Stayed here for six nights during the World Choir Games, a group reservation made by a travel agency. Having read reviews here on Trip Advisor I was cautiously optimistic and am pleased to report a very good experience. Our room was on the 5th floor and faced the train station/shopping center. The weather was warm for Riga, upper 70's, so we were grateful for the air conditioning which is exclusive to the 5th floor. It's clear that the top floor rooms would be intolerable without it based on the head radiating from the skylight. We kept the shade closed most of the way to maintain a comfortable temperature. Twin beds were very comfortable for my weary body, having walked great distances daily.
Our bathroom was smaller but with a full sized sink unlike some. The shower, as described by others here, was open so it wasn't possible to stand in front of the sink after showering without doing a bit of mopping first. Towels are changed daily so those used for mopping up the floor weren't a problem. No face cloths were provided, which was a surprise to this American, but overall it wasn't a problem.
Those in our group who stayed on lower floors were challenged by the lack of air conditioning, but the hotel had fans available in limited supply which helped. Open windows and doors when relaxing in the room allowed the air to circulate and cool things off.
The location of the hotel is great! We took advantage of the bus stop at the corner, grocery store across the way adjacent to the train station, tram, short walk to the opera house and Old Riga, a park, and the familiarity of McDonald's on our first night in town, which is right around the corner.
Staying at the Opera Hotel & Spa was a coup for our group when compared to the accommodations of other choirs participating in the World Choir Games, many of them across the river which made it a challenge to get anywhere on foot. I can't comment on the cost since I didn't deal directly with the hotel. Though our room was smaller and had the sloping ceiling due to its location, it had lots of charm and was just right for two adults.
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- Also Known As:
- Opera Hotel Riga
- Opera Hotel And Spa
- Nordic Hotel Riga