We stayed at the Koventa Seta situated in the centre of Riga old town on the 6th March for four nights. It is ideally situated for all the sites for both Riga new and old.
The hotel is easily reached as is any part of Riga city centre from the airport on the airport bus no. 22 getting off at November isla bus stop . This is the first bus stop after crossing the bridge just over the river 30 minutes later after leaving the . After getting off the bus cross the road using the under pass and head for the church of St Peter. You cannot miss it as it is the largest church steeple throughout the Old Riga town area can almost be clearly visible from any part of both new and old Riga. The rear of the Koventa Seta is situated at the rear of St Peters church .Look for the sculpture of the four farm animals one on top of one another in black and go through the archway opposite which at the end of is the hotel reception on the left.
The current exchange rate is 3 Latvian Lots = £4.00. so its a no brainer to get the bus one way for about 1.5 lots for two, or 15 Lots for a taxi.
First impressions are confusing as the hotel consists of a number of pastel coloured buildings and courtyards but this adds to the features of the hotel experience.
Our room was 2236 in building 2. It was large enough and had a kitchenette facility . No crockery or utensils though. This did not bother us as we brought our own travel kettle, knowing beforehand that there was not going to be one in the room. The furniture in the room was not quite up to the Ritz standard and look as though it was thrown up from Ikea about 10 years ago. The radiators were more than adequate to combat the bitter freezing weather outside. The bed was large and to be honest after travelling the world I have never had such good nights sleep consistently away from home. There was a very small television in the room and no safe facilities . We were told later that there were safe boxes available free of charge in a little room beside reception, which we used.
The hotel does provide evening meals. We did not eat at the hotel for an evening meal but were informed by other guests that it was very nice.
Bear in mind this is a 3* hotel and you get what you pay for. This hotels prime central location more than compensates for any luxuries sort after that may be available at higher rated establishments.
The staff were all very nice and helpful at all times.
On booking this hotel as part of a package we scoured the reports/reviews on Trip Advisor I was a little concerned with some of them but felt on the whole our experience was very good. I would certainly consider going back to the Koventa Seta when returning to Riga in a warmer season if the management consider the following comments. These comments were written on a questionnaire supplied by reception to be completed for when we leave.
1 We read on a previous review that guests were bothered by music and singing throughout the day while in their room. We mentioned it to one lady on reception after two days of experiencing it. She said she had never heard of this problem before. It was not loud just there in the background and annoying. At first we thought we thought it was someone in a room somewhere close by. By the third day we established that it was coming from a restaurant Innocente? Just outside the Koventa grounds next to the archway facing the rear of the St Peters church. I feel that although it may be out of their control, but the Hotel Management should try to get the restaurant to turn it down and stop annoying disturbing some hotel guests situated in or around the area where the restaurants entertainment can be heard.
2 Breakfast not a bad large selection of food over all
(bearing in mind during our stay the temperature varied throughout day and night from -6c to -11c)
The locals and many of the Russian guests may be used to eating cold breakfasts such as coleslaw and other types of salads cheeses cold fish etc etc
Food that should have been hot such as porridge, roast potatoes, macaroni, sausage scramble eggs at best were only just warm at worst was cold. We experienced this daily despite going down to breakfast at different times during our stay. Having said this we may have just been unlucky but somehow doubt it. The foods mention above, I presume were cooked hot and deposited and replenished into the large silver tureens frequently but it was the silly two candle system used to keep the food warm/hot that was totally inadequate for the job. Perhaps the hotel management would consider using some other method to keep food hot.
Despite the two points mentioned above I will return to the Koventa Seta. I highlight them in a way to improve guests experiences during their stay and in our case enhance our experiences already sampled
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel Konventa Seta is a 3 star townhouse hotel situated in the heart of Old Riga close to Doma Square and the St. Peter's Church. Hotel represents a unique complex of 9 medieval buildings maintaining an atmosphere of the 14th - 16th centuries and offering a wide range of all modern conveniences. You will find gift shops, art galleries, bars and museums in the yard of Konventa Seta. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Konventa Seta Riga
- Hotel Konventa Seta