Vibrant Rīga, with her elegant Gothic spires and delightfully organic, Art Nouveau Old Town, is home to a third of Latvia’s population. And it’s quickly obvious why so many people want to live here. As well as her wonderful, Heritage Listed appearance, Rīga is bursting with new ideas and energy, from the modern art galleries to the zeitgeist-y restaurants and bars.
If you’re here to marvel at the romance of Rīga’s architecture, then the Old Town, or Vecrīga, probably offers the best places to stay in Rīga. Over 800 of its buildings are in the Art Nouveau, or Jugendstil, style and there are some beautifully intricate facades and ornate doorways and windows. If you’re here for a city break, to sample the experimental cuisine and famous nightlife, then the city centre or Centrs is probably the best place to stay in Rīga.
The small combed streets of the Old Town are where many of Rīga’s main sights can be found. The Rīga Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church - which dominates the skyline, the fun and life of the Central Market - housed in a line of old WW1 Zeppelin hangers, the Art Nouveau Museum and the Art Museum Rīga Bourse, the powerfully evocative Arsenāls Exhibition Hall - built in the 1830s to store the weapons of the Tsar’s army, the multiple memorial statues and the wonderful old guildhalls and get houses.
And you’re almost as spoiled for choice when it comes to museums and monuments as you are when it comes to architecture here. There are also great markets, world class festivals and one of the most progressive, cosmopolitan foodie scenes in the Baltic region.
If you’re here for more than a few days you might want to explore a little way outside the centre of the city, beyond the green parkland of the Pilsētas kanāls, the city’s old moat, beyond the Agenskalns and Tornakalns areas and the concrete residential blocks of the Soviet era, and the blueberry forests and sand dunes, to glamorous Jūrmala with its white sandy beaches on the gulf of Rīga.
A charming boutique hotel in the Old Town. An atrium separates two parts of the hotel; one more contemporary, the other rooms more traditional. All the mod cons, large living areas, and good meeting rooms. Family friendly and excellent value.
A charming Five Star boutique. Elegant rooms, some with kitchenettes, combine modern lines with sophisticated furnishings. Lovely library area, excellent restaurant, and spa. A stylish choice in Riga's Old Town.
Perfectly positioned in Riga's Old Town within walking distance of all the main attractions. Simple contemporary rooms with lots of natural light and air conditioning. A good breakfast and lunch cafe, buffet option for dinner. An excellent value spot for visiting Riga.
A gorgeous Five Star urban boutique. Stylish rooms and suites combine modernist lines with traditional materials to create clean but cosy spaces. Fantastic fish restaurant and roof top wine bar, extensive spa, and walking distance to all the attractions.
Five Star elegance in Riga's Old Town. Palatial rooms and suites in creams and blues, wonderful restaurants and roof top bar, good fitness facilities. A romantic spot close to all the main attractions, family friendly too.