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I'm from Riga and have lived there all my life. I've studied civil engineering and worked as a road designer. However my true interest lies in philosophy and sustainable lifestyle. My hobbies are photography, reading and triathlon.
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Alfred was an excellent host, as he explained the different options to me as far as transit from the airport. When I indicated that I would be taking a taxi, he booked one for me and upon reaching the arrivals area I was greeted by an attendant who whisked me away to a taxi queue outside and provided the address information to the driver.
When I arrived at the flat the taxi driver told me that the fare was paid for by the company. Not sure if that meant Alfred, but it was very nice. Upon reaching the flat at the top of the stairs I was greeted and shown around by Alfred's brother, who also provided me with a map as well as some recommendations.
The flat is in a great location, just a short tram ride from the old town, though it can easily be considered a walkable distance for many. Also located along a main street with restaurants, cafes, shops, and a grocery store just 2 blocks away.
The flat itself is spacious with large bedrooms and a kitchen with an abundance of counter space for food prep. The bed in the main bedroom was large and comfortable. You do have to climb 5 flights of stairs, though this wasn't a problem for me.
The decor is dated, which isn't all that important to me. I stayed there alone, but with 4 bunk beds in the secondary room, this is an ideal spot for a family or a group.
The only downside for me is the sewer odour emanating from the bathroom, likely due to an antiquated sewage system.
Overall this was a very nice stay for me and I would recommend it to other travellers.
The apartment was fantastic. We stayed here for three nights and it had everything we needed. There is a lovely double bed and 2 bunk beds, both of which were very comfortable. The apartment has a good bathroom and kitchen facilities to cook up a good meal, although we are out everyday. The apartment is located very central and only 15 minutes walking distance from the old town square, although it is also very easy to catch a tram in which case it would take about 5 minutes. The building and area itself is safe and quite. We had no problems during our stay and would recommend a stay here to anyone!
Alfred och hans bror gav oss ett varmt välkomnande och all den information vi behövde. Lägenheten är stor och adekvat om än något spartanskt utrustad. Läget är utmärkt.
Нам всё очень понравилось! Великолепный дом в живописном лесу,отлично подошёл для нашей весёлой компании 8ми человек! В доме есть все условия для комфортного отдыха: 4 спальни(в одной очень много спальных мест), кухня в комплекте со всем необходимым, терраса и все условия для барбекю, сауна, бочка с водой, которую можно нагреть, камин и даже массажное кресло! С Альфредом лично нам не удалось встретиться, но он всегда быстро отвечал на наши просьбы по телефону. Его младший брат и Анна - очень милые и отзывчивые люди, помогали нам решать возникающие вопросы. Мы были в Риге и в Юрмале, отлично провели наш небольшой и весёлый викэнд в Латвии. Всем советую погостить у Альфреда в Балдоне! Мы отлично провели время и с удовольствием приедем снова!
The place was exquisite. Everything was nice and accurate as pictured. Highly recommended!
Really good location! Walking distance to the Old town and main attractions of the city, right next to a market and a parking lot. The flat was really comfortable and prepared with everything you need.
The host was very friendly and the communication was great.
Tuvimos una muy buena estancia en esta casa, No pudimos conocer a Alfred, pero conocimos a su hermano, un Chico encantador que nos dio diferentes consejos sobre la ciudad.
La casa es tal y como se describe.
Отличное соотношение цены и качества! Удачное место расположение. Все очень понравилось!
We spend christmas holidays in Alfreds cabin. It is really comfortable,clean,huge and warm house with sauna and wood jar, camin, satellite tv and good wi-fi! Nice quiet town with shop and snowboarding near! We surely come back to the cabin in summer vacancy! One problem: few hours there were no electricity (not by the fault of Alfred)
It was fantastic! Apartments was really comfortable, clean and a little bit cold, but there were 2 heaters for each bedroom. There you can find absolutely anything you need even hair dryer and toaster. Furniture in the apartment was like from medieval period, and in good condition. It was a great time in Riga, thank you very much!