The good comments posted by other reviewers are a reliable guide to this excellent hotel. Standards are high and attention to detail was evident everywhere. Few guests will be disappointed. The Terrace Restaurants was splendid, food is dear but you can just buy drinks and enjoy the views.
There are a few steps from the street to reception, and also from the lift to my room on the 4th floor. The room wasn’t large but was well appointed; spotlessly clean as was the bathroom. The shower worked well too. Breakfast, included in the room rate was of a good standard, fried eggs can be requested.
We choose to travel to the hotel by public transport, (few Gutenberg’s guests will do this!) on the no 22 bus which departs from the edge of the airport car park, just a couple of minutes walk from the airport exit. Journey time to close to the edge of the Old Town (bus stop Stockmann, easily identified) was about 30 minutes but on the outwards leg the bus was busy and we had to stand for some of the journey. From this bus stop it is about 10 minutes walk to the hotel using the underpass to cross the busy road. The cobblestones of the Old Town are quite tiresome however. The bus stop for the return journey is the opposite side of the road.
Its saves time and money to buy a 10 journey ticket from the Narvesen shop in the airport for just under 0.50 LVL per ride. Public transport in Riga is cheap, reliable, clean and very extensive, but initially somewhat confusing. Worth researching before travelling.
A more convenient but costlier option, whilst still avoiding taxis, would be the Air Baltic service to Hotel Riga, in one corner of the Old Town.
We hadn’t expected Riga to be such a lovely city, good restaurants/cafes/bars to suit all tastes and pockets, many museums, parks, gorgeous buildings, polite and attractive people. Don’t confine yourself just to the Old Town, so much to see elsewhere.
The “In Your Pocket” guide book, free at the Front Desk, or downloadable gave a huge amount of useful information about Riga.
Take stout shoes and good map and guide book.
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