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Merkela 1, 5th/6th floor, Riga, Latvia

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72%

Rating
102 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 66%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 73%Staff
  • 65%Atmosphere
  • 67%Cleanliness
  • 61%Facilities

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46%

No security, one can literally walk in from the streets, into the building, up the stairs, into the hostel, and into the dorm rooms without a single key (nothing is locked). Atmosphere: this is not a backpackers hostel, but rather a cheap place to sleep for temporary foreign workers, so don't expect to meet other travellers. As for facilities, be sure to bring your own dishes/utensils/pots and pans if you want to do any cooking. Spend an extra euro per night and go sleep elsewhere.


46%

Good location near the main bus terminal and old town, but we were left waiting for 15 minutes to check in while the girl gave a full spiel and building tour to the guys before us. Rooms, kitchen and bathrooms are dingy, dirty and cramped. No dish detergent; very meagre cooking facilities. Free tea by reception, but cups are rinsed in the toilet basin. The few showers block easily. If you spoke Latvian it'd be a good place to meet local workers as there seem to be a few long-term residents.


80%

Reasonable price and being not far from the centre bus station and Old Town.


77%

staff v helpful and cheerful


63%

Unfortunately I didn't like this hostel at all. There is no common room & the atmosphere sucks. The only good thing about this place is the location.


66%

Edgar from the staff was very kind to us and gave us a better room for the same price, if you are looking for a cheap value this hostel may be a good choice. Not the best choice if you are looking for atmosphere and meeting other backpackers.


89%

nice place in perfect location. needs a bit of renovation/improvement though, especially the common kitchen.


57%

When entering the building, the guy behind the desks makes some strange jokes, also about guns and stuff. I did not feel secure in the hostel and the city therefor. Don't expect anything of the breakfast, it is just an apple and cookies. During our night, there was a drunk guy all the time walking in, turning the lights on and making noise. It happened from 1 to 5 in the night ans no one was doing something about it. I would not stay here again.


74%

A good hostel in a good location. We got what we expected for the price.


51%

It was awful! It was cheap, but it wasn't worthy. We stayed in a 4 bedroom (bunk beds), but to reach it we had to cross a huge bedroom with like 30 beds. And just a toilet for that amount of people. The showers were not that clean, and they were only 2 for the entire hostel. The included breakfast was an apple and cookies. Wifi was not working at the time we arrived to the hostel. Next morning it was the lift that stop working. Best part: McDonald's downstairs!


69%

Cleaners were great. Breakfast was ok , some fruit and some biscuits and some coffee. Great location not far from bus or train station and major shopping center. located above MacDonald ,. Hard to think that with four backpacker hostels in the building no one ever cleans the lift


74%

answer your emails, the reason i stayed is because you didnt respond to my cancelation


69%

All in all it was a good place to stay for the price. However, there were no lockers (though the staff kept bags in a locked room after check-out for 5 euro each), the dorms were super crowded with barely any room to move, and the "free breakfast" consisted of a packet of biscuits and an apple in a plastic bag. The last thing was that we came back to our room after a night out to see our things unceremoniously thrown off our bunks, and new people had moved in. They had us move into another room.


100%

Great place. Waffles were plentiful.


86%

Very good and cheap hostel


80%

This hostel is good for staying. Location of it is excellent. Staff were hospitable.


49%

Rating:definitily negativ!!! No bike rental as said on the homepage. Breakfast is just a banana, an apple and some sort of cookies, that's it. The staff was no really gentle and he tried to blackmail me. He said storing luggage for 2-3h would cost 3€ but if i write a good rating then it would be for free...come on. Maybe I was to pleased by Cinnamon Sally's Hostel but Big Bed Hostel is just good for staying there cheap.

  • 25th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


63%

Was okay. Did not get the type of room we booked. Breakfast was limited, and almost all was gone only half an hour into breakfast time. Clean but very loud.




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