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A brand-new addition to the five-star hotels in Riga Centre
The newly opened “Grand Poet Hotel” – the third hotel of the hotel chain “Semarah Hotels” – stands overlooking the greenery-rich Bastejkalns park and the Riga canal, breathing a new life into the impressive historical buildings.
For quite some time the two five-storey buildings in 5 and 6 Raina Blvd – built at the end of the 19th century as tenement houses – stood vacant after the government agencies that had occupied the buildings for several decades were moved to premises outside the Riga Centre. During the reconstruction, two new buildings were erected beside the historical ones, creating an impressively-sized design hotel with 168 guest rooms.
The reconstruction of the hotel was run by the Latvian design office “Sarma & Norde Arhitekti”, and the hotel’s peculiar and modern-eclectic interior design was envisioned by the Swedish company “Stylt Trampoli”.
The hotel has a separate breakfast hall, the restaurant “Snob”, and several other leisure spaces, including a men’s bar room, a café with a separate entry, etc. Ingmars Ladigs, one of the most popular chefs in Latvia, is in charge of the kitchen and the meals served to the guests of the hotel.
The guests will definitely appreciate the hotel’s SPA centre with a pool and a fitness centre. A comfortable courtyard will be available to the guests in the summer.
20 of the guest rooms are special, with an unforgettable view on the Historic Centre of Riga. In the historical part of the hotel, particular effort was made to preserve the original interior elements such as the antique, five-storey wooden stairs and the luxurious tile stoves.
As Inga Vonoga-Petrova, a representative of the hotel, says, the overall style of the hotel can be described as bohemian and diplomatically formal at the same time. For this reason, both city guests spending their holidays in Riga and participants of formal meetings and cooperative gatherings will feel pleasant and comfortable in this brand-new five-star hotel. There are several meeting rooms in the “Grand Poet Hotel”, the biggest of which has 70 seats.
But what is the meaning behind the choice of the hotel’s name – “Grand Poet Hotel”? Initially, other ideas were discussed as well, but, in the end, a decision was made that it would be appropriate to include the word “poet” in the name of a hotel located on Raina Boulevard, when Aspazijas Boulevard is located just across Bastejkalns. Both Rainis and Aspazija are among the greatest Latvian poets of all time, and the beautiful, green boulevards of Riga are named after them.
With the opening of “Grand Poet Hotel”, the number of five-star hotels in Riga has increased once again. “Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga” – a hotel overlooking the Opera park – was opened last year, and a year before that – “Pullman Riga Old Town” was unveiled as well.