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The Hotel Viktorija ("Victoria") is a big, old tourist-class Latvian hotel, situated in an interesting Art Nouveau building at a busy intersection. The hotel offers standard, although colorful, rooms at rates that are usually pretty low.
The hotel's lobby is quite a sight. Boldly painted with gold walls and a red ceiling, it’s outfitted with overstuffed sofas and armchairs, Oriental rugs and repro artwork. Upstairs, five floors offer 42 guest rooms that continue the color, although here it is more muted and tastefully done. Rooms are yellow, red, green and pink. Furniture is varied, as well—from beds and tables in traditional wood to more ornate ironwork. Almost all rooms face the busy streets, and all are equipped with a telephone, cable television and free Wi-Fi. Tiled bathrooms are straightforward, with showers and some rather fancy shower curtains.
The most unusual room of all, hands-down, is the kitschy "Lenin Room," which features a gold-plaster Lenin statue, Russian books and framed newspaper clippings. According to the management, this room is mostly popular with older Russians. (Ask ahead if you wish to take part in this particular piece of nostalgia).
The Viktorija is located at the intersection of Caka iela and Stabu iela—a corner that sees quite a bit of traffic in both directions. Although this makes the hotel easy to find and puts it within walking distance of the sights and shops of the Center and Old Town, it will also be noisy at night, especially for guests on lower floors. Ask ahead for a room on a higher floor, or to book one of the few rooms on the courtyard.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Viktorija neighborhood
The "Center" is a confusing name, given that this area actually surrounds Old Town, where tourists spend a majority of their time. A massive grid of grayish, bustling streets, the Center is Riga's commercial hub, home to shopping centers, boutiques and regular old stores and offices. Happily, the Center is also home to Riga’s impressive Art Nouveau district, and plenty of transit lines for reaching the rest of the city.