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“Great location, comfortable, very good value” 4 of 5 stars
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Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   K. Valdermara Iela 23, Riga 1010, Latvia   |  
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Ranked #18 of 103 Hotels in Riga
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Shepshed, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great location, comfortable, very good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We had lovely rooms at the front with the bay window. Clean and well-furnished. A basket of snacks and a small bottle of wine on arrival. Staff friendly enough on the whole - just one example of one being a little unhelpful when I wanted a drink.

We ate in the hotel every evening - good buffet food. Only one choice of main meal, but plenty of salad and sides. Not haute cuisine, but great value, as it is included in the price. Bit disappointed not to have cakes or muffins with afternoon tea - tried the waffles once, but tended to eat out in the day - lots of excellent places, even just round the corner. Very good breakfast. Nice seating areas on the ground floor to relax and have coffee.

Just a few idiosyncrasies in the room - like no hand soap and no drawers, and the hot water took several minutes to make its way to the shower! A little noisy at the front as others have said - but windows are double-glazed and there is not much else they could do. beds very comfortable and safe/TV/wifi all worked just fine.

The hotel is located within walking distance of the city (10-15 mins). And there are some great strolls to be enjoyed in the streets around - there is a beautiful church to the north and a fascinating art deco area with restaurants, bars and wonderful building facades - only 5 minutes to the west.

Highly recommended for a short break.

Room Tip: Probably quieter at the back.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Clatskanie OR
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85 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

This is a gem of a find. A hotel that provides coffee, tea and fruit all day, waffles to make at 3-5 pm and a buffet dinner at 6-9 pm and a full buffet breakfast and be included with your room is unbelievable for value. The food was even good. I would have stayed a little closer to town but could not pass this up. The rooms were nice, nothing fancy but had everything we needed. The staff was very helpful. Intars was a young man on his 2nd day working at the hotel and he was so helpful to us and made an effort to speak to us always plus he helped us getting internet maps. He will be an asset to the hotel with his helpful, friendly service. It was about a 15 min walk to old town from the hotel. Don't pass this gem up.

Room Tip: I don't think there are any reason to request a room. They appeared to be all the same.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Just returned home after another visit to the superb Hotel Valdemars.
From check in to check out everything was perfect, meals have a good variation something for everyone to enjoy.
I have stayed at many hotels in Riga since 2005 but for me this is the best for service price and superb reception staff.
All in all a great hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Northern Sealand
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19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

After reading so many good reviews, I must say - I did not like this place, and I will not stay here again.

- The building is very big, and it had an old house smell all over. Luckily, not in a room.
- Check in and check out was extremelly slow. I had prepaid in advance, but at check-out I had to stand and wait at the desk for at least 5 min. for them to say OK.
- My room was facing the street with lots of traffic, and windows were NOT sound-isolated, so make sure you get a room away from the street.
- Do not stay there for dinner, unless you are a retired person from Sweden and want to interact with your fellows from the same country of the same age.

Receptionist was very polite, but also very slow. She was checking in another customer, and knowing how long it takes, I asked for a map of Riga (she just had to hand it over), but she asked me very politelly to wait until she was done with the customer. So yeah, finally when she was done, she could hand it over the map - this took like 2 seconds.

Good things:
- Cheap (62 EUR - booked via Gala Hotels - incl. breakfast and dinner)
- OK location (10min walk from the old town)
- free Wifi worked great
- free coffee/tea/water all day round
- good choices for breakfast. And dinner as well (different salads, 1 soup, 1 main dish), but atmosphere for dinner is not cozy

Room Tip: Stay away from the rooms facing the street, unless you love hearing traffic.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Vihti, Finland
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33 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Valdemars is a modern hotel in a historical building from 1901, right in the center of Riga on a busy street. In the evening during rush hours there may be a problem to drive from airport by taxi in front of the hotel. Ask driver to use some near-by streets and walk a bit. Hotel is situated only some 10 minutes from the Old Town. Hotel has a small gym with some cardio machines and hand weights. Turkish sauna was nice after working hours. Hotel offers also a local dinner meal free of charge for hotel guests up to 21:00. It is very convenient if you do not want to go out.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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York, UK
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225 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

An excellent hotel with far higher standards than their 3star rating would indicate. Although part of a small marketing group (Clarion Collection) the Valdemars is family owned and it shows. We were efficiently welcomed at 11pm and given an upgraded room. Apart from the excellent buffet breakfast (hot and cold) there were "make your own" waffles in the afternoon, and a complimentary evening buffet which was more than acceptable. And all this at a remarkable price through Bookings.com

Rooms at the front would get some noise but the double glazing is remarkably effective.

Some very minor points: Although tea and coffee are available in the lobby 24/7, I would have welcomed a tray in the room. Having said that, the machine in the lobby made the best cup of hotel tea ever - the water was HOT! I also found the beds too soft and "bouncy" for my taste. The "walking distances" quoted on the website (Old Town 5 min etc) are, I feel, a little ambitious though nowhere near as inaccurate as a previous reviewer suggests.

Staff were courteous and helpful throughout and nothing was too much trouble. Taking everything into account (including 5* hotels we have stayed in) my wife rates this the best overall in terms of atmosphere and value - and I don't disagree.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sweden
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85 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We are two couples that stayed in hotel Valdemars for three nights in May-13 and we had a great time. The rooms we had were not big, but they had everthing you need. The breakfast was very good. It was nice with free coffe/tea/fruit all day and waffles in the afternoon! We had the free buffet dinner one night and it was also good. The location is good and close to many nice restaurants and bars. I definetly recommend hotel Valdemars!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars

Address: K. Valdermara Iela 23, Riga 1010, Latvia
Location: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Riga
#14 Business Hotel in Riga
#15 Romantic Hotel in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Clarion Collection Hotel Valdemars 3*
Number of rooms: 83
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Hotel Valdemar you live in comfort and style in the heart of Riga's history and culture. The over 100 year old house is an example of Riga's unique Art Nouveau architecture and total renovated in 2006.Hotel Valdemar is located in central Riga, only a few minutes walk from Old Town. On the tranquil courtyard, you can during the summer months enjoy a cup of coffee in the sun, while the one million city of Riga pulsates just outside.We want to take good care of our guest we therfore offer all our guest complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meal between 18:00 and 21:00. ... more   less 
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