Riga Hostel

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Marstalu 12, Riga, Latvia
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Riga Hostel Reviews

138 reviews
Jul 20, 2007
This is a large Party hostel located at the edge of old town. 5mins walk to the bus station/Train station and 5minutes to the heart of old town. The staff is friendly ,but can be a little underpowered at some times. You get a free beer when you are checking in , and the bar is open 24hours a day. There is a smoking room next to the bar so you can decide where if you want to smoke or a smoke-free environment.

Friendly Franks is NOT one of the more quiet hostels. We where in room 12, facing the road and did you know that the construction workers are working 24hours a day? Well the do! And this noise is added to the drunk people who are trying to sleep. And there is sometimes a lineup to use the showers

Fully funtional kitchen, supermarket 3mins away, Free Tea /coffee, Free Internet

This place is often fully booked so book ahead! And that means that all of the 130beds is occupied. If Im going to Riga again, Im going to stay here again
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408 reviews
Aug 01, 2006
Cool hostel with a friendly fun staff that leads night time excursions out to party for the people staying here. About a 15 minute walk from the bus/train stations.

Upon checking in you'll get a free, cold beer. Rooms are clean and what you'd typically expect from a hostel. One of the best things about this hostel is that it's very easy to meet other people, and there are lots of common areas. There is a bar downstairs and a lounge adjacent to the bar with lounge type seating. Upstairs, there is a "game room" with a Playstation and numerous games. I beat a Brazilian guy in heated video game of FIFA soccer, and it was probably the athletic highlight of my stay in Riga.

There is also a fully stocked kitchen upstairs which I used to cook breakfast. It is a bit small, but clean and functional.

The hostel also organizes some interesting day trip excursions. One of them involves going to a former Soviet Missile base to shoot AK-47's and other deadly guns. I'm not too interested in shooting guns, but the scope and scale of the missile base is supposed to be pretty impressive.

We also heard rumors of another excursion that you can put together here, but you need at least 10 people. Basically, you rent out a bus, get served tons of vodka, and drive out into the woods somewhere. Then they give you shotguns and you go out into the woods and get to fire them. I am not making this up. I've heard you also need to bring a passport, which led Deats and I to speculate that the actual mayhem takes place in neighboring Belarus, where the laws are presumably more relaxed. Alcohol + shotguns didn't seem like a healthy combination to us, so we passed on this one.
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Riga Hostel Overview

Riga Hostel offers cheap and comfortable accommodation in the heart of the old town, the centre of Riga’s cultural life, only a few steps away from museums, restaurants, bars, and colourful nightlife.

For your convenience there is a kitchen where you can cook your favourite meals, and a common room with a TV, a DVD player, a water pipe, and a book exchange corner.

There is free wireless LAN access, and you can wash your clothes for a small fee.

Breakfast is included in the price and is served from early morning until lunchtime. You are welcome to help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee at any time. There is also a nice restaurant on the first floor of the building, offering delicious food at reasonable prices.

Riga Hostel provides free maps of Riga on arrival. There is a big collection of tourism information about Riga, Latvia and the Baltic countries in the common room. Here you will find information about tours, restaurants, car hire, public transport timetables, hostels in Europe, and much more.

Whether you want to party, relax, see the sights, or experience the history of Riga, the knowledgeable staff are happy to recommend the best places for you.

Riga Hostel is ideally located in the heart of Riga's old town, a 5-minute walk from the bus station, a 3-minute walk from the airport bus stop, and a 10-minute walk from the train station. Airports transfers can be organised on request.

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