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Hotel Reval Riga Hotel 4 star
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ELIZABETES 55 Riga, Latvia -
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If you are touring or taking a combined holiday in the Baltic states, it is very likely that you will be staying at the Reval, this hotel being one of the most favoured by tour operators, due to its location (in one of the streets in the Art Nouveau district) and its capacity (the largest hotel in Riga and even in the Baltic states). It is a functional and rather comfortable hotel with a charming atmosphere.

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      Reval Riga   -   Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 6.52 /10

    At Elizabetes 55, one of the streets in the Art Nouveau district of Riga. The old town is a 10 to 15-minute walk from the hotel.
    The airport is 6 mi from Riga. Transfer time is 15 minutes.

    Accommodation 7.20 /10

    The 587 bedrooms include standard, superior and business class rooms. The latter two categories have stylish Nordic-inspired furniture (clean lines, metal and wooden materials, etc.). For maximum space, book a business class room: a floor area of 269 sq ft (compared to 129 sq ft in a standard room) and a sofa bed to accommodate up to 3 people. For the best view, ask to be on the 20th floor and settle for a standard room, facing the old town. The other bedroom categories overlook the rest of Riga: a higher floor is preferable in this case, too, so as not to be directly overlooking a cluster of semi-developed houses. Facilities are identical in all rooms, with the exception of the television, superior and business class rooms having flat screen televisions, and bathrobes, which are only provided in the business class rooms. Rooms also include a direct dial telephone line, individual air-conditioning and a mini-bar. Bathrooms have either a bath or a shower (not both), plastic hair-dryer and liquid soap dispensers (no miniature welcome products, though).

    Overview 7.45 /10

    There has been a hotel on this site since long before the Reval opened in 2001; built during the Soviet period, it has maintained certain aspects of this past. Long corridors, unpolished doors and unaffected furnishings in the oldest rooms (renovated in 2001). You get a distinctly different impression in the North Wing, which was opened in 2006. For a start, it is accessed through a corridor adorned with contemporary sculptures behind glass. The fitness room and sauna on the top floor are also done out in a similar style. Try it: access is included in the price of your stay and the (floor to ceiling) bay windows rather give the impression that you are looking at the city as if suspended in mid-air. At ground level, you will be tempted to flee the crowds in the reception area, which is rather boring when empty. Cast a beady eye over the Art Nouveau influences in the bar, followed by the abstract panels of the dining room: two communal areas located at either side of the reception area.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The very large restaurant is also noisy in the morning, when it is at its busiest (between 8am and 9am). Sensitive ears should sit near the entrance (but further from the buffet), or on the lower level (if there is room), along the bay windows that overlook the street. Bench seats covered in striped fabric, laminated tables and brightly coloured vase columns: the attractive and modern decor is all the more noticeable at lunchtime or in the evening, when the crowds of guests are less heavy. In the summer tables are set outside for smokers, who take their cups and sometimes even their plates outside of a morning. Breakfast includes smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, kidney beans, fresh fruit, bread rolls and miniature croissants, if you visit all corners of the buffet, whilst waiting to see the dishes available, since as soon as a group arrives to eat, chaos quickly ensues. A buffet is also provided in the evening, with seasonal (chanterelle salad), local (marinated herring) and international (chicken blanquette, grilled fish, Pommes Noisettes) specialities. The sushi bar at the Casino serves food 24 hours a day and can be accessed from inside the hotel.
    There is also no need to leave the hotel for your evening entertainment: the lounge bar on the 26th floor offers panoramic views and a chic ambience and attracts a local clientele of working thirty-somethings. This is certainly one of the recommended night-time haunts of Riga.

    To know

    The Reval Riga is the largest hotel in Latvia and even in the Baltic states. A 27-storey high tower housing nearly 600 bedrooms with a functional (though not always stylish) design that takes into account the needs of the hotel's group and business clientele... The hotel is rather comfortable but not very private, so be warned.
    Accommodation Advice
    The higher the floor you are on, the better the panoramic view. The hotel overlooks the Russian Orthodox Church, parks and the old town to the one side, and the rest of Riga (a capital city with clusters of old buildings here and there) to the other. The design of the hotel may vary depending on where you are. Choose accommodation in the north wing for more stylish furniture.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      sauna, beauty salon, massage, spa, keep fit, hammam

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, gym, aerobics, sports, golf

    • Animals allowed

      (paying)

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • The lounge bar on the 26th floor.
    • The sauna and its picture window overlooking the city.

    disadvantages

    • The large and rather noisy restaurant.
    • Lots of comings and goings (groups).

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    • Overall Score nc/10