National Rehabilitation Centre Vaivari
Asaru Prospekts 61, Jürmala, Latvia
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National Rehabilitation Centre Vaivari Jürmala Reviews
Hospital working as a hotel Sep 08, 2013
We had booked this place online - since it seemed like a very good deal with a pretty location close to the beach. So we figured this would be an excellent stop for a night. The name might have given it away - but I assumed national rehabilitation had something to do with the environment - basically I expected some sort of semi national park facility where they did something to restore the coastal land to the original natural habitat. Rest assured this wasn’t what national rehabilitation center was all about.
We came to the place pretty late at night and had jammed the address into the GPS so it should be easy to find the place. But when the GPS claim we are at the correct destination there is nothing to see - no signs of any sort indicate there is a nature center or anything like this in the neighborhood. The sign we can see is signs for a local hospital - a big hospital and we had seen something resembling the hospital on Google before leaving home. So maybe the rehabilitation is for humans and not the natural habitat.
We decided to try to check out the hospital - just in case the hotel was actually here. We had some trouble finding a place to park since it was pretty dark. It seemed impossible to park near the main entrance since it was closed for the night - instead we drove around the complex and managed to park at the back of the building. From here we walked across some broken paths and a grassy area until we finally made it to the front entrance. We walked in - and there was nobody there. To be fair if we had really checked the reservation we would have noticed that the check in was only until 19.30 - but who takes this kind of information seriously?
We walked around and found a man who was the security staff of the complex - he only spoke Russian but he indicated we should follow him. So we walked behind him along some hallways which still smelled like a hospital - just to make sure we realized it was indeed a hospital we were staying at. He took us to somebody else in a night reception area where she gave us a key and told us to pay when they opened downstairs the next morning.
The room was on the seventh floor and it was pretty big with a small hallway with a fridge, a living room with a sofa a table and television standing on some shelves. The bedroom had a bed and a bit of space around it. Outside the apartment were a balcony with an exit from both the living room and the bedroom. Unfortunately we didn’t get much pleasure from the balcony since it was dark when we arrived and foggy when we left the next morning.
We went down to pay at the booth for payment downstairs - supposedly they should open at eight in the morning. But when we got down there nobody was around. We pretty much needed to go straight away so we found a security guard - they had changed the old man for a young man but it hadn’t help much on the English abilities. We gave him the key and told him we had booked through a website and we didn’t have time to wait for payment - hence the hotel would just have to charge my credit card later. Then we ran out through the field in front of the hospital hoping we could find the car again - we did and off we went for the airport.
The place is not generally the most charming place - but if you can deal with the smell and got your own transport it is fairly good value with a big room and a view located close to the beach. Hence if you want to spend a couple of days exploring the area around Jürmala this hotel isn’t that bad - but if you like us just want an efficient stay before going to the airport the next day there are better options.
Part of the Going to see the old land of the east travel blog
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