I cannot complain for what I paid!
It is a bit out of town but you are paying less so ok if there are a few of you paying for a taxi back. I was a lone female and Riga seemed too dodgy for me to go clubbing and risk being drunk alone. The hotel is in the middle of an industrial estate near a leisure centre but there are no shops near so arriving late at night was not good, luckily I had a few cans of coke which I bought after going through airport security. You can walk into town or walk part of the way and get a tram/trolleybus, ask reception for directions and buy a ticket for this in a kiosk before getting on. I travel solo everywhere but found Riga not very good or friendly so did not want to go clubbing as a lone female and maybe I should have stayed in town. The taxi fare was 10 e from the airport and 5e into town, all the drivers were fine and I got the official ones from ranks or got the receptionist to book one, I do not think you need to get 'female drivers' as many websites suggest.
This hotel is okish for what I paid, I had a huge bath and the sheets were clean but there were a few bugs on the bathroom floor and nobody thought to clean a daddy long legs which was stuck on the wall for the duration of my stay. Breakfast was plentiful, if you like meat and cheese, you may get eggs or something one day but not the next. One morning the roof leaked in the breakfast room and nobody took any notice but I told reception as it was coming through a light and could be dangerous. No smoking in the hotel but every other guest seem to have a dog? Free internet in reception but I could not get into my hotmail as there are different symbols on their keyboards. Tv had CNN. Staff speak English and are helpful. The heating/ radiator was on and the room was warm which is important as it was cold in November. So hotel was fair if you are not too fussy and on a budget.
I came here hoping it would be like Prague with plenty to see and do. Sadly, 1 day would have been enough as once you have seen the old town that is it and it is quite small? I am told it is great if you fancy a cheap, drunk stag do for a few nights. Restaurant staff are nice as it is their job and I liked the food. The huge market behind the train station is worth a visit and do the bus tour for 15 euros. Young people look rich but I saw many old people eating out of skips so gave them all a few euros. I used the toilets in the train station which you pay for and you had to ask for loo roll, he attendant shouted at me for taking to much when I only took a few sheets. It felt like it was still a communist country. I tried to buy 20 packs of ciggies in the supermarket by the station but the cashier went ballistic when I asked so I bought some in a smaller shop and at the airport.
All in all, nobody ever smiled, spoke, made eye contact or were friendly unless they wanted to sell me something. I did not feel safe, as a female who has travelled worldwide. There was not a lot to do or see in Riga. I would only recommend going with a group of people for a few cheap days as a stag or hen, as a bit depressing for a romantic or cultural break. Things were cheap in super markets so worth buying lots of chocolate, sweets, ciggies and booze to bring back. Shopping centres were not worth visiting as very sparse.
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