Riga-Latvia

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Riga-Latvia

Post by Lincoln » Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:19 pm

Just booked for a long weekend over Easter because i'm fcuking awesome.

Have you been, whats it like?

I've heard good things and just managed to bag cheapish flights from my local airport (Nottingham).

Can you recommend any decent hotels,we like modern and central.

Whats it like for a vegie over there? i'm guessing they are meat eating bastards?

What were the highlights of Riga for you?

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Re: Riga-Latvia

Post by Lincoln » Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:09 pm

I'll be there in 91 days....can't wait.

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Re: Riga-Latvia

Post by GLimpet » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:39 am

Was there summer this year.

Lovely place - and in summer, lovely weather.

Not real big on vegan food but you'll find something at the more top-end places.

Not that cheap either. Can be quite pricey in fact.
Locals blame joining the euro.

Airport's not far from town - taxi was less than 20 euro. There are buses too.

We stayed at Radisson Blu Latvija because I had points.
https://www.radissonblu.com/en/latvijah ... n_ho_RIXZL

Doesn't look that central on the map, but is. We fat old bastards easily walked to the old town every day.
Lovely walk across the park and by the Freedom Monument.

Wife stayed at this place in 2014 - much cheaper, and more central, almost too central:
http://www.operahotel.lv/en/



Only complaint she had was that it was hot and no AC in rooms.

Visit the Occupation museum
http://okupacijasmuzejs.lv/en/

This nice-looking house in central Riga was a KGB interrogation centre..:
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http://www.liveriga.com/en/7166-the-corner-house

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Re: Riga-Latvia

Post by leela » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:35 pm

We did Riga and Vilnius on the same trip, and I'm forever confusing the two. But I checked, and in Riga we stayed at the Semara hotel. It did a really good short break deal at the time. Decent place, good location.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Rev ... egion.html
Pass the wine...

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Re: Riga-Latvia

Post by QPR_Paul » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:44 pm

Riga is great. The Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija is the best place in town to stay IMHO. It's about 500m from the Freedom Monument, so a quick walk (along one road), so central enough for everything. The walk will take you past the Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

The Sky Bar on the top floor of the Hotel Latvija has nice views of the city, and of an evening normally has a "Europop" DJ on, and there's a double-sided nightclub in the basement. One side has Russian karaoke and is frequented by the cities Russian diaspora (about 40% of Riga's population is ethnic Russian/Russian speaking) and the other side has more usual Euro muzak.

The old centre is beautiful and nightlife there is hectic. It can get busy with idiot Brits (also Scandi and Dutch) stag-dos though. The locals got pissed off with this a long time ago, and some pubs/clubs in the old centre won't let you in unless you look/speak Latvian to the bouncers.

If there's any sports on you want to see, I'd recommend the Kiwi Bar

http://kiwibar.lv/

The cities rugby team are based out of there, and the stag dos tend to congregate at the Irish pubs, so in my mind they are best avoided (Paddy Whelan's or Donegans, both in the old centre).

If the weather is good, (unlikely at the end of March) you could hire a bike cycle to the Baltic sea at Jurmala, it's about 25 kms all on flat cycle paths, they give you a map in the bike shop.

I'll drop you a PM Lincoln.

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Re: Riga-Latvia

Post by GLimpet » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:43 pm

The good thing about the kiwi bar is that they have a surprisingly good Indian restaurateur next door and you can eat your curry in the kiwi bar.

I really didn't see any stag dos this summer but then we were probably in bed too early.

Jurmala was great in summer but I imagine it would be a bit, er, Baltic in march.

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