About This Listing
The place not only makes all shopping, entertainment and cultural events within reach, but enjoys light and airy views to surrounding historical architecture and has unmatched flavour of an old warehouse with rare wooden wheel in the center.
Whole space of the North part of attic has been kept undivided. Dining table marks eating area between living area and kitchen.
Apartment is located in a quiet part of the old town, but at the same time not far from all the Old Riga entertainment and recreational destinations.
From the windows of the appartment you can observe the fragment of medieval fortification wall that has been restored in 80ties, St. Jacobs Church, small, but enlightened fragment of Saeima (Latvian parlament), Dome Cathedral, depending wich way you look out.
For centuries space used to be an attic wharehouse with built in wooden wheel for moving goods up and down. It has been refurbished in 90ties into a three bedroom living space but has kept the rustic character of an original wharehouse.
Historically building belonged to land property with 6 residential and outhouses of 14-19 century. Of which the 14th century stone building with our attic appartment is the only one that survived from the medieval Russian trade settlement. In 1537 when it re-appeared in Riga real estate book entries, it was marked as Ernst van Mengden's residential building. Mengdens (German: von Mengden) is an ancient Baltic German family known in Livonia since the 15th century and was recorded in Vidzeme and Estonia Knighthood's matricula.
You will have all apartment at your disposal.
We use the apparment during winter season, but are not present in summer months.
- accommodation for 1-6 people (2 extra sleeping places on couches available) , from 14:00 (2 PM) on a day of arrival until 12:00 (12 PM) on a day of your departure,
- cleaning-up before your arrival and after leaving the apartment,
- providing of bed linen and towels,
- soap, shampoo, shower gel, washing powder, toilet paper,
- use of the Internet,
- tourist brochures, booklets, maps, and travel guides.
Interaction with Guests
As we are almost 24/7 online, available on phone and live only 30 min. away we could be at your disposal if any assistance or advise needed.
Aldaru street in winter despite being in very center is quiet area. It is partly pedestrian and have only limited car trafic on it. But it becames lively turist and local vacationers place during summer months as it has four sunny cafes each next to other on both sides of the street, museum, art & suvenir shops around and street artist selling his works on the corner next to entrance in the house. And it is pretty close (3. min walk) from main tourist atrractions in the rest of Old Riga - Dome square and Livu square. In a few minutes walk there are eight hundred years old Riga Dome Square, the cafes, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as in the opposite direction – the beautiful promenade along the Latvia's largest river Daugava and unique Riga central market, whose spectacular pavilions are included in the list of UNESCO cultural heritage. Old Riga is also home for several concert halls, such as the Great and the Small Guild in which you can regularly enjoy the performance of the greatest Latvian and foreign artists. Near to the apartment are also the most interesting museums and exhibition halls.
Apartment is situated in an excellent location, a bus stop is about 5 min walk from which in 20 minutes you can directly get to the Riga airport. Tram and troleybus is even closer. In a few minutes walk there is also Riga Central railway station and the central bus station from where you can easily get to any place in Riga or even Latvia. There’s very convenient city transport connections to the city centre and other parts of Riga. If you come by car or if you rent one we can arrange free parking in the yard of the appartnet building.
Other Things to Note
Tall people should take care. The lover edge of the wooden wheel is only 1,80 m from floor.
There is no elevator to appartment.
One may consider place being not completely safe for children under 3 as appartment is split into three levels with internal staircases (take a carefull look to pictures)
Smoking and using fireplace is not permitted due to mainly wooden constructions and status of historic monument. No parties, no pets.
Kitchen custom made in 90ties to fit into North end of old warehouse space. Technicaly may be not the most advanced and a bit wored down, but clean and serves the funcion well.
I was travelling with my kids (12 and 14 years old) and we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Guntis' apartment. It offers amazing views of the old town. Location is perfect as all Old Riga attractions are on one's doorstep. Guntis is a great host, he had organised a loaf of fresh bread and some fruit before our arrival which we appreciated very much. Guntis helped us get our luggage to the apartment (thank you!) He made sure we knew how to use the appliances. We were able to do the laundry and also did some cooking during our stay, the kitchen had everything we needed. There is a grocery shop very close to the apartment open till 8pm, this was a real bonus as we were able to stop by after our daily exploits. It was a privilage to be able to stay at Guntis' apartment, I would not hesitate recommending it to my friends.
Everything was as expected. Guntis is a very nice and uncompilcated host. The flat is very comfortable and one of a kind.
Guntis was a good landlord and the appartment in old town of Riga was great. Guntis was there to welcome us and show us around. Good location and nice and clean. We had a very good time in the appartment.
Guntis's flat is amazing! In the heart of the Riga. We were very happy to spent there a week. Guntis had told us about lots of interesting activities with a children. Highly recommended. Natalya
The apartment is wonderful, this kind of place I would like to live normally. all kind of facilities in the apartment, whatever you forgot is no problem, Guntis has everything in the flat. It's calm, the beds are very confortable and the area is the best, just next to the most beautiful streets of Riga. Experience was perfect! Guntis is kind and friendly person. Really 10/10, perfect.
About the Host, Guntis
Architect by education with an interest in urbanism. Marketing Communications Professional, working for a digital marketing company. Biking enthusiast enjoying exploring Riga and surroundings. If interested I may show you some good routes around.
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