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Cinnamon Sally Backpackers Hostel Reviews

Merkela 1, 3rd floor, Riga, Latvia

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543 Total Reviews
  • 93%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 90%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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Walking into this hostel I felt at home. Cozy common area to relax and meet people. The dorms are clean with everything you need: bed linen, towel, free lockers. GOOD SHOWERS! Being a frequent traveler, you can't go past a good shower.. Free breakfast is another plus: toast with a variety of spreads. They also offer a couple day excursions to go shooting or bungee jumping. The staff are very friendly and helpful and are all locals, so advice is always available. I will stay here when I return.


Would recomend, really good location and decent value for money. Only downside was a lack of atmosphere in the common area, but I suspect this is because most guests seemed to be 'live-in' guests, perhaps working or studying in Riga. Staff were a little absent at times, but helpful when needed.

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Funny enough if you read the previous review (also with not a very high rating) you will realize that there is social atmosphere and party going on but as always it's a bit hard to maintain it in the low season. In the low season our maximum stay is 2 weeks. If people work or study in Riga, we try to help them get their own apartments and send them on their way.


We stayed at this hostel for two nights during low season but on the weekend. We didn't realize before that Riga is a big party city and so is the hostel. It is almost impossible to go to bed earlier that 12am even on Sundays and of course there are constantly some interruptions of your sleep when people get home. The facility itself is really right above a mcdonalds. You actually enter the house by walking through the establishment. The hostels facilities were alright.


Brilliant common area, great for meeting others!


Great Hostel and Great Staff Hope to go back soon


This is not a party hostel but who needs a party hostel when there are so many clubs within 5 minutes walk!. The hotel suited me perfectly.. quiet, clean, comfy, friendly staff. Don't be put off by the stairway outside which can sometimes attract a few oddballs! The hostel is ideally situated 5 minutes walk from the old town, just across the road from the railway station and bus station, 5 minutes from the huge central market. No street noise either as the windows are double glazed!


Out side the hostel the street is not so safe but inside it very safe.


Good hostel with more of a family feeling. Everything clean. The rules posted everywhere was a bit intimidating, most of it was just common sense, but the way it was written struck me as very controlling. Centrally located, but the building seemed to be a hangout for the local drunks, stairway felt unsafe during the day and night with drunks sleeping in the stairs and foul smells.


This is my first review I ever wrote about a stay in a hostel but Cinnamon Sally is more than worth it. I had an amazing time there and most probably it won’t be the last. It's about the atmosphere and the people that create this atmosphere. If you like to get to know interesting people from all over the world and at the same time feel like being home in a foreign country – This is the place to be. Thank you Baiba and Mairita you are just gorgeous and I’m glad I got to know you.

  • 26th Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


excellent place. graat atmosphere and excellent host. thanks for all your help.


Just an overall great hostel! Planned on staying for 2 nights and wound up staying for 2 extra nights... Really fun and helpful staff will make sure you're good while in the city (i left my watch behind and they mailed it back to me)... Awesome atmosphere inviting for social gatherings... Very clean and safe and very good location... Kinda weird that you have to go trough a mcdonalds, but its fine... They even sell beer there, which is a plus... I completely recommend it!


Good location (a little sketchy at night but nothing unbearable). Always a staff member hanging out if you need anything. Hostel is fairly quiet so the atmosphere will depend on who's there. Good facilities, would definitely recommend staying here.


Lovely place to chill or prepare for a night out in beautiful Riga, short walk to the old center, great staff!


Staff and volunteers are extremely friendly and helpful! They give you a full explaination upon check-in along with a map. It feels like a cozy, relaxing home and I would definitely return any time I´m in Riga. Morning waffles were delicious!


lovely place to stay, it feels like beeing home...

  • 14th Nov 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Good atmosphere and very nice staff

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