Riga is steadily emerging as one of the trending MICE destinations. Riga is a young, dynamic and heavenly mix of tradition meets modernity in the Baltic country of Latvia. The basic necessity of being a viable and flexible MICE location is the availability of excellent hotels to accommodate the guests. In this article, we bring to you detailed information on two new and classy hotels in Riga.
Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga
Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga is the epitome of grandeur and sophistication and stands out majestically in the heart of Riga. Situated right next to the famous Latvian National Opera House in the middle of Old Town, this five-star hotel represents the best of Riga on offer. Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga features 141 first class rooms and suites, including a majestic presidential suite, two gourmet restaurants and three bars, six spacious meeting rooms, including the Grand Ballroom, a world-class spa and wellness facility, as well as an aromatic pastry shop right next to it. It offers beautiful views of the town from all sides along with refined service and rich cultural experience.
The property stands tall on Aspazijas bulvāris 22 and gives the aura of a perfect amalgamation of traditional legacy and modern amenities exhibiting the best of both worlds. This Hotel first opened its doors in 1878 to visitors as Hotel Rome, the most modern accommodation in Riga that combined the best Western and local traditions. After being almost entirely destroyed during WWII, Hotel Rome was quickly rebuilt in the following years, and along with a new face, the building also got a new name – this time proudly representing its birthplace, Riga. Over the last decade, the hotel has once again gone through some structural and design-related changes rejuvenating into a world-class hotel that satisfies all the needs of its prominent guests which include many noted artists, musicians, writers and ev
Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga is well equipped to handle all kinds of events including business meetings, private celebrations or major conferences with high level of personalization and highest standards of arrangements. It has a majestic Grand Ballroom which encompasses a 6-metre-high room, adorned with crystal chandeliers, refined marble and wooden wall elements and immense ceiling windows overlooking the calm oasis of the Latvian National Opera and the park. The large TV monitor wall functions as a great asset for presentations, while the extended rectangular shape of the room allows organizing dynamic events, such as fashion shows, or dividing the Grand Ballroom into three separate sections and hosting three different events simultaneously.
The hotel also offers five stunning private meeting rooms, located right next to the Grand Ballroom. They are all named after famous individual musical movements – Sonata, Solo, Symphony, Andante and Allegro – which is yet another reference to the neighboring National Opera House. Each room features modern equipment and a stunning interior, illuminated by natural daylight, which makes them a perfectly suitable location for international conferences, forums, seminars or more intimate gatherings.
Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel
Pullman Riga Old Town Hotel is a perfect example of modernity combined with classic aesthetics. The hotel is located on Jēkaba Street, in one of the oldest buildings of the Riga Old Town. It’s on the edge of the historic centre of the city, but also a short walk from the Pilsetas Canal, with its pretty waterside park, the Freedom Monument and St Peter’s Basilica. There are 155 guest rooms, a 24-hour restaurant, a bar, five meeting rooms, a private dining room, and two conference rooms for 150 and 200 guests, as well as a fitness and recreation centre with a swimming pool in the roof floor with a picturesque view over the city. It was opened in June 2016, and to date has accommodated more than 48 thousand guests.
The beauty and grandeur of this hotel has been duly recognized and appreciated. It has received the “Baltic Real Estate Awards 2017” prize, successfully surpassing the Lithuanian and Estonian hotels. The nominated hotels are judged on their architecture and interior design, on how innovative and modern is the layout, the location, the convenience and comfort of clients, as well as their well-being, the services offered and the entertainment and leisure facilities. The hotel is a mix of contemporary style with a rough and historic stone basement, which used to be a horse stable in the Medieval times. Entering the lobby is accompanied by a WOW effect: old walls, an airy glass roof, plants and a comfortable bar make guests feel welcome and cozy.
The whole interior of the hotel is designed along the equestrian theme, commemorating the famous 18th century’s fantasy master Baron Munchausen, whose stables were there. Another characteristic of the hotel’s style is the modern art and design. There’s also a spa, pool, and another restaurant, Equus, in the modern part of the building. It has the feel of an airy conservatory, with plants climbing the walls and a glass ceiling. Grey is the order of the day across the 155 rooms and suites here, with pleasing touches such as tweed headboards and stained wood flooring.
Pullman is part of the mega hotel chain Accor hotels, which is also well known for its brands like Novotel and Sofitel. However, Pullman maintains a strong sense of individuality and a distinct charm.
Plan your next event/conference in Riga and get a chance to experience the charming hospitality that this city offers. Riga/Latvia is exhibiting at IMEX 2018 in Frankfurt from 15-17 May 2018. Find out more on the new hotels’ offers in Riga by visiting the Magnetic Latvia Stand F280 at IMEX in Frankfurt. Make an appointment here.