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“This hotel is plain "okay" - and the breakfast is NOT excellent!” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Garden Palace
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   28 Grecinieku Street, Riga LV-1050, Latvia   |  
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Ranked #48 of 102 Hotels in Riga
Helsinki, Finland
2 reviews
“This hotel is plain "okay" - and the breakfast is NOT excellent!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We wanted to spend Christmas 2012 in a hotel that would be romantic, luxurious, atmospheric but wallet-friendly, so decided to try Hotel Garden Palace. This was our second time in Riga. The hotel was very dashing (public areas) and it's staff friendly. Our room (junior suite) was very pretty and antique in a good way, but after the first night we noticed it was very cold and hard to warm up. The heating didn't work properly. Also the bathroom (ceiling) lamp was broken, but it didn't trouble us.
We spent three nights in this room, then we had to change it because something leaked from the ceiling, straight above our bed.
We got a new room few floors lower. It was exactly same looking, but even colder and smelled like cigarettes. We don't smoke ourselves.
I think the hotel was overall an okay experience. These little details didn't bother us. The only thing really bothered was that one of the reasons we chose this was the complimented breakfast and it was a big disappointment.
The location is by the way truly good. It's easy to get here from the airport and you can walk almost everywhere. And the WiFi was cheap and worked fine.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Stayed here in Feb 2013, we were lucky and were upgraded to a huge room with jacuzzi and sauna, and a seriously huge flatscreen TV. The bed was comfortable and great for two. The decoration and furniture was a little too rococo for my tastes but that's just a personal thing.

The room was warm and stayed that way, which was great as outside was -10 on the warmest setting. To a point, I felt that we did not stay in the room enough to really enjoy having .

The only failing was the lack of a proper shower (something that the whole of Riga seems to not have bought into, probably down to low water pressure in the city).

The breakfast was great, the food endless and widely varied.

Had little interaction with the staff but what little we did have was polite, efficient and friendly.

There is a nightclub in the basement which is open only on Fridays and Saturdays and as we were on the floor above the bar which leads to the nightclub, chucking out time was loud but it passed away quickly and without trouble.

Room Tip: Try and get the Suite upgrade, those rooms are great.
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  • Stayed February 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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190 reviews 190 reviews
43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

The location is superb right across the road from the House of the Blackheads and only a couple of minutes from the buses. The reception area is well presented but we found our room to be a bit shabby with torn wallpaper, although the beds were very comfy. There was a plug in electric radiator stood in the middle of the room and no other heating, we were plenty warm enough but as we had a triple room which is designed for families I felt this was quite dangerous. There was no tea and coffee making facilities which would have been nice to have. The breakfast buffet was very good with a wide choice, most of the the staff were polite without being friendly, we found this to be generally the case in Riga.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Russia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed here four nights in Jan-Feb 2013. Room 412.

Pros:
* Excellent location - just round the corner from the Blackheads building.
* Breakfast. Included and its all you can eat, with cereal.
* The room was a reasonable size, tastefully decorated, clean and the bed comfortable.
* Staff were polite and helpful.
* Interesting decor, quite charming in a vaguely baroque sort of way.
* Quiet

Cons:
* The name - sounds like a Chinese restaurant and I had some misgivings when booking because of it.
* The shower cubicle didn't allow a lot of room for stretching one's elbows.
* Dinner - the restaurant is nice and the prices are reasonable. However, its the sort of place where you feel that the chef is counting the ingredients. I had prawn ravioli and there were 5 pieces of pasta, 2 prawns, 2 pieces of asparagus...you get the drift. But there are plenty of other restaurants nearby that are more generous with their portions.
* You have to pay for wireless internet, though there is a computer for guests use in the foyer.

None of these cons bothered me enough to downgrade my 5* rating, made on the basis of the very positive pros.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Sofia, Bulgaria
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We have stayed only 1 night. We booked a double room and the hotel offered us Suite without extra charges. We enjoyed the room so much! It was very clean including towels and bothrobe. The beg is extra large and extremely comfortable - the sleep was excellent! The room itself is very spacious (of course it could be warmer inside for my personal preference). We enjoyed so much sauna and jacuzzi. It was a very relaxing treat. However I would like to notice that jacuzzi was losing slightly the water. We notices that the floor was covered with a bit of water. The location is excellent - just in the heart of old Riga. Of course, as you can immagine the centeral streets of the old Riga are noisy because of parties till the morning. I will definitely come back and I do recommend this hotel! Excellent value for money!

Room Tip: We stayed in the room 201 (with sauna & Jaciuzzi) = excellent room!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oldbury, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Stayed 5 nights to celebrate my Birthday. Lovely hotel, good value for money, nice central location, everything within walking distance. Quite ornate in decoration but thats part of its charm. Bedroom was spacious and spotlessly clean. No complaints. Breakfast had a good choice of both hot and cold food. The coffee was delicious! If you are there on a Thursday night its well worth going to the Latvian Grill Party in the hotel courtyard. 20 euros per person for as much as you can eat and the food just keeps coming all night! If we stay in Latvia again we will definitely revisit this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lappeenranta, Finland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

The location of the hotel is brilliant in the city center. The breakfast was very tasty and the variety of food was impressive. The staff was friendly and helpfull. What I didn't like too much is the bed and pillows, for me they were rather old and uncomfortable.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 28 Grecinieku Street, Riga LV-1050, Latvia
Location: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#19 Business Hotel in Riga
#34 Luxury Hotel in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Garden Palace 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The most elegant and unique 4star hotel Garden Palace was opened in the beginning of 2007. 19th century building is superbly located in the heart of Riga, part of the city with ample opportunities for entertainment, business and acquitance with the Latvian culture. The fabulous panoramic view of the Old Riga, Town Hall Square, embankment and great river Daugava is one of the advantages of the hotel Garden Palace. ... more   less 
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Garden Palace Riga
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