Hanza Hotel3.5 out of 5.0
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The bad: As for most hotels, this hotel is quite warm as well, even though temperatures weren't that high outside. If the hotel would be more crowded then that it was now, breakfast would probably become a problem due to the small amount of seats and the narrow spaces around the buffet. Even with a small amount of people during breakfast getting coffee or tea is not that handy, because of the small available space. And as I mentioned, depending on what you're looking for, location might be a problem. The neighborhood isn't the best in Riga so people might not want to go to there. However anyone used to big cities elsewhere in Europe (like myself) would not consider this a dangerous or bad neighborhood at all. The good: The lobby of the hotel is very welcoming and so is the staff. Both in the lobby and at the breakfast. At breakfast there's plenty to choose and most of it is high quality produce. The rooms are clean with a nice bathroom and decent quality beds. My room had a view at the church which was quite special. Location is both good and bad depending on what you are looking for. It's close to the train and bus station, so very easy for travelling from and to the hotel. Also the Riga Market is quite close and also it's a bonus that you can easily visit the panorama platform of the Academy of Science.
Hanza hotel is relatively good, clean with friendly service. Breakfast is ok, could be better but avarage. The real disadvantage for the hotel is location. Its very close to the old city, mayby 1,5km but already at 9pm in the evening that's too much. The surraundings are far from how the old city looks like. Gives unsecured feeling at once you step out the hotel yard. Idle younger and middle age men hanging with their dark glass cars. There is a good tram connection to the city, and the tram stop is not far away. But even that was too far at 9 pm in the evening.
I had to misfortune of staying 3 nights in this hotel as a part of a tour group. There is no air conditioning in the hotel, and it was sweltering hot in August. There's not even a fan provided for your room. Even the lobby was very hot. So you could not relax in your room or sleep very well. I had to have the windows open at all times. There are no screens on the windows. I had mosquitoes buzzing around my ears at night waking me up. I also had a couple of new mosquito bites each morning, because it was so hot I had to sleep on top of the sheets. It was miserable. The breakfast space in this hotel is very small. Since the hotel has tour groups, there is not enough seating if everyone comes down at the same time. Unfortunately, the hotel doesn't serve breakfast until 8 AM on weekends. Since tour groups normally leave at nine - this creates a big problem with people trying to get breakfast at the same time. It is a very cramped space trying to get the breakfast items and no room to sit. As if it couldn't get any worse, the Internet was down one of the days we stayed. When I went to the front desk to complain, I was told that the person who fixed the Internet could not be contacted for another hour. And this was after the Internet hadbbeen down in the morning. This hotel is 3 to 4 blocks away from the central market. The central market is still a few blocks away from old town. So this is not a good hotel to stay if you want to be close to old town and take breaks from walking. The hotel has no amenities such as a gym. However there was a flat screen TV in the room and a kettle. The bed was on the harder side. Shower was the circular variety, at least it doesn't work the floor of the entire bathroom when you use it. My room view was a wall. There is no safe in the room. My refrigerator/minibar was making noise so I had to turn it off the first night.
Decent affordable hotel located in a quiet corner of the Moscow suburb. However walk just five minutes and you'll be in the city's central market, which is very much alive! The hotel is very near to two very different landmarks, the Stalinist sky scraper Academy of Science, and the all the wood Lutheran church of Jesuz Baznica. If you get lost on your way back after visiting the old city (about a 15-20 minute walk) just point yourself in the direction of the former and you'll be fine. The room was a single but in the reality the bed was a queen. Bathroom was pretty modern and the wi-fi was reliable. Breakfast was a standard buffet with cold meats, hot bacon and eggs, and fruit. Staff in the front desk were friendly and happy to help. All this for €35 a night so very happy all round.
We stayed 4 nights, including breakfast for just 140 euro. Couldn't beat this price anywhere else. Room was redecorated i believe, had everything we needed as well as good Wifi reception. Breakfast was good, had fresh products (vegetables, fruits, dairy, meat, eggs and more) Location was good, didn't take us long to get to/from airport. Just 5 minutes walk to the city market and few more minutes to old city. Thanks!
Review after stay 3 nights. Positive first: quite big room, modern bathroom (pleasant to have a bathtub). It was silent at night. Breakfast was decent. Location in an authentical neighbourhood near the central market. Negative: to cold in room. Heating was turned off although it was chilly weather outside. Some reception members should be more welcoming. Check in and out could be more friendly. You have only one change to make a first impression.
The place is within walking distance from the old town. It's clean, tidy and generally really nice for the asking price. Breakfast was included in the room price which was nice too. The area around the hotel is not the nicest· However, the locals, especially the younger ones are always nice and helpful when asked for local information.
Stayed in this hotel for one night. The first impression - clean, with nice design and kind staff. This impression didn't change even after check out. Room was warm, with big bathroom and comfy bed. Will come back there for sure.
We were back in Riga for one night pre-flight after 3 weeks exploring the Baltics and Belarus. We needed a reasonably-priced hotel, an easy drive to the airport, with parking available. At €40/night, Hanza fit the bill nicely. Staff were very friendly and the room was clean and comfortable if basic. There are 2 elevators. We had no view, but no noise either. Hanza sits on a pretty circle an easy walk to the Riga Market and bus station and Old Town beyond. Although we had to leave way too early for breakfast, the hotel offered to pack us a lunch and, sure enough, a bag with a sandwich, 2 croissants and a bottle of water was waiting for each of us at 5am. Parking is actually a short block down the road in a guarded lot. The attendants don't speak English, but it works. I was worried we might be locked in at such an early hour the next morning, and for a moment I was afraid my concerns were well founded (despite assurances from Hanza) when we found the gate padlocked. Apparently, the guard was sleeping in the small booth, though, and she quickly appeared when we rattled the gate. Keep the ticket they give you to claim your car.
I would definitely stay here again, room was basic but clean and well appointed and the en-suite bathroom was as large as the actual room with an excellent walk-in power shower. Buffet breakfast had lots of choices and everything was kept topped up by the attentive staff member who was on hand. Lack of space near the coffee machine could be slightly annoying for anybody in a hurry, but not a major problem. Reception staff were pleasant, professional and helpful. The hotel is not in the city centre and it doesn't have a bar or restaurant. Each room has a small refrigerator should you wish to keep a few bottles of the wonderful Latvian beers chilled for nightcaps or pre-loads. Warnings: Try to arrive with your own water as the bottles provided will set you back nearly 3 Euros each if you open them. Reception will call you a taxi on request, but they use a dispatcher who sends the next one on their list. Only Red Cab and Baltic Taxi vehicles are metered, the other companies' cars are not and some of their drivers will try to overcharge to a ridiculous degree.
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87% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 598 reviews