Top 15 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Riga 2023

The largest of the three Baltic capitals, beautiful and vastly underrated Riga has often been dubbed ‘The Paris of the North’. Adored for its thriving art, medieval architecture, tranquil parks, and glamorous street-side cafés, Riga is a city with a spirit-filled melange of history buffs, nature enthusiasts, and creative visionaries, I loved this gem of a city! 

Riga’s Gothic spires blend with a flamboyant Art Nouveau scene to create a pulsating cityscape like no other, under the shadow of the iconic Freedom Monument.

Many of Riga’s centuries-old buildings now house some of the Baltic’s most charming hotels, which range from opulent quirky boutiques to unique five-star mansions. Here are my favourite cool and unusual hotels in Riga, Latvia (in no particular order).

1. Grand Poet Hotel and SPA by Semarah – a unique, trendy and very Instagrammable boutique spa hotel which offers a central location and a creative vibe

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Set in Riga’s historic heart, just a few steps from the Old Town, Grant Poet encompasses a full range of five-star offerings. These include Mouth-watering cuisine, a vibrant bar, blissful spa treatments, a state-of-the-art wellness centre, and ample event space.

The guestrooms invite you to live the property’s historic charm, with opulent furniture, traditional chandeliers, and high ceilings setting the tone.

The large windows in my room allowed me to kickstart my day with astonishing views over the city’s gleaming rooftops, which was a wonderful feature. Occupying 5 storeys, the building is dressed head to toe in extravagant modern furnishings, which sit elegantly on the beautifully patterned tiled floors.

2. Dome Hotel – a chic, stylish and creative upscale boutique hotel that offers a unique and romantic environment

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Brimming with character, this supremely stylish boutique hotel is graced by 18th-century elements which beautifully contrast the slick and modern designer touches.

My favourite aspect of the hotel was its location on a quaint cobbled street, where a step outside the property landed me right within Riga’s historic centre.

Inside, local materials have been incorporated to beautify the hotel’s medieval features. This is evident in the romantic spa, where rattan furniture has added a graceful touch to the blissful wellness atmosphere. The 15 sleek, luxurious rooms welcome plenty of natural light, and the antique in-room fittings elegantly juxtapose the charming handmade features.

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3. Rixwell Konventa Seta Design Hotel – a hip, charming and contemporary venue nestled in a historic state-of-the-art townhouse in a 7-building complex

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Situated in one of the oldest building complexes in the Old Town, Rixwell Konventa Seta combines a modern design with a historic aura to create a unique atmosphere.

‘Two More Beers’, the hotel’s restaurant, is one of Riga’s most stylish, with thoughtful details and vivid colours setting the tone for a memorable dining experience.

From here you can access the stunning summer terrace, which was my favourite place to kick back and relax. Whether you choose one of the sleek and sophisticated guestrooms or the spacious apartments, prepare to be captivated by the elegant, state-of-the-art furniture, designed to exude comfort and bliss.

4. A22 Hotel – a cool, sophisticated and elegant boutique hotel perfect for design-loving Millenials and Gen Zs A22 Hotel - a sophisticated and elegant hotel A22 Hotel - a sophisticated and elegant hotel1 A22 Hotel - a sophisticated and elegant hotel2

A22 beckons guests to immerse in the opulence of authentic architecture, astonishing history, and vibrant interiors. A flair of Art Nouveau embellishes the spacious guestrooms, which are equipped with layered artisan details and sophisticated amenities.

The design concept is all about orchestrating a sense of chic tranquillity, and each room embodies this through a unique piece of art.

I thought the way traditional hues were combined with high-end technology and soothing tones created an idyllic sanctuary, and certainly gave me the blissful night’s sleep I was after. The essence of art is also the source of inspiration for the on-site Restaurant John, which satisfies any epicurean cravings with an intimate, candlelit gourmet feast. 

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5. Neiburgs Hotel – a funky, chic and ultra-creative hotel that gorgeously blends a historical heritage and contemporary design

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This exquisitely decorated Art Nouveau building is set on a narrow, cobbled street in Riga’s Old Town. Many of the period features, from the parquet flooring and stucco details to the restored Thonet furniture, were carefully chosen in reminiscence of the property’s storied heritage.

They are however harmonised with contemporary designer touches like enormous Zava Ociu ceiling lamps and Ligne Roset armchairs. I thought the service was top-notch, which made me feel at home as I sat among vintage furniture in the charming communal lobby.

Brightly lit by large windows and adorned with colourful paintings, the ground-floor restaurant is a blissful expression of Latvian cuisine, with a keen eye on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

6. Hotel Justus – a quirky-chic boutique gem set in the heart of Riga’s Old Town

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Hotel Justus belongs to a small group of friends that spotted a unique but run-down building, and revived it with an artistic energy.

Only a few steps from the famous Dome cathedral, this elegant four-star boutique invites you through an authentic façade into a world of historic charm and comfort. The traditional brickwork is combined with captivating objets d’art to evoke an atmosphere that merges the past with the present.

The hotel has long been a favourite shooting spot for Soviet movies, and the stylish European restaurant balances a slick aesthetic with superb gastronomical delights. My room was an unparalleled spot to combine leisure and work, with high-end amenities such as a modern work desk stood side by side with antique décor.

7. Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel – a trendy high-end boutique spa housed in a sleek glass building 

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Graced by jaw-dropping panoramas of Riga, this superior urban retreat offers 265 bright and modern rooms, a refined restaurant, and the Old Town’s largest spa complex.

Arguably the most epic spot of all, however, is the 8th-floor terrace, which is an Instagrammers dream. I spent an unforgettable evening here relishing a gorgeous Baltic sunset!

The stunning wellness centre is ready to pamper mind, body and soul, with a Turkish bath, herbal sauna, cedar bath, and many more trailblazing facilities on offer.

The ground-floor restaurant and bar is the epitome of European flair, and its eclectic menu complements a crafted cocktail list.

8. Grand Palace Hotel – The Leading Hotels of the World – a refined upscale 19th-century hotel that offers a distinctive, romantic and unforgettable experience

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Grand Palace is Latvia’s only member of the prestigious ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ collection, and is situated just two minutes’ walk from the Cathedral.

Dating back to 1877, the building was originally the Central Bank of Latvia. As you step off the cobbled streets and through the grand wooden doors of the hotel, you will be lead up to an opulent reception adorned with Ottoman-style rugs, gold-painted fittings, and a marble staircase.

The walls of my room were hung with both modern paintings and framed old prints sharing a nod to Riga’s maritime history. The velvet-upholstered chairs and sofas of the stylish restaurant invite guests to fully decompress as they tuck into delicious, internationally inspired cuisine.

9. Pullman Riga Old Town – a cool, artistic and unique boutique hotel that offers great amenities including a serene rain shower

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Set in a magnificent building dating from 1789, The Pullman neighbours Dome Square and Freedom Monument, in the heart of Riga’s historic centre.

The guestrooms are clad head-to-toe in luxury materials, and feature state-of-the-art amenities like LED Smart TVs, rain showers, a minibar, and tea & coffee making facilities.

A range of dining options is also on offer here. You can indulge in tapas and shared plates at Tapastry, afternoon tea’s in Tea Deli, and delicious a la carte meals in EQUUS.

Local DJ’s set a vibrant scene on weekends in the junction area, but for those looking to fully relax, the 5th floor terrace awaits with sweeping Old Town panoramas.

10. Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga – an upmarket and classy boutique hotel that is with easy access to the main attractions in the city

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A bastion of authentic Latvian luxury, Grand Hotel Kempinski impresses with 141 immaculately designed chic guestrooms, a majestic rooftop restaurant, various meeting facilities, and a blissful spa centre.

Set by the entrance to the city’s historic centre, each room affords epic views, and promotes a blissful night’s sleep amid plush linens and comfy furniture.

As you step out of this elegant cocoon, you will be greeted by the stunning National Opera House, and have a wide selection of restaurants, boutiques, and landmarks within walking distance.

The laid-back lounge bar, and the intimate Amber restaurant provide all-day food and drinks menus, while the stunning Stage 22 is the perfect spot to savour an after-dinner cocktail.

11. OnePlace2b – a romantic historic property where guests can immerse themselves in historic elegance and charm

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OnePlace2b invites you to explore and appreciate a refined hospitality experience, teeming with sophistication and charm. A unique feature of the hotel is the exclusivity of the rooms, which are named after the some of the famous cities of the world.

I stayed in the Dubai room, in which I truly felt like a king. The crystal chandelier and the Arabian patterned fabrics brought plenty of character, while the marble walls and opulent bathrooms symbolized the true essence of luxury. Other rooms include Amsterdam, London, Venice, and Las Vegas, and are themed accordingly.

Further on-site facilities include a modern sports centre, a serene beauty salon, and exquisite internationally-inspired restaurants.

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12. Hestia Hotel Jugend – a stylish and popular hotel housed in an art nouveau-style building

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Located in an area famed for its Art Nouveau charm, Hestia Hotel Jugend caters perfectly to the business traveller, owing to its cutting-edge design, modern furniture, and ergonomic workspaces.

Upon entry, I was amazed at how the hotel has completely transcended the disparity between modern and historic, by cladding the traditional vaulted ceilings with glass to enhance the spacious feel. A standout space is the creative on-site Restaurant Eleven, whose delicate atmosphere complements its eclectic menu.

Throughout the property, there are many zones where you can completely detach from city life and fulfil your business work, with high-velocity Wi-Fi, top-of-the-range coffee, and comfy seating areas at your disposal.

13. Forums Boutique Hotel – an upscale and classy boutique hotel located on an UNESCO World Heritage Site

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I thought this hotel offered a cool and quirky twist on the typical Old Town abode. Housed in an affluent 19th-century townhouse, Forums Boutique Hotel blends classical elements with modern, luxury features, to curate a unique and elegant accommodation experience.

During your stay here, be sure to explore the local vicinity, which abounds with world-class eateries and artisan boutiques. The 53 guestrooms exude intimacy, sophistication, and serenity, through white-washed interiors that set a beautiful canvas for the soft wooden hues and lavish seating areas.

Each room is equipped with a satellite TV, a minibar, and a lavish bathroom with designer toiletries.

14. Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA – a modern and relaxed hotel set in the bustling Old Town

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This Old Town oasis brings a modern look to Riga’s historic centre, reflecting the hallmarks of Wellton’s modern accommodation concept.

Within a short stroll there are many beloved tourist attractions, eateries, and boutique shops. The hotel boasts 174 exquisitely furnished rooms, where contemporary comforts, bright colours, and high-quality soundproofing ooze a sense of relaxation.

The spa, equipped with a massage pool, hydromassage lounge chairs, and a Turkish bath, offers a retreat from the fast pace of city life with extensive recreation opportunities.

Meanwhile the 1st-floor restaurant, bar Tapas Tapas, offers a classic menu inspired by both Latvian and global gastronomic pleasures.

15. Two Wheels – a cute and quirky accommodation located in an original wooden building in a peaceful green area of Riga

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With an impeccable mix of value, comfort, and convenience, Two Wheels is an idyllic retreat situated a short walk from the city centre.

Upon arrival I was embraced by an intimate, family atmosphere, and captivated by the cosy design. The hotel boasts 10 rooms, each arranged in a renovated 19th-century wooden building, where modern elegance is combined seamlessly with historical flair.

There was a certain mystique about this property, exuded through the dazzling architecture which sits beautifully within leafy surrounds, and becomes ever more majestic during a winter snowfall. Within the nearby vicinity are bountiful restaurants, serving traditional Latvian dishes and contemporary European cuisine. 

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