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Europa Royale Hotel Riga

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Europa Royale Hotel Riga

Slightly squeaky wooden stairs lead up and you find yourself on the top floor landing where the legendary Emilija Benjamins used to come out of her boudoir in the morning to glance at the weathervane, fitted into ceiling stained glass panels (it still functions, by the way) so as to choose her garments accordingly. Maybe for a split second it sees that her shadow still lingers there...In spite of a somewhat confusing name, Europa Royale Hotel Riga is one of the most outstanding lodgings of the city now. And isn't it quite an exceptional opportunity to stay over at the place with such a rich history! The Benjamins House started in 1876 as a family mansion of a wealthy merchant's family called Pfab. It was designed in the eclecticism style by two architects invited from Berlin, V. Beckman and H. Ende, deriving inspiration from the Italian Renaissance in Florence. 52 years later, due to economic reasons, Pfab family had to leave their gorgeous house. In 1928 Emilija and Antons Benjamins, the most prominent Latvian press magnates, bought it therefore starting the most legendary pages of its history. The Benjamins House soon became a central stage of social life of the city. Entire elite that time, ministers, politicians and art celebrities, performed their roles there. In tune with their extravagant lifestyle and engaging the most outstanding architects, stained-glass artists and painters of the 20ies and 30ies, the host and hostess of the house carried out alterations of its interior. They acquired also the most magnificent treasure of this house - the largest Venetian chandelier in the entire Baltic States. Yet in 1940 the Benjamins House was nationalized and from 1945 it became the home of the Writers, Composers and Artists' Union. In 1987 it was the place where the heads of the People's Fronts of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia came together and the singing revolution started. These are just few pages of its turbulent history. In 2006 the Benjamins House opened its doors as a luxury hotel. It features 60 rooms with historic spirit of this place being present in almost each of them. Anothertravelguide.com favorite one is a room number 301 - quiet, spacious, with a small balcony overlooking the inner courtyard. The hotel houses also the restaurant Benjamins, offering creative Latvian cuisine, while a true gem and a rare find in the historic centre of Riga is its open air terrace. Although Latvian climate does not treat us with lots of warm and tender nights, one can still cuddle up in a cozy plaid and sip a cup of steaming tea there, while contemplating a colorful flow of city life passing by.

12 Kr. Barona Street
www.groupeuropa.com

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