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“Small but perfectly formed!”
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Grand Palace Hotel
Ranked #7 of 109 Hotels in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Small but perfectly formed!”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

Just back from a 4 night stay at this hotel. Don't be put off by the name, thinking it's all about acres of marble and snotty staff. It's not huge, more of a "boutique" hotel size I reckon. The Grand Palace is located in the old city of Riga, ideal for exploring on foot and quite close to the river if you fancy a boat trip. The decor etc is traditional but the welcome from the youngish staff is both warm, professional and multilingual. We ate in the restaurant, the bar, and on the outside terrace, and enjoyed all three. In June they feature a "strawberry menu" with some unusual and delicious combinations! The bar area seems to have been designed by someone with a thing for antlers - chandeliers, wall lights, all made from them!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Just stayed here for the first time on a business trip, so did not have time to test all facilities, however the bar was great, the room very nice, large and comfortable and the breakfast excellent! I also found that all the staff I met, from the bellboy, check in, bar/restaurant including the driver where all very helpful and friendly! Excellent hotel, the best I have tried in Riga so far.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

We are a family of three including an infant 9 months old travelling from Oslo by car, via Stockholm, Silja Line ferry to Helsinki, ferry to Tallin, Estonia and car further to Riga, Latvia - Vilnius, Lithuania - Gdansk, Poland - Berlin, Germany - Den Haag and Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Copenhagen, Danmark and ferry to Sweden and finally driving back to Norway.

We have not had a too good stay at the Grand Hotel Roga Hotel, because there was really loud noice from a gathering in the restaurant which caused a whole lot of noice for hours. we booked Business double rooms, and these were not directly accessible, so we had to take elevators up and down.

There were also huge steps from the street, if we had known this in beforehand, we would have chosen another hotel.
Riga itself is a nice city, so that was OK.

All in all an OK couple of nights in Riga before travelling further on our trip, apart from the fact that the hotel is not so easy accessible for families with strollers.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed June 3, 2012 via mobile

We've been there in May 2012. We had a rather small junior suite, with a relatively small bed (that's even more surprising when you see the average size of Latvian people :-)). The breakfast was very good, with a service sometimes reminiscent of soviet era :-(.
Be aware you have to book the sauna / hammam area as you'll get then an exclusive use for an hour or so (I don't know if this is common in Latvia).

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Plano, Texas
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

Great location, fantastic service by the staff, very friendly, making you feel right at home. Could not have picked a nicer place to stay at. Incredibly central in old town, so you can come and go to the hotel easily between beer gardens, museums, walks and clubs.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

I just Love it.Great location and service.Very clean.Good food.Will recommend it to my friends!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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Lugano, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed May 27, 2012

There is more than one reason to consider this hotel the best in Latvia as voted 8 years almost in a row.
Location: right in the heart of the city, just a few steps from the dome and a number of restaurants and bars.
The check in experience has been perfect: no reception counter, but just an ancient desk with an amazingly kind officer.
The room - suite 201 - was very clean, super appointed and equipped.The living room pretty big to rest watching TV or working on a desk. The touch screen tablet is a very nice toy!
The bar staff is very polite and drinks very well prepared and served.
The concierge is always ready to anticipate your needs. Unbelievable!|
Wide buffet breakfast with fresh made eggs or omelette.
Definitely suggested!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Property: Grand Palace Hotel
Address: Pils iela 12, Riga 1050, Latvia
Location: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Riga
#3 Business Hotel in Riga
#4 Romantic Hotel in Riga
#7 Luxury Hotel in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Palace Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted as Latvia's Leading Hotel for 8 years, the magnificent Grand Palace Hotel is located in the quiet centre of the historical Old Town of Riga. It is surrounded by prestigious UNESCO World Heritage monuments, central to major tourism objects, shopping streets, offices, embassies and banks. The hotel is the only member of "The Leading Hotels of the World" and "Virtuoso" in Latvia. In May 2015 the official rating for the hotel has been upgraded from 5-star to 5-star Superior. ... more   less 
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