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“Not brilliant, but not bad either” 3 of 5 stars
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Semarah Hotel Lielupe
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Bulduru prospekts 64/68, Jurmala 2010, Latvia   |  
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Ranked #12 of 24 Hotels in Jurmala
Exeter, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Not brilliant, but not bad either”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2007

Not wanting to bust the bank we stayed in the tourist standard twin room that this hotel offers. Whilst our expectations were not too high, they were certainly not exceeded as it felt that the room was halfway through being renovated as some parts were brand new and others absolutely tired and worn out.

Given the size of the rooms, which were not big they were exceptionally practical and there was tons more storage than we could ever need for two people. The walls between rooms are thin and the people adjacent were really noisy on the first night and it would have been a problem had that continued. However, I am guessing that they simply didn't realise that the room next door was occupied as for the rest of the stay we didn't hear a thing at nights.

As for the various aspects of the room, what we got was as follows: Balcony - old and falling to bits. Windows - old and falling to bits (doubt the room could be used in winter). Beds - old but clean and comfortable. Floor - wooden and completely worn. Bathroom - brand new 'wet room'. Furniture - all looked very new. While things were old I must stress that everything was kept very clean and I expect there is an ongoing programme of upgrading these rooms given how the quality of things varied within our room.

The location of the hotel was easily walkable from Bulduri train station but it was still quite a way from Jurmala centre. However, there were loads of trains, buses and minibuses so no problem getting around. The beach was very close and is very well maintained and massive!

Unfortunately, in two weeks in Latvia, the Lielupe Hotel was the only place where someone attempted to rip us off in the downstairs bar, but even though we spotted what was going on the bartender still tried to refuse to give us all of our change despite couting it slowly to him right on the bar. We got there in the end though, but didn't like the fact that he seemed so annoyed with us for spotting his trick.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2006

we had ten days at Lielupe Hotel, Bulduri, Jurmala, Latvia and found the whole stay really enjoyable. If, like me you have children this hotel will be well suited to you, although equally suited to singles and couples. The hotel offered in door and out door play areas and in door and out door swimming pools, the in door pool being a really good resource and offered children's swimming lessons. For adults there is a beautiful restaurant offering good food at good prices. The down stairs bar offered more down to Earth Meals at very cheap prices and we found this bar suited to the childrens tastes.
We stayed in standard businees class rooms, the triple room was large, clean and comfortable, our double room was smaller but just as clean and comfortable. Linen was changed almost daily and the room service spot on.
The breakfast although european was more than adequate, offering pastries, meats, cheeses, with a real cup of tea and freshly brewed coffee.
The hotel is in a quiet area of Jurmala, however, the centre in Majori is a short bus/train journey (5 mins) and costs 20p (free for kids under 7). The centre in Majori is a mix between scandanavian wooden buildings and seemingly Russian dominance of the past. There are numerous places to eat and drink and loads of gift stalls selling Latvian home made goods and Amber.
Don't be put off by the rather direct and off hand manner of the Lielupe Hotel staff, it is just their way and will bend over back wards to help in any way they can. We will definately return to this hotel. A great beach holiday with a difference, certainly not Spain, Turkey or Florida, much better!!

  • Liked — facilities
  • Disliked — balconies a bit wobbly
  • Tips/Secrets — have a toilet in the better bars.hotels
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Semarah Hotel Lielupe

Address: Bulduru prospekts 64/68, Jurmala 2010, Latvia
Location: Latvia > Riga Region > Jurmala
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Jurmala
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Jurmala
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Semarah Hotel Lielupe 4*
Number of rooms: 201
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This landmark luxury hotel is located in one of the most prestigious locations in Jurmala. Our 217 elegantly appointed guest rooms, ultra-luxury suites, and apartments all feature balconies displaying breathtaking views. Surrounded by nature's beauty and forest of century old pine trees. Just steps from one of the favorite beaches on the Baltic coast Bulduri Beach and within close proximity to Jurmalas main shopping and entertainment area. Whether you stay in a Comfort Room or opt for an ultra-luxury suite, you'll enjoy an array of superior facilities and services at Lielupe hotel, one of the finest luxury hotels in Jurmala. ... more   less 
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