Travel and Lifestyle Blog

Watch The Design Tourist Airing on

Design Hotel: Relais Le Chevalier

A Historic Hotel in Riga, Latvia Restyles its 18th-Century Origins 

Relais Le Chevalier Riga 6
Design Hotel Relais le Chevalier in Riga, Latvia

Italian interior designer  Elisabetta de Strobel marries French elegance and contemporary trends to reimagine the interior styling of Relais Le Chevalier, a hotel in Riga, Latvia.

Relais Le Chevalier Riga 1
Design Hotel Relais le Chevalier in Riga, Latvia

Each floor pulsates with vibrant hues starting with the ground floor decorated in blue with pale gold tints, the signature colors of the hotel. A striking combination of beige and black blanket the second floor; the third floor radiates fuchsia and orange; the fourth floor is an intense blue and the top floor glows with yellow and green.

Relais Le Chevalier Riga 2
Design Hotel Relais le Chevalier in Riga, Latvia

Originally built as a palace in the mid 18th century, Relais Le Chevalier hosts 23 rooms in the old town of Riga in an area, known as “Paris along the Baltic.” The interior design work preserves the building’s architectural integrity while updating the ambiance with a contemporary edge.

Relais Le Chevalier Riga 7
Design Hotel Relais le Chevalier in Riga, Latvia

Materials such as glass and metal amplify the daylighting and open up the common areas.

Relais Le Chevalier Riga 8
Design Hotel Relais le Chevalier in Riga, Latvia

The hotel is furnished with luxury brands including Bizzotto, Bertelè and Brunello 1974 including pieces designed by Elisabetta de Strobel.

Relais Le Chevalier Riga 3
Design Hotel Relais le Chevalier in Riga, Latvia

“The project I devised and carried out for Relais Le Chevalier seeks to express a perfect blend of the age-old charm of Riga and the concept of hospitality in a cutting-edge designer setting, able to engage visitors with the continual references to history evident throughout the hotel and to impress them with visually striking details,” says Art Director and Interior Designer Elisabetta de Strobel. Since 2010 she has been an honorary member of the Italian Association of Interior Designers (AIPi) and in 2015 was named as the Italian delegate of the AIPi on the executive board of the European Council of Interior Architects, E.C.I.A.

Relais Le Chevalier Riga 4
Design Hotel Relais le Chevalier in Riga, Latvia

On the top floor, the Breakfast Area looks out over the rooftops of the city. For design travelers seeking authentic accommodations that connect with the city’s cultural and creative soul,  Relais Le Chevalier is an ideal choice.



Picture of Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

Share the post on social media


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Sign up for the latest travel news and insider tips

Latest blog posts

Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

NATJA Gold Award

NATJA Bronze Award