem interested at all - just doing their job. Which is fine, but would expect more from a 4 star Hotel.
However, the location was great - right in the centre. Shopping centre is 2min walk away.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 April 2012

Just returned from a 3 night stay in Riga. Monte Kristo Hotel was in a brilliant location - literally over the road from the bus station - number 22 bus from the airport for only 70 cents!
Check in at hotel was efficient, although we found the staff to be generally couteous but not overly pleasant - this tended to be a theme with most of the Latvians that we met! Our room was a twin superior room and although we were disappointed there was no window we were supplied with a fan when we complained that the room was very stuffy. Everything else in the room was very clean and modern and the beds and linen/towels were fine. Breakfast was superb and we thoroughly enjoyed it - great choice for everyone and good tea and coffee. Hotel superbly positioned for exploring the Old Town of Riga which is extremely beautiful -everything in walking distance. Would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a window as several have skylights instead.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2012

This hotel is situated in Old City and very close to railway station and old city market - not all tourists know them and the market is a very interesting place. Hotel works on 'Bed and Breakfast' system and serve breakfast in underground restaurant. Fresh salads, pancakes, cheese and sausages - everything were perfect! Just one thing - we had a room on ground floor, so in night time we were listening for our loud neigbors. And in our room we had porn channel :))

Room Tip: Do not choose ground floor - you will hear all the noises
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Monte Kristo
Address: Kaleju iela 56 | Old Riga, Riga 1050, Latvia
Region: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#36 Luxury Hotel in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Monte Kristo 4*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An elegant and cozy boutique hotel in the unique historic part of Riga - Old Town. You will find museums, monuments of architecture, popular places of leisure and relaxation, the largest shopping centers, banks, state institutions and embassies located in immediate proximity to the hotel. Within a few minutes walk there are Bus and Railway Stations as well as the Sea Port. Hospitality, exclusive service, highly professional and friendly personnel will make your relaxation unforgettable! ... more   less 
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