One of the Baltic states, Latvia sits on the coast, sandwiched between Lithuania and Estonia. In recent decades its capital Riga has become popular for city-breaks, with a mediaeval quarter (that’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and sprawling market. Venture further afield and you’ll find enormous waterfalls, art nouveau buildings, Baroque palaces and beaches. The country is also a beer lover’s heaven, with regional micro-breweries producing hundreds of different varieties. Having only been a democratic republic since 1991, its tourism industry is still quite young. As such, Latvia provides visitors with an authentic experience, stemming from the rich culture and welcoming hospitality.
As a member of the Small Luxury Hotels group, Hotel Bergs is design led and looks rather quaint from the outside. The interior is decorated with impressive contemporary works of art that guests will want to take the time to view while they unwind. People who like plenty of space will be pleased to find that the hotel only offers large suites and there are more than 317 to choose from in total. However, not all suites are created equal and the undisputed champion is the Executive Penthouse suite, which provides guests with plenty of luxury as well as views that are simply breath taking.
Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga
Situated in the Vidzeme Region just 100 metres from the Latvian National Opera, this enchanting luxury hotel is sure to impress guests with its imposing style and sophistication. Guests are treated to full access to the hotel’s celebrated spa facilities that include a traditional sauna, a bio sauna, a large relaxation area, a steam room, a swimming pool and a fitness centre. This is a great place to work up an appetite before enjoying a delicious meal in the onsite restaurant. With their large bathrooms and light décor, the guestrooms at this elegant hotel are also sure to impress.
Grand Palace Hotel
This elegant boutique hotel can be found in Riga’s UNESCO-listed old town centre and provides guests with almost instant access with many of the city’s most prominent attractions. This charming building dates back to 1877 and many of the furnishings and spaces have been preserved to impressive effect. People who are travelling for business are sure to love spending time in the glass roofed conference centre while catching up on a little work. The sophisticated dining room is a great place to sample fine dining, while the guestrooms feature four poster beds and other stylish touches.
Both food loving travellers and residents of Riga visit the Dome Hotel in order to enjoy a meal in the establishment’s renowned restaurant. There are just fifteen very elegant and luxurious rooms for guests to choose from, which helps to create an intimate and refined atmosphere in the hotel. The handmade lightshades and other personalised touches are sure to help guests feel right at home and those who want to spend time unwinding after a long trip are sure to love taking advantage of the room service. Each of the guestrooms boasts a completely different look and feel and is sure to make guests feel like royalty.
Pullman Riga Old Town
Set in a building that dates back to 1789, the Pullman Riga Old Town perfectly combines elements of the old and new to provide guests with a comfortable and very memorable stay. While the building itself has remained true to its origins, guests are treated to plenty of modern conveniences such as en suite bathrooms with rain showers and iPod docks. There are 155 rooms and suites for guests to choose from in total and there are plenty of personal touches in each that are sure to satisfy, while a huge range of attractions are located within easy walking distance.
Grand Park Hotel and Spa
People who want to spend time truly unwinding are sure to love this luxurious establishment. The Grand Park Hotel and Spa is famous for its excellent wellness centre where there are numerous treatments to choose from that are sure to make guests feel fantastic from head to toe. The hotel is set on its own private marina right next to the picturesque Mulini Beach and this is the perfect place to soak up the sun. Each of the rooms comes complete with its own balcony or terrace and guests should secure an ocean facing room.