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“Good spot”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Gutenbergs

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Hotel Gutenbergs
Ranked #7 of 109 Hotels in Riga
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Murren, Switzerland
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187 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
“Good spot”
Reviewed December 10, 2006

This was my second visit in the year to Riga. The previous time i never saw my hotel because they were over booked. Not a problem this time. This hotel is in the heart of the old town in a building which is part old and part modern. Remnants of the old building have been incorportated into the rooms. Friendly staff and very clean. I had a room on the 2nd floor which had a floor that might qualify as a nursery slope in a ski resort. Despite that feeling of being drunk before you have had a drink, the room was comfortable with lots of storage space, good bed, clever lighting system,fridge and TV with a few cable channels. Shower only but well equiped bathroom. The bar was souless and there are many alternatives within very close walking distance. Breakfast was simple but acceptable. At the price i got value for money and felt welcome. My taxi from the airport was 6 Lats (£6) and the hotel arranged Limo, was 16 Lats. A bit cheeky but very comfortable S class Merc. Will try some where else next time just for a change.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No reading lounge
  • Tips/Secrets — Do not take a ground floor room.
  • Stayed December 2006, traveled on business
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 18, 2006

I've stayed in several Riga hotels and can recommend the Gutenberg over all others. It's more expensive than most, but definitely worth it. The location is central to the old Town - literally. In the cobbled streets of the old town square, there is a round bronze plaque, an official Unesco world heritage site, marking the historic centre of the city of Riga. If you threw a stone from the Gutenbergs front door, it would land pretty near this landmark.

Being used to the bright, clean but characterless rooms of chain hotels, the room in the Gutenbergs was a delightful breath of fresh air. Darkened oak beams cross the ceilings, antiqued pictured adorned the walls. The lighting was soft and subtle. There's a wel stocked fridge with mini-bar and snack. There's a small television, but I'm not one to bother much with tv when I'm on holiday.

The service is exceptional and friendly. For our stay, our rooms were attended by a young lady. She occasionally knocked on our doors to see if everything was to our liking, and to offer us sweets. A very nice touch. She left her card at then end of our stay, and we were all very hapy to leave tips.

The girls in the hotel were all very beauitful. They were more attractive than models and starlets in Britain, and were doing such menial tasks, always with a smile on their faces. Like characters in fairy tales, indeed.

Fellow guests, thankfully, were far from the beer swilling stag parties common in most other Riga hotels.

Regarding places to go nearby - too many to mention. The church in the town square playing classical musical, the Casablanca bar round the corner, and the rest of the old town on your doorstep. Staying there in Winter when it was quieter, it was always a magical walk back home at night.

Fully recommended.

  • Stayed October 2005
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5 Thank jamesblr
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
Reviewed April 29, 2006

This was my third visit to Riga, and the third hotel I'd tried there (the RIga Hotel being the other one I remember). Hotels are strangely expensice in Riga compared to everything else (which is very chaep), and do not seem to be the cities highlight!

We had two suites (there were three adults and three children in the party) and although they were decent size rooms, they were not huge. The rooms were not dirty, but the furniture wás not very good quality (Ikea-like). The beds were comfortable, as was the hotel in general.

For: great location (does not get better), nice reception area, attentive staff, we liked the small bar (or more precisely the barman).

Against: small/poor bathrooms (no bath), not enough space/food for the whole hotel at breakfast (although the children were happy).

At the price point, it could be the best you will get. Think I will try the Roma next!

  • Stayed March 2006
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4 Thank AnnaAllister
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2006

I stayed at the Hotel Gutenbergs in Riga for a weekend with 2 other girls. The location of the hotel is fantastic, right in the heard of Old Riga on a quiet cobbled street just off Dome Square.
We were delighted with our room for 3 people, lots of space with a small sitting area, really comfortable beds and decorated in a cosy homely style with exposed beams in the ceiling, antique style furniture etc.. I think it's intended to be an old-fashioned style but everything seemed brand new which was great. There was also a well stocked (and relatively inexpensive) mini bar! Plus some nice touches like local chocolates on the pillow etc.

There were a few things we weren't 100% happy about:
- Bathroom: no shower curtain so the place got soaked every time someone took a shower!
- Breakfast: maybe it just wasn't to our Irish taste but we felt the selection of food was poor (and we would usually eat anything)
- Staff: The staff were efficient but not at all friendly

Would love to return in better weather to see the views from their rooftop bar.

Overall would recommend the Hotel Gutenbergs.

5 Thank flygirl444
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2005

We stayed at the Gutenbergs for three nights in June 2005. We enjoyed our stay and would stay there again. The rooms were clean, nicely decorated and above average in size. We had lunch at the roof top restaurant. Both the food and the view were good. The hotel is located around the corner from the cathedral and is a good base from which to see Old Riga.

Stayed June 2005
6 Thank Nashville1
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Royal Palm Beach, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2004

a friendly, convenient and cozy place to stay if you prefer the unusual to a standard type hotel.

3 Thank Arnulf1933
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Reviewed February 15, 2004

We were looking for a romantic place in the Old Town of Riga for 14 February and Hotel Gutenbergs met our expectations. A standard double room was rather small but very cosy and romantic. The sfaff was friendly. Probably the only thing that did not satisfy us was the breakfast. We expected a bit more of a variety for a 4-star hotel. But we certainly did not leave hungry :) In general, it's a good value for money. Especially on the Valentine's day, when a splendid 3-course meal and a welcome coctail for two was included in the price (110 EUR)!

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Property: Hotel Gutenbergs
Address: Doma laukums 1 | Entrance from Muku street, Riga 1050, Latvia
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Location: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Riga
#27 Business Hotel in Riga
#29 Family Hotel in Riga
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Gutenbergs 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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