This is one of the biggest hotels in Riga; a building dating from the end of the 19th century, with a neo-classical and art nouveau interior. The rooms are comfortable and elegant, but limited in number. It is located between a green space and wide avenues, a stone's throw away from the old town and the art nouveau district. This is the place to visit for a princely week-end for two.
On Kr. Barona 12, the street running alongside Verman Park and leading to the Old Town of Riga (allow 10 minutes by foot). The art nouveau district is on the other side (15 minutes by foot).
The airport is 6 mi from Riga. Allow 15 minutes for the journey.
The Europa Royale is an old town house built in 1876, so the setting is superb, and it is full of understated harmony. Architecture and furniture enthusiasts will enjoy distinguishing the different styles and influences, and others will appreciate the atmosphere. Preferably as a couple: this is not a family hotel.
Avoid the attic rooms on the 4th floor, which have views of neither the courtyard or the park across the street. This is a shame, in view of the setting. The most beautiful rooms are the suites (some have an inlaid parquet floor and a ceiling decorated with stucco). Too expensive or already booked? In that case, ask for a room overlooking the courtyard or park. The others are at the back of the building, which is less pretty.
The hotel is reached through a paved courtyard, with flowerbeds and a fountain in the centre. On one side is the perron, where the tables are set out in the summer (for breakfast or a drink), and which also hosts receptions (weddings, birthdays and events); and on the other is the passage leading to reception. The reception is sparsely furnished and consists of a translucent counter, offering a discreet introduction to the hotel. If it was not for the adjoining lounge areas in an art nouveau style and classical colours, you might assume that this was a historical building fitted out in a contemporary style. So consider looking round the property, passing through its corridors and staircases. This will let you see the wooden banisters, panelled ceilings, and frosted glass light pendants. The high point of the decor is probably the stained-glass panelling decorating the bar walls.
As the hotel has 60 rooms in all (rooms and suites), everyone can feel at home here. Whether standard, deluxe rooms or suites, comfort and elegance is to be found everywhere. However, the surface areas vary, ranging from 161 sq ft for a standard room to 215 sq ft for a suite. The views also vary. The standard and deluxe categories do not necessarily overlook the entrance or the park, but the back of the building. The bathrooms with a window and pedestal bath adjoin the two suites, which also have an inlaid parquet floor and four-poster beds. The suites must be the first-choice place to stay. Even so, in each category the equipment includes a flat-screen television, direct telephone line, air conditioning, a minibar, a safe (free), and the bathrooms have a hairdryer, bath, and Europa Royale welcome products (40 ml). Bathrobes are provided in the deluxe categories and suites.
The restaurant is set out in two rooms with baroque-style decor (ceilings inlaid with decorative gilding, and Murano glass chandeliers), and the perron in fine weather. This old, refined setting (white tablecloths, china crockery) provides a buffet breakfast in the morning (hot and cold dishes). The other two meals of the day are served "à la carte". You may see, and try, specialities such as steak tartare with quail eggs, or eel, also served as tartare. Or is that too adventurous? Try the beef with truffle sauce, then. A main course will set you back around £18.50, which is reasonable given the hotel's standing, but expensive for Riga.
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