We stayed here for almost two weeks in late August/Early September 2012. The staff all appeared young (20's/30's) and everyone - from reception to restaurant to housekeeping - were professional. A well-run, clean and modern hotel.
From Riga International Airport, we took the no. 22 bus from the airport to a stop across from the hotel. The fare per person was 70 santims (less than 1 Lat). The Origo mall (with a Rimi supermarket) and the central train station are across the boulevard. It took a couple of attempts to learn to navigate the pedestrian tunnels under the large boulevard intersection. Carrying our luggage up and down the steps from the tunnels without a ramp was a bit of a challenge, but not a big deal.
It's less than 5 minutes to walk from the hotel to the National Opera. The Freedom Monument and Vecriga are just a minute or two more.
Our first night, after about 15 hours of flying from the U.S., was in a "deluxe" corner room on the third floor, with three windows on a curved wall overlooking the busy boulevard. The room was quite spacious, with a large bed and high ceilings, but after a very spotty sleep due to jet lag and what we thought was too much street noise, we asked about availability of a quieter room. We spent the rest of our stay in room 431, a "standard" room. Even though the room was right next to the elevator, we could barely hear it in our room and it never bothered us. The view of this room was of a service courtyard, and a neighboring building - nothing to look at. It was much quieter, however, allowing us to sleep with the window open all night - which we would not have been able to do in our first room that overlooked the busy boulevard.
Although the size was small (by U.S. standards), the modern decor, lighting, plumbing fixtures, mini-bar/fridge and decent closet storage worked very well for us.
Breakfast was available until 11:00 each morning in the first floor restaurant. There was a good selection of buffet items, both hot (eggs, potatoes, pancakes, beans) and cold (cereal, yogurt, fruit, juice, toast and pastries).
On departure, reception assisted us with making a reservation for the the Airport Express. The price per person was 3 Lats.
We would certainly consider this hotel for our next visit to Riga.
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