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.
Listing was very accurate - the apartment is in a brilliant central location, the design is incredible and it is very well equipped. We had a great time!
Beautiful place in the old town, great location, clean, comfortable and couldn’t ask for a better host.
Guntis went beyond what was probably expected of him and was really helpful and responded to all our questions and requests.
hilfreiche Vorabsprache, herzlichen Willkommen, Nachbarschaft unproblematisch
Guntis was waiting for us at the appointed time and made us most welcome. The apartment was exactly as described, indeed it was better - for example the showers were hot and powerful and better than in most upmarket hotels. The location is perfect, right in the Old Town and so within minutes walking distance of everything one would want to see but, very importantly, it is at the top of a side street and so well away from the noise of midnight revellers.
Seeing this property on airbnb was one of the reasons we chose to visit Riga over other cities, and we clearly made the right choice! The property itself, as well as the location, were superb.
We were met by the owner on arrival, and he gave us an excellent tour of the property. He was incredibly accessible and friendly - both before arriving, as well as once we got to the property. All questions were answered, as well as some suggestions for things to do and see in the area, before he left.
We had absolutely no problems with this unit - the beds were very comfortable; the property airy, light and clean. The unit is (obviously) on the top floor of a tall building - access is by climbing several flights of stairs, and finally climbing a very cool wrought-iron spiral staircase. Perfect for our family - but could be a challenge for some visitors.
This was one of the best AirBNB rentals we've ever seen - and will be (hopefully!) visited by us again in the future.
Wir waren 5 Tage in Riga. Das Loft liegt mitten in der Altstatdt von Riga und ist genial: Tolle Einrichtung, sehr sauber, 3 Schlafzimmer, großzügig! Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt! Einzige Einschränkung: In Riga ist abends auf den Straßen sehr viel los, der Kneipenlärm dringt bis in die Wohnung. Darauf waren wir aber eingestellt.
Unique architecture direct in the center of Riga,just 5 minutes to the dome. Out of every window you have a great view, perfect for drinking some wine in the evening sun. Also guntis is very helpful.
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.