A friend and I stayed for a week at the Avalon Hotel which is located on the edge of Old Town in Riga, Latvia. Our room was insulated from traffic noise below and this was great since our room looked out onto the street where trolley cars and traffic was a constant but never interfered with our sleep. If we walked out the back door of the hotel, we were immediately in Old Town Riga and it was very easy to spend time exploring Old Town since there literally was no "walking distance" from the hotel. In addition, it was easy to catch a trolley right outside the hotel or walk several blocks to the underground train station.
The stay at the hotel includes a very generous breakfast spread as well as a couple limited but inclusive choices for dinner. The rooms are good sized. If you are looking for a luxurious booking, this hotel is not for you (go stay at the Palace Hotel); however, if you are looking for a room with a reasonable rate that is clean, quiet and includes breakfast and dinner and that is near Old Town, this is the place for you.
I want to mention that while I was there, I was in need of a doctor and the concierge at the hotel provided an excellent recommendation for a doctor. She even called the doctor's office to let her know that I was on the way (and it was approximately 5:30 p.m.). There was a pharmacy in the same building as the doctor's office and the pharmacist stayed past closing time to fill my prescription. The service staff at the Avalon are very accommodating and pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the historical part of the Riga – Old Town – the Avalon hotel offers the unique opportunity to enjoy the Middle Ages charm and elegance of the city combined with modernism and comfort. The new four-star Avalon represents the combination of modernity and antiqueness with the full reflect of the New life in the Old Town. The panorama elevator will let you feel this special atmosphere in the Atrium of the hotel. With a view of commercial and shopping center, Daugava River, the old town churches and towers the Avalon hotel is ideal place for tourists and business persons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avalon Hotel Riga