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“Mixed feelings - not good enough”
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Opera Hotel & Spa
Ranked #28 of 109 Hotels in Riga
Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings - not good enough”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

In fact, Opera has too many flaws to get a positive recommendation but gave anyway several highlights that somehow made our 2 nights stay quite nice.

Overall impression is that everything is new and well cleaned. The staff is serviceminded and friendly, especially in the reception and in the Spa. However, then the flaws comes to mind:
- An impolite and negligent restaurant waiter, who of course showed his worst sides when wife and son was having dinner on their own. He destroyed whatever dinner joy they had.
- A temperature in the restaurant that really made it uncomfortable to sit there for a lunch or dinner.
- Too low temperature in the room made it really uncomfortable to stay there except for sleeping,
- Bathroom lights so bad so it was impossible for the wife to do her make up and for me to do my shaving.
- Crazy bathroom design with an open shower that made the whole bathroom floor flooded when showering.

When complaining about the lack of heating, the somehow unexpected comment was "as it is summer the heating is turned off by the city and as follows the whole building is out of heating. Furthermore that it is summer and there is nothing to do about it, we cannot buy extra heaters for 100 rooms".

However, the AC in the restaurant was in full speed anyway and should have been turned off.

So, be sure to stay at Opera when it is over 20 degrees outside, bring a thick pullover or a jacket if having a meal in the restaurant. OR just chose another hotel where the heating is working and all waiters knows why they picked a service job.

Well, the rest fo the staff was really nice, no complaints there, but it is really no reason to stay here, all hotels should have nice staff - it's what you are paying for...

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

The hotel provides excellent breakfast with a great variety of foods and drinks . The hotel is very close to the National opera and enable you to enjoy the performance without worry on the transport .

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2014

The hotel is about 30 minutes from the airport by taxi, there is a bus which I am told charges only 1.80 Euros which seems to be the standard for paying the driver anywhere in Riga.The bus station is only one department store block to the west of the main station (Centrala Stacjas ). You must use the subways to cross the roads.
All the staff were friendly and helpful and even my chambermaid spoke English.
My room was 225 and although It only looked onto the windows of a block of old flats there was no traffic noise and I enjoyed four nights of good sleep which I doubt could be said for rooms at the front of the hotel. Room and shower room were excellent.
T V was a bit strange as there seemed to be two Latvian channels and three Russian plus, of course, B B C world service. I couldn't find a weather channel but the Reception always knew what the day would bring.
The breakfast choice was huge albeit some were very Baltic/Russian i.e.pickled fish or cucumber for breakfast.
I ate at the Hotels Boulevard 33 restaurant and again despite some of the dishes being Baltic/Russian I always found something to eat. the food was well cooked and beautifully presented.
This is an hotel I have no reservation in recommending.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2014

Make sure you get the romantic suite, and specify it in the bookings. Its a great room with a massive tub and very comfortable bed, heating/air-conditioning. Had an amazing time, staff are very friendly. The location is perfect, close to the town, and there are so many amazing places (Apsara tea house) very close by where you can go to with your significant other.

The Spa was also pretty good.. small, but it was clean and well maintained. Didn't try any of the extra treatments.

Breakfast could be better, but pretty satisfying nonetheless.

All in all a great stay, wish I was there longer.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Bergen, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Located in central Riga. Close to the old city and sights.
Rooms are modern and most facilities besides fitness.
The rooms are spacious, the only thing I missed was a coffee machine.
The breakfast is standard and is served in the hotel restaurant.
Spa section is great, with all possible treatments, but is overpriced.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

With beautiful rooms and a professional staff, I recommend this hotel to everyone planing a trip to Riga. The price is not taken into rating because the stay was payed by my employ. A romantic trip with your better half, or just checking out Riga, this is the place to stay!

Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

I did stay there for 3 nights. Hotel absolutely lovely, clean, staff friendly, food amazing. Walking distance to all must see places ( saving on taxi fares ) like old town, central market, monument of Freedom and shopping malls and central station ( for airport or traveling out of Riga..)...., the view from window absolutely amazing ...

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Opera Hotel & Spa
Address: Raina bulvaris 33, Riga 1050, Latvia (Formerly Hotel Bellevue & SPA)
Location: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Business Hotel in Riga
#13 Spa Hotel in Riga
#24 Family Hotel in Riga
#28 Luxury Hotel in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Opera Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 112
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Opera Hotel Riga
Opera Hotel And Spa
Nordic Hotel Riga

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