We moved to this hotel from a very unfavorable hotel which gave the impression that this Radisson Blu is the best hotel since sliced bread! It's not, but it's not bad either.
Check-in was simple and pain free, we stayed in a standard twin room, which was on the 4th floor, the prices of the rooms increase the higher you go, but as we were here on a stag doo, we didn't require a view! They did try to get us to upgrade to a better room, but wasn't forced upon us (as suggested in some other reviews).
The standard room is fairly basic, but you do get the facilities one would excpect in a 4 star hotel, mini-bar, safe, TV with pay movies, iron, coffee facilities etc. The room was fairly small and the two single beds are a little bit too close to each other!! The curtains weren't lined so when the sun came through it was very light - my room mate woke me up by hitting the light switch trying to turn the light off - I told him he couldn't turn the sun off!!
The hotel has a 24hr casino attached to it and has one of the best Japanese restaurants we have ever been too. The food in the hotel was very good too. The buffet breakfast had a continental option as well as cooked food (Full English, pancakes etc) and was very tasty. We ate in the Esplanade restautrant for breakfast and also for dinner and the choices were good and wholesome - meats, fish, pasta etc.
The Espa Spa is really nice and relaxing, the food was OK and service was slow, but the spa area itself is really nice, a good gym, 2 floors of treatment rooms and relaxation rooms and a beautiful black 18m pool surrounded by pool side bar, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and differnt showering experiences.
The highlight of the hotel is the Sky Bar perched on top of the hotel at the 26th floor, a very romantic place (we witnessed a marriage proposal), but also very cool. Low sofas adourn the entire area and also flank the dance floor. we got the impression that thie was THE place to be and to be seen when the sun goes down. Beautifull women serving drinks with a wink and a friendly smile helped! The bar aslo gives a great vantage point over all of Riga with its 360 panoramic views. The only down side to this bar, was the slowish lift and the obligatory 2 Lats per day entry (£2.40), you are given a wrist band for the day and entry is then covered until the bar closes at 3am. A loud, lively bar where the vodka flowed freely all night long! The other annoying thing is that between 11pm and 3am the lift only stops at floors 1 and 26!!
The location is a short stroll into the old town, which is a pretty quiet area by day, filled with many souvenir shops, but comes alive at night with many bars and clubs.
If I had to go back to Riga, I would, without question stay here, but would possibly book a larger room, possibly the business room. But still for 89 Euro's per person it's pretty good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Radisson Blu Conference & SPA Hotel, Riga. Offering the most impressive views over both the Old Town and central Riga, this hotel is famous for its lively atmosphere and wealth of entertainment options including the trendy and stylish Skyline bar with its fabulous city views from the 26th floor and the brand new and conceptually unique ESPA Riga spa facilities. 571 comfortable guestrooms including 197 Standard Class, 332 Superior Class, 38 Business Class rooms, 3 Suites and one luxurious Presidential Suite. Many rooms with charming views of the Old Town. The Esplanade restaurant offering one of the best International cuisine buffets in Riga, alongside its a la carte menu. Urban and trendy Skyline Bar with the best view in the city and D'vine Bar offering tasty tapas and wide selection of wines. ESPA Rīga - an exclusive five star spa facility with luxurious interior design. Modern and multifunctional Conference & Event center featuring 15 rooms including largest meeting room Omega with maximum seating capacity of 1100 delegates. 24 hr casino and Latvija Shopping Arcade. Underground parking (for additional fee). Free WiFi - free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Reval Hotel Riga
- Reval Hotel Latvija