A1 Hotel Riga
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A1 Hotel Riga Reviews
Reasonable location for exploring the old town Jul 03, 2014
We had booked the A1 hotel online since it seemed like the best value hotel within easy walking distance from the old town and the train station. the prices of the more budget friendly hotels in Riga seems to be a bit more expensive when you want to stay on the Friday but this one was fairly good value for our stay from Thursday to Saturday. The hotel is within walking distance from the center and train station so we didn’t use a bus to go back forward to the center - though there were buses going outside the hotel so it is probably possible to go by public transport if you are tired after a day of exploring the old town.
The entrance to the hotel is a bit strange - we arrive from the airport to the hotel which has an address on a different street than the door to the hotel. This can be a bit confusing but we saw the name sign of the hotel when we got there so we assumed the taxi had taken us to the right place. To get to the reception you have to go through a long hallway which seems more like a tunnel than a hallway. When we made it through the tunnel we have to walk up the stair to the reception on the first floor. In the reception area are a small restaurant and several pool and snooker tables. Despite the many tables there didn’t seem to be many people using them either on Thursday or Friday night when we stayed.
We check in early on the day so they only got a free room on the very top floor of the hotel and there is no elevator. So we have to walk the additional three floors to get in to the room. The room is on the roof floor so there isn’t full height in the entire room which makes for some cause for being careful when moving around the room. We decide to move the beds a bit so they are further away from the wall and reduce the risk of hitting your head into the pillar which is in the middle of the room.
The room got the usual stuff like television a table and chair plus a couple of small desk next to the bed. In addition to these usual things for a hotel room it got a rather rare feature for a Latvian hotel room - air-condition. Most of the year this wouldn’t matter but we are actually arriving just as hot air is coming in to the Baltic’s from the east and makes the room rather hot so we use the aircon.
There is breakfast included in the room rate which is served next to the reception on the first floor - hence we get a bit of extra exercise walking up and down to the room for breakfast. The breakfast is decent with a bit of different food items including eggs and some fruit on top of the usual bread, salami, jam and cheese.
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A1 Hotel Jul 03, 2014
Since we take taxi from Riga airport to the hotel, we do not have any problem to find the hotel location as the taxi driver know the location quite well and we arrived at the hotel front door not long after. This time the whole country has use euro as their currency and not accept local currency anymore. However the taxi price from the airport roughly similar with the price I took last time I was in Riga.
The location of the hotel is not too bad, it is in the main busy street with plenty of public transport to and from the old town. We find out the hotel is actually within walking distance from the old town and the train station with plenty of beautiful buildings to admire along the way. There are plenty of shops, café, restaurants, mini market, bakeries, etc near the hotel which is handy if you have a sweet tooth like me.
The hotel has a strange entrance with a very long hallway lead upstairs to the hotel reception. The reception and the lobby area located at the first floor. The breakfast room is located next to the reception and opposite it there are several pool and snooker tables for guests to use. Not sure if you have to pay or not since we do not use it and it was very quiet when we were there.
We are lucky able to get room early in the morning, since the hotel policy check in was after 12pm.
The reception is friendly and speaks English well and she allow to me to use her phone freely to call the car agency when our car break down.
There are plenty of free map and information about the city on the reception desk, just help yourself.
We have a room at the very top floor of the hotel without elevator, so we have to climb the stairways without anyone help our luggage, since no bellboy in this place and we have a lot of exercise up and down the stairway for three days while stay here.
Our room is quite small in size and it is on the roof floor with a couple of wood beam criss crossing the room which make it dangerous if you are very tall, otherwise your head get hit with it. There is one window which can be open and peep outside or to get fresh air into the room.
The mattress was okay, quite comfortable, the air condition work well and appreciated since it was quite warm in Riga in Jul. We did not try the television, but it is there to use. There are a couple of chairs and tallboy to put clothing inside and a desk if you want to do some office work.
The bathroom is okay, quite spacious with separating glass shower and plenty of towels.
The room cost €30 for weekday and €40 for weekend including breakfast.
Breakfast buffet served near reception area from 7.30 am to 10.30 am and it was okay, plenty of food from eggs, bread, salami, jam, cheese and fresh fruits.
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A1 Hotel Riga Overview
If it is the shopping you are after, the A1 Hotel Riga is ideally located to access Riga's shopping district. The hotel offers a tour desk and a swimming pool as well as a 24 hour reception, a dry cleaning service and a concierge.
The A1 Hotel Riga's neighbourhood is known for its nightlife and you'll be spoilt for choice deciding on the place to go and let loose. Guests can order room service around the clock.
A1 Hotel Amenities