Hostels in Riga, Latvia

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1. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone have any recommendations of any good hostels in Riga? We're planning to stay there for 3 days/nights in the beginning of April.

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I haven't stayed there, but I have heard that Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers hostel is a good hostel, but you will need to book on a site like to be able to stay. I turned up and you have to ring on a bell and speak in to this speaker thing to be let in and seeing I had no booking they wouldn't let me in. That hostel in 2005 was voted the best hostel in the world and in 2006 it was voted the 6th best hostel in the world. It is very very cheap for females to stay at (the female dorm rooms are a fair bit cheaper than the male dorm rooms, but the male dorms are still cheap compared to other places). Have a look at hostelworld's website and you will see a large range of hostels on there and can read peoples comments about the various hostels.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 10, 2007, at 3:13 AM by aharrold45 ]

3. Posted by jodes82 (Inactive 11 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I stayed in Elizabeth's Hostel late last year and that was pretty good. It's in a little side street just next to the bus/train station and a big shopping centre. About 5-10 minutes walk away from the centre of town.
I stayed in a private double room which was really nice, quite big and clean. I'm not sure what the dorm rooms were like, but the shared bathrooms were clean, and there was a smallish communal area with free internet.

4. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the replies!

I've been thinking about staying at friendly frank's myself, and looks like we're going to stay there for a few nights - in a mixed dorm.


5. Posted by hamsterfox (Budding Member 33 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

You've probably decided on a hostel, but I wanted to give a big 'head's up' to the Hotel Metropole (on Aspazijas blvd) i think it's across from that big shopping centre someone mentioned. Lovely twin room, included with gorgeous buffet breakfast for 35 euro each a night and it's in a great location 5 mins from the old town.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I've stayed at Friendsly Fun Franks twice, and both time stayed longer than planned. It's definitely friendly (and Frank is a charecter) and fun, plus is also cheap and central/easy access from bus/train station etc. And is only 2years old. But you do need to book ahead if possible, as it's fast getting a huge reputation.

7. Posted by Crouchy (Budding Member 5 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I really enjoyed the "Hostel Argonaut', despite some of the poor reviews I have read about it. Its centrally located, very cheap and extremely friendly.
The general feeling was one of boozy anarchy, great if you like that kind of thing. The staff organised bar crawls and everybody would pile back in the early hours to play twister.


8. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 420 posts) 17y Star this if you like it!

I looked today and I;m thinking of going for a couple of nights (1 night to party the other to see the place) anyone interested in mid-late April? I'd stay at Friendly Franks based on the word of mouth,