If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Riga when you’re visiting Latvia and you want a hotel that is stylish, central and doesn’t break the bank then I think that the Park Inn by Radisson Residence may be the one for you. The rooms are excellent and for the price we paid and definitely surpassed our expectations.
Arriving in Riga airport we checked out many guides on our phones for the best way to get into the city centre that didn’t involve paying a fortune for a taxi and all the suggestions seemed to point towards the buses.
After asking one of the locals waiting at the bus stop how much we would need to pay they informed us that we had actually come to visit on the weekend of a special festival (Rīgas satiksme) and all public transportation was completely free. How good is that!
We got off the first bus and onto the second to take us into the city centre as our hotel was just a short walk away from there.
As we were staying in Riga for only a day or two, we did not have much luggage, making walking very easy for us. Around a 10 minute walk from where the bus drops you off in the centre we arrived at our hotel, slightly earlier than the check in time, but reception were excellent and actually let us go up to our room early. 10/10 for service right there.
On first impressions the hotel itself is really modern with lots of colourful furniture. That’s always a really good sign to me. I think it’s also helpful to note that Radisson appears to be one of the biggest chains of accommodation in Riga and have hotels all over the city.
We reached our room which was on the third floor. We were actually given an upgrade to an apartment which was totally unexpected and just cemented the great service on offer from the staff. I believe this was due to our premature arrival and the fact our original room was not ready.
Walking into the room, we had a large bathroom to the left with plenty of counter top space for storing our toiletries. A walk in shower which was nice and powerful (there is nothing worse than a weak shower).
Moving on from there the room opens up into a kitchen, living room and dining area with huge ceiling to floor windows that flood the room with plenty of natural light.
Even though we had a room looking on to the main street below, we didn’t hear a sound from passing traffic. A novelty as we live in the centre of a busy city so the peace was eerily welcomed.
The kitchen area was basic but functional with microwave facilities and a kettle so you probably couldn’t cook anything beyond a micro meal here, but we hadn’t planned on cooking anything on our trip given that we love to eat in as many local food joints as we can when travelling.
The bedroom was a windowless room just off the main living area which was fine with us as we like a blackout room when trying to sleep, although some may not be the same.
The bed was comfortable to sleep in and surrounded by a colour changing LED strip which you could control with switches at the side. Be warned, it has a full on disco strobe mode which we found out when trying to turn them off one evening. Imagine NYAN cat was flying around the room. Like that.
Exploring Riga from the Park Inn by Radisson Residence was incredibly easy due to it being about 10-15 minutes walk up a straight street from most of the main attractions in the centre of Riga. We are happy to walk when venturing a new location but public transport and taxis were readily available throughout the city if this is not an option for you.
If you’re on the lookout for somewhere to call home for a few days when you’re visiting Riga then we would both highly recommend this hotel. It won’t disappoint.