We’ve made a list of all the best hostels in Riga so you can rest your pretty head in the city’s most awesome beds. You’re welcome!
In many ways, Riga is the heart of the Baltics. Located smack bang between Tallinn and Vilnius, Riga is where Baltic culture, food, and history merge into a vibrant city full of life. Of the three capitals, Latvia’s is the one with the most metropolitan feel to it and, frankly, the one with the most fun. There’s a good selection of things to do, from exploring Latvian cuisine at the Central Market to checking out Riga’s hipster scene in the Miera district. Oh, and then there’s the piragis – oh man. Prepare to chow down industrial quantities of those bad boys because they are just scrumptious.
You can read much more about what to do in Riga in our weekend in Riga guide. And when your little feet are tired from exploring all day, you can head back to one of the following best hostels in Riga. Whether you’re after a good night’s sleep or binge-drinking till 5 AM on a Monday, Riga has a place that will tickle your fancy. And don’t worry – they’re all budget backpacker friendly!
Best Hostels In Riga
|Hostel||Score||The gist||Dorm price|
|Two Wheels||3/5||30-minute walk from Old Town, homely, chillax, green space, basic but good||$18/night|
|Tree House Hostel||3/5||Laid-back, good location, cosy, decent kitchen, clean facilities, lovely staff||$15/night|
|The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel||4/5||party hostel, social vibe, good location, lots of activities, beds with curtains||$12/night|
|Mr. Hostel||3/5||good location, cosy, legendary owner, basic but good||$12/night|
|Riga Old Town Hostel & Backpackers Pub||4/5||full-on party hostel, good location, social vibe, lots of activities, noisy, fun staff||$12/night|
|Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel||4/5||cosy, chillax, small, social vibe, lots of activities, good facilities, good location||$13/night|
Two Wheels is a little green oasis in Riga, making it perfect for tired backpackers who just need to peace out for a few days. It’s a family-owned boutique hostel with a cosy home-away-from-home vibe. You’ll sleep like a baby in the comfy beds and, as all budget backpackers will know, a free breakfast is a good breakfast. The staff is lovely and will go out of their way to help you. As for location, you’ll be a short tram ride or a 30-minute walk from the Old Town. On the bright side, the hostel is located in a green neighbourhood and even has a cute garden you can hang out in.
If you’re looking for a hostel in Riga with great location and a laid-back atmosphere, Tree House is just up your alley. It’s located within walking distance of the main sights in the Old Town but it still manages to be both relaxing and cosy. The place is super clean and there’s good potential for meeting fun fellow backpackers in the common area. On the kitchen side, things also look pretty good: it’s well-equipped which means you can cook up some mean Latvian-inspired hostel meals. The only downside is a so-so Wi-Fi connection in the rooms, but all in all, Tree House is definitely one of the best hostels in Riga.
The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel
Remember that binge-drinking till 5 AM comment before? This is where you can do that. The Naughty Squirrel is an Aussie-owned hostel (what a shocker, hey?)and made for the party people out there who are planning to check out Riga’s famous nightlife. Not surprisingly, the vibe is very social which makes it an excellent option for solo backpackers. Located 300 meters from the main square, you’ll practically be the next-door neighbour to all the bars and restaurants in the Old Town. Stumbling home shitfaced has never been easier.
You might not be getting much beauty sleep here, but at least the beds are reasonably comfy and have curtains, lights, and a lockable cage underneath which is really handy. The facilities are clean and the staff is simply amazing. And if going out isn’t enough, you can also join one of the many tours at the Squirrel. Maybe some AK shooting? Or a Latvian food night if you’re feeling less Rambo-ish? The list of activities is long, amigo, so chances are you’ll find something fun to do at this hostel.
If that whole binge-drinking thing sounds a little too full-on, Mr. Hostel might be a better option for you. The location is just as good as at the Naughty Squirrel, and you’ll still be within a few minutes’ walk of cool bars, the Central Market, and the heart of the Old Town. But at Mr. Hostel, the party vibe is replaced by a more chillax, homely atmosphere. As a fun bonus, the hostel is actually built in art nouveau style which – in case you didn’t know – is something Riga is quite famous for.
If you’re not particularly into architecture, you can also just have a chitchat with the owner Luis. He’s a bit of a legend and has heaps of tips on where to eat and what to do. As for the facilities, the kitchen and living area is clean but pretty basic. The same goes for the rooms and bathrooms but considering the price you’re paying, that’s fine. Oh, and one more thing: there’s plenty of power outlets around – those little guys are normally few and far between!
Riga Old Town Hostel & Backpackers Pub
Location: Old Town
Price range: dorms start at $12/night, privates at $39
Surprise – we’ve got one more party hostel up our sleeve! But be warned – this one is for the hardcore creatures of the night out there who think sleep is highly overrated. As the name indicates, the first two floors of Riga Old Town Hostel are, in fact, a pub. Both backpackers and locals hang out here, so it’s a good spot to make some Latvian friends (and maybe buy them a round of Balsam shots, they love that stuff!). The opening hours run till 2-3 AM which means you’ll be falling asleep to the soothing tunes of David Guetta if you’re not having fun down in the bar. But hey, if you can live with that, go for it – this is, without doubt, one of the best hostels in Riga.
The facilities are clean, especially considering the amount of partying that takes place here. Each bed comes with two power outlets and a light, and all the rooms have air conditioning. The staff is super friendly and they do their best to ensure you have as much fun as physically possible. And when you wake up with the hangover of the decade, you can head to the bar for a free breakfast beer. Perfect!
Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel
Location: Between Old Town and the city center
Price range: dorms start at $13/night, privates at $44/night
Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel is another home-away-from-home spot in Riga. All the rooms are centred around the kitchen and common area which means being social is included in the price. In fact, at Sally’s, you basically have to disguise yourself as a chair to avoid making at least one or two new little backpacker buddies. The socialising is also made easy by the lovely staff who usually put on some sort of activity every night, whether it be a pub crawl or some board games. The rooms are relatively spacious and the lockers are just big enough to squeeze in your backpack. Location-wise, Sally’s is right between the Old Town and the city centre so you can easily venture beyond the touristy historical district. As for the kitchen, it’s pretty small but fully-equipped, and – get ready for this – there’s a waffle breakfast each day!
There you go, amigos and amigas. All you need to do now is decide which of the best hostels in Riga you want to stay at. But whatever you do, just remember to eat lots of piragis. And we mean lots. Yum!
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