Riga is the heart of the Baltic region, in a way. The neighboring capital cities – Tallinn and Vilnius – Riga offers the most. There is great food, music, artsy districts, great history and a lot of fun to be had. Since Lithuania became one of the favorite destinations of backpack travelers looking for countries and destinations that are more off-the-beaten-path, Riga has seen a lot of development in the hostel industry.

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Here are some of the best options for travelers looking for cheap but still amazing accommodation:

The Naughty Squirrel

HostelWorld (*9.5) Booking.com (*9.2) 

Map Starts at ($13) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

The Naughty Squirrel is the number one hostel for backpackers in Riga for a reason. It has a long tradition in being the place where all the fun happens. Most travelers come here so you’ll have a lot of opportunities to meet wonderful and like-minded people. It’s also made for experiencing the amazing Riga nightlife and drinking until early morning hours. This is why it attracts party people. If you are looking for a more peaceful experience, it might be wise to try another establishment instead of this one.

But if fun with drinking is what you are looking for, enjoy the Naughty Squirrel.

Other than being a great place for fun & social events, it’s also placed on a great location, close to all the best bars and restaurants. It also offers a wide range of activities that you’ll love like shooting with an AK or tasting delicious Latvian food. The beds are reasonably comfy with curtains, night lights and a cage underneath which really comes in handy for all your things. While you might not get much sleep here, this hostel is cheap, fun to be in and great for solo backpackers.

Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Club

HostelWorld (*9.5) Booking.com (*9.2) 

Map Starts at ($12) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Club is an establishment entirely different than the previous two hostels mentioned. It has a unique sort of a home-away-from-home feel and it’s really great for anyone who doesn’t mind being in close proximity with other people be it through the rooms or the common area.

This hostel also has a specific room order – the rooms are placed around a large common area and the kitchen. If you want to be social, this is the best place to do that. The staff is also nice and they make friendships happen every day.

The rooms are lovely and relatively spacious with a large locker. The location is equally awesome where you can easily reach the historic part of the town and the party hub alike.

Two Wheels

HostelWorld (*8.6) Booking.com (*8.7) 

Map Starts at ($14) for 6 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

The Two Wheels is a wonderful little oasis in the middle of Riga and a perfect place for anyone who is looking for a bit of rest and peace. It’s a family, a boutique hostel with a great vibe.

However, it’s not really made for partying but rather for resting and enjoying in peace. The beds are extremely comfy and the neighborhood is quiet. The breakfast is also free and the hostel is located in close proximity of the historic district of the town.

The Tree House Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.4) Booking.com (*9.5) 

Map Starts at ($9) for 14 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

If a laid-back atmosphere is what you are looking for, there is no better option than the Tree House Hostel. It’s within walking distance of the old town and interesting sights for all of those interested in sightseeing and the historic element of backpacking.

It’s clean, cozy and you have a great chance to meet a lot of lovely people. You can use the kitchen and it’s also very well-equipped. There is Wifi available in all the rooms.

Mr Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.6) Booking.com (*8.9)

 Map Starts at ($8) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Mr Hostel is an art-nouveau style building – something Riga is famous for. You’ll be close to all of the city’s main attractions and bars. The advantage of this hostel is the close proximity to all of the bars but a homy atmosphere that can allow you to relax and enjoy your stay.

The beds are fairly comfortable and the rooms are spacey as well as safe because you have a lot of storage for your things. If you want to meet people, this is a great place for that too and the owner, Edgar will do his best to introduce you with like-minded people or keep you company himself.

Riga Old Town Hostel And Backpackers Pub

HostelWorld (*9.0) Map 

Starts at ($13) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

This is another party hostel in Riga – which should come as no surprise since Latvians are famous for their partying preferences. However, this hostel takes it up a notch since – as the name indicates – its first two floors are in fact, a pub. They are open until early morning hours which, again, means that you will not get much sleep.

This is another hostel that a quiet person who came for sightseeing and rest should not really get into unless they are in search for letting loose. The location is just as great as the Naughty Squirrel but other bars is not what you will be looking for, considering the sheer popularity of the in-house pub. Locals also like to hang out there, so you will probably have a unique chance to meet new Latvian friends.

The facilities are fairly clean, especially considering that there is constantly partying in this hostel. You get a bed with two outlets and a night light as well as the curtains and a safe place to put your things. You’ll also have air conditioning. The staff is super friendly and they’ll all do all they can to make your experience there as pleasurable as possible. You also get a free breakfast beer in the pub.

Brivibas Hostel

HostelWorld (*9.3) Booking.com (*9.0) 

Map Starts at ($17) for 8 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

This hostel has a great location and a good vibe. It offers bright private rooms and large dorm rooms. The kitchen is also well equipped with everything you need to make a delicious meal – even a coffee machine to make a morning coffee and enjoy your time with other Backpackers in the hostel.

You can visit many great places from there. The hostel is really comfortable and safe.

Smart Hostel

 Booking.com (*8.0) Map 

Starts at ($6) for 10 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

The Smart Hostel in Riga is a great place for anyone looking for the optimal balance between fun and relaxing. It’s a true communal place for people who love hanging out with strangers and spending time with like-minded people.

If you want cheap accommodation which can introduce you to many new people and allow quick access to every major place in the city, you will find your home in Smart Hostel.

Amber Rooms

 Booking.com (*8.6) Map 

Starts at (51$) for 6 bed-dorm-room

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

Amber rooms is offering a clean, minimalistic approach to backpacking. Rooms are clean and bright, there is a lot of space and safety. You have access to the kitchen and various parts of the hostel which is wonderfully located and comfy.

Central Hostel

HostelWorld (*8.4) Booking.com (*8.8) 

Map Starts at ($9) for 6 bed-dorm

**prices are shown for weekdays in Mid-season (Nov.)

This hostel is located in a quiet street in Riga and it’s truly an oasis of peace and serenity. It’s great because you’ll have access to transportation, it’s cheap, and it offers free tea and coffee. There is also a Grocery store on site as well as free parking and free WiFi.

Find The Best Hostels in Riga

In essence, the best hostel for you will depend on what you want. If a party is what you are looking for, then you should go to the Naughty Squirrel or similar hostels which offer a lot of partying options. If you want peace, you should try the Tree House Hostel or any other quiet hostels. If access to main sights is what you want, you could try the Smart Hostel. In any case, you will have a great time in Riga.


Freddie Tubbs is a travel writer and editor at Paper writing service. He also works as a part-time business writer at Essayroo, and contributes article to The Vault.