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“A Soviet Relic simply unable to provide sleep.” 1 of 5 bubbles
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BEST WESTERN Hotel Mara
Ranked #66 of 109 Hotels in Riga
Isle of Bute UK
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“A Soviet Relic simply unable to provide sleep.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2007

The Best Western Hotel Mara is only a quarter of a mile from Riga Airport and so is a natural choice if arriving on a late flight, particularly with wife and child, which was my case.
By Latvian standards it is not cheap.
The hotel is set well back from the main road, surrounded by trees and appears to have new fittings and furniture.
However, the wall behind our bed headboard literally vibrated to the touch, accompanied by a loud, yes loud, bass hum.
Go to reception and young man comes to the room, agrees, then we look in the adjacent room together where the heating generator is happily bouncing up and down.
We go to another room further away. The noise via the ventilation is still appalling for a professional hotel.
He then takes us to their luxury suite (usual price well over £100) With two doors closed the noise is bearable.
The aimiable young man gives me a beer at my suggestion and I ask him if they get many complaints. "Oh Yes, all the time" he confides. "It's an old Soviet barracks" he tells me.
"Downstairs you can hear any movement or speech from upstairs, and the heating generator can be heard everwhere."
!! Full marks for honesty! He only charged me for the standard room I had booked. But this is not what you need at midnight after a tiring flight. As for Best Western Hotel...in the UK you could be taken to court for that ascertain!

Stayed January 2007
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2005

Stayed at the Mara last year.
Went to Riga 10 times due to business and was unfortunate enough to stay in this hotel once.
My room was, a dungeon.
It was the only room that was below ground and was dark, damp and smelly.
It was very large with a kitchen / lounge area and bedroom.
But the smell was over powering.

2 work colleagues stayed above ground in the same hotel and found the rooms fine!

Another minus is that tt is a good 15 minute cab ride to the city.

  • Stayed May 2004, traveled on business
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Property: BEST WESTERN Hotel Mara
Address: 186 Kalnciema Street, Riga 1046, Latvia
Location: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 109 Hotels in Riga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN Hotel Mara 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Best Western Hotels are recognized and valued worldwide for their exceptional guest services and consistent standards. With over 4200 hotels in 88 countries, travelling has never been made easier! Best Western Hotel Mara offers comfort and value for the discerning international business traveller. * 24 Single and Double rooms * Non-smoking rooms available * Satellite and local television * Conference Facilities with 2 meeting rooms * WiFi and Dataport connections * Photocopy / Fax / Courier services * Free Airport Shuttle service * Free car and bus parking * Buffet Breakfast * Full-service Restaurant * Cozy Bar * Summer Terrace outdoor barbeque and patio area * Sauna and Lounge * 24-hour Front Desk service * Laundry and Dry-cleaning services * Car Rental * Souvenir Shop * Banquet facilities and Large outdoor space available for functions * Tennis Centre across the street * Golf Course only 10 minutes away ... more   less 
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