We stayed at Hotel Gutenbergs for 3 nights after arriving from Vilnius in May 2010. We decided to pay a little more and booked the junior suite since the higher price seemed to be a good value compared to other cities and we figured it would give us more space. We checked in and realized immediately we were in the older part of the hotel which was fine until we realized we couldn’t get a wi-fi signal, which was important (needed to check in for work). We went to the front desk to find out if we could get a different room with internet access.
The manager of the hotel was very helpful and recommended a different room (311 – not sure of the original room number of the junior suite, which was also in the old part of the hotel) and brought us up so we could test our internet. Our internet worked fine in the common area of the room (this was definitely an upgrade compared to the other room). He helped us move to that room and didn’t charge us extra (very generous). The suite faced the street, had a bedroom separated with a bathroom (shower and tub) and another bathroom off the common area (just sink/toilet off that area). The common area had a desk, many chairs, a sofa, coffee table and a flat screen TV. There was also a mini-bar that enabled us to use the refrigerator for cold drinks (which we purchased down the street).
Although we were satisfied with the room and the older part of the hotel is definitely charming we did think the furnishings were a bit too worn and could be replaced or perhaps reupholstered at the very least. The bedspread was a bit too old and smelled a bit musty. Overall, the hotel is a very good choice and smartly located near the old town so that it wasn’t too close to any of the bars or late night crowds.
The breakfast was good although it was missing fresh fruit. We also had no idea we could order different coffees or eggs as none of the staff approached us (they approached everyone else each morning though).
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- Also Known As:
- Gutenbergs Hotel Riga