We love this hostel! It gets our thumbs up for consistently high customer ratings and excellent quality scores.

2024 HOSCARS WINNER

1st - Country Winners

Latvia

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The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel

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9.6
Superb
6786 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Hostelworld says

The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers receives consistently high ratings and was rated the best in Latvia and Eastern Europe at the 2011 and 2010 Hoscars, and it's no wonder. This hostel features tons of interesting activities like AK47-shooting and husky dog-sledding. It's also located right in Old Town, five minutes' walk from the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia and St Peter's Church and a very short stroll from most of Riga's other great sights. We like that they also offer under-bed storage, good security and free towels and sheets.

Property Description

Aussie & British owned Backpackers Hostel with local and international staff. Super social atmosphere, perfect for backpackers, solo travellers and small groups in an unbeatable location. Daily Activities & Tours. On site bar.
The Largest and Most Popular Hostel in Riga since 2009.
10th Best Medium Sized Hostel in the WORLD 2020!
No.1 Hostel Eastern Europe 2019 & No.1 Hostel in Latvia 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2009.
We have won 25+ Awards since 2009!


The Hostel - Clean, secure and spacious 4,6 & 8 Bed Mixed Dorms with custom made bunks. Power Sockets and Reading Light on every bed. Large security locker underneath the bed that will fit a full size backpack! Free Towels included. Private Twin, Triple, Double and En-Suite Rooms for extra comfort and privacy available. 17 Bathrooms & Showers each with their own dedicated Hot Water Systems. Free Wifi throughout the entire building. Super secure & safe building with key card access, CCTV & 24hr Security. Bar serving Local Beer on draught plus international Beers & Spirits. 2 Large Common Rooms with free TV, Beer Pong & Table football. Fully equipped kitchen for cooking with free Tea & Coffee, Milk, Oil & Spices.
Free luggage storage all day after check out.

Daily Activities - AK47 Shooting, Pub Crawls, House Parties, Beer Pong Tournaments, Latvian Beer Tastings, Free Walking Tours, Olympic Bobsleigh, Husky Dog Sledding, Latvian Food Nights, Latvian Craft Gin Distillery Tour and much more!

The Location - Culturally significant & historical building exclusively for our guests in the heart of Riga's Old Town.
2 Min Walk to Main Square, House of Blackheads, St. Peters Church. Awesome Bars, Clubs & Restaurants 2 min away.
5 min walk to Central Market, Bus & Train Station. Large Shopping Centre and Airport Bus 1 min away.

Naughty Squirrel check out time - 11am.
Check in from 14:00 - 22:00
Reception 08:00 - 22:00
Check is available 24/7, but only by prior arangement!
*NO STAG PARTIES*
We do not offer long term stays and this a hostel for travellers/tourists only.

Reviews & Ratings

9.6
Superb
6786 Total Reviews
  • Security
    9.7
  • Location
    9.9
  • Staff
    9.9
  • Atmosphere
    9.3
  • Cleanliness
    9.4
  • Value for Money
    9.4
  • Facilities
    9.4

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Latest Reviews

9.4
Superb
May 21, 2024
A very nice hostel to stay in. Great central location, with many restaurants and shops around, as well as the bus station being just 5 minutes away. The staff were absolutely amazing, special thanks to Monica. A towel was provided and the bed was already made. The rooms were clean. The only problem I had was that a bar was right outside my rooms window so we had to choose between fresh air and quietness.
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Female, 18-24
10
Superb
May 20, 2024
Friendly efficient staff Very welcoming
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Male, 41+
10
Superb
May 19, 2024
Great place tbh, didn’t expect one of my favourite stays to be in Riga. Wish I could’ve stayed longer!
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Male, 18-24

Facilities

  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free City Maps
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Key Card Access
    • Common Room
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Adaptors
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Cooker
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Dryer
    • Reading Light
    • Hair Dryers For Hire
    • Hair Dryers
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Safe Deposit Box
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Luggage Storage
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Postal Service
    • 24 Hour Security
  • Food & Drink

    • Bar
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Board Games
    • Foosball
    • Wi-Fi

Awards

2024

1st, Country Winners Latvia

2020

10th, Worldwide Medium Hostel

2019

1st, Continent Winners Eastern Europe

2018

5th, Worldwide Medium Hostel

2017

5th, Worldwide Medium Hostel

2016

9th, Worldwide Medium Hostel

2015

10th, Worldwide Medium Hostel

2014

10th, Worldwide Medium Hostel

2014

1st, Country Winners Latvia

2013

1st, Country Winners Latvia

2012

1st, Continent Winners Eastern Europe

2012

1st, Country Winners Latvia

2011

1st, Continent Winners Eastern Europe

2011

1st, Country Winners Latvia

2011

1st, Hostel for Groups

2010

9th, Worldwide

2010

3rd, Continent Winners Eastern Europe

2010

1st, Country Winners Latvia

2007

8th, Worldwide

2007

1st, Most Improved Hostel

Nominations

2013

Worldwide Medium Hostel

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The Naughty Squirrel Backpackers Hostel says

We're in the Old Town, just two minutes from the central market, St Peter's, Livu Square, the Occupation Museum and the Freedom Monument. I particularly recommend heading to Ala Folk Klub; it has amazing food for low prices and all the best local beers on tap. I think what really puts us ahead of the rest, though, is our excellent customer service. We have cleaners working almost 24hrs a day and we have a great mix of party and chill here so our hostel is suited to a wide audience. For fun we have adrenalin tours, board games, happy hour, a foosball table, card games, DVDs and more. Most guests here are aged 20 to 35 but we're open to all age groups, although we don't allow school groups or stag parties.

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