I have just got back from a 4 night stay in Riga with my boyfriend. I found this hotel through TripAdvisor as I was looking for something in a great location with character and charm, that wasn't one of the standard chain hotels found in every city all over the world. Hotel Justus exceeded expectations. Located in the heart of the Old Town it is an ideal base to explore Riga. The hotel sits quietly on a cobbled street close to some lovely restaurants and is minutes from the squares where you'll find bars, boutique shops and a wealth of culture and history. The room we stayed in was small but well equipped and had exposed brickwalls and handmade pieces of furniture, very charming. The hotel offers a bar and restaurant and there is wifi access throughout. Breakfast was included and although you won't get a Full English, I personally loved the quirky range of dishes on offer and there was always a good supply of cereals, fruit, breads and pastries for those less adventurous. The staff were friendly and polite and available should you need anything. Reading some of the previous reviews I know some guests had issues with the noise coming from a neighbouring bar however we were on the 3rd floor and it was very quiet. In fact Riga itself seemed very quiet, although that might have something to do with the temperature which, a waiter told us, was even colder than the Latvians would expect in the middle of March. We both had a lovely stay in Hotel Justus and would recommend it to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four-star boutique Hotel Justus is located in the very of the old town of Riga, literally a few steps away from the famous Dome cathedral, within the architectural area protected by UNESCO as a part of world heritage. The immaculate renovation of the historical building was completed by April 2009, and so today the authentic facade conceals 45 cosy rooms uniquely designed to embrace the charm of genuine brickwork combined with fascinating art objects, antique as well as contemporary. Personalised service matched with attractive pricing policy makes Hotel Justus of great interest for a wide range of guests. The hotel’s site possesses high historical value, since it was part of the plot of land selected by Bishop Albert as the location for his Baltic residence back in 1210. However, the medieval wooden housing was destroyed by the fire in the 17th century, so the architectural ensemble comprising Jauniela Street today dates back to the 18th century. The facade of the hotel itself underwent the last major alteration in 1874. The building hosted a tavern in the early 19th century that was later replaced by typography and lithography services, in the 20th century it was occupied by artisan workshops, pharmaceutical laboratories, and then a cinema gallery and offices. Charms of architecture and historical atmosphere made this place a favourite shooting spot of Soviet movie-makers. Now the hotel belongs to a small group of friends that has spotted an empty run-down building and revived it with artistic energy.Idea of making restaurant Aleks comes from the simple desire to enjoy Riga of the beginning of the previous century. Interior is made from the household items of those times, which gives the restaurant unique look. ... more less
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