Dome Hotel

Riga, Latvia There's no place like Dome

The Dome is a project of passion for owner Gundars Ozols

he purchased the landmark building in 1999 and lovingly restored it to its ancient splendor. The staircase is from the 17th century.

it leads to the rooftop terrace with killer views of the Dome Cathedral, centerpiece of Old Town, with foundation stones dating to 1211.

from here, perhaps the best rooftop parkour course in Europe

also on the rooftop, a chance to savor locally caught fish grilled in The Big Green Egg.

then down the stairs to your suite. Each of the 15 rooms is distinctive, designed by local architect Reinis Liepiņš.

take a bubbly in the deep tub before tucking in for the night.

break the fast with a vast array of locally-sourced delights

including pīrāgis, a Latvian favorite, white pastries with smoked ham inside

then it's time to explore the medieval center of Riga, one of the most beautiful yet least crowded of the capitals of Europe.

it is a city of music. music is everywhere.

in front of The House of the Blackheads, a 14th century guild for unmarried merchants, shipowners, and foreigners

every day at noon there is a 20 minute concert in the Dome Cathedral played on the largest organ in Europe

and eccentric, ecletic art everywhere

you can take a wooden boat ride along the canal

and you can visit so many museums, including the Art Museum of Riga Bourse. That's a gondola hanging from the ceiling...I think. .

and the Cosmos Iluziju Muzejs, the Illusion Museum

and so many luxuriant city parks

even the parks sing

then back to the Dome Hotel for one of the best dining experiences in The Baltics.

it's hard to get a reservation at The Dome Restaurant, but worth the try.

the walls are lined with the work of Latvian participatory photographer Uldis Briedis

it is a seafood restaurant, afterall.

Atlantic cod grilled to tender perfection floating in a poato mousse of celeriac, fennel, milk and cream

how I feel about this town

and this hotel 😎