A group of us stayed here mid June having selected this excellent hotel from the reviews on this site. My husband and I were very pleased with our room which was quiet, tastefully decorated and overlooked a sunny inner courtyard. Everything worked well in the very clean room and the minibar was well stocked. Room service was prompt and not overly expensive. Unfortunately our friends found their rooms noisy so asked to be moved which was a shame as they had specifically asked for quiet rooms when booking, so I suggest you do what we did, i.e. email the hotel a week before and remind them you need a quiet room (the clubs and streetlife are loud until the early hours).
The hotel itself is very comfortable, especially the main bar where we met up in the evenings before going out. Service is attentive and friendly, in fact everyone we met in Riga was friendly and helpful (with one exception unrelated to this hotel). The bar has the heads of dead animals mounted on the walls which might not be to everyone's taste, I thought it rather sad, but the Latvians seem to be into hunting and there is a hunting price list in the main reception if you are into that kind of thing.
We enjoyed our excellent breakfasts served in a very relaxed dining room where there was a generous choice of fresh fruit, cheeses, hams, eggs done every whichway, toast and delicious jams, cereals and yoghurts. I was not overly impressed by the coffee although compared with the dishwater some UK places serve up I should be grateful really!
Last but not least, the well-trained staff were polite, helpful, relaxed, friendly and always happy to order a cab or offer advice. All spoke good English, as do most people in Riga.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted as Latvia's Leading Hotel for 8 years, the magnificent Grand Palace Hotel is located in the quiet centre of the historical Old Town of Riga. It is surrounded by prestigious UNESCO World Heritage monuments, central to major tourism objects, shopping streets, offices, embassies and banks. The hotel is the only member of "The Leading Hotels of the World" and "Virtuoso" in Latvia. In May 2015 the official rating for the hotel has been upgraded from 5-star to 5-star Superior. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Palace Riga
- Hotel Grand Palace