This was my fourth trip to Riga but my first stay at the Valdemars. It's a beautiful, renovated hotel with many excellent extras. There is a free and delicious buffet for guests each evening. Fruit, tea and coffee are available all day and are also free. There are plenty of places to sit and read if you don't wish to do so in your room. There is plenty on offer at breakfast.
The only negative for me was largely of my own making. I was woken up at 1.00 am by a number of men talking very loudly in the corridor outside my room. This went on for about 20 minutes. I was woken up again at 6.00 am by more loud voices, speaking Russian, and much laughter from the next door room. The noise got worse over the next 20 minutes until I could bear it no longer and went to ask them to shut up. Their door was open and one very drunk young man came up close, asking me what I wanted. I pushed him away and he punched me on the side of my head hard enough to send me to the floor and break my glasses. I have been in some pain ever since. I called Reception and a man came very quickly. He told me, quite rightly, that I should have called him first and not tried to deal with the situation myself. So, I suppose this is a warning to any future guests not to be stupid like me; get the hotel staff to deal with violent drunks. I am in Riga again in January. This incident won't put me off staying in the Valdemars again, though I trust I won't have to put up with drunken Russians again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At Hotel Valdemar you live in comfort and style in the heart of Riga's history and culture. The over 100 year old house is an example of Riga's unique Art Nouveau architecture and total renovated in 2006.Hotel Valdemar is located in central Riga, only a few minutes walk from Old Town. On the tranquil courtyard, you can during the summer months enjoy a cup of coffee in the sun, while the one million city of Riga pulsates just outside.We want to take good care of our guest we therfore offer all our guest complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meal between 18:00 and 21:00. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Clarion Collection Valdemars