We spent a weekend at Martinelli as we visited the Kurzeme (Courland) region in late September as part of a tour of the Baltic States. It proved to be a great choice both in terms of service and of location. We felt warmly received by our hosts, who made us feel like home.
The guest house offers just three double bedrooms, which are very comfortably furnished and clean, with good beds, flat screen TV, a modern bathroom with good, thick towels (one of the rooms even has a jacuzzi) and ample closet space. The architecture of the old house is preserved, with nice elements such as the beamed ceilings in the bedrooms.
The bedrooms are located on the second floor of the building, which also houses a restaurant (where the breakfast is served) and a wine boutique on the ground floor. Both close at 9 p.m., so noise was not an issue. Wifi is available and worked flawlessly during our stay. Parking is also available right in front of the guest house.
The breakfast service was outstanding, with freshly pressed orange juice, tea or coffee, a good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese and cold meats, bread and pastries served at the table at the hour of your choice. Hot plates are also offered (eggs or pancakes). This is certainly one of the best breakfasts we've had in our trip across the Baltic States. We also had dinner at the restaurant on both evenings and we were very impressed by the tasteful and reasonably priced menu, all that with a friendly and attentive service.
The guest house is located right in the centre of Talsi, a pretty little town surrounded by lakes and hills, which has the advantage of being close to a number of attractions in Courland (Cape Kolka, Ventsplis, Kuldiga etc.), which makes it a very convenient base to explore the region while enjoying quiet evenings.
For just 45 LVL per night, we found that Martinelli offered excellent value -- much more than many of the other hotels where we stayed during our trip ---and we are surprised to see that we are the first to review it on TripAdvisor. The bottom line: we readily recommend this charming B&B, an ideal base to explore this beautiful region of Latvia.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Martinelli is a nice family owned guest house in Talsi - very beautiful town situated on 9 hills. Every guest is special and very welcomed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Martinelli Talsi, Kurzeme, Latvia