My room was a sweatbox. The sun poured in and the shutters didn't close properly. The near-by church was also illuminated at night and that didn't help. I asked for another room and this one was worse, with the sun shining in directly from mid-afternoon until night. The blinds were so thin and because of the light I couldn't sleep. Also I had a double bed with single bedding, which meant that every time I turned over the bottom sheet went with me and I lay in a crumpled mess. The duvet was as stiff as a board and most unpleasant to be under.
To be fair, I think that a stay here at any time other than summer would be fine. Breakfast was satisfactory and all the staff were so pleasant and helpful.
The thing that most annoyed me was that the receptionist asked me for 30 LVL as some sort of deposit. I offered to pay my bill up-front but she said that she would still need to charge me this 'deposit'. Someone, apparently, had gone off without paying for some extras. I had not expected to have to hand over about £37's worth of lats to be held by reception and to be given back to me as I was on my way to the airport, when I would not longer need them. Really infuriating. The receptionist settled for 45 euros, and it was just lucky that I had emergency euros. I think it ridiculous that a hotel is happy to alienate a customer just for the sake of making sure that it is not out of pocket for a couple of meals or whatever. And I wasn't going to be eating there anyway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the city center, this is one of the newest hotels in Riga, a short walking distance from the Old Town, Central Railway Station and International Bus Station. The hotel is also close to the main bridges of the Daugava River. The history, environment and friendly design will help you to relax after a day of business or sightseeing. ... more less
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