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Riga Old Town Hostel & Backpackers Pub Reviews

43 Valnu Iela, Old Riga, Riga, Latvia

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91%

Rating
748 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 98%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 91%Atmosphere
  • 92%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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89%

When you're aware of the fact that this hostel does not have a kitchen of any sort and that the two floors below are a pub (in fact the reception is at the bar) it is an excellent hostel. The stuff is very friendly and helpful, the location is very close to both the bus/train station and the city center and there is a good mix of locals and internationals at the Aussi pub downstairs.


86%

Centrally located hostel. Clean rooms and showers. Comfortable beds. Don't go to bed before the bar closes though. It may lack a common room, but then again there's a bar.


97%

One of the best hostels I stayed in. Excelent location, staff is amazing, rooms are big and clean, the bar is really cool. Only thing I would add is breakfast, but thats ok.


91%

Nice hostel great bar with lots of on tap beer, friendly helpful staff, nice big rooms clean bathrooms. We would stay again :)


94%

Hostel and pub united together - you can imagine what to expect. It is very good place to socialize, make new friends and drink together. Though loud music, you can have rest there after long trip, but be ready to have your earplugs with you if your ears are sensitive. Rooms are quite basic, but if you pretend to have full service - go to the hotel. Would recommend for true-backpackers and travellers up to 30-35


100%

I've stayed at hostels all over Europe in the past few years and this was the best yet! The staff were brilliant (particular mention to Zane, Ruta and Madara!)- really helpful on arrival, told us where and where not to go, always had a smile on their faces and showed us some great nights out. Would happily go back (and probably will!) had such a great time that we stayed for 4 nights instead of the originally planned 2.

  • 15th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


97%

Not only a great hostel but also a great pub. And since it was also a pub, it was possible to talk with locals and people who were traveling. We were a group of four and stay in a four bed dorm. The beds were really comfortable and there were two sockets in every bed to charge the battery of the phone or camera (or use whatever you like) and the internet was fast. The entire hostel was really clean and new, with a very nice architecture. The only con was that there was no kitchen.


60%

Fit bar maids but pretty poor hostel. Not good to visit as a lone traveller and poor music choice. All commerical rock from the late 90s. And a very boring Australian man lives there.

  • 7th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


100%

Very clean, friendly, and safe! Great atmosphere.

  • 2nd Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


83%

Great location, near from the centre. They have free welcome beers and, wait for it- breakfast beer! Great staying here!

  • 1st Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • India
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


91%

A very nice place to live at the corner of oldtown.There is also a fantastic pub where you can chill in the evenings.a big expeensive,but it corresponds to the service provided in an airconditioned room.;-)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Cheers Sebastian... its has been so hot here in Riga lately, 32 degrees most days, so our air-cons in the rooms are worth there weight in gold :) safe travels!

100%

Riga Old Town Hostel was an amazing experience! Fun atmosphere, well-planned dorm rooms, free breakfast beer... My usual concerns about staying in hostels (security, cleanliness) were easily met. For a $5 deposit, we were able to lock all of our belongings in a cage beneath the bed. The shared bathrooms were surprisingly tidy and clean. We met some very cool people! My only complaint is that the Backpackers Pub downstairs can be loud. However, the parties end at 2 AM and then it's quiet again :)


94%

There were no stag parties and the staff were very helpful.

  • 19th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
NO STAG PARTIES... NO SCHOOL GROUPS... AWESOME STAFF!!

100%

Very nice staff!

Owner Comment (Hide)
We also think our staff are super Awesome :) cheers!

94%

Have only brilliant things to say about this hostel. Super clean and tidy. The place has brilliant decor and the Assuie pub was really lively. The staff was more than helpful and and had brilliant banter with them. Highly recommend

  • 18th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
It was good to meet you Kris, thanks for staying, it was a blast... cheers!

71%

I booked the hostel because of all the good reviews in hostel world that make it sounds like the best one in town, but it is actually not!! The naughty squirrel (around the corner, same owners) it is much better. By the time we checked in the girl at reception was very rude and the faciities are not that good (no kitchen, no area to chill out, and it happened to me one morning there was not hot water) party atmosphere is good but you don't need to stay there to have a good time at the bar


91%

Good location and atmosphere. Hostel clean and safe (but lockers under beds without padlocks). Most of staff nice and helpful. Wonderful idea with welcoming and breakfast beers. Pub on the first floor was great. The biggest inconvinience was no kitchen and the need to wear yellow bands on hand.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hey Guys! Thanks again for staying, it was fun having some beers with you guys in the pub but It's clearly stated in our HW introduction that we DONT HAVE A KITCHEN. The wrist bands are to make sure we know who is staying with us (Pub is open to public) and for the FREE breakfast beer each day. Cheers!

100%

Well located, clean and nice stuff. Highly recommend it if you are not looking for a quiet place to sleep, be ready to party hahaha


74%

Good rooms and bathrooms. Completely lacked a common room or lounge area which wasn't good for a hostel.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Yep thats right, we dont have a 'Common Room', instead we have 2 levels (90m2) dedicated to the Backpacker Pub, this space has plenty of seating to chill out, meet other peeps and of course party. Cheers.

86%

If you like partying then this is the hostel. The hostel is above a pub and can get noisy especially on friday and saturday nights. The place is welll run and the staff are great.

Owner Comment (Hide)
You are definitely right... we are the place to stay if you like to PARTY! Generally Fridays & Saturdays are the best party nights but during summer you can find a good party here most nights of the week. Cheers!

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