Hotel Valdemars Riga
"Hotel Valdemars Riga – your Residence in Riga Among the abundance of Art Nouveau buildings stands the Hotel Valdemars Riga, managed by Accor, which is occupying one of these magnificent buildings in the heart of Riga's Historic center.
Conveniently located in Riga’s business and embassy district it is within walking distance of the Old Town and other heritage landmark attractions. The hotel offers 81 room to choose from, including newly renovated comfort rooms and spacious suites. All rooms have free Internet access and LED TV’s with a wide choice of international channels. There is a tasty breakfast for a great start of your day. For your convenience, the hotel offers an all-day bar, newly renovated wellness center with fitness, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and massage offer. Four conference rooms with authentic Art Nouveau features and courtyard parking."
History of Building
In 1901, famous architects Friedrich Scheffel and Heinrich Scheel built the property at Krišjāņa Valdemara Street, number 23, based on the facade sketches by Berlin’s famous architect Albert Giesecke. The first owner of the property was Johann Grünberg Sawitzky. Therefore, in the beginning, the property was called ‘’Sawitzky’s house’’. It is worth mentioning that a number of iconic Art Nouveau buildings in Riga are designed by Scheffel and Scheel. In 1910, the property was acquired by the famous Latvian publisher Antons Benjamiņš. In 1923, Anton’s daughter Marta, married Mintauts Čakste, who was the son of Jānis Čakste, the first president of Independent Republic of Latvia. During the years of his presidency (1922–1927), Jānis Čakste was a frequent guest here whilst visiting his son’s family. After the World War II the building played important role for Soviet authorities. Following Latvian Independence in 1991, it was converted into a service hotel for the members of the Parliament of Republic Latvia. In 1995, the property was finally officially handed back to its previous owner, the Čakstes’ family, who were, descendants of the 1st President of Republic of Latvia. In 2006, following complete renovation and reconstruction it welcomed its first guests as a hotel.
The Echo of History – Touch of Art Nouveau
Today the Hotel Valdemars Riga offers a balance between boldness and tradition, elegance and strength, past and present. Modernity and history, colours and transparency, sobriety and wealth, today and tomorrow are in perfect unity.
Everyone can sense the history in a number of original features which have been carefully restored and preserved, such as the typical Art Nouveau ceilings and spectacular stained glass windows above the staircase, as well as the conference rooms with antique carved wood wall panels, closet and a fireplace. The original exterior and interior decorations contrast with the contemporary guest rooms and public spaces, thus surprising everyone visiting this architectural gem.