Tranquil chic and cosy luxury in the very heart of Old Riga. Welcome to the place where hospitality meets fashion, carefully renovated 17th century architecture freely co-exists with hi-end technologies and exquisite cuisine makes every day of your stay truly fulfilled. Dome Hotel, a proud member of the Relais & Châteaux Hotel Association.
Tucked away in a landmark building on a charming side street in the Old Town of Riga, Dome hotel provides both a peaceful atmosphere and all the state-of- the art amenities to meet the expectations of the most discerning traveler.
Despite its location away from the hustle and bustle, the 15-room boutique hotel is set amidst places that matter, starting with the Dome Cathedral from which it has got its name and several other distinguished churches; the presidential palace, the parliament, a large shopping center, design boutiques and some of the best bars Riga can offer. The internationally recognized Latvian National Opera and Ballet and several concert halls and museums are a stone’s throw away, as are beautiful parks, one of Europe's most famous farmer's markets and the River Daugava, which can actually be seen from the upper-floor windows.
History & Architecture
Dome Hotel present-day appearance has resulted from the imagination and vision of its owners and the outstanding talent and skills of Reinis Liepiņš, an award-winning architect whose approach entails respect for architectural heritage along with scrupulous attention to the needs of the 21 st century guest.
During the renovation process archaeologists found old building fragments beneath the cellar floor dating back to the beginning of the 13 th century, which coincides with the officially accepted date of the founding of Riga - 1201. Over the centuries, the building has gone through several transformations, which have left traces of baroque, rococo, and classicism, with a bit of Art Nouveau and Art Deco thrown into the mix. Some of these elements have survived to the present day and have been lovingly restored and preserved. Among these is the beautiful wooden staircase from the 17th century, as well as doors, windows and fragments of wall frescoes. Another example is the large entrance hall with mantle chimney, which until the end of the 18th century was part of a private residence and now serves as the hotel’s reception area and the Dome Fish Restaurant. In 1870 the building acquired a third floor and a new tiled roof. It was also significantly refurbished and the layout obtained its current appearance - characteristic of the historicism period. The fourth floor and its open-air terrace is a recent addition. During the reconstruction of the building for purposes of the Dome Hotel special emphasis was placed on ecological concerns as well as functionality and comfort without sacrificing historical authenticity. To this end, the 15 rooms of the hotel incorporate state-of-the-art engineering solutions married with traditional craftsmanship and the use of locally available materials. Each of the rooms has its own individual character, but all have plenty of natural light and well-organized space, as well as high quality detailing.
The owner of the hotel is Gundars Ozols. Alongside the hotel he also manages a group of companies working in the IT sector and provides the latest developments and solutions for leading European transportation and fuel companies. Both fields of business require frequent travel and Gundars is keen to bring back new ideas for hotel improvement from every trip.
Dome Hotel is also being taken care of by Gundars' spouse Inese - the owner and designer of "Amoralle", the newborn star of northern European fashion design. "Amoralle" is renowned for its award-winning luxury lingerie and provocative yet feminine evening wear. In a short period of time the brand has gained international recognition and now sells its fine garments in 30 countries worldwide. "Amoralle" is also a regular participant of fashion events in New York and Paris.
Relais & Chateaux
Established in 1954, Relais & Châteaux is an association of more than 550 landmark hotels and restaurants operated by independent innkeepers, chefs, and owners who share a passion for their businesses and a desire for authenticity in their relationships with their clientele.
Relais & Châteaux is established around the globe, from the Napa Valley vineyards and French Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean. It offers an introduction to a lifestyle inspired by local culture and a unique dip into human history. Relais & Châteaux members have a driving desire to protect and promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisine and traditions of hospitality. They are committed to preserving local heritage and the environment, as encompassed in the Charter presented to UNESCO in November 2014. Dome Hotel has been a member of Relais & Châteaux since 2014. We share the common values of the association with great pride and responsibility. In 2016 the owner of Dome Hotel, Gundars Ozols, was appointed as a vice-delegate of Relais & Châteaux in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Benelux.