Hotel excludes charm - tastefully renovated with brickwork showing through plaster walls and antiques adorning the walls, hallways and restaurant but with all modern features and bathroom amply provisioned- no hauling suitcases up flights of stairs - a lift available. A pleasing hotel to walk into.
Breakfast buffet would please a protein lover but a little light on for bread and cereal eaters but for European tastes a very good breakfast. We had a superior room because of the three adults - two rooms with a bathroom - very spacious and air-con provided so that windows could be closed. Even with the double glazed windows we could still hear the thump-thump-thump of the bass music echoing up into our second floor room - but that only occurred on the Friday night - the last of our three night stay. I always travel with ear plugs anyway because of a previous experience with a Spanish hotel.
The hotel is walking distance to everything in the old city and even into the outer city areas. The hotel is easy to find and we walked from the bus station, and the only major issue was the cobbled roads and narrow footpaths (sidewalks).
I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a comfortable, convenient hotel with friendly and helpful reception staff.
- 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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