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Riga Old Town Hostel & Backpackers Pub Reviews

43 Valnu Iela, Old Riga, Riga, Latvia

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844 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 90%Security
  • 97%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 89%Atmosphere
  • 91%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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It was nice but load


Funny hostel and the pub in the lower floor is perfect for having some beers or tale a coffee. If you're a backpacker that really need to sleep, I don't recommend this hostel. It is very noisy hostel until 3-4am especially in the first rooms floor. Impossible to sleep if you're tired or need to wake up early.


Good location and facilities, and very welcoming staff.


Staff was super welcoming and friendly. The free welcoming beer is a nice bonus - very good value for money. Bed seemed clean and the street noise until 3 a.m. was something I expected. The bar downstairs has a neat vibe to it.


Awesome atmosphere, staff and music! Beds were comfy and the room was spacious. Would recommend for anyone wanting a fun party in Riga (Cheap drinks from 5 till 8 every night), but maybe not those looking for a quiet place. No kitchen was a bit of a downside and there was only 3 showers for the whole hostel but overall we had a great time here!


Not a hostel in my opinion, just a pub with dorms upstairs. No common room despite the pub. The luggage room is just a open space with just "camera surveillance". Although I met some nice people in my room to go out with.


Great hostel! Offers free welcoming beer and free beer for breakfast. Bed seem to be very clean and comfortable. The hostel also offers a big towel for free.


Nice hostel all in all. Although not the best to meet other travellers since there is no common room, the bar serves that purpose but many locals are there and its not easiest of hotels to make friends in. No kitchen and no fridge is definately a negative. Bathroom and shower only on one of the 3 floors is a negative.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We are sorry you didn't enjoy your stay with us. We do mention in our description that we don't have a kitchen or a fridge to store food. Generally when people travel they want to meet locals, our pub is full with locals (which is rare in old town), so its the perfect place to meet people from Latvia. Safe Travels, Cheers!


The hostel location is great. Just by the bus, train station, and old town. It is great place to stay for people who are looking for party. The bar just down stair.so you can hear the noise almost all night. The toilet was dirty because some drunkies forgot to flush the toilet. There is no kitchen and common area to hang out.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We do mention in our HW description that we don't have ANY kitchen facilities! We also mention we are located above an awesome pub that's open late. We make it pretty clear in our description that if you want a quiet night sleep you should book somewhere else. Cheers.


Thanks for the beers..:)


This is a cool bar but as for a hostel there isn't a good atmosphere and you aren't introduced by any warm welcoming staff members. It's hard to tell who works in the bar or hostel. Not a good place to meet people or party would recommend staying elsewhere however was clean and good location


Great wee hostel. Good beds, good beer and great craic!


Great hostel, great beds, awesome vibes. And Alise is the best!


Great place we really enjoyed it. Only thing that annoyed me was that because we were literally 30 seconds passed happy hour we couldn't get in in the deal.

  • 13th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Malta
  • All Male Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


without elevator and you can sleep on floor n°5.Near main bus and train station...good internet.


Awesome staff!

  • 9th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Rhys and I had an amazing time here. Both really impressed by the cleanliness of the hostel. Great atmosphere, and great location. The staff were friendly and amazingly helpful (so was the owner). Only thing it lacked was a kitchen, but I hear that's in the works. Besides, there's heaps of cheap food around, so it's no issue. I've already recommended this hostel to a few other travellers. The hostel can make or break your experience in a city. This hostel made ours!


Great and clean hostel in an excellent location. Downstairs is the most social place in town aka. the bar, with really cool staff on it. Loads of events with the sister hostel Naughty Squirrel. God all round


Good location, walking distance to central bus station and bus stops to airport, just on edge of the old town, so everything reachable on foot. Bathroom and Bedrooms all tidy and clean. Cool bar and lounge area to relax in. Wish I had longer than 1 night, and the energy, to fully experience the hostel! A great night's stay!


Perfect facilities, very clean and spacious rooms with some nice touches (individual headlamps, two sockets per bed, coat hangers) and the best bathrooms I have seen in a hostel so far. The hostel's location is also great, the staff professional and the bar offers an attractive selection of drinks at a very good price.

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