Arrived at Hotel Justus and booked in. A very unique entrance and foyer. Full of artefacts and interesting scripts on walls. Room was a standard-twin-beds adequate for 4nts, clean,no wifi service, and only CNN on tv in English.Drinks fridge-used for water, air-con good and room quiet. Got extra pillows promptly. 4th floor facing a side street.Lifts never busy. For longer stay I would like larger room. Breakfasts just alright- good porridge - and omelettes made to order. Staff rarely smiled-just quietly got on and if requested assisted you.Was busy in breakfast room-shared tables a couple times. A very welcome pot of tea made for me 1 night by a very nice member of staff and on morning of departure before breakfast-time, a pot of tea made while waiting for taxi. Little things that you remember. All in a very interesting hotel-no two areas the same.
- 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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