Riga, as my followers would know is my second home and I don’t need a hotel out here because of family. However it was Latvia’s 100th birthday back on November 18th 2018 and it was time to splash the cash. I wanted to be in the heart of the city centre to celebrate this amazing day and evening and didn’t want to finish the night early, fighting to get a place on the trams (as they were free that evening) and be squashed for at least forty minutes to the outskirts of Riga. I went for a four star hotel and came across one of the newer hotels in the city, Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa.
Located at 33, Kalēju iela (iela means street in English) and opposite the Galerija Shopping Centre, the hotel is in the ideal location. A few minutes walk from the international train and coach station, near the bus stop for Riga international airport and a few minutes walk from all the main sites in Vecriga (Old town of Riga), for first time visitors to this Baltic city, then I highly recommend a stay here. Why? Read on…..
Don’t let the small lobby disheartened you. Usually when I am on the road, hotels with a small lobby means small rooms and the service not usually great. However here I was greeted warmly by the front of house staff who checked me in very swiftly. They did try to get give information on the city but when I told them I was ‘local’ and been here since 2005, it was like ok, you want to stay in a hotel? Why? I just said ‘Independence Day’ and their thoughts must be ‘oh god, your gonna be very drunk tonight!’. However, I did behave myself but got the munchies when I return back to my room later by raiding the mini-bar. Back to the lobby (sorry guys, was drifting away there), modern, love the colour and the decor of the place and the fish tank in the waiting area. Here is also the entrance to the restaurant and spa. I will mention this now, I didn’t have time to go to the spa so there will be no mention of this in my review.
I went for the standard double room which I had the double size bed (other rooms in this category offer two separate beds). I actually found the bed to be very comfortable and once I was snuggled into the warmth of the quilt and shutting out the thoughts of the cold Autumn temperatures outside, I had the perfect night’s sleep. The room is also equipped with a desk, plenty of storage space for clothes and luggage, ironing board and iron plus tea/coffee making facilities as well as an mini-bar (remember to pay the bill at the end of the stay). The WIFI which is free was great in my room with a strong signal.
There is also a private bathroom with all the toilet, sink and shower, where there is plenty of space to store toiletries. What I love about the bathroom the most is the heated floor.
Another reason when a hotel gets a good mention from me is down to the food. I don’t want to be disappointed after a good night’s sleep to find the food wasn’t great. Well that didn’t happen here at the Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa. The breakfast can be found in the Melnā Bite restaurant located on the ground floor where staff showed me my table which was in the corner of the room. The breakfast is buffet style which continental and cooked breakfast are on offer with a wide range of hot drinks and juices. I could not fault the food or the service to which I came away full and ready to hit the city again before flying back to London. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner.
On my short stay at this amazing hotel, I received the warm Latvian hospitality, a comfortable and cozy sleep and had great food here. Like I mentioned earlier, I don’t usually stay in hotels in Latvia but I was very glad to stay here to celebrate someone’s special birthday, Latvia.
A personal note from me – my time at the Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa was paid for by myself and was not sponsored in anyway by the company. The opinions in this post are my own and is totally honest. I would like to thank the staff for making my short stay here an enjoyable one.
To book a stay at the Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa, this can be done on their website here or book via booking.com