The Park Inn By Radisson Valdemara is one of the newest hotels in the Latvian capital of Riga. The hotel opened its doors in January 2017, complementing the existing Radisson (mostly Radisson Blu) properties in the city. The Park Inn brand offers midscale hotels but still with a good standard with most normal facilities and amenities available.
Where is it?
The hotel is located just by the western banks of river Daugava. Although not located in what would be described as downtown Riga with the old town, the main city centre is just on the other side of the Vansu bridge and can easily be reached by foot, by bus or by taxi within a few minutes.
The hotel is also conveniently located for a quick ride to and from Riga airport.
The arrival experience
I arrived at the hotel quite late around 9 pm by taxi from Riga airport. There was very little traffic around that time and the taxi ride from Riga airport took only a few minutes.
The lobby was very stylish with a modern design and some hip lounge furniture and gave a good first impression.
The check-in process was quick and I was informed I had been upgraded to a superior room, which was appreciated. As I had an early departure the following morning I was also offered to have the final payment sorted out already at check-in, to make the departure experience quicker, which I happily accepted. They also arranged a taxi for the next morning and a wake-up call.
The hotel has 178 rooms divided into standard rooms, superior rooms and business rooms.
I was upgraded from a standard room to a superior room located on the top floor. Both the standard rooms and the superior rooms are around 22 sqm in size but the superior rooms are located higher up in the hotel, providing a better view, and also include bathrobes and slippers as well as coffee and tea-making facilities.
The room had a large and very comfortable bed, an armchair, a desk, a TV and bathroom with shower.
The room also had a balcony but unfortunately my room was not overlooking the Daugava river and the old town on the opposite side of the river, which would probably have been a lovely view, but instead I had a view of the road towards the airport in the opposite direction. Still it was nice to have a balcony and some kind of a view.
Food and drinks
The hotel has a restaurant called Bocca Buona serving Italian-inspired food located just by the lobby. It has a hip and modern design and also offers a bar for guests who just want a drink and some snacks in the evening. This is also where the breakfast is served.
The hotel has a fitness centre, a large conference room (which can be divided into three smaller meeting rooms), and on-site parking.
I only had contact with the reception staff but they were all friendly and accommodating. As all formalities were sorted out during check-in in the evening the early morning departure the following morning was completely hassle-free and took just a few seconds.
As I had an early departure I did not have breakfast in the hotel. A buffet-style breakfast was served in the Bocca Buona restaurant on the ground floor.
A new, modern and stylish hotel. Although not a luxury hotel it provided a good standard and good value for money. Nicely-decorated room and friendly staff.