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A hotel in Cēsis is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Cēsis hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Cēsis are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Cēsis hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Cēsis hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Cēsis have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Cēsis
An upscale full service hotel facility in Cēsis that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Cēsis hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Cēsis
Full service Cēsis hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Cēsis
Boutique hotels of Cēsis are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Cēsis boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Cēsis may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Cēsis
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Cēsis travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Cēsis focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Cēsis
Small to medium-sized Cēsis hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Cēsis traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Cēsis hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Cēsis
A bed and breakfast in Cēsis is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Cēsis bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Cēsis B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Cēsis
Cēsis hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Cēsis hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Cēsis
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Cēsis hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Cēsis lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Cēsis
Cēsis timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Cēsis often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Cēsis on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Cēsis
A Cēsis motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Cēsis for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Cēsis motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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"Cesis" redirects here. For other uses, see Cesis (disambiguation).
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Cēsis is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates:  / 57.317; 25.267  / 57.317; 25.267
Country Latvia
District Cēsis municipality
Town rights 1206
• Mayor Jānis Rozenbergs
• Total 19.28 km (7.44 sq mi)
• Total 18,065
• Density 937/km (2,430/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
• Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-410(1-3)
Calling code +371 641
Number of city council members 11

Cēsis (Latvian pronunciation: [tseːsis]), (German: Wenden, Livonian: Venden, Estonian: Võnnu, Polish: Kieś) is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Cēsis is on the Gauja River valley, and is built on a series of ridges above the river overlooking the woods below. Cēsis was one of the candidate cities for the title of European Capital of Culture 2014 (Riga was the Latvian city that won the title).

Cēsis: Castle

Further information: Cēsis Castle

The oldest settlement in Cēsis is the hill fort on Riekstu hill, a fortified wooden castle built by a tribe known as the Vends. The 18-metre-high (59.06 ft) mound with its partly preserved fortification system can still be seen in the Castle Park. This settlement was located near major trade routes from west to east and dominated the regional countryside.

German crusaders known as the Livonian Brothers of the Sword began construction of a castle Wenden near the hill fort in 1209. When the castle was enlarged and fortified, it served as the residence for the Order's Master. In 1577, during the Livonian War, the garrison destroyed the castle to prevent it from falling into the control of Ivan the Terrible, who was decisively defeated in the Battle of Wenden (1578). In 1598 it was incorporated into the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Wenden Voivodeship was created. In 1620 Wenden was conquered by Sweden. It was rebuilt afterwards, but destroyed again in 1703 during the Great Northern War by the Russian army and left in a ruined state. From the end of the 16th century, the premises of the Order's castle were adapted to the requirements of the Cēsis castle estate. When in 1777 the Cēsis castle estate was obtained by Count Sievers, he had his new residence house built on the site of the Eastern Block of the castle, joining its end wall with the fortification tower. Since 1949, the Cēsis History Museum has been located in the New Castle on the Cēsis Castle estate. The front yard of the New Castle is enclosed by a granary and a stable-coach house, which now houses the Exhibition Hall of the Museum. Beside the granary there is the oldest brewery in Latvia - Cēsu Alus, which was built in 1878 during the latter years of Count Sievers' residency, but its origins date back to the period of the Livonian Order.

Further on is the Cēsis castle park, which was laid out in 1812. The park has the romantic characteristic of that time, with its foot-paths, exotic plants, and the waters of the pond reflecting the castle's ruins.

Cēsis: The town

The planning of the town of Cēsis was done in the second half of the 13th century. The market place with a church was in the centre of the town. The centre of housing was the stone castle of the Livonian Order with its three fortified towers. The town was also encircled by a dolomite stone wall with eight towers and five gates. Buildings from the medieval ages include St. John's Church (built 1281–1284), the ruins of the Order's castle, Cēsis Castle and fortification walls, fragments of which can still be seen at Vaļņu iela and Palasta iela. In addition, ancient road networks and building plots have survived from medieval times, although many of the buildings themselves have been ruined (the last destroyed in 1748). 18th century buildings can be seen at 16 and 25 Rīgas iela, while houses built in the first part of the 19th century are at 15 and 47 Rīgas iela, 6 Gaujas iela, and other streets.

In the second half of the 19th century, the construction of the Rīga-Pskov highway (1868) and the Rīga-Valka railway line (1889) accelerated the development of the town. Raunas iela, leading from the railway station to the Old Town, was developed as a wide, presentable street with the Latvian Society House at 10 Raunas iela (architect Augusts Malvess), the Building of the Regional Court at 14 Raunas iela (architect P. Mengelis), and other important buildings.

The Battle of Cēsis in June 1919, when Estonian and Latvian forces defeated the Germans, was one of the decisive battles in the Latvian War of Independence.

Cēsis was also developed as a health resort. Upmarket summer houses and health centres were built in the vicinity of the Gauja. 'Cīrulīši' near the Svētavots (Holy Spring) Cave is the most remarkable of them, with a spring believed to possess healing powers.

Cēsis: International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Latvia

Cēsis: Twin towns - sister cities

Cēsis is twinned with:

  • Germany Achim, Germany
  • Lithuania Alytus, Lithuania
  • Denmark Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • Sweden Östergötland County, Sweden
  • Latvia Ainaži, Latvia
  • Estonia Rakvere, Estonia
  • Lithuania Rokiškis, Lithuania
  • Sweden Tyresö, Sweden
  • Italy Venafro, Italy
  • Poland Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland
  • Italy Varese, Italy
  • Ukraine Zhovkva, Ukraine
  • Russia Tara, Russia

Cēsis: See also

  • People from Cēsis

Cēsis: References

  1. Cēsis - the candidate city of European Capital of Culture 2014
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