Riga Old Town

Riga, Latvia

Riga Old Town (Vecrīga) is the historical center of Riga, Latvia, located on the east side of Daugava River. Vecrīga is famous for its old churches and cathedrals, such as Riga Cathedral and St. Peter's church.

Vecrīga is the original area of Riga and consists of the historic city limits before the city was greatly expanded over the years. In the old days, Vecrīga was protected by a surrounding wall except the side adjacent to the Daugava river bank. When the wall was torn down, the waters from Daugava filled the space creating Riga City Canal.

In the 1980s Vecrīga's streets were closed to traffic and only area residents and local delivery vehicles are allowed within Vecrīga's limits with special permits. Vecrīga is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed as "Historic Centre of Riga".

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Kungu iela, Riga, Latvia
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Historic city squares, old towns and villages in Latvia
Historical period: German Crusades (Latvia)

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

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Maksims Svežencevs (15 months ago)
5 stars for 5 stars. Great place to stay. Location is close to perfect, only parking issues(additional expenses) are dragging location slightly down. However there is plenty opportunities to rent a car, scooter or electric bike arround old town of Riga by simply downloading the app and you ready to go, so no parking is needed whatsoever. Bed is huge and super comfortable, providing two type of pillows is awesome idea. Side sofa is also comfortable for short rests while reading. Air conditioner is working well and room was kept cool. Room was also kept clean all times and water bottles provided. Food is great here in general, my misses is enjoying every time we go there ..and we been places and have had lots of other experiences too. So this place holds the standards high. Restaurant is offering wide range of drinks. Gym, there is not many people using it, so I've had it for myself nearly every time I went there. Still planning to visit sound and swimming pool, but weather is too good to stay in. Overall our stay was perfect three more days to go.
Andreas Adamsen (15 months ago)
Great place to stay for a short trip to Riga! We spent four nights at Pullman and everything was as you would expect. For a hotel with this level of quality we thought that the price was quite cheap. Service at check-in and check-out was great. The room was spacious, air-conditioned, with a very spacious shower, and included complimentary still water as well as coffee and tea. We also made use of both the swimmingpool and the fitness and both were very nice facilities. Pullman is highly recommended if you're spending a small handful of days in Riga!
Timo Uustal (15 months ago)
Lovely hotel in Riga Old Town. It actually is put together from different buildings next to each other, having both historical charm and modern conveniences. For Old Town area hotel, rooms are spacious, with comfy beds and fast wifi. There are a few deluxe rooms with huge balconies as well, suitable for smaller gatherings. Try out cool in-house cocktails and enjoy mouthwatering breakfast buffet - including smoothies and freshly made orange juice. Hotel doesn't have private parking, but there's paid public parking space behind the hotel. Would be delighted to return.
Kristiina Meentalo (15 months ago)
Just Love the quality and choice of amenities. It's amazing that you can choose a type of pillow by your own. Was sleeping like a baby ♥️
Dirk-Jan Palland (16 months ago)
We travel to Riga a few times per year and this was our first stay in this hotel. We try a different 4-5 star hotel every trip, but this is one of our favorites. The room was nice, clean and modern. Only weird thing is the light switches, it’s a puzzle to turn them all off. Like most Latvian hotels, it is not really 5 stars, if you compare it to other western European countries 5 star hotels. The rooms are too simple for that, however, compared to other hotels in Riga this is really one of our new favorites! We also had a great deal for 38eu for 1 night stay. Service was friendly, location is great and public parking is super close and super cheap (only 15eu per 24h, this is 2 hours worth of parking in Amsterdam). We did not try the breakfast.
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