Quaint and characterful experience, with a rich and cultured offering.
Latitude – set the scene: 7/10
This quaint property is perfectly situated between the Art Nouveau district and the Old Town of Riga. One can easily walk to most of the touristic sights.
Style and ambiance: 9/10
The hotel is extremely characterful and plays homage to the rich history of Latvia. The gold embossed leather walls of the lounge are an impressive feature, which were handmade in Paris. It was pointed out that the Queen of England uses a similar pattern on her yacht.
The staffs were very welcoming and full of passion. As the property has just 23 rooms in the hotel, the staffs were able to address each guest by one’s own name.
However, one was slightly disappointed that the housekeeping service was not available in the evening.
Where the magic happens – Rooms / Suites: 5/10
One stayed in the Business Deluxe Room, which was adequate in size for a solo traveller. The room lacks any complimentary tea or coffee, which would usually be expected from a 5 star hotel. One must mention that the courtyard view was very comforting especially with the relaxing backdrop music in the evening.
One chose to dine at the Restaurant Renommé, the restaurant serves traditional Latvian dishes with a modern twist. The dishes were both interesting and delicious. The menu consisted of the freshest local sourced ingredients. One must emphasise that the local Rhubarb wine was exotic and refreshing, it perfectly brought out the flavour and aroma of each dish.
However, one must add that the breakfast was a little bit disappointing as the selection wasn’t as generous. Also, they have extra charges for ‘special’ coffee such as latte and cappuccino.
Is it worth the money?: 7/10
One would definitely recommend this hotel to those who love history and classic architecture.
Editor’s comments: Definitely check out the swimming pool of the hotel, its a great place to relaxing and unwind after a day enjoying the historical wonders of Riga.