Slightly unprepossessing from the outside the Laine Hotel in Riga becomes an altogether different proposition once you have made it to the third floor Reception desk. This hotel is clean, bright, airy, friendly, well situated, and above all excellent value for money. Our room at the top of the building on the seventh floor was the "penthouse suite" but cost the equivalent of only £75 per night. The room itself was very large as was the bathroom and the balcony. The bed was a little firm for our taste but with a well-stocked minibar, satellite television and the main attractions of Riga only a short walk away we could not have chosen a better hotel in which to stay.
Riga Old Town is probably a 15 minute walk away and certainly all the main attractions are within easy walking distance. Breakfast at the Laine was a little uninspiring but eating out in Riga is so ridiculously cheap that having both lunch and dinner out was not a major expense. (It remains to be seen if prices stay the same once Latvia adopt the euro in a couple of years time)
I can highly recommend Riga as a city to visit and the Laine Hotel as a place to stay. There are plenty of more expensive hotels but the Laine has everything you need and it would certainly be our first choice on a return visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Art Hotel Laine is located in the historical city center of Riga, just a few minutes away from Old Riga. Hotel is located in a magnificent Art Nouveau building that was put up in 1912. The modern interior is combined with wonderful Art Nouveau elements, which lends particularly special charm. Rooms are decorated in harmonious colors, which give homely atmosphere. A comfortable bed guarantees a great night's sleep. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Laine Hotel Riga