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The 10 Best Cultural Hotels in Riga
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The 10 Best Cultural Hotels in Riga

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Updated: 9 February 2017
There’s so much to see and do in Riga that visitors cannot possibly see it all in a day. Luckily, the city offers unique cultural hotels, making the stay far less impersonal than the usual hotel experience. From chic retro interior to impeccable contemporary design, there’s plenty to choose from. Here are our top picks for hotels in Riga.
Panorama of Riga from Saint Peter's Church | © Valentine Baldassari
Panorama of Riga from Saint Peter’s Church | © Valentine Baldassari

Grand Palace Hotel

Voted as Latvia’s Leading Hotel eight years in a row, the superb Grand Palace Hotel is located in the Old Town, making it perfect for travelers. Originally the Central Bank of Latvia, this historical building, a mansion built like a tsar’s palace, was turned into a luxury boutique hotel in 2000 but retains all of its past splendor, from the crystal chandeliers in the lobby to the rooms’ elegant design. All 56 rooms feature soft and elegant shades of blue and beige and have high-speed internet, air–conditioning, a minibar, a flat-screen TV, and a safe. There is also a gym and a sauna.

Pils 12, Riga, Latvia, +371 6704 4000

Hotel Justus

This four-star boutique hotel lies on one of the charming cobblestone streets of the UNESCO World Heritage area of the Old Town. The elegant 18th-century façade and restored interiors, renovated by a group of friends, have turned this historical building, once the setting of many a Soviet movie, into a cozy and elegant hotel. With just 45 rooms, Hotel Justus is small enough for every guest to feel at home. To top it all off, it’s just a stone’s throw from Riga’s Dome Cathedral, making it an ideal starting point to visit the city.

 

Jauniela 24, Rīga, Latvia, +371 67 212 404


Neiburgs

This new four-star hotel boasts impressive Art Nouveau architecture in the very center of Riga, next to the Dome Cathedral. Its combination of old-fashioned charm and contemporary design is spread across 55 suites, offering guests the highest comfort. This is accompanied by stunning views of the Old Town rooftops and spires, a spa, and a stylish restaurant with a popular breakfast option. There, visitors can expect a fusion of traditional Latvian flavors and global cuisines, as well as a wine list specially curated by one of Latvia’s premier wine experts.

Jauniela 24, Rīga, Latvia, +371 67 212 404


Hotel Bergs

The five-star Hotel Bergs, in the Art Nouveau district, hides contemporary art, haute cuisine, and spacious suites behind its 19th-century brick façade. The interior is elegantly furnished with coffee- and mocha-like tones, with Art Nouveau fireplaces, wood carvings and glass adding to the atmosphere. All 38 suites (which are range from 45 to 80 square meters) feature kitchenettes, LCD screens, and DVD players, making the entire place a lot cozier than the average hotel. Bergs also boasts an award-winning restaurant, which serves one of Riga’s best brunches.

 

Elizabetes Str. 83/85, Riga, Latvia, +371 67 770 900


Clarion Valdemars

Clarion Valdemars might be part of the Clarion chain, but with its rich history and intimate, affordable rooms, it more than deserves its spot on this list. The building, which was renovated in 2006, dates back to the nineteenth century and is a prime example of Riga’s Art Nouveau architecture. Its location, a few minutes’ walk from not only the Old Town but also the Art Nouveau district, making it ideal for travelers. More interesting from a cultural standpoint is the hotel’s dramatic history: it was confiscated from the current owner’s family after World War II and served as a residence for KGB generals, among other things.

 

Krišjāņa Valdemāra 23, Rīga, Latvia, +371 67 334 462


Albert Hotel

Kudos to this large but affordable hotel for the most original theme we’ve come across: Albert Einstein! Not without reason though, as, according to the hotel’s website, Einstein’s good friend Rudolf Karklins lived in the Latvian capital. They exchanged letters often, and Einstein allegedly dreamed of one day seeing Riga with his own eyes. There isn’t any information of any Rudolf Karklins anywhere, but it’s a charming story. To go with the theme, Albert Hotel has put Einstein quotes on its walls (in English) and the carpeting has little atom patterns on it.

Dzirnavu iela 33, Rīga, Latvia, +371 67 331 717


Old City Hotel

This friendly four-star hotel combines a unique modern design with medieval elements like original brickwork in the hotel lounge and some rooms. All around the hotel, there are pictures reflecting the city’s history and evolution. The building itself has served many functions since the 17th century: a large warehouse for a rich merchant, a cinema, a sports complex, and even more. It has only been a hotel since December 2009, but has still managed to get Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence five times! The establishment is divided into the ‘old’ part–perfect for guests wishing to experience Riga’s medieval charm–and the ‘modern’ one, with a total of 65 rooms, from the budget ‘economy’ rooms to the high-end luxury suites.

 

Teātra 10, Riga, Latvia, +371 67 356 060


St Peter’s Boutique Hotel

Tiny and unpretentious, St Peter’s Boutique Hotel is exactly what it purports to be: a boutique hotel near Saint Peter’s Church. The 15th-century building has been carefully renovated in order to preserve the brick walls, fireplaces, and wooden beams, among other details. Each of the 22 rooms is decorated in its own unique style, and all include all the necessary amenities like tea and coffee, satellite TV and complementary WiFi. The small size allows the staff to be particularly attentive to every visitor.

 

Peldu 23, Riga, Latvia, +371 67 814 316


Gallery Park Hotel & SPA

Small but grand, the Gallery Park Hotel & SPA takes guests back to the 19th century and the Russian Empire through its rich décor that’s full of history and culture. With its wooden floors, tastefully decorated interiors, and views of a nearby Kronvalda park, it often feels like visitors have been transported to a Russian manor house, and its location is central and very convenient for sightseeing. Rooms and suites are decorated with antique furniture and original artworks. They also feature heated floors, luxurious bed linen and towels, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, a TV, and panoramic views of Riga.

 

7 Kr.Valdemara Street, Riga, Latvia, +371 67338830


Dome Hotel

An architectural monument built 400 years ago and renovated by contemporary Latvian designers and artists, the Dome Hotel is a comfortable boutique hotel in Riga’s Old Town. With only 15 rooms, it can afford to make every guest’s stay personal and friendly. Despite the establishment’s small size, the room themselves are spacious and include all the amenities expected of a luxury hotel (WiFi, DVD player, Nespresso coffee machine, and more). The style is minimalist — functional, yet elegant.

 

Miesnieku iela 4, Riga, Latvia, +371 67 509 010