Review: Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel, Riga

Tested March 2016

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga

Where is it?

Radisson Blu Latvija Hotel is one of the largest hotels in Riga (if not the largest) with an impressive 571 rooms. It is located right in the city centre of Riga with walking distance to most sites of interest as well as restaurants, bars and shopping.

It is easy to get to the hotel by taxi from the airport and the ride should take no more than 15-20 minutes.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The entrance

The arrival experience

I arrived at the hotel in the late afternoon. With such a large number of rooms the lobby is quite sizeable and there were several people working at the front desk and I was immediately checked in with no wait.

I had booked a superior room this time, mostly as the superior rooms (in contrast to the standard rooms) also give access to the large hotel spa and the difference was actually smaller than paying for the spa entry separately during the stay. The check-in process was swift and I was informed about the breakfast times the next morning and offered a wake-up call.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The lobby

The room

The superior rooms are located slightly higher up in the hotel and also have a city view. They generally measure around 20 sqm and on top of the standard amenities provided in the standard rooms the superior rooms also include bathrobes and slippers, a pillow menu, complimentary water and access to the spa.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The superior room with the cool collage

The room was quite small for a superior room and had a fairly standard Radisson Blu room design. It felt somewhat old-fashioned but with a few nice modern details such as the cool photo collage above the bed. The room had a queen-sized bed, a desk, an armchair, a closet and a TV and of course the standard amenities such as a minibar and a safe.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
Work desk and armchair

The bathroom was also quite small and had an older-style shower cubicle and the standard Radisson Blu toiletries.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The bathroom

Overall, although nothing wrong with it, the room itself was not really the highlight of the hotel. But at least it had a decent view.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The view from the room in the evening
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
And in the morning

Food and drinks

A much more memorable facility of the hotel is the Skyline Bar located on the 26th floor offering a magnificent view of downtown Riga in a hip atmosphere and with a well-stocked and rather nice-looking bar area. There is an entry fee to access it in the evening (from 6 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from 9 pm on other days) however entry is free for guests staying in a business class room and for members of the Club Carlson program.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The Skyline bar

The bar offers various drinks and cocktails and well as typical bar snacks such as burgers.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The bar
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
Beer and burger in the evening

The view is lovely and the bar is a popular place also among locals who come here for a cocktail during weekends to enjoy the view and the music. During weekends there is usually a DJ playing.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The view from the Skyline bar

There are two restaurants in the hotel. D’Vine serves lunch whereas Restaurant Esplanade offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

There is also a second bar in the hotel, the lobby bar, a much more old-fashioned place compared to the hip Skyline Bar. The lobby bar is open during most of the day, from 8 am in the morning (slightly later on weekends) until just after midnight and offers bar food, snacks, coffee, tea and various alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The lobby bar

Other facilities

Another highlight of the hotel is the ESPA, the largest spa facility in the country. This is really an experience and if you decide to visit it you should make sure you are not in a hurry. It is divided into several different floors with an 18-metre swimming pool, different saunas, steam rooms, treatment rooms and relaxation areas. There is also a small cafe offering healthy drinks and various snack options and there are several skin and body treatments available to book. There is also a gym in the same area.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
Entrance to the ESPA

Entry to the ESPA is included in the room rate when staying in a superior room or a business class room but not when staying in a standard room.

Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga
The large staircase in the ESPA

Service

A friendly and courteous service was offered by the staff throughout the hotel. At the reception, in the spa, the skybar and the restaurant. Nothing to complain about.

Breakfast

Breakfast was served in the Esplanade Restaurant on the ground floor, a fairly good Radisson Blu breakfast buffet with all kinds of hot dishes, cold cuts, fresh fruits, bread rolls and pastries.

Final impression

The hotel is very large with nearly 600 rooms and to some extent it feels rather impersonal. But the location is good, the skybar is an excellent place to wind down after a long day and the spa is very good as well. But the hotel room itself was small and nothing special.

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