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Ekes Konvents
Ranked #4 of 68 Riga B&B and Inns
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South Carolina
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“Excellent”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Immediately behind the St John's church on a pedestrian street in the old town you are situated in the middle of everything. My room faced the church and had character. One draw back may be that there is no elevator. Reception was very helpful with good english and information. The breakfast is in another bldg. and was possibly the best of my trip. This is a great choice for a quick visit of Riga. The Airbaltic shuttle bus dropped me right in front of the church.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2013

My friend and I stayed at the Ekes Konvents in June 2012 and we loved this place. The hotel is centrally located (it's right across from the St. John church). We took a bus from the airport to a bus stop hear the church and walked to the hotel. The hotel is so cute and we loved the decoration. The room is a bit small and they don't have double beds in any of their rooms, but my friend and I fit in a queen/full size bed fine. Our stay was comfortable and very pleasant. The staff were super friendly and gave us a lot of info about Riga and events in town. Madara was one of the friendly staff who helped with our never ending questions. Our accommodation came with free buffet breakfast. We really enjoyed our stay in Riga and at this hotel.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Small hotel with less than 10 rooms in an old building in middle of the old town. We got a very cosy room, double bed and nice bathroom with shower. We had a view towards the church in the front. The women in the reception were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast was delicious buffee. It was very early snow end of October and below freezing but our room was warm. There was free Wifi in the room. The only downsides were: The room was a little small without a real table, saturday/sunday night there was some noise from partying people walking on the street being quite loud.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2012

I stayed solo in July.
Pro: best location in Riga old cty, adequite breakfast, charming authentic feel.
Piece of advice: if you are sensitive to noise (as I am) book the rooms overlooking St John Cathedral, i.e at the side of the hotel building. If you are after the views, then book the facade rooms, overlooking St Peter Cathedral and the little square with street vendors, etc. Then you will have the good view but will be obliged to listen to amatour street musicians very late.
Special words of graditude to the receptionists - friendly, helpful, professional looking and smart. Well done! Thank you for contributing to my most enjoyable stay at your hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Amazing location, characterful hotel. Rooms are small but very adequate. Found this little hotel very charming and would definitely come back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2012

The hotel is in a house that used to be a convent, and has been refurbished fairly recently. It is and old building, with a very medieval layout to the rooms. This makes it quaint and great to come back to at night to put your head now, but don't expect to spend any time here - it is for sleep only. The location cannot be beat - you are literally across the street from St Peters in the middle of Old city.

Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

The hotel was not ever really a convent in the sense usually used--in the 17th century, a merchant endowed a hostel for widows of the guild members. There are nine rooms in the main facility, opposite St. Peter's Church right in the center of the Old Town. The rooms are comfortable and simply but comfortably decorated with full bathrooms and reasonable closet and bathroom space.

You won't be more than a ten minute walk from any other part of Old Town and a few minutes from the park that follows the canal as it winds through town. What's called the "Quiet Centre", and which is where the City's Art Nouveau architecture and design is concentrated, is a 15 or 20 minute walk through the Esplanade. The train and bus station is a ten minute walk away.

My only real suggestion is to ask for a back room, not because there's a lot of street noise, but because, at least when I was there in early June a not-very-good accordionist set himself up every evening in the square near the hotel. I've done Vilnius, Riga and now Tallinn on the way to St. Petersburg and I've got to say that Riga, beautiful and friendly, is a noisier place than the rest of the Baltics but the hotel, flutists and accordionists aside, is a refuge.

The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The included breakfast is served at a nearby hotel is full and good (I see that another reviewer has criticized the breakfast but I found it fine--I'll venture that the Baltics are not a great place for vegetarians, in general).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Ekes Konvents
Address: Skarnu iela 22, Riga 1050, Latvia
Location: Latvia > Riga Region > Riga
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Ranked #4 of 68 B&Bs / Inns in Riga
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ekes Konvents 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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