It may not yet have the fame of Paris or Rome, but Riga is without a doubt a tempting chocolate box for the eyes.
This booming Latvian capital has enough Art Nouveau architecture, medieval art and gothic spires to keep you fascinated for days. But it’s also got more than just history going for it – there are plenty of hip bars, cafes and restaurants to hang out in too.
Tempted already? Then why not whisk your other half away on a four night escape to Riga with today’s Big Deal from myholidaysnow – you will be staying in a 4* hotel with return flights from Glasgow included.
With this Big Deal, you will fly out to the Latvian capital, Riga, where you will be taken to the stylish 4* Bellevue Park Hotel. This specially selected accommodation offers a great base for a city break, with the opportunity to soak up the charm and beauty of this gem of the Baltic region.
The deal includes return flights with Ryanair from Glasgow International with luggage allowance, private airport transfers to the hotel, and four nights B&B accommodation based on two sharing.
This break is for four nights, flying out from Glasgow International airport with Ryanair. Available departure dates are:
5th, 12th, 19th September
Flights between the two destinations take up to three hours. You will depart from Glasgow International at 07:30 and arrive at 12:10. On your return journey, you will leave Riga at 12:35 and arrive in Glasgow at 13:30.
The 4* Bellevue Park Hotel is next to the picturesque Victory Park, not far from the city’s Old Town. It offers spa facilities with treatments, a fitness centre, free on-site parking and free WiFi. Front desk staff are available 24 hours a day and can arrange room service for you.
The hotel has two restaurants: the stylish Le Sommet serves Mediterranean food and is located on the 10th floor, meaning you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Park Restaurant is in the lobby area. Both dining spots offer outdoor seating in the summer.
The hotel’s bright ensuite rooms are decorated with wooden furniture. All come with air conditioning, a minibar, desk, flat screen TV with cable channels and hairdryer.
There are plenty of convenient transport options close to the hotel, making it easy for you to explore the city. The popular Arena Riga venue is around a ten minute drive away.
Roam around Riga
The heart of Riga offers attractive and atmospheric medieval streets branching off the main avenue of Kalku Iela. Highlights include the old market, the imposing splendour of the cathedral and St Peter’s Church. It is also well worth taking in the beautifully restored medieval facades of the shops and cafes around Skarnu Iela.
Anyone with an interest in early 20th-century architecture will be amazed by the elegant apartment blocks of the city’s new town. Alberta Lela is a perfect example, with decorative Art Nouveau and Jugendstil-style buildings.
Riga is enjoying a cultural boom at present, with an abundance new galleries, bars, restaurants and clubs. The city has a vibrant nightlife and plenty of hip cafes where you can find out what’s happening culturally during your stay.
Bellevue Park Hotel has impressed plenty of guests on TripAdvisor. Here are some recent reviews, edited for length:
‘Big hotel with large rooms and big bathrooms. Very comfortable beds. Coffee and tea in the room. Very clean everything. Breakfast was great, also vegan choices…’
‘Latvia is a beautiful country! The city of Riga is a definite must-see. The Bellevue Park Hotel Riga was a wonderful surprise. It has wonderful staff and an amazing spa. It is right by public transport so you can be in town within minutes.’
’...very good hotel to stay in Riga because of very good price and superior service… very good breakfasts and dinners, clean rooms and friendly service. Thanks to staff it’s like a second home.’
Riga has all the beauty and atmosphere of an old medieval city combined with the Art Nouveau elegance of Paris. This makes it the perfect choice for a romantic break, especially if you haven’t yet discovered the magic of the Baltics. So why not whisk your other half away to Eastern Europe for a few nights?
With direct flights included, 4* accommodation and availability until October, you can choose whether to make this a spring, summer or autumn adventure. But whichever time of year you travel, Riga is sure to charm.